Lin Oliver introduces our next keynote speaker, Tahereh Mafi, saying she has captivated the imagination and the love of her readers, and that her readers are vast. Tahereh's Shatter Me series has just been sold as a television series. Her new venture is in middle grade fiction with Furthermore.
There are vast amounts of information about writing to be found, but what about the moments in between the dreaming, the moment of the pause? The moments you aren't writing are the ones that Tahereh plans to talk about. Those moments that can be hard to push through.
Heartbreak is unavoidable. Rejection inevitable.
The books we love most come from a place of truth. So when our work is rejected, we feel rejected.
A thick skin will not help you to survive the pain, it will only insulate you from the feeling, and what good is a writer who can not feel?
"Being a more compassionate person allows me to a more compassionate writer."
"Your voice is there waiting to be harnessed. Harness it. And there is no such thing as overnight success."
Tahereh wrote and queried five books before the one that sold.
"If you do not give up, you will not fail."