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April 2016 Third Thursday Panel

4/21/2016 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Keeping it Brief:

Writing and Publishing Short Stories


Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)

 Listen to a recording of this discussion on Soundcloud. For more information on our Third Thursday programming, visit the Third Thursday page on our website.

Shorter doesn't always mean easier. Shorter doesn't always mean less important. 

The short story is a beautiful art form - the perfect choice (perhaps only choice) for many narratives. Many will also say that it is a thriving literary market right now.

But how can a writer know when their idea should be a short story as opposed to something else? How deep can a writer go in a short story? How does one know when to end it? How can one tell if a short story can be (or should be) adapted into a novel? Where and how can one publish a short story? 

Join us the evening of April 21 when our distinguished panelists will address these issues and many more.


Michael Barrett
is the Editor of The Austin Review—an independent, non-profit literary journal that publishes contemporary short fiction and creative nonfiction. He has degrees in physics from Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He tweets at @michaelcbarrett.


Jill Meyers is the cofounder of A Strange Object, an independent literary publisher based in Austin, whose next release, Man and Wife by Katie Chase, publishes on May 10. A Strange Object also publishes a weekly digital magazine Covered with Fur. Before her current position, Jill edited a literary magazine called American Short Fiction. She is also one of the codirectors of Lit Crawl Austin.


Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky, published by Europa Editions in 2015. Her short stories have appeared in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Juked, and various other journals. Reviews and essays have been published by Los Angeles Review of Books, Full Stop, Memorious, and The Margins. She lives in Austin with her husband and stepson.


Kirk Wilson's recent work has appeared in Confrontation, Eclipse, Folly, Meridian, Midway Journal, The New Guard Literary Review, River Teeth (Pushcart nomination), Soundings East, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and The Wordstock 10 anthology. A chapbook of his poems, The Early Word, was published by Burning Deck press. Kirk’s nonfiction book Unsolved, an investigation into ten high profile murders, has been published in six editions in the US and UK. Author Karen Russell has called Kirk “a rare talent with a gloriously expansive view.” His web site is




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