F294. More Than a Half-Assed Novel: Exploring the Story Cycle

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Collections of linked stories are often seen as an unwieldy fiction genre invented by the publishing industry to market short stories as novels. But linking stories together can be an invitation to great imaginative possibilities. Four authors of story cycles will explore what compelled them to link up their stories, how they published and marketed them, and the craft issues that arise from this genre that at its best combines the economy of a short story with the immersive qualities of a novel.



Zoë Ruiz’s writing has appeared in the Believer, the Millions, Lit Hub, the Rumpus, Marketplace, among other places. She is the recipient of scholarships and awards from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Oregon State. She is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Oregon State University.

Micah Perks's collection of linked stories, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escapes, comes out in fall 2018. She has also published two award-winning novels, a memoir, and many short stories and essays. She is working on a speculative memoir. She codirects the creative writing program at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Elizabeth McKenzie’s novel The Portable Veblen was long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award for fiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. A former editor at The Atlantic, she now edits at Chicago Quarterly Review and Catamaran.

Yang Huang’s collection of linked family stories, My Old Faithful, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. She works for the University of California at Berkeley.

Sina Grace is a writer, artist, and a comics veteran. Nothing Lasts Forever is his latest entry into reflective memoir, and he currently writes Iceman for Marvel Comics.


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