F134. Going Long: Editors & Writers of Longform Nonfiction in Conversation

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In an era of quick reads and short attention spans, longform nonfiction is enjoying a resurgence. Our panel of editors and essayists discuss possibilities, challenges, and new outlets for this versatile form. What technical concerns must we tackle, and what distinguishes these long true stories—beyond sheer length? Are there particular subjects that merit a deep dive over brevity? Join editors and writers from True Story, Longreads, and Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons for a lively conversation.



Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in CNF winner) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Ball State University.

Mike Dang is the editor-in-chief of Longreads and a cofounder of The Billfold.

Hattie Fletcher is the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of True Story magazine. She has been a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series and is coeditor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction.

Anna Leahy's publications include the nonfiction books TumorConversing with Cancer, and Generation Space; the poetry books Aperture and Constituents of Matter; and the pedagogy book What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. She teaches at Chapman University and edits TAB.

Christopher Schaberg is the Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, and the author of three books about airports and air travel. He is also the founding series editor of Object Lessons, an essay and book series about the hidden lives of things.


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