R209. The Long and Short of It: Short Stories That Evolved into Novels

Room 303, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


"This should be a novel" is a common form of praise given to a short story in a workshop, but what does this really mean? Many short stories work wonderfully in their smaller containers, brimming with novelistic complexity and scope. But sometimes what begins as a short story begs to be more. Five writers discuss examples of stories that transformed into novels while also illuminating their winding paths from 5,000 words to 80,000+, and how this path changed their relationship with shorter forms.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Long_and_Short_of_It_Outline.pdf



Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Black Warrior Review, and Fairy Tale Review, among others. He is an editor of Psychopomp magazine and an assistant professor at St. Olaf College.

Sakinah Hofler is a PhD student and an Alfred C. Yates Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. Her poetry and prose has appeared in multiple literary journals and magazines. She has won the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize.

Cara Benson has been published in the New York Times, Boston Review, and Electric Literature and anthologized in Best American Poetry. Author of the prose/poem collection (made), she's received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the bpNichol Award. She is an instructor for GrubStreet.

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and now teaches at Hugo House in Seattle.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center