Craft & the Creative Life: How to K*ll Your Darlings (the Art of Revision)


Sun Jun 11 2023 at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm


The American Bookbinders Museum | San Francisco, CA

This panel gathers three seasoned writers who will read their deleted darlings, and discuss the pain—and triumph—of revising.
About this Event

Experienced authors know that revision is the key to great writing. Even great passages need to be sometimes axed, to make the greater piece of writing better. This panel will gather three writers who will read their deleted darlings and talk about the pain—and triumph—of revising. Featuring Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Lori Ostlund, and Patrick Earl Ryan. Moderated by Grant Faulkner.



Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s newest novel, Tell the Rest (2023), features two characters who use their rage and creativity to take on the Christian Right. Her autobiographical young adult novel, No Stopping Us Now (2022), celebrates sisterhood, basketball, and activism. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Fiction Award, two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships, a Berkeley Civics Arts Grant, and a Yaddo Fellowship.

Lori Ostlund’s first book, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. Her second book, After the Parade, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, a NYTimes Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as in journals such as New England Review and ZYZZYVA. Lori received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a 2017 Joyce Carol Oates Prize finalist. She is on the MFA faculty at Regis University and is the Series Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in San Francisco—in a very small house—with her wife, the novelist Anne Raeff, their daughter Juztice, and two cats.

Patrick Earl Ryan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His debut short story collection If We Were Electric (University of Georgia Press, 2020) was chosen by Roxane Gay as the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award. His stories have appeared in Ontario Review, Pleiades, Best New American Voices, Men on Men: Best New Gay Fiction for the Millennium, Cairn, James White Review, and Gertrude. Patrick was also the founder and editor-in-chief of the San Francisco-based LGBTQ+ literary journal Lodestar Quarterly.

Grant Faulkner (moderator) is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His book The Art of Brevity: Crafting the Very Short Story was released in February of this year. He's also published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and All the Comfort Sin Can Provide. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, LitHub, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer, and his stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and in anthologies such as Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, Norton's New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, and Flash Fiction America. Grant is also the co-founder and host of the podcast Write-minded, and the newsletter Intimations: A Writer's Discourse.


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The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, United States

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