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Celebrating Short Stories

» The Conference on the American Short Story

The Conference on the American Short Story celebrates the reading and writing of short fiction in the United States. Join us for an exploration of seventy-five years of post-WWII short stories and what’s next for this genre. 

This exhilarating gathering brings together readers, scholars, teachers, and writers themselves—established and emerging—for lively conversation about how stories make sense of the world around us. Together, we will examine craft and criticism and imagine the vibrant future of the short story form. 

The Department of English, the MFA in Creative WritingLeatherby Libraries, and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are working together to host this exciting national conference at Chapman University. Chapman University’s partners for this conference include the Literacies Partnership with Orange High School, the Creative Writing Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts, and Orange Public Library

More information about featured speakers, calls for proposals, and sessions for young writers is coming soon!


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+ - Planning Team

  • Anna Leahy, Professor, Director, MFA in Creative Writing
  • Joanna LevinAssociate Professor, Chair, Department of English
  • Doug Dechow, Digital Humanities and Science Librarian