F113. I Survived—and Thrived: Conference Veterans Discuss the Benefits and Drawbacks of Writing Conferences

Marquis Salon 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Ernest Hemingway said, “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing.” We’re not so sure he’s right. This panel assembles veterans of the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Tin House, Kundiman, and other conferences to discuss what one can and cannot expect. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Are these simply writing “summer camps," or can the writer anticipate tangible results to her craft, critique, and community?



Eric Sasson writes Ctrl-Alt, a column about LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal. He's the author of the story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications.

Siân Griffiths directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her creative work is published in Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Redivider, and other journals. Her novel Borrowed Horses was a semi-finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Her website is sbgriffiths.com.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies. His poems and prose have appeared in Bellingham Review, Barrelhouse, the Normal School, PANK, and elsewhere. He is a Kundiman fellow, a coeditor of Waxwing magazine, and an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University.

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/.

Rosebud Ben-Oni received a 2014 NYFA fellowship in poetry and a CantoMundo fellowship in 2013. She is the author of Solecism, a poetry collection, and an editorial advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


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