S210. Rethinking Linking: Stories and Novels, Structure and Beyond

Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Linked stories and novels in stories continue to grow in popularity, and they have opened up new possibilities in terms of considering how connections and structure work within and across not only what we might traditionally consider stories, but chapters and novel sections, too. Join us for a discussion of linking through character, setting, language, and more. Beyond the basics, we’ll address ways to consider what kind of structural form your links call for and offer tips for experimentation.



Anne Sanow is the author of the story collection Triple Time. Her awards include the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction, and an NEA fellowship in prose. She currently teaches fiction at Texas Tech University.

Dylan Landis is the author of two linked story collections, Normal People Don't Live Like This, one of Newsday's Ten Best Books of 2009, and the forthcoming Rainey Royal. She has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other awards.

Clifford Garstang is the author of In an Uncharted Country, a collection of linked short stories, and the novel What the Zhang Boys Know. He is the co-founder and editor of Prime Number magazine.

Imad Rahman is the author of I Dream Of Microwaves, a collection of connected stories. He is currently working on a novel and teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University, where he also directs the annual Imagination Writers Conference.

Mary Akers is the author of the short story collections Bones of an Inland Sea (forthcoming) and Women up on Blocks. She co-authored the nonfiction book One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others and is editor of the online journal r.kv.r.y.


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