Pictures of Books in Progress: Visualizing the Craft of Research & Writing

120AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


If you pop the hood on craft, what would you see? Four women demystify writing and researching by showing images of their works in progress and discussing the visual element of inspiration and organization. Across genres (novels, biography, memoir, and YA), they show you photographs, letters, spreadsheets, and maps and offer examples of visuals that changed their grasp of their material. Writing a book is solitary; join panelists who invite you right to their desks and into their process.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2022___Event_Outline_for_Craft_Panel.pdf



Amy Reading is the author of The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge and a Short History of the Big Con. She is under contract for a biography of Katharine S. White, first fiction editor of the New Yorker, for which she was awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship.

Sorayya Khan is the author of the forthcoming memoir To Be Thrown and the novels City of Spies, Five Queen’s Road, and Noor. She is at work on a new novel.

Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels Ten Thousand Saints and The Twelve-Mile Straight and the memoir Everything I Have Is Yours. She is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College.

Laura McNeal is the author of The Practice House, a historical novel set in the 1930s, and Dark Water, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. She's writing a trilogy about the romance and marriage of 19th-century poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

Alexandra Chang


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