Todd Mitchell | Presenter
Todd Mitchell is the author of several award-winning books for young readers and teens including The Last Panther (2018 Colorado Book Award Winner and Green Earth Honor Book Award winner), The Traitor King, The Secret to Lying (Colorado Book Award Winner), and Backwards (CAL Award Winner). He created the graphic series Broken Saviors (available on Comixology), and co-wrote the graphic novel A Flight of Angels (Vertigo, a YALSA "Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens"). Currently, he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, dog, and two wise daughters. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.
Todd is teaching a session on the following topic:
Creative Therapy: Twelve steps for unlocking your creative potential and turning doubt, fear, and failure into lasting writing success WORKSHOP - Anyone who has seriously pursued writing knows that the road to writing success is full of failure, disappointment, rejection, and struggle. Craft knowledge and understanding markets are important, but the most important thing for writing success is perseverance. You can't improve and publish if you don't stick with it.
The question is, how do you persevere, especially when things get difficult? The most effective ways to persevere and stay creative are not what most people think they are. They certainly weren't what I thought they'd be. After struggling with writing and creativity for over two decades, I finally broke down and found better, more sustainable, and more enjoyable ways to approach writing and the creative process.
In this two part session, we'll explore the twelve essential steps for unlocking creative potential, and for using doubt, fear, rejection, and even failure to your advantage. Most importantly, we'll focus on how to approach writing in a way that enables you to develop a sustainable, highly enjoyable, life-long growth relationship with creativity.