S112. Opening the Doors to Discovery: The Generative Writing Workshop

Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


"No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader," said Robert Frost. How do creative writing teachers help students open the doors to discovery? This panel will explore generative workshops for adult writers. Panelists have taught many workshops in all genres and developed a sense, practical and intuitive, about the value of using prompts to generate fresh and surprising writing. The notion is reminiscent of Buddhist koans: be in the present and respond to what occurs in the moment.



Kim Dana Kupperman is the founder of Welcome Table Press, devoted to the essay in all its forms. Author of The Last of Her and I Just Lately Started Buying Wings, she is a guest faculty member at WV Wesleyan's MFA and JHU's MA in writing. She leads and coteaches prompt-driven, private workshops.

Rachel Basch is the author of three novels, including The Listener and The Passion of Reverend Nash. Her nonfiction has appeared in n+1. She teaches in Fairfield University’s MFA Program and Wesleyan University’s GLSP. She leads a private master class and coteaches generative writing workshops.

Baron Wormser has taught generative workshops in numerous settings. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA program and is the author of fourteen books including the memoir The Road Washes Out in Spring; a novel, Teach Us That Peace; and his recent book of poetry, Unidentified Sighing Objects.

Rebecca McClanahan’s ten books include The Tribal Knot, a multigenerational memoir, and Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Glasgow Award in nonfiction, she teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University.

Dustin Beall Smith is the recipient of the 2007 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction for his book, Key Grip: A Memoir of Endless Consequences. His essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays 2008 and 2009. He teaches creative writing at Gettysburg College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center