S274. Weird Girls (Fabulous Ladies of Fabulist Fiction)

Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Female writers have been marginalized as have genre writers, so Fabulist female writers are, in essence, writing from the margins of the margins. Four Fabulist writers will share their origin stories and inspirations. They will address the specific rules of writing “weird” and the challenges and/or surprise perks they've encountered as risk-takers. They will offer practical advice for writers in any stage of the process who wish to learn more about the Fabulist realm.



Christine Vines is founder, curator, and host of the Fiction Addiction Reading Series in New York City. Christine has read her work at KGB Bar and The Franklin Park Reading Series. She has interned for PEN America and guest taught for the Writers in Baltimore Schools program in Baltimore.

Marie-Helene Bertino's debut collection of stories Safe as Houses was the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction award and long-listed for The 2013 Story Prize and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Her debut novel 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas will be published in August 2014.

Amelia Gray is the author of AM/PM and Museum of the Weird, for which she won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. Her first novel, Threats, was named a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and McSweeney's.

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, The Age of Miracles, which has been translated into twenty-nine languages and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was named one of the best books of the year by People, O Magazine, and The Financial Times.

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the novel Vacation, winner of the Cabel First Novel Award, and the story collection Minor Robberies. Her work appears in Harper's, The New York Times, and McSweeney's.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center