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Special Series

Special Series

Muse and the Marketplace Presenter Spotlight: Lisa Braxton

GrubStreet's Muse and the Marketplace is in-person May 10th-12th this year. We have an exciting round-up of presenters leading sessions and events like Lisa Braxton, author of the novel, The Talking Drum.

We recently caught up with Lisa to ask her about writing in community, the Muse, networking and more.

GrubStreet: What does the phrase "writing in community" mean to you personally and professionally? Could you share a moment from your career where community support at events like the Muse and the Marketplace made a significant difference?

Lisa Braxton: At a Muse session a few years ago, I saw an author in the audience that I admired, E. Dolores Johnson, author of the memoir, Say I’m Dead. I wanted to introduce myself, but she was something of a rock star to me and I felt intimidated. However, after the session I tamped down my nervousness and introduced myself. She was friendly. We had a delightful conversation.

Weeks later, I was surprised to hear from her. She wanted to form a critique group with me. Since then three of us have met virtually and in person, giving each other feedback. Dolores critiqued the draft of my essay collection, which has been invaluable. It was recently published as a memoir.

GrubStreet: Networking is a vital part of a writer's journey, but can sometimes feel like a new skill for writers to learn. Based on your experiences, what practical advice can you offer to attendees on making the most of networking opportunities at the Muse and the Marketplace? How have connections you've made at events like the Muse and the Marketplace shaped your writing trajectory creatively or opened new doors for you professionally?

Lisa Braxton: Introducing yourself to presenters and attendees during the formal portions of Muse and the less formal “meet and greets” can help you form relationships that can broaden opportunities for your writing and your writing community.

Learn more about the Muse and the Marketplace and register here.

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