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March Third Thursday: WLT On the Craft of Writing: Short Fiction

March 16, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts On the Craft of Writing talks a few times a year, partnering with an indie bookstore or other community organization, featuring authors discussing their craft in relation to their newest releases.

“The stories in A New Race of Men from Heaven move elegantly between the ache of loneliness and the grace of connection, however fleeting.” —Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections

Kirk Wilson’s Out of Season reminds us that the supernatural is in our marrow, in stories that are at once unruly, intelligent, funny, consecrated, doomed, and rich with plants and animals. They feel a lot like the world right now, and they’re exquisite.” —Paul Lisicky, author of Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

In March, we’ll be joined by authors Chaitali Sen and Kirk Wilson to discuss the craft of writing short fiction through the lens of their latest short story collections.

Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of short fiction or you’re well on your way to putting together a collection of your own (or someplace in-between), join us for this opportunity to hear from two writers who have received critical acclaim for their craft. We’ll dive into the art of the short story, including what makes for compelling short fiction, the tools writers can use to accomplish memorable short stories, what it takes to put together a collection, and more.

If you have questions about the craft of writing short fiction, please consider sharing them with us ahead of time – you can fill out this simple Google form. We’ll also leave time for questions during the event.

We’re encouraging all attendees to read one story by each of our featured authors. These stories will be referenced during the conversation. Here are links to “The Catholics” by Chaitali Sen and “Tapioca” by Kirk Wilson.


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Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our March Third Thursday booklist here.

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Featured Presenter(s)

Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky and the story collection A New Race of Men from Heaven, chosen by Danielle Evans as the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and one of Kirkus Reviews' 100 Best Fiction Books of 2023. Her stories and essays have been published by American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Catapult, Colorado Review, Ecotone, and many other publications. She holds an MFA from Hunter College - City University of New York, and currently lives in Central Texas.
Kirk Wilson’s books include the story collection Out of Season, the poetry collection Songbox, the poetry chapbook The Early Word, and Unsolved, a nonfiction crime study published in six editions in the US and UK. Kirk’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are widely published in literary journals and anthologies. His awards include an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Elixir Press Fiction Award, the Trio House Press Trio Award, Editor’s Awards and other prizes in all three genres, and two Pushcart nominations. Kirk’s past lives include adventures in film, journalism, and advertising. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Donna M. Johnson, author of the memoir Holy Ghost Girl.


March 16, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
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