S252. Who Are We Writing For? Who Are We Writing Toward?

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Do I have to explain the difference between Pakistan and Bangladesh? Do I have to give a translation in my work for this phrase? How explicit do I have to be that this character is not white? Five emerging writers discuss their decisions about audience, the choices and negotiations they make while writing and editing their prose for mass consumption.



Bix Gabriel is a writer, MFA candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington, fiction editor at The Offing magazine, associate director of Indiana University Writers’ Conference, occasional tweeter, and seeker of the perfect jalebi. Her work has appeared in Hyphen, Guernica, and SmokeLong Quarterly.

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Hedgebrook, and serves as the founding editor in chief of No Tokens, a journal of literature and art. Her memoir is forthcoming.

Megan Giddings is a fiction editor at The Offing. She has stories forthcoming or that have been recently published in Arts & Letters, Black Warrior Review, Passages North, and Pleiades. In 2016, she was the featured writer in the Best Small Fictions anthology.

Ursula Villarreal-Moura's writing has appeared in Tin House (online), New South, Washington Square, Nashville Review, Bennington Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. One of her stories was long-listed for Best American Short Stories 2015 and her nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart.

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of the novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. Her work has appeared in Vice, Buzzfeed, Bomb, The White Review, and other places.


February 7–10, 2024
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