Writer's Workshop

Lynn Rosen,

Session 2 Leader


SESSION 2: The Discomfort Zone: Writing Your Way Through Fear & Overcoming the Inner Editor 


Writing is easy, right? As the process is described in that famous quote attributed to sportswriter “Red” Smith: “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”


We all have fears to face that wait for us on the blank page. Sometimes these fears are so overwhelming — insecurity, self-doubt, that wicked inner editor — that we’ll use any excuse to avoid sitting down to write. Time for a load of laundry, anyone?


In this hour session, Lynn Rosen will talk about doing what writer Susan Jeffers describes as “feel the fear and do it anyway.” We’ll talk about learning to face fear, overcome the inner critic, and break out of our comfort zones to discover new energy and to keep us moving forward with our writing!



Lynn Rosen is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers.


Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, instructor, and author. She teaches writing and publishing classes at Open Book, and has been a professor at Drexel University, Temple University, Rosemont College, and numerous other academic institutions. 


Previously, Lynn was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books.


In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter).


Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. More information about Lynn’s background is available HERE.

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