R242. Trusting the Process: The Work of John Dufresne

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


John Dufresne is an important advocate in the South Florida writing community. Everyone who knows him is familiar with his selflessness and generosity when it comes to craft. For decades, he has taught anyone willing to learn, and has done so with grace, patience, humility, and a keen editorial eye. Three panelists share personal stories of friendship and tutelage with John Dufresne. Later, the man himself will sit for a question and answer session, offering insights and advice.


Hector Duarte Jr. is a writer and high school English teacher out of Miami, Florida. He is coeditor at The Flash Fiction Offensive. His work has appeared in Sliver of Stone, Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Shadows and Light: An Anthology to Benefit Women’s Aid UK, and The Whimsical Project.

John Dufresne is the author of two story collections, six novels, and three books on craft, including Flash! a Guide to Writing Very Short Fiction. He teaches creative writing at Florida International University, and is at work on a novel and an illustrated guide to writing fiction.

Louis K. Lowy is a graduate of FIU’s creative writing program and the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. He’s the author of three novels, Die Laughing, Pedal, and To Dream: Anatomy of A Humachine. His short stories have appeared in, among others, New Plains Review and The Chaffey Review.

Cully Perlman is the author of a novel, The Losses. His fiction and nonfiction has been published in Bull Men’s Fiction, The St. Petersburg Review, Real South magazine, Avatar Review, Creative Loafing, Connotation Press, The Good Men Project, Pioneertown, El Portal, and more.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside