The Path through the Swamp: Revision Strategies and Processes

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Many writers believe that revising one's work is the most challenging task writers face. What are the myriad ways we, as writers, approach revision? How do we get through the scariest, most daunting "swamps" of rough drafts? Are there maps, guideposts, and coping mechanisms we can use to get from point A to B and beyond? Five acclaimed writers discuss their revision processes and share tips, strategies, and approaches for revising stories and novels—and making our work as strong as it can be.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Virtual_Panel_Outline.pdf



Matthew Lansburgh's collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award and the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. He has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Yaddo, and MacDowell.

Joy Baglio's fiction appears in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She's received fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center, and is the founder of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop.

Taymour Soomro is a Pakistani writer. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review. He is the author of Other Names for Love, a novel forthcoming in 2022 from FSG and Harvill Secker and is the coeditor, with Deepa Anappara, of the anthology Letters to a Writer of Colour.

Vu Tran is the author of the novel, Dragonfish. He has received a Whiting Award and an NEA Fellowship, and his work has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Mysteries, and Ploughshares. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Alyssa Songsiridej is the author of Little Rabbit and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. She is also the managing editor at Electric Literature.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center