S144. No Fantasy or Sci-Fi: Teaching Genre as Workshop

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The time of popular genre fiction being barred from workshops is mostly passed. The number of students submitting genre work grows every day, and with it, so does the desire among students to be taught the fundamentals and craft concerns of those genres. From fiction to poetry, our panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of introducing work of popular genre masters in the creative writing classroom as well as addressing issues surrounding generic conventions in the workshop.



Saul Lemerond is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Hanover College. He received his PhD in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing-Fiction from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has a book of short stories, Kayfabe and Other Stories.

Patti Jeane Pangborn is a PhD student in English with a creative writing concentration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she teaches first-year writing and sophomore lit courses. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her chapbook of sci-fi poetry is titled Adrift.

Leigh Camacho Rourks's forthcoming collection of short stories, Moon Trees and Other Orphans, is the winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award. She is also the recipient of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and the Robert Watson Literary Review Prize.

Daniel Altenburg is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he teaches English and works as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Rougarou: A Journal of Arts and Literature. He is the author of Flight, a book of poetry.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center