Programs by Genre - Short Stories

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Senate Chamber
Signals: New and Selected Stories

Widely celebrated novelist, Tim Gautreaux, gives us a generous collection of exhilarating short stories, proving that he is a master of this genre as well, with David Armand moderating.

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room F
Monday Nights: Stories from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans

Fredrick Barton, Barb Johnson, AC Lambeth, Joanna Leake, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room C
Short Stories: Investigating the Unified Collection

When every story in a writer's collection includes one common element, readers wonder: did the writer come up with the commonality first or did she write a series of stories only to then look back and realize they all circled around the same idea? How are such collections shaped and what's the trick to making the stories cohesive and yet still singular? Join panelists Lee Upton, Olivia Clare, Neil Connelly, and Michael Knight as they discuss the common elements that run throughout their short story collections and expose the creative process behind writing a set of stories all containing a single common element. Moderated by Carin Chapman.

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Salvation and Transcendence in Horror Fiction

Readers don't always approach horror fiction seeking stories of transcendence but the genre is uniquely capable of telling such stories. From popular novels like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, where both the doctor and his monster long to transcend the limits of their given bodies, to cult classics like Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to GH, where a dying insect terrorizes a woman out of her domestic contentment and towards a quest for salvation, horror fiction puts these spiritual crises front and center. In this panel, Jon Padgett, The Secret of Ventriloquism: A Collection of Short Stories, Steve Yates, Legend of the Albino Farm, and moderator Joshua Wheeler talk about how their favorite horror stories approach these issues and how they've tried to tackle them in their own writing.


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