Session Description

Mickey Dubrow and Jessica Handler are award-winning writers (and a married couple) who collaborate at home in a variety of ways in their writing. In this discussion, participants will explore ways to create an “at home” writers’ retreat that doesn’t require weeks away or isolation from the demands and joys of daily life. We will discuss insights, tips, and recommendations for making time and space for your art in a busy household, cultivating different creative styles, and respecting each other’s methods (even when you disagree.)

Mickey Dubrow & Jessica Handler

Mickey Dubrow is the author of Always Agnes and American Judas. For over thirty years, he wrote television promos, marketing presentations, and scripts for various clients including Cartoon Network, TNT Latin America, and HGTV. His short stories and essays have appeared in Prime Number Magazine, The Good Men Project, The Signal Mountain Review, Full Grown People, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, author Jessica Handler.

Jessica Handler is the author of the novel The Magnetic Girl, winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, a 2019 “Books All Georgians Should Read,” an Indie Next pick, Wall Street Journal Spring 2019 pick, Bitter Southerner Summer 2019 pick, and a SIBA Okra Pick. Her other books include Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, and Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss. Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. She was the SP ’23 Ferrol Sams, Jr. Distinguished Writer in Residence at Mercer University in Macon, Ga, and is a member of the Core Faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan College’s low-residency MFA and the Etowah Valley MFA at Reinhardt College. Jessica lives in Atlanta with her husband, novelist Mickey Dubrow.