The Long-Term Book Program as MFA Alternative

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


You've taken some workshops, you have a book idea, maybe you're thinking about an MFA. But there are alternative ways to go in-depth on a project! This panel brings together participants from writing workshops that offer a long-term book program such as StoryStudio's Novel in a Year, Lighthouse's Book Project, GrubStreet's Novel Generator, and Stanford's Novel Certificate. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of participation and answer any questions you might have about the process.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Book_Project_Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_Book_Program_Information_Sheet.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: AWP_Book_Program_Excerpts.pdf



Maria S. Picone/수영 is a queer Korean American adoptee, multigenre writer, and Chestnut Review's managing editor. She has an MFA from Goddard College and is a graduate of GrubStreet's Novel Generator. She has won grants from Kenyon Review, Juniper Institute, The Hambidge Center, and others.

Linsey Krolik, a graduate of Stanford's novel writing program, is working on her first novel, a chapbook, a smattering of short stories, and a couple of nonfiction projects. She loves to find creativity in all aspects of her life, including her day job as a lawyer and law professor.

Dawn Tasaka Steffler is a fiction writer working on a first novel. She completed Stanford Continuing Studies’ Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. Then went on to study with Rebecca Makkai in StoryStudio Chicago’s Novel in a Year program. She lives in San Jose, California.

Simone Stolzoff is an independent journalist and author. A former staff writer for Atlantic Media, he now freelances for numerous national publications. His debut nonfiction book, The Good Enough Job, will be published in the spring of 2023 by Penguin Random House.

Shella Parcarey is a Filipino writer. She is a student and a Mapmakers Scholar at Pacific University's MFA program. She completed Stanford's Novel Certificate program. She is an Anaphora Arts Fellow, a Tin House workshop alumni, and a VONA residency alumni. She is a former journalist with Dow Jones.


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