S289. Teaching the Undergraduate Novel-Writing Course

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Undergraduate fiction writers often do a lot of writing outside of classwork. Many have novels in process. This panel brings together five teachers who have created practical models to meet the demand for an undergraduate workshop on writing a novel. Topics include the multi-semester workshop, published novels to use as models, the possibilities/limits of the outline, genre writing, managing the volume of student work produced, and particular revision strategies for novel workshops.


Audrey Colombe is an associate professor at the University of Houston specializing in pedagogy and curriculum. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is faculty adviser for Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal, and oversees the Boldface Conference.

Michael Gills is author of three collections of short fiction, two novels, including Emergency Instructions and White Indians, a visionary memoir, part two of which is forthcoming. He is Distinguished Honors Professor at the University of Utah.

Rebecca Meacham is the author of the story collection Let's Do and the flash fiction chapbook Morbid Curiosities. The director of the creative writing program and chair of the English department at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Rebecca is also a founder and organizer of Green Bay's UntitledTown Book and Author Festival.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is a novelist and a short fiction writer. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a student at the University of Houston PhD program.

Lawrence Coates is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Camp Olvido. His work has been recognized with the Western States Book Award in Fiction, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, and an NEA Fellowship in fiction. He teaches creative writing at Bowling Green State University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside