Writing Professionals Panel
10/20/2016 - 5:30pm
Central Library - Community Room 302
The Day Job: How To Make Money And Write And Not Lose Your Mind. There's a reason writers obsess about money: it's hard to come by in the literary business. All three panelists are accomplished novelists who also work other jobs: Amy Hassinger teaches at the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing Program and works as a freelance editor, Michelle Wildgen is a cofounder of the Madison Writers’ Studio and editor at Tin House Magazine, and Susan Gloss Parsons is an attorney and Etsy shop owner. The three will discuss their own successes and failures at making a living and making art, and how the two might even work together. We'll welcome questions and contributions from the audience.
Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence, The Priest’s Madonna, and After the Dam. Her writing has been translated into five languages and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She's placed her work in numerous venues, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Every week, she produces a micro-podcast called "The Literary Life," which highlights the work of Midwestern writers. She's a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Faculty Mentor in the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program, and a resident of Illinois.
Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and Butter, You’re Not You, and But Not For Long. The film adaptation of You’re Not You, a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2006, stars Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum and was produced by DiNovi Pictures and 2S Films. Wildgen’s work includes fiction, essays, reviews, and food writing. She is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, and an executive editor at the literary magazine Tin House. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Susan Gloss is the author of the bestselling novel Vintage , which has been translated into five languages. She writes, mothers, and works as an attorney in Madison. When she’s not doing one of those, Susan can be found scouring secondhand stores for vintage treasures for her Etsy store, Cleverly Curated.