F231. Surviving the End Times: Finishing a First, Second, or Fifth Book

Room 207A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Most writers understand the warp of space and time by the way distance grows the closer we get to the end of a book manuscript. These five panelists, who have authored novels, memoirs, volumes of poetry, and essay and story collections, offer a variety of perspectives and practical tips for crossing the finish line. Panelists also draw on their experience with trade publishers, university presses, foreign rights, and movie options to discuss where and how to publish.



Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain and of essays published in many venues, including Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, Missouri Review, and Ninth Letter. She directs the graduate writing and publishing program at DePaul University in Chicago.

Philip Graham is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, and McSweeney's. He is a professor emeritus of creative writing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and he is a cofounder and editor at large of Ninth Letter.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is the coeditor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, is forthcoming. She teaches at DePaul.

James Cañón is a Colombian American writer. His first novel, Tales from the Town of Widows, was published in 2007. It has been translated into eleven languages, was awarded the Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Étranger, and was made into a film. Cañón earned his MFA from Columbia University.

Sarah Dohrmann is a Brooklyn-based nonfiction and fiction writer. Her long-form essay concerning women and prostitution in Morocco appeared in Harper's magazine, and she is at work on a book of creative nonfiction.


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