S115. Succeed Better: The Many Ways Our Words Can Bear Fruit

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Faced with Amazon rankings, bestseller statuses, and zero-sum “top writer” lists, you might think that success is all about numbers—but numbers are the palest measure of what our work can do in the world. The writers and editors on this panel share personal stories about how writing can lead to poignant encounters, salved wounds, changed lives, and empowered people. This conversation broadens the definition of success to encompass the things that mean the most.



David Ebenbach is the author of five books, including two story collections—Between Camelots (winner of the Drue Heinz Prize) and Into the Wilderness (winner of the WWPH Prize)—and The Artist’s Torah, a guide to the creative process. Ebenbach teaches creative writing at Georgetown University.

Anna Carolyn McCormally is a student in the fiction writing MFA program at University of Maryland and the author of The Six Days, a novel for young adults. She is an editor at Giant Squid Books, a small press that publishes diverse YA fiction.

Margaret Luongo teaches creative writing and contemporary literature for Miami University in Ohio and London. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Granta, the  Cincinnati Review, Fence, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and other publications.

Dawn Dorland is an LA-based writer and educator, teaching fiction and nonfiction at Writing Workshops LA & the Downtown Women's Center. Dawn's work appears in GMR online, the Drum, and the GrubStreet blog. She graduated with an MFA from the University of Maryland, and her debut novel is Econoline.

Amy Gottlieb is the author of a novel, The Beautiful Possible. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Other Voices, Lilith, the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellowship and teaches at Monroe College.


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