S121. Women Trespassing: Women Breaking the Rules in Fiction and Their Writing Careers

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


A Catholic-turned-Buddhist has sex with her Zen master. A biomechanist builds a deer suit to live in the woods. A woman stalks the celebrity living on her street. A girl basketball player navigates a male-dominated world. In this panel, women writers discuss how they write trespassing women and break rules in their writing lives. Women writers have been too long excluded from spaces of authority. We’re taking the power back. This panel is for writers ready to make risky choices and daring work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Women_Trespassing_Outline.pdf



Blair Hurley is the author of the novel The Devoted. She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Hawthornden Castle, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and McMaster University.

Lara Ehrlich is the author of the short story collection Animal Wife, and her short stories appear in StoryQuarterly, Hunger Mountain, the Massachusetts Review, the Normal School, and River Styx, among others.

Dana Czapnik is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Falconer. She has earned fellowships in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Center for Fiction, and the Hertog Foundation.

Laura Sims is the author of Looker, a debut novel. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson.

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction. A prizewinning journalist, essayist, and book critic, she is Prose Writer-in-Residence of Hugo House. Her work appears in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, Hobart, Moss, and Poetry Northwest. She is cofounder and chair of InvestigateWest.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center