F178. CANCELLED: Twisted Sister: On Writing Siblings in Fiction

Status: Not Accepted

Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Sibling relationships are often uniquely intimate and uniquely fraught, thus, these bonds are inherently dynamic material to explore in fiction. Siblings can reveal much about our characters: from the familial ecosystem a protagonist was born into and their place in it to how the power dynamics established in childhood can reverberate throughout a life. This panel will explore how writers approach rendering the vast complexities of sibling relationships in their own diverse bodies of work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: TwistedSisterEventOutlineAWP.pdf



Laura van den Berg is the author of two novels, most recently The Third Hotel, and two story collections. Her third collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, is forthcoming. Her honors include the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, and an O. Henry Award

Justin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Tin House, and other publications. He is the author of We the Animals, which was recently adapted into a film and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He is an assistant professor of English at UCLA.

Nina McConigley is the author of the short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the PEN Open Book Award. She teaches at the University of Wyoming and at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Alejandro Nodarse holds an MFA from the University of Miami. An alum and former staff member of the VONA Writers Conference, he was recently the Fiction Artist in Residence at The Deering Estate in Miami. A former independent bookseller, he now teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska.


February 7–10, 2024
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