F136. Required Reading: Authors, Editors, and Publishers Talk Textbooks for Creative Writers

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel of publishers, editors, and writers examines the [adjective: dynamic, sexy, arduous] process of writing textbooks—from conception, to finding a publisher, to building the book, to, even, creating an entire textbook series. This panel will include nuts and bolts, but much of it will investigate how writers, editors, and publishers dream up new ways to write for the college student and to carve out a niche in the competitive textbook marketplace.


Sean Prentiss is the author of Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, coauthor of Nature and Environmental Writing: A Guide and Anthology, and coeditor of The Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction.

Stephanie Lenox is the author of The Business, Congress of Strange People, and The Heart That Lies Outside the Body. She is cowriting a textbook on short-form creative writing, forthcoming. She is cofounder of Blood Orange Review and teaches creative writing at Willamette University.

H.K. Hummel is the author of Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writers Guide and Anthology, Handmade Boats, and Boytreebird. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

David Avital is senior publisher at Bloomsbury. He is responsible for commissioning in the areas of literary studies and creative writing.

Amorak Huey


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center