Speaker & Session Preview: Amy B. Scher, on Releasing Fear

amy-scherAmy B. Scher isn’t afraid — and she doesn’t think you should be either. That’s why she’s part of our LIVE track, leading a session called “Releasing the Fears that Block the Best Work of Your Life.” Amy also is part of our “How I Got Published” debut authors panel; her book How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body and Spirit is forthcoming.

Hippocampus: We don’t want to give too much away about your session, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

Amy: A greater sense of confidence. My session will help you get out there and take risks and express yourself even if (ok, when! Because it’s going to happen no matter what) others don’t love or accept all your work.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.

Anyone whose fears consume more of their time and energy than their writing practice does.

What is your best advice for attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Be open-minded. Go to sessions that maybe you normally wouldn’t. This often sparks new ideas, allows fresh energy to flow, and helps you meet people you normally wouldn’t. I always learn the most from sessions and workshops that don’t fit the exact parameters of what I think I need.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the inaugural HippoCamp?

Meeting all of you! I have such a strong email and web-based writer community, but connecting with others in person has now become a special rarity that I really look forward to.

What’s on your personal conference agenda? Perhaps share with us a session/event you don’t want to miss.

I can’t wait to attend the Genre Hopping session. As a four-time author of nonfiction books, I can’t wait for this one because I’m writing my first YA novel now.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

I have visited Lancaster a few times before. I love the market and all that the town has to offer, but also may rent a car and get out to the Amish country to visit that again. It’s such a different world out there and a truly special place.


Thanks for sharing your insight, Amy. We do hope you’ll rent that car — and share your photos with us. (Did you know you could get a buggy ride, too?)