Mark Craemer will discuss his journey as a writer that took many twists and turns, and only materialized after many careers. "I Remember Clifford and Other Stories" was self-published in 2021 and two of the stories were previously published in small literary magazines years ago. In this collection of eight stories he explores identity, the loss of a father, finding one’s voice, and feeling and processing emotions, especially around grief. Following each story is a short reflection regarding how the story came to be, what he was trying to do with it and how he looks back upon it after initially writing it. Mark will discuss the thread of his life that only became clear with the passage of time. He will relay lessons learned regarding the catharsis he found in writing fiction while processing his emotions in the loss of his father, close friends and his first wife.