PAMLA 2016: Creative Writing (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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"Creative Writing: 'A Shimmer of Possibility': Short Fiction and the Question of Closure"

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?

Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: You can find out more regarding PAMLA sessions and topic areas here:

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.

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The 2016 PAMLA conference will be held in Pasadena, California, from Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, at the Westin Pasadena. More information is available at the PAMLA website, Conference guidelines and procedures, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at

For further information or for questions about the session, please contact Joshua Bernstein at