R295B. The Art of the Craft Talk: Tips from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference Faculty

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writers are asked to give craft talks at literary festivals, writers’ conferences, book tours, and classroom visits. With unfamiliar audiences and limited time, the selection of topics, texts, and delivery methods becomes a set of important considerations. Moderated by an MFA candidate, this panel of fiction faculty from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference offers both innovative and tried-and-true approaches for writers who are beginning to develop these important professional skills.



Charlotte Wyatt studies fiction at the University of Houston. She received a 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction, and was the 2017–18 Inprint/Creative Writing Program Fellow. She also serves as both Fiction Director and Admissions Director for the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, and a collection of short fiction, Hunger. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is professor of creative writing and director of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Idaho.

Michael Byers is the author of the story collection The Coast of Good Intentions and the novels Long for This World and Percival's Planet. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.

Angela Pneuman, MFA, PhD, is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the story collection Home Remedies. A former Stegner Fellow, she currently teaches creative writing in Continuing Studies at Stanford University and directs the Napa Valley Writers Conference.


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