R246. But Do You Have a Novel? How and Why Short Story Writers Transition into Novelists

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Even the most successful short story writers face this daunting question: "Is there a novel coming?" Agents and publishers contend that the market simply does not exist for story collections. Thus many story writers embark on novels in part to secure publishing contracts, and then struggle with a new form they have promised to deliver. We take on practical questions of transitioning to a new genre, and also consider the issue of navigating the professional complexities of this transition.



Susan Perabo is the author of two story collections, Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do, and two novels, The Broken Places and The Fall of Lisa Bellow. She is professor and writer in residence at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize. His work has appeared in the Atlantic and the New York Times. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of This Is Not Your City plus a forthcoming novel and story collection. Her work appears in the New YorkerBest American Short StoriesPEN/O. Henry Prize StoriesPushcart Prize anthology, and others. An editor at the Kenyon Review, she teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation, the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Princeton.

Amina Gautier is the author of three short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her website is https://aminagautier.wordpress.com/.


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