F218. From the First "The End" to Hitting Send: On Revising the Novel

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Kill your darlings. Read it out loud. Have a friend edit it. Plenty of advice exists for revising short fiction, but shoring up a novel spanning hundreds of pages presents a different set of challenges—especially since many workshops focus on short stories. The novelists on this panel have all written books that evolved from messy drafts to published works of art, and they share strategies, techniques, and revision tips—along with some trials and errors—with those who aspire to do the same.



Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and the forthcoming Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work recently appeared in Indiana Review, Wigleaf, Juked, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Chantel Acevedo's novels include The Distant Marvels, a Booklist Editors Choice pick, A Falling Star, and Love and Ghost Letters. Her most recent novel is The Living Infinite. An Associate Professor, she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

Randa Jarrar is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Map of Home and the short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Her essays have appeared in The SunGuernicaOxford AmericanNew York Times MagazineUtne Reader, and Salon. She is Associate Professor at Fresno State's MFA Program.

Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. He teaches at IAIA and Ashland University.

SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won a Publishing Triangle Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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