If you’re looking to leave the solitary writer’s life behind, Lisa Cottrell will provide some advice at HippoCamp 2017 during her flash session: How To Build Your Own Writing Community. As both a teacher and writing advocate in her community, Lisa knows how all members of a writing group can benefit from regular meetings. She shared her expectations for meeting a community of writers at HippoCamp 2017 with us.

If you’re looking to leave the solitary writer’s life behind, Lisa Cottrell will provide some advice at HippoCamp 2017 during her flash session: How To Build Your Own Writing Community. As both a teacher and writing advocate in her community, Lisa knows how all members of a writing group can benefit from regular meetings. She shared her expectations for meeting a community of writers at HippoCamp 2017 with us.

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Hippocampus: Without sharing any spoilers, what can attendees expect from your session?

Lisa: Practical, easy to follow advice on finding and/or building a writing community, ranging from accessing free online and public resources all the way up to attending workshops and retreats, and even organizing/teaching your own.

 

Who would benefit the most from your session or workshop?

Writers at any level that don’t have a community available and are looking for one will get ideas for how to find or create one.

 

Literary citizenship is so important today, and by being part of our conference, you’re contributing to the CNF community — why is sharing with others important to you?

Sharing is the mission of my life–it’s part of everything I do: teaching, coaching both high school runners and adult writers, adventure guiding, and facilitating writing workshops.

 

Taking off your presenter hat, what are you hoping to learn as an attendee at HippoCamp?

I’m always looking to learn new ways to access memories and to improve my craft. I love making connections with other writers, seeing friends from the previous years, and I’m introducing others to HippoCamp this year. I’m bringing friends!

 

Lancaster is an amazing city. What suggestions do you have for those who haven’t been here yet?

This will be my third visit as I’ve been to HippoCamp every year. Annie Bailey’s is a must for dinner–the food is amazing. I had the chicken pot pie last year and I’m coming back for more. Definitely walk around and see all the shops–it’s a cool little artist community.

 

What was a recent and memorable work of creative nonfiction you read – whether a book or shorter piece? (And what did you love about it?)

I just finished reading “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson. I love how candid and funny she is when addressing her own issues with mental illness. I’m sure she has helped many people to gain a more positive perspective, and I definitely laugh out loud in public when I’m reading her work!

 

We know you’ll enjoy learning how to build your own writing community as well as joining ours! Register today to join us at HippoCamp 2017.

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