R265. Go Your Own Way: Plotting the Path to a Writing Career

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


A diverse group of writers, teachers, and editors discuss their paths to writing: the pros, cons, and alternatives to the MFA, the importance of making connections in the publishing industry, utilizing resources such as conferences, residencies, fellowships, writing groups, and workshops, plus the benefits and drawbacks of working full or part-time while writing.



Deirdre Sugiuchi is finishing her fundamentalist Christian boot camp memoir, Unreformed. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Electric Literature, the Rumpus, and other places. She lives in Athens, Georgia, where she chairs the New Town Revue Reading Series. She also serves as a public school librarian.

Amanda Miska runs Split Lip Press, and is former EIC of Split Lip Magazine. She received her MFA from American University. Her essays and fiction can be found at The Rumpus, Hobart, Wigleaf, the Prairie Schooner blog, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She exists online at amandamiska.com.

Laura Catherine Brown is the author of two novels, Made By Mary and Quickening, which was featured in Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writer series. Her short stories have appeared in Bellingham Review, Monkeybicycle, Tin House, and several other literary magazines.

Sean Smith (writing as Charlie J. Eskew). Charlie J. Eskew is the writer of two speculative works, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a speculative work of satire, and Judges: Where the Light Lay Still a prequel to the Judge Dredd series.

Jennifer Baker


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center