S111. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: When, Why, and How Short Stories Become Novels

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


According to Lorrie Moore, “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.” And as in a romance, sometimes one leads to the other, as in Evan S. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge (originally, “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge”) or Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! (“Ava Wrestles the Alligator”). While most published stories stay short, writers sometimes see in a select few the potential for more. The authors on this panel will describe their experience of writing novels that evolved from short forms.


Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and the forthcoming Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work recently appeared in Indiana Review, Wigleaf, Juked, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books under her own name and two pen names, including two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Pure and Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonder. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and on NPR.

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, and Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami, and she is board member and faculty of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian writer from Akure, Nigeria. The Fishermen, his debut novel, won numerous awards, including the FT/Oppenheimer Awards, and an NAACP Image Awards, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book award.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside