Misadventures in Publishing

Misadventures in Publishing: AWP Edition

Misadventures in Publishing: AWP Edition
Apr 02, 2019 by Johanna Stoberock

I spent three days in Portland this past week, attending the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference. It’s only the second time I’ve been. The first time was five years ago, in Seattle. My kids were small and my mother came with me to help, and we stayed in a bed and breakfast on Capitol Hill, and the kids and my mom went to the Pacific Science Center while I attended panels, and I felt the whole time like I was missing out on the good stuff, no matter where I was.

On First Sentences

On First Sentences
Mar 02, 2019 by Johanna Stoberock
I’m getting ready to give a talk at the Walla Walla Public Library about Charlotte’s Web this Wednesday. (And please, unseasonable snowstorm predicted for next week, hold off at least until Thursday!) The talk is going to focus on reading like a writer: that is, reading E. B. White’s novel to figure out how it’s made. This is something that I think a lot of writers do when they come across a piece of writing that they’re blown away by. They try to figure out what tricks the writer used in its construction and make it work so well.

Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to My Blog
Feb 13, 2019 by Johanna Stoberock
Here goes—and welcome! I’m thinking about this space as a kind of public diary, a record of the months leading up to the publication of my novel, Pigs (Red Hen Press, October 2019), but also a record of the things in the world that shape me as a writer.