A white blonde woman in her early fifties.




Leah DeCesare is a TEDx speaker and the award-winning author of Forks, Knives, and Spoons and the Naked Parenting series. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Huffington Post, among others. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at The Newport MFA and teaches writing in Rhode Island where she lives with her family.

Learn more at Leah's website.

SESSION: Rejection Doesn’t Have to Suck: Turning it into a Positive

As a writer, rejection is inevitable, whether in a one-star review or a pass from an agent. And it doesn’t discriminate, affecting the talented and novice writer, the bestselling and debut author alike. Developing a conscious strategy for not only handling rejection but intentionally turning it into a positive is critical to your career and spirit.

We’ll discuss tools to help you avoid internalizing criticism and keep a healthy mindset. We will explore ways to distinguish productive from “ignorable” criticism and will help you compile a toolkit of positive actions you can take in the face of rejection.

No one can remove the sting and pain of rejection, but how you manage the tough emotions that accompany it impacts your motivation and your confidence, and can help you turn those "nos" into beneficial experiences.