R255. CANCELLED: Time Passes: When Life Is Long and Art Is Short(er)

Status: Not Accepted

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Fiction writers are often advised to tackle tales taking place over modest, supposedly manageable amounts of time: days, weeks, months. These panelists all instead wrote stories and books that unspool over years, decades, generations. How do writers keep such a story aloft, sustaining narrative tension and selecting which moments to depict? How do we maintain readers’ belief in and empathy for characters who keep changing, shaped by a lifetime’s worth of half-seen experiences?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_outline,_AWP_Times_Passes.docx



Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations and the story collection This Is Not Your City. Work appears in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize, and elsewhere. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications.

Adrienne Celt is the author of the novels Invitation to a Bonfire and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award, as well as a collection of comics entitled Apocalypse How? Her work has appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, Zyzzyva, Ecotone, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.


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