S149. Historical Fiction and Fictional History

Room 208 A&B, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Some of our most celebrated contemporary fiction and drama centers on historical narratives, including recent work by Edward P. Jones, E. L. Doctorow, Hilary Mantel, Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, and Paul Harding, among many others. In this panel, we will explore why the past continues to exert such a powerful pull on writers, the opportunities and challenges that writing about history poses, and narrative strategies and techniques for dealing imaginatively with historical events and figures.



Joseph M. Schuster is the author of The Might Have Been and One Season in the Sun. His short fiction has appeared in Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, and New Virginia Review, among other journals. He is a member of the faculty of Webster University.

Joan Silber is the author of eight books. She is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She lives in New York City, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

K. L. Cook is the author of three award-winning books of fiction: The Girl from Charnelle, a novel, and two collections of short stories, Last Call and Love Songs for the Quarantined. He teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State University and the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University.

Charissa Menefee, a finalist for the 2013 Julie Harris Playwright Award, has had plays produced by, among others, the Pandora Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival's New American Playwrights Project. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center