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September Third Thursday: The Craft and Business of Short Stories

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

9/20/2018 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.


Third Thursday

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX, 78703



"The Craft and Business of Short Stories"

Short stories sometimes get short shrift in the literary world. Collections of them are harder to sell than novels. Their form is often treated as a training ground for the longer work of a novel. Yet the short story market is thriving, and the story form continues to develop in innovative ways that are particular to the genre. In the panel, three writers and editors will talk about the art and business of this essential literary form.


David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series, from Baen Books. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.






Oscar Casares is the author of two noted books, earning him fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters.  His collection of stories, Brownsville, was selected by American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2004, and is now included in the curriculum at several universities throughout the country.  His first novel, Amigoland, received a “starred review” from Publisher’s Weekly, which called it “a winning novel.”  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.






Jack Kaulfus is the author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever. Their work has been published in A Cappella Zoo, Heavy Feather Review, and Off the Rocks, among other journals. Jack teaches high school English in Austin, Texas, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University in San Marcos. When all the grading is finished, Jack plays in the queer Americana band Brand New Key.







Rebecca Markovits has been the co-editor of the literary magazine American Short Fiction since 2012. Before joining ASF, Markovits was the executive editor and co-author of The Fearless Critic: A Guide to Austin’s Restaurants. She has been a regular book reviewer for the Austin-American Statesman, and her essays and reviews have appeared, among other places, in the Texas Observer and Texas Monthly.