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

Conference Workshop
Friday
3:30pm
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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?