Playing the Long Game: Novels and Memoirs Ten Years (or More) in the Making

Rooms 343-344, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In a world that celebrates writers who publish early and often, it can be easy for slower or older writers to feel the deck is stacked against them. Experience shows, though, that patience and persistence often pay off. Authors who spent ten years or more on their manuscripts will discuss their experiences with writing and revising their books, as well as the process of finding agents and being published, and will offer advice to those deep in their long-term, long-form writing projects.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_Outline_for_Playing_the_Long_Game_AWP2023.pdf



Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work has recently appeared in Redivider, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the faculty director of Texas Tech University Press.

Deborah Taffa is the director of the MFA creative writing program at IAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Winner of the PEN Jean Stein Grant, her memoir Whiskey Tender is forthcoming from HarperCollins Harper in 2023. A Public Space, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, and Kranzberg Fellow, she's from the Quechan Nation and Laguna Pueblo.

V.V. Ganeshananthan's debut novel, Love Marriage, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta and the New York Times, among others. A 2014 NEA and Radcliffe Fellow, she teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Melissa Duclos is the author of the novel Besotted. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Salon, and The Offing, among other venues. She is the cofounder of Amplify Writers and has an MFA from Columbia University.

Jai Chakrabarti is the author of the novel A Play for the End of the World (Knopf, 2021) and the forthcoming story collection, A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (Knopf, 2023). His short fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the O.Henry Prize Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize.


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