S198. Linked and Unlinked: Reimagining Story Writing

Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The creative spectrum between linked versus unlinked, novel-in-stories versus novel, has become rich, complex, and daunting. Too often the conversation narrowly focuses on genre, place, marketability, and identity—and thus marginalizes the imaginative possibilities of writing between linked and unlinked stories, between novel-in-stories and novel. Four fiction writers focus on the intention, process, difficulties, and craft issues that arise in reimagining this spectrum of story writing.



Donna Miscolta is the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced. Her story collection Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman.

Alma García's short fiction has been published as an award-winner in Narrative magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and appears in the anthology, Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture. A past Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship recipient, she is at work on a novel.

Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions and The Region of Lost Names: A Novel. A recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, Fred is completing a book of lyrical and ekphrastic essays, and is at work on a novel set primarily in the Caribbean.

Ito Romo's recent work, dubbed Chicano Gothic and Chicano Noir, shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas. He is associate professor of English at St. Mary’s University. He is the author of The Border is Burning and El Puente / The Bridge.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center