F280. How to Do Your Debut Author Year

Room 305, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Both thrilling and bewildering, your first book’s publication year is a crash course in the hustle, strategy, and luck it takes to launch a writing career. In this high-pressure period, how do you best advocate for your book, connect to potential readers, and maintain your sanity? The five 2019 debuts on this panel discuss the professional, creative, and emotional impacts of transitioning from “writer” to “author,” and share practical advice for navigating your own debut.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP20_-_How_to_Do_Your_Debut_Author_Year.pdf



Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He writes on the subjects of family, race, economics, and art.

Angie Kim is a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and debut author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, Slate, the Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Asian American Literary Review, and [PANK].

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's story collection, Sabrina & Corina, and novel, Woman of Light, chronicle the lives of Chicanas in the Southwest. Kali has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming.

T Kira Madden is a lesbian, APIA writer. She is the author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, and serves as the founding editor in chief of No Tokens.

Xuan Juliana Wang's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Narrative, Freeman's, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Home Remedies is her debut collection of short stories.


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Seattle, Washington

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