114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Creative Writing: A Shimmer of Possibility: Short Fiction and the Question of Closure

Presiding Officer: 
Joshua Bernstein, University of Minnesota, Duluth

In a 2003 interview with The Paris Review, Tobias Wolff, reflecting on Chekhov’s stories, remarked: “a good story somehow continues in a shimmer of possibility.” Should a short story embrace that “possibility” or strive for a degree of closure? And is one approach better suited to the form of short fiction? Please submit a brief bio in the abstract spot, and a longer bio, your abstract, and a portion of a story in the proposal spot. Then, please email me your full short fiction piece you wish to read (each author will have approximately 15 minutes to read and discuss the work). I welcome submissions by both established and beginning authors.

Closed (not accepting submissions)
Topic Type: 
Standing Session