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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference 2019 Faculty Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019
Sponsored by Kundiman

About Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A, 2020), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2021). His previous books and chapbooks include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity (Thought Catalog Books), and The Last Repatriate (Nouvella). Buzzfeed named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers in 2015. Matthew is an Assistant Professor of English at Coe College and teaches in the Low-residency MFA Program at Ashland University.

Find Conference Sessions with Matthew Salesses

Literary Citizenship Panel: Craft as Culture
Kirstin Chen, Bill Konigsberg, Jennine Capó Crucet, Matthew Salesses, Jake Friedman

Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Type: Panel
Genre: Community, Social Justice, Social Practice, Writing Life

We often think about mass media and journalism in the context of social responsibility: what and how news is covered, as well as accuracy and objectivity. What about literature? Do writers have a responsibility to engage with critical societal issues or movements? What brings a writer to feel compelled to use their art as social commentary or activism? How do race, class, and other social categories affect our lives and lead us toward certain subject matter or genre? Can creativity even be obligated at all?


In Search of the Inciting Incident: Novel Plot and Structure
Matthew Salesses

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Heritage, University Club
Type: Presentation
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels

Have a great idea for a novel but don't know how to start it? Stuck in the middle of novel-drafting and stalling out? Much of writing a novel through to its end is about what is set up by its premise. A novel, a great writer once said, is a structural machine. That structure begins at the beginning. Agents and editors want to see the first 50 pages of the novel for a reason--a lot has to happen in those 50 pages to sustain a book-length work of fiction. What exactly makes an inciting incident, though? Exploring that question will help the writer set the groundwork for a novel.