F251. The Parent-Writer: Can We Really Have It All?

Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Writing a book is challenging, but what if you’re also raising a bawling newborn, a demanding toddler, or a difficult tween? Our panel of fiction writers, food bloggers, and journalists discusses the challenges of being both serious writers and good parents, including how to hit your deadlines while managing kid's schedules. Can today's writer—who is expected to tweet, blog, and have a million Facebook friends, while simultaneously crafting great prose and nurturing children—really have it all?



Ava Chin is the Urban Forager columnist for The New York Times. She has written for the LA Times magazine, Saveur, the Village Voice, and Spin. The editor of the nonfiction anthology Split and author of a forthcoming foraging memoir, she is an associate professor at CUNY-College of Staten Island.

Jane Delury’s fiction has appeared in journals including the Southern Review, the Yale Review, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She is on the faculty of the University of Baltimore’s MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program.

Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the novels The Wonder Bread Summer, Drinking Closer to Home, and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties.

Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including The Double E and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and he was awarded an American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation in 2006.

Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind "Orangette," named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her book A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table was a New York Times best seller. With her husband Brandon Pettit, she co-owns the restaurants Delancey and Essex, in Seattle.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center