F114. We're on the Road to Somewhere: Approaches to Managing the Writing Life

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


There are no shortcuts when it comes to writing. Sometimes, the challenge isn’t getting started—it’s sticking with it through criticism and rejection; doubts and confusion with the material itself. In this inspiring panel, successful writers discuss their own winding paths to publication and offer practical suggestions for building a creative and professional life in a variety of writing fields—including editing, blogging, and screenwriting—while managing a writing life over the long haul.



Josh Rolnick's debut short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. He currently serves as an instructor in the Johns Hopkins MA in writing program as well as at the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. He is the publisher of Sh'ma, a journal of Jewish ideas.

Yiyun Li is the author of four books, including, most recently, Kinder Than Solitude. She is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Whiting Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship, among others. She teaches writing at University of California, Davis and is a contributing editor to A Public Space.

Austin Bunn is an assistant professor at Cornell University. He is the author of the story collection The Brink. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and the Atlantic. He is the cowriter of the film Kill Your Darlings.

Sonya Chung is the author of the novel Long for This World, a staff writer for The Millions, and founding editor of Bloom. She has taught fiction at Columbia University, NYU, and Gotham Writers Workshop. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Skidmore College and is at work on her second novel.

Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of linked stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day.


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