R144. From Thesis to Published Book

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In MFA writing programs, students work hard on theses, often embarking on the longest writing projects they’ve completed. But what happens when they graduate? This panel focuses on turning the MFA thesis into a book and landing a publishing contract. The panelists have written books that found their geneses in MFA/PhD programs and will discuss agents, editors, proposals, hurdles, and best practices for going from thesis to book in the transition from MFA to professional writer and/or academic.



Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, The Common, The Southern California Review, and in the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College.

Amy Butcher is an essayist with recent work in Harper's, The New York Times Modern Love, The New York Times Opinion Section, The Washington Post, and Brevity. Her first book, Visiting Hours, earned starred reviews and praise from The New York Times Sunday Review, NPR, and Kirkus Review.

Kelly Sundberg

A. Kendra Greene

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center