F156. The World and the Story: How Plot Maps Fictional Realities

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In fiction, there’s an interdependent relationship between world-building (the map) and narrative construction (the route). This panel will examine how writers employ different types of stories—the romance, the mystery, the quest—in service to different visions of reality. Why does a realist like Chekhov so often use the romance? For what purposes does a fantasy writer use the quest? How can a writer of literary fiction employ the quest or the mystery to investigate character?



Leah Stewart is the author of six novels, including The Myth of You and Me, The New Neighbor, and the upcoming What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

Brock Clarke's seventh book of fiction—the short story collection The Price of the Haircut—was published in March 2017. His award-winning short shorties and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. He teaches at Bowdoin College.

Jung Yun is the author of Shelter and an assistant professor of creative writing at the George Washington University. Her work has appeared in Tin House, the Massachusetts Review, the Atlantic, and the LA Review of Books.

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.

Julialicia Case writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, a UNO Writing Award for Study Abroad, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Currently, she is earning her PhD in fiction at the University of Cincinnati.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center