Published March 15, 2022

Ron Hogan (Our Endless and Proper Work) and Lisa Tener (The Joy of Writing Journal) join in conversation with Sean Murphy about the joys and values of a consistent practice of writing in your life. This discussion is for anyone looking to take up writing, or be more inspired with current writing practices, not necessarily for publication, but because it can help you lead a happier, more whole and engaged life.

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“[Our Endless and Proper Work is the] most thoughtful, engaging, encouraging book I’ve ever read about how hard it is to be a writer and why you should do it anyway.” ―New York Times bestselling author Sarah Knight

“A lot of writing advice just piles more expectations onto an already fraught process. In Our Endless and Proper Work, Ron Hogan helped me clear out the mental clutter around my writing and get back to basics. An accessible book that packs an impressive amount of wisdom and pragmatic advice into each chapter” —Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

The Joy of Writing Journal consolidates Lisa’s expert advice and creative support in an accessible, engaging, and enjoyable guide that is a valuable resource whether you are journaling for personal wellbeing or using the prompts to build your muscles as a writer.” —Jon Lieff, MD, author of The Secret Language of Cells

The Joy of Writing Journal invites you to get into what researchers call flow and keeps you fully immersed in the joyful momentum of creation. Lisa Tener has helped thousands of people break through creative blocks and develop a fulfilling writing practice. With this creative journal she will help you do that, too.” —Megan Gunnell, LMSW, Founder & Director, Thriving Well Institute


Virginia Festival of the Book staff, volunteers, partners, and attendees appreciate all of our sponsors. It is their crucial support, along with individual donors, that allows us to present the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book almost completely free of charge. We appreciate the generous commitment from our Premier Sponsor, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, and these major sponsors: Michelle and David Baldacci, Dominion Energy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Thanks to 1455 Literary Arts for hosting this event.

This event is presented as part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse Writers Center, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

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