Beyond the Page: Navigating the Editor-Author Relationship in Novels and Stories

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


How can fiction editors best achieve the dual goals of their publication and those of their accepted authors'? How can authors best situate themselves to receive critical feedback? How do we navigate disagreement when uncertain power dynamics and cultural considerations are at play? Panelists who’ve held roles as journal and small press editors, and, of course, as writers, share experiences and examine the best and worst practices in navigating this crucial and too rarely discussed relationship.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_panel_event_outline.pdf



Sean Bernard directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne and also serves as fiction editor for Veliz Books. His stories have appeared widely, and he's the author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter and the collection Desert Sonorous, winner of the Juniper Prize in Fiction.

Allison Wyss is the author of the story collection Splendid Anatomies. Her work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Water~Stone Review, and many other places. She writes a monthly column on craft for the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she also teaches classes.

Talia Lakshmi Kolluri is a mixed South Asian American writer living in California's Central Valley. Her short fiction has been published in Southern Humanities Review, The Common, One Story, and others. Her debut collection, What We Fed to the Manticore, was published by Tin House in September 2022

Farah Ali is from Pakistan. She is the writer of the short story collection People Want to Live. Her work has received special mention and been included in the Pushcart Prize anthology and Best Small Fictions. Her stories have appeared in Shenandoah, Split Lip, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Jennifer Acker is founder and editor in chief of The Common, and the author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and she teaches and directs the Literary Publishing Internship at Amherst College.


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