S151. Teaching the Impossible: Teaching Novel Writing To Undergraduates

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The short story is often introduced to undergraduates as a precursor to writing a novel. However, novelists and short story writers alike can attest that each form includes its own unique joys and challenges. In this panel, we will discuss how and if to conduct workshop in a novel writing class, how to help students at various stages of the writing process and writing in a variety of genres, pedagogical methods, and how to introduce a project whose length likely surpasses that of the semester.


Tasha Coryell received her MFA from the University of Alabama. She currently teaches full-time at Alabama while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in composition and rhetoric. Her first collection of short stories is Hungry People.

Jared Yates Sexton is a writer and political analyst whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He's the author of four books of fiction and his book The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore was published by Counterpoint in 2017.

Cathy Day is the author of two books: The Circus in Winter and Comeback Season. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Lit Hub, PANK, The Millions, and Inside Higher Education. She teaches at Ball State University where she currently serves as the department chair.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the English department at the University of Houston-Downtown. Formerly, he was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar in Mexico City where he finished his first novel, BANG. He's a regular contributor to the Ploughshares Blog.

Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection Hibernate, for which she was awarded the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel Bone Worship. She is the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center