F157. Literary Prequels, Sequels, & Spinoffs: Writing Fiction from Pre-existing Worlds

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This panel concerns books whose genesis and inspiration is in the world of another author’s imagination. These literary prequels, sequels, and spinoffs require a careful balance—honoring the source material while forging into new territory. Each author’s work concerns a different literary source, and each has taken a different approach to writing in another author’s world. The authors will discuss unique strategies for researching, writing, and revising books directly inspired by another author.



Phong Nguyen is the author of The Adventures of Joe HarperPages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness. He is coeditor of Pleiades. He coedited the book Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri.

Debra Brenegan is the author of the novel Shame the Devil, and her short fiction and poetry have been widely published in national literary journals. She directs the MA writing program at Mount Mary University and codirects Untold Stories, a writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence.

Ed Falco’s most recent book is the poetry collection, Wolf Moon Blood Moon. He is also the author of several novels, short story collections, and plays. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech.

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion (a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards), The Stars Change, and eleven other titles. She directs the Speculative Literature Foundation and DesiLit (an Asian American arts org), and is Clinical Assoc. Prof. of English at Univ. of Illinois.

Brittany Cavallaro


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