I've just returned from a weekend in Bowling Green Ohio where I attended this year's Winter Wheat--The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing. I gave a presentation on the subject of Strategies for the Story Cycle in which we discussed linked short story collections. It seemed to be a good discussion and, in any event, I was glad to have spent the time organizing my thoughts on the subject. I attended many interesting presentations, including a few on methods for stimulating ideas.
The Festival also included readings by several writers. On Thursday night, before I got to town, Pamela Painter read. On Friday, Bruce Cohen and Khaled Mattawa read. And on Saturday, James Braziel and Alan Michael Parker read.
Congratulations to the the staff of Mid-American Review for a well-organized event.