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Featured Client: David Hancock

Please join Writer’s Relief in welcoming our newest Featured Client, David Hancock. As an author of short prose, David Hancock possesses a unique voice that changes from story to story and immediately establishes an emotional connection with the reader. His characters are strikingly vivid, and even the minor personalities in his pieces are complex and memorable. Additionally, David tackles a wide array of socially relevant issues in his work. We are proud to feature him and his writing.

In David Hancock’s Own Words

A lot of writers tell you how much they love writing, how the words flow easily from pen to paper, how it’s what they were meant to do, and how much they enjoy doing it. I’m not that kind of writer. Writing is very difficult for me. First of all, the type of writing I’m good at is not really the type of writing that generates enough money to support a family. (Well, it doesn’t even generate enough money to buy paper and ink, but that’s another story.) So I have a day job, and that can be exhausting. I also believe in actually raising my kids, and that takes time and physical and emotional effort, with unexpected plot twists, and that’s more (often unexpected) time away from writing. The bottom line is: My quality writing time becomes more and more precious every day. And that’s where Writer’s Relief comes in. Writer’s Relief helps me manage my writer’s angst, my feelings of doubt, and my anxiety about being rejected. How do they do this? Well, for one thing, I hate showing my work. Showing work makes me want to throw up. Writer’s Relief has allowed me to unwind from the shame cycle of submitting my little babies to an editor for possible slaughter. It makes the entire submission process less personal and more professional. Now I receive rejections and move on without taking them personally. (Well, sometimes I do take them personally, but I don’t lose sleep over them.) I’m also able to manage my time better. Because of Writer’s Relief, I don’t need to worry about creating the perfect submission letter or what journal is perfect for my stories. They do this work for me. They have a logical plan for where to submit and when. And the system works. I began working with Writer’s Relief just over a year ago. I’ve submitted eight short stories: Six stories have been published by top journals, one story is still under consideration, and one story was just sent out today. It’s hard to argue with that level of success. On my own, I’d still be trying to figure out how to properly format the address labels.

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About David Hancock

David Hancock has received playwriting OBIE Awards for The Race of The Ark Tattoo and The Convention of Cartography, both presented by the Foundry Theatre. His other theatrical works include Deviant Craft, Our Lot (with Kristin Newbom), The Puzzle Locker, The Incubus Archives, and Booth. Hancock is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Theatre, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a TCG/NEA Playwriting Residency Fellowship. Hancock’s recent stories can be found in Permafrost, The Puritan, The Massachusetts Review, Interim, Ping Pong and Amarillo Bay. His essays on playwriting have appeared in American Theatre, and his coauthored fiction with Spencer Golub is forthcoming or published in Petrichor Machine, Otis Nebula, Danse Macabre, scissors and spackle, Pear Noir!, Inscape, Map Literary, and Bluestem. Hancock has taught playwriting or held master classes at The University of Iowa, Brown University, The University of Cincinnati, California State Fullerton, The University of Nevada Las Vegas, Bucknell University, and California Institute for the Arts. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat in Scotland and the Château de Lavigny writer’s colony in Switzerland and was the Kerouac Writer in Residence at U Mass Lowell. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. An avid gardener, Hancock lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and sons.

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