F241. Women Writing Fiction in a Postfeminist Era

Room 402 AB, L.A. Convention Center, Meeting Room LA
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What does postfeminism even mean? VIDA, the organization devoted to defining the current state of women in literature, has demonstrated with chilling exactitude the very real marginalization of contemporary women’s writing. Perhaps we may agree that the difficulties women writers face today are in need of analysis and discussion. The experienced women fiction writers on our panel share how they approach the problem at their writing tables, in publishing arenas, and in their classrooms.



Varley O’Connor is the author of four novels, most recently The Master's Muse. Her craft interviews have appeared in the Writer's Chronicle. She is an associate professor at Kent State University and teaches fiction and nonfiction writing for the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Michelle Latiolais is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. She codirects the Programs in Writing. Her new collection of stories is forthcoming.

Emily Mitchell's first novel The Last Summer of the World was a finalist for the 2008 Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Harper's, Ploughshares, New England Review, and other venues. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Viral.

Lisa Alvarez teaches at Irvine Valley College and codirects the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers. Her work has appeared in Codex Journal, Zocalo Public Square, Huizache, Santa Monica Review, Green Mountains Review, Faultline, and in the anthology, Sudden Fiction Latino.

Melissa Pritchard has ten books of fiction and essays. Her awards are: Flannery O'Connor, Carl Sandburg, J.H. Kafka, Pushcart, O. Henry Prizes, NEA, Barnes and Noble Discover Award, New York Times Notable and Editor's Choice, Best Books Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal and PW starred reviews, and ALA Best LGBT.


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