R184. Writing Assignments for the Anthropocene

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What happens when the environment is not just the setting, but the subject of our work?  What tools can writers use to address the history of the land, and our current environmental crises? Panelists will offer practical assignments, useful across genres, for representing the environment—from research techniques, to methods of description and disruption. Our assignments aim to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to add their voices to the evolving body of eco-literature.



Katy Didden is the author The Glacier’s Wake (a book of poems), and she earned a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri. A recent Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, Katy is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ball State University.

Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body, won the National Poetry Series and a Texas Institute of Letters award. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen: Stories. The Art of Waiting was a finalist for the PEN Diamonstein/Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Allegra Hyde's first book, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships from the Lucas Artists Program, the Virginia G. Piper Center, and the US Fulbright Commission. She teaches for the Inprint Writers Workshops.

Hasanthika Sirisena's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award and the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection The Other One was released in March 2016.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center