The Week-Long Fiction Course: Best Practices for Conference Workshops

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


While many craft guides and articles address fiction workshop pedagogy, few address the difference between successful semester-long workshops and successful week-long programs or conferences. In this panel discussion, accomplished instructors who work in both MFA classrooms and conferences will discuss how they successfully foster effective, inclusive workshops in the intense environment of short-term programs.



Charlotte Wyatt serves as fiction director for the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.

Angela Pneuman, MFA, PhD, is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the story collection Home Remedies. A former Stegner Fellow, she currently teaches creative writing in continuing studies at Stanford and directs the Napa Valley Writers Conference.

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of The Family Chao (2022), All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost (2010), Inheritance (2004), and Hunger: A Novella and Stories (1998). The recipient of a 2021 Berlin Prize Fellowship, she is director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Andrea Bewick is managing director of the Napa Valley Writer's Conference. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she has received fellowships from MacDowell and Stanford. She teaches English and creative writing at Napa Valley College.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novels, A Lie Somone Told You About Yourself, The Fortunes, and The Welsh Girl, two story collections, plus The Art of Revision. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories.


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Kansas City Convention Center