S226. Writing After Publication: Now What?

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will explore the complicated aftermath of a writer's life following debut publication. How is writing a second book different from writing a debut? How does publication change our notions of what it means to be a writer? How can we sit back down at the writing desk, and why is it important to do so? We’ll address perceived success and failure, and the skills required and acquired to build a sustainable writing life beyond the milestone of publication.


Danya Kukafka is the author of the novel Girl in Snow, a national bestseller translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. She currently lives in Seattle.

Danielle Lazarin is the author of Back Talk: Stories. Her award-winning fiction can be found in The Southern Review, Buzzfeed, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Boston Review, amongst others, and her essays in The Cut and Lenny Letter. She lives in New York.

Brit Bennett earned her MFA in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers' Program. Her essays appear in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, and Jezebel. Her debut novel is The Mothers.

Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble, was released in 2018. Her fiction can be found in New England ReviewKenyon ReviewBOMB, and elsewhere. She was a 2012–2013 fellow in fiction at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and holds a PhD from the University of Houston.

Dickson Lam is the author of Paper Sons: A Memoir. He holds MFA degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. Lam is an Assistant Professor of English at Contra Costa College.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center