Countdown to Muse 2021: Small Victories by Jo Piazza by Info

The Muse and the Marketplace 2021 is almost here! This year’s conference is taking the form of a virtual enhanced writing residency (taking place Wednesday, April 21st – Sunday, April 25th) with new Premium Workshops and the Manuscript Mart (taking place Wednesday, April 28th – Sunday, May 2nd).


This year’s conference theme is “Small Victories.” We all know what the “big” victories are (landing an agent, snagging a book deal, or getting a flashy award), but this year we aim to celebrate the equally important, tiny, and often unseen victories of our writing lives. In anticipation of the conference, we’ve asked Muse 2021 presenting authors to describe one small victory they’ve had as a writer that nobody knows about. Our next presenter in the series is Jo Piazza, author of We Are Not Like Them.



I’m only a subpar Twitter user. 

I need a lot more than 150 characters to make a point. But one day Raffi liked one of my tweets. It was something silly I’d tweeted while breastfeeding at two in the morning, something about being more kind to the universe, to the planet, something about saving the belugas. 

And then Raffi liked it. 

The man who wrote the soundtrack to my early childhood, the only person who can get my two tiny children to stop screaming.

It felt like a hug from the deep blue sea.



Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of ten books. Her latest novel, We Are Not Like Them, will be published in summer 2021 by Atria at Simon and Schuster. Jo is also the host and executive producer of the podcasts Committed and Fierce from iHeart Radio. Her books Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married and the podcast Committed are all in development for television series.



You can catch Jo’s virtual craft discussion with Christine Pride, “Writing About Race in Fiction,” via Attendify at the Muse 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:15 am (EDT) on April 22nd, 2021. Don’t wait! Register for the Muse and the Marketplace 2021 today.

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