F310. Speculative Fiction, Genre, and World-building in the Creative Writing Classroom

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


With more and more writers interested in speculative fiction, magical realism, and genre, how can workshops, teachers, and programs embrace all these forms? Panelists who teach in the Clarion Writers Workshop, UCLA Extension Programs, MFAs, and undergraduate programs discuss specific approaches to teaching, including speculative fiction in literary fiction workshops, classes and programs tailored for genre forms, and guiding students to build sound, imaginative, and diverse worlds.



Brenda Peynado's work appears in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Tor.com, Georgia ReviewKenyon Review OnlineThe Sun, and others. She received an MFA at Florida State University and a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida.

Ploi Pirapokin's work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, the Bellingham Review, and other journals. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Clarion Writer's Workshop, Kundiman, and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University.

Kelly Link is the author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and the forthcoming collection Get in Trouble. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. With Gavin J. Grant, she runs Small Beer Press.

Karen Joy Fowler has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her novels include Sarah Canary and The Jane Austen Book Club and most recently, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2014.

Trent Hergenrader is an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His short stories have appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and elsewhere. His academic work focuses on digital pedagogy, creative writing pedagogy, and game studies.


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