R224. How I Taught Then, How I Teach Now

Auditorium Room 1, Level 1
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


When experience forces us to challenge the assumptions that underpin our teaching philosophies, how do we sensibly revise our syllabi, course element by course element? In this panel, five teachers of writing share what they grew into knowing. They will describe how an active awareness of their changing assumptions changed their courses for the better. Practical before-and-after examples of course materials promise to make this panel useful for beginners and veterans alike.



Joseph Scapellato earned his MFA in fiction at New Mexico State University. His fiction appears in Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, Unsaid, Harper Perennial's anthology Forty Stories, and other places. Joseph is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.

Derek Palacio is an assistant professor of English. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere, and his story "Sugarcane" was selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013. He is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man.

Cathy Day is the author of two books: The Circus in Winter and Comeback Season. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ninth Letter, [PANK], and The Millions. She teaches fiction writing at both the graduate and undergraduate level, most recently at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. He teaches in the MFA program at Arizona State University.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, and the Devil’s Kitchen Award. Winner of an O. Henry Prize and the Picador Fellowship, she teaches at Florida State University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center