Speaker and Session Preview: Lynn Hall – Debut Authors Panel and Night of Nonfiction readings

lynn hallIn 2015, Hippocampus Magazine published Lynn Hall’s essay “Blue is the Color of Hope.” We’ve followed her success since, and we’re so happy that her memoir found a home. Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience will be published by Beacon Press in early 2017. She’ll read from at Friday evening’s Night of Nonfiction event and then, the following morning, will share her road to publication on our debut author’s panel.

We talked to Lynn about HippoCamp:

Hippo: We don’t want to give too much away about your contributions to the panel, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

I found that above all else, becoming an author is about practicing persistence. Persistence in writing, persistence in re-writing, persistence in finding a publishing team (whether with a traditional agent/publisher or not), and persistence in marketing. If you can maintain focus and clarity over a multi-year effort, you are ​already ​well on your way.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Come ready to meet new writers and learn from them. Don’t be shy about asking questions and starting conversations. Bring a curiosity about others’ work and their paths to success.

What’s on your personal conference agenda?

I absolutely cannot wait to hear the keynote speakers – Ashley C. Ford and Mary Karr. Like most memoirists, I have studied Karr’s work for many years.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

The thing I love the most about traveling is the chance to go for a run someplace new. It’s a fun way of getting a macro feel for wherever I’m visiting. I’m looking forward to exploring Lancaster via its trails and paths and discovering exciting things – which is bound to happen whenever a West Coast-er visits the East.​

Lynn, we’re so happy you’re making the trek from the rugged Rockies to the sprawling farmlands of Pennsylvania.