Battle of the Textbooks

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The authors on this multigenre panel, each of whom has published a creative writing textbook, will not actually be battling one another. They will, however, discuss why they decided to write / edit their textbook, the niche they hoped to fill, and the ways in which their textbook authorship has affected their own teaching and writing. For aspiring textbook authors, the panel will address practical matters of writing a proposal, compiling an anthology, and finding a publisher.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_event_outline_2023-2-27-23.pdf



Michael Kardos is the author of the novel Bluff, as well as two other novels, a story collection, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction. He is a professor of English and codirector of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is an NEA fellow and author of several poetry collections, most recently The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and Fountain and Furnace. She is also co-author of Writing Poems. Bar-Nadav is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jennifer Pullen is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio Northern University (PhD Ohio University, MFA Eastern Washington University). She has a chapbook, A Bead of Amber on Her Tongue with Omnidawn Press. Her textbook, Writing Fantasy Fiction, is upcoming from Bloomsbury Academic.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die; a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers; and four collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds and Thieve. Wilkins lives with his family in Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield University.


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