R175. Structuring the Novel: Methods, Approaches, Ideas

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The methods of structuring book-length fiction are as numerous as they are difficult, especially in an era where the very idea of the "novel" is being called into question. Bringing together a diverse group of panelists with very different methods of structure, this panel strives to offer concrete answers to your structuring questions. What method might work best for the novel you are writing? How best to move forward? To outline or not to outline? How much to plan?



Christian Kiefer is author of the novels The Infinite Tides and The Animals and the novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide. He is recipient of a Pushcart Prize and directs the low-res MFA program at Ashland University. His new novel, Phantoms, will appear in 2019.

Janet Fitch is the author of the novels The Revolution of Marina M., Paint It Black, and White Oleander. Her work has appeared in Black Clock, Los Angeles Noir, A Room of One's Own, The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. www.janetfitchwrites.com

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Sorrow Proper, winner of the 2016 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Award, and the The Lost Daughter Collective. She is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston.

Matthew Salesses's books include The Hundred-Year Flood; I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying; The Murder of the Doppelgänger; and Own Story: Essays. He has written for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, VICE, and others. He is an assistant professor of English at Coe College.

Derek Palacio is a Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications.


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