Out of the Boneyard: Keeping Dead Manuscripts Alive

Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


It can feel like a death when the book you’ve labored over has been widely rejected, orphaned, or stalled in publishing. This panel explores the choices writers face when the universe seems to have said a resounding no. Should you retool based on feedback or trust your vision? Should you wait for the zeitgeist to turn or consider alternative routes to publication? Or is it time to start something new? The writers gathered here have found various ways to bring moribund projects back to life.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Out_of_the_Boneyard_AWP_outline_2023.pdf



Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling and the novel Currency. She is the coeditor of the Sunday Rumpus and her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon, Stir Journal, and elsewhere.

Anne Liu Kellor is a Seattle-based author of Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging, which won an IPPY Award and was a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Finalist in Multicultural Nonfiction. Anne has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Seventh Wave, Jack Straw, 4Culture, and more.

Gina Frangello

Donna Miscolta


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