Grand Ballroom East, Hilton New York Hotel | January 31, 2008
Episode 8: Shaping a Short Story Collection
(Steve Almond, Brian Evenson, Daphne Kalotay, Ellen Litman, Deb Olin Unferth) Short story collections are notoriously hard to get published. Editors complain that collections don't sell. Agents ask for a novel. Magazine articles regularly proclaim that the short story itself is dead. And yet, every year new short story collections come out, win awards, and generate buzz. Some have recurring characters, others are labeled "a novel in stories." Some center on a specific theme, while others are set in a particular location. What makes for a compelling short story collection? What is the best way to arrange the stories? How to develop an arch? The fiction writers on this panel have published one or more short story collections. They will attempt to answer the above questions by sharing their own experiences, discussing their favorite collections, and trying to identify some useful strategies.
Published Date: October 8, 2009