We Can’t All Marry Rich: Teaching Creative Writing Students Professional Skills

Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, February 9, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Most students don’t become professors, yet the only professional skill most creative writing programs prepare students for is teaching. In this panel, we will share methods for teaching the skills and knowledge—like publishing, freelancing, marketing, etc.—that students need to persevere as working writers outside the ivory tower. Panelists will share practical strategies and assignments for instructors so that when your students graduate they can answer the toughest question of all: “Now what?"

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_RH.docx



Rajpreet Heir is an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Ithaca College. She has published nonfiction in both commercial and literary venues including The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York TimesTeen VogueBrevity, and others. She writes about being Indian in Indiana.

Samuel Ashworth's forthcoming novel is The Autopsy of August Sweeney. He has ghostwritten multiple bestselling books, and his essays and journalism have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Eater, Gawker, Barrelhouse, and many more. He teaches creative writing at George Washington University.

Robbie Maakestad is a senior editor for The Rumpus and an associate professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Daniel A. Hoyt's novel This Book Is Not For You won the inaugural Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. His first story collection, Then We Saw the Flames, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Dan teaches at Kansas State University, where he is the founding editor of American Buffalo Books.

Monica Prince is an assistant professor of activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University and the author of four poetry collections. Her creative focus is choreopoems, performance poetry, and social justice.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center