How to Be a Healthy Writer (Or, is Writing Hazardous for Your Health?)

Conference Workshop

It’s not hard to call up the names of incredibly talented writers whose health issues got the best of them: Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Stieg Larsson. As writers, we spend a lot of time in one place—namely, sitting in front of a desk or computer. The recommendation to “keep your butt in your chair” is awesome advice for your writing productivity...but not so awesome for your actual butt. Writers are prone to a multitude of ailments: carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, obesity, diabetes, eye strain, depression, alcoholism.... Staying health and—ideally—alive, are important investments in a nice, long writing career. In this talk, Dr. Kim Foster will be presenting solutions: ideas on incorporating exercise into a busy schedule, for example; strategies for dealing with the mental health threats of social isolation, deadline stress, and insomnia; and the mother of all questions: how much coffee is too much?