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Kelly Corrigan on Takeaways from a Runaway Bestseller
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She Writes
September 2019
Written by
She Writes
September 2019

We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Kelly Corrigan to our She Writes University lineup who will be speaking about Takeaways from a Runaway Bestseller

If you didn't get a chance to take the other courses, make sure you purchase the class recordings before it's too late! These webinars will only be available through the end of the month so don't miss the opportunity to learn from our incredible authors. 

About the Class

In this class, best-selling author Kelly Corrigan takes us on a journey through the lessons learned from the experience of having a best-selling book. In her case, her memoir, The Middle Place, was on the best-seller list for 56 weeks. As it turns out, she learned invaluable lessons through this experience, which she’ll share in this class with her signature enthusiasm and no-nonsense. Equally valuable for memoirists and novelists, Kelly’s takeaways feature all the things she wished she’d known then—giving writers on-the-ground advice and information about the ins and outs of the publishing world, but also ways to work with yourself, your process, and how to draw strength from within—whether you’re just sitting with a new idea, well into your manuscript, or putting the final touches on your final draft.

Meet Kelly

SW: Briefly set the scene for your writing habits: Where do you write? How do you write? What's your routine? 

I write like a woman, which is to say I write in the nooks and crannies of another life.  I have a house, a husband and two kids I like.  That means I only have a clear day a couple times a month.  Interestingly I have found that accepting that has been essential to my productivity — which I would rate as LOW.  But the little I get done is always done between two other things.

SW: What is the first thing you can remember writing?

Long letters home from Camp Tockwogh.

SW: Describe a moment when your own writing scared you or surprised you.

I cried a lot writing a recent piece for the New York Times called Advice to my College Freshman.

SW: At what point did you begin to truly feel like a “writer”?

Hasn’t happened yet.

SW: What’s one of the lessons in your She Writes University class that you really wish YOU had learned earlier in your writing career?

I wish I had understood the power of sequence.  

SW: Why do you feel it’s important to offer a writing class to other women writers through She Writes University?

Nothing could be more satisfying to me than to make use of my fits and starts to perhaps smooth the process for others.

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