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Craft Talk: Octavia Taught Me: Creative Practice and Accountability

May 21 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Novelist Octavia Butler wrote, “First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. … Habit will help you finish and polish your stories.” In this craft talk by Sheree L. Greer, writers will reckon with their writing habits and writing goals, reflecting on what works and what needs updating. We’ll share approaches and tools to help us (re)design our creative practice with sustainability and accountability in mind.

Optional craft talk open to all Mining the Story Writing Retreat participants and open to the public for $15.

A Milwaukee native, Sheree L. Greer is a text-based artist and educator living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms. Her work has been published in First Bloom Anthology, LezTalk Anthology, VerySmartBrothas, Autostraddle, The Windy City Times, Bleed Literary Journal, and the Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast. Sheree has received a Union League of Chicago Civic Arts Foundation award, earned her MFA at Columbia College Chicago, and is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Yaddo fellow, and Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow. Her essay “Bars,” published in Fourth Genre Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and notably named in Best American Essays 2019, and her latest essay, “None of This Is Bullshit,” was published at The Rumpus and featured in “Memoir Mondays.”


May 21
10:15 am - 11:15 am
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Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
(608) 987-3292
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Shake Rag Alley Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565 United States
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(608) 987-3292
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