S140. A Job of One’s Own: How to Create a Professional Life That Works for You

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


While many writers are trained for a tenure-track university position, the academic market has become extremely competitive, requiring more than an MFA or a PhD. Here are some incredible careers you can create for your future, where your expertise with creative and critical thinking will make an impact. Panelists discuss how they arrived in their industries and how you can adapt your creative skills to craft a meaningful professional career and sustained writing life.



Meggie Monahan received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. Meggie lives and works in Houston as Program Manager for Writers in the Schools (WITS).

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun and Everyone Knows You Go Home. She is a faculty member of the Creative Writing MFA program at Regis University. Her work has appeared in Latina magazine, Writer's Digest, and NBCLatino.com. Twitter/IG: @NataliaSylv.

Ramiza Shamoun Koya writes fiction and nonfiction, and is the Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in publications such as Mutha MagazineWashington Square Review, and Lumina, and she has been a fellow at MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx, winner of the 2014 National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana. She is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

Rebecca Wadlinger is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and earned her PhD from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She currently works in the Creative Department at the Portland advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy.


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