April 23, 2017

Panel/ Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 

Fiction: Writing Short Stories with Deb Olin Unferth, Rebecca Schiff, Dana Johnson, and Chanelle Benz. 

August 7, 2016, Sunday

A PEN Center USA Craft Session

A Very Short Story with Libby Flores

When writing short short stories (less than two-thousand words) it is even more critical to grab readers by the collar. What can a writer learn from sudden fiction? We will examine the parameters of the form and look at several different approaches of the short short. We will examine the form by looking specifically at the great flash fiction of Lydia Davis, Rick Moody, Stuart Dybek, Amy Hempel, Jamaica Kincaid, and many others to examine what captivates and arrests our attention, and what resonates in a reader long after the last line is read. We will discuss these examples and the class will be given writing prompts. By using these prompts participants will leave with a draft of their own short short story.

All handouts will be provided by the instructor. Students should bring a notebook and a pen.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more info on WeHo Arts programming please visit or follow via social media @WeHoArts.

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AWP Minneapolis
A Few Good Mentors: How to Cultivate a Literary Life with a Mento

Most aspiring writers dream about having a successful author drop into their lives and recognize their talent. This panel will explore the importance of mentorship by looking at the experience within the MFA structure, nontraditional writing pairings, and nonprofit writing fellowships. We will ask what can be gained in the relationship between the more established writers and emerging writers. Leave with pedagogical approaches to mentoring, how to bring mentorship into your writing life. 

Moderator: Libby Flores 

Panelists: Tom Grimes, Ethan Rutherford, Jennifer F. Steil and Lilliam Rivera


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Pushing Boundaries

Moderator: Libby Flores

Panelists: T. Geronimo Johnson, Cynthia Bond, Janet Fitch, and Bridgett M. Davis 


2016 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

2016 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Panel: With Friends Like These