The Invisible Art: Making Literary Editing Visible, Equitable, and Transparent

Rooms 445-446, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Learning the craft of literary editing is challenging without apprenticeship or mentorship, and even seasoned editors may find themselves in search of new skills as technologies evolve and times change. How do editors develop, learn, and grow their practice? Drawing from exercises and case studies in the forthcoming editing textbook The Invisible Art of Literary Editing, this panel seeks to make the invisible visible, to demystify the process, and to discuss equity and transparency in editing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Editing_Panel_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: The_Invisible_Art_of_Literary_Editing_flyer.pdf



Sarah Layden is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and is coauthor (with Bryan Furuness) of The Invisible Art of Literary Editing. She is also the author of Imagine Your Life Like This, stories, and Trip through Your Wires, a novel.

Bryan Furuness is the coauthor (with Sarah Layden) of the forthcoming book, The Invisible Art of Literary Editing. He writes novels, edits anthologies, teaches at Butler University, lives in Indianapolis, and believes that breakfast burritos are the perfect food.

Dionne Irving is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of Quint (7.13 Books) and The Islands (Catapult). Her work has appeared in Story, Boulevard, Lit Hub, Missouri Review, and New Delta Review. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame.

Matthew Pitt has published two fiction collections: Attention Please Now and These Are Our Demands. Matt is an associate professor and director of English Undergraduate Studies at TCU, where he has served as editor in chief for descant since 2014. He also is a contributing editor for West Branch.


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