Upcoming panel for Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival

If you’ve ever sat in a creative writing class, you’ve probably heard the old adage: “Write what you know.” While this may or may not be good advice, what about writing where you know?

This fall, I’ll be moderating “The Geography of Writing: Writing Where We Know” panel at the 10th annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival. The festival occurs on October 14-16, 2016. I’ll keep you updated about what day and time this panel will be held.

Our panel will focus on how place invades our writing. The panelists and I live in the DMV area, and the city of D.C. and suburbs of Maryland and northern Virginia shape our words.

My session features the incredible Diana Bolton, the editor and founder of District Lit, Meg Eden, an incessant writer and lit mag submitter, and Kelly Ann Jacobson, an author of many books and editor of anthologies. These amazing ladies will share the importance of place in their work.

The Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival occurs every year in Frostburg, Maryland — a small town in my state I’ve never been to. I can’t wait to explore and be surrounded by other writers.

I hope you can attend the 2016 festival and our panel. See you there!