S240. Crafting the Weird: Techniques of Fabulist Female Fiction

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Surreal, magical, or fabulist fiction has traditionally been employed to attack political systems through subversive means. Yet, women writers have adapted this genre for their own modes of critique. In this event, panelists will discuss how they use elements of the weird to address subjects such as the domestic, the female body, otherness, and LGBTQ identity. Presenters will provide examples, methods, and techniques for crafting subversive fiction that offers new methods of witnessing reality.



Celia Johnson is the creative director of Slice, a New York nonprofit organization and semi-annual literary magazine. She is the author of Odd Type Writers and Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway. Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writers' Digest, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Clare Beams’s debut story collection, We Show What We Have Learned, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award. A 2014 NEA fellow in prose, she teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Brenda Peynado's work appears in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2015, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, Threepenny Review, and others. She received an MFA at Florida State University and a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic. She is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

Jamey Bradbury is the author of The Killing Drink. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Sou’wester, and Zone 3.

Ramona Ausubel


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center