Fifth Wednesday Journal Panel: Challenges for Women Writers

Join us for a discussion with Janet Burroway, Christine Sneed, and Rosellen Brown, moderated by Rachel Swearingen, on the practical and professional challenges for women writers in this century. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


Rachel Swearingen will moderate the panel. Rachel Swearingen’s stories have appeared in VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon ReviewAgniAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. Recipient of the 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction, she lives in Chicago. 


Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, children’s books, and eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and the Bridge of Sand. Her Writing Fiction, (9th edition), is the most widely used creative writing text in America. Her new play HEADSHOTS will have its first New York reading on April 24th at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University and winner of the 2014 Florida Lifetime Achievement in Writing award.


Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and a number of other periodicals.  She is the faculty director of the MA/MFA in creative writing program at Northwestern University.


Rosellen Brown has published ten books -- novels, short stories, poetry and essays, including Tender Mercies, Civil Wars, and Before and After. She has received two NEA grants, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Janet Kafka Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647