Demystifying the Path to Publication


Three widely published writers—Laurie Ann Doyle, Lily Iona MacKenzie, and Lori Ostlund—will answer questions related to the sometimes mystifying topic of how writers find venues for their work.

The three will talk about how they got started, including obstacles they faced along the way and themes in their work, and each will read briefly from their books. The event will end with a question and answer session so bring your questions! The event is open to fiction writers, bloggers, poets, and memoirists of all ages and levels.

Lily Iona MacKenzie has published poetry, short fiction, and essays in over 155 Canadian and American publications. Her poetry collection All This was published in October 2011. Her novel Fling! was launched in July 2015. Curva Peligrosa was published in September 2017. Freefall: A Divine Comedy will be released in 2018. She blogs at

Laurie Ann Doyle's new collection of stories, World Gone Missing (Regal House Publishing) was named as a top book pick by The East Bay Express and praised in The New York Times by bestselling author Edan Lepucki for delivering “astute portrayals of people who desire connection, hope, and renewal." Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Doyle’s stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, and Under the Sun, among many other literary journals, and anthologized in Speak and Speak Again (Pact Press). She teaches creative writing at the San Francisco Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley.

Lori Ostlund’s first book, a story collection, The Bigness of the World, won the Flannery O’Connor Award and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories and in literary journals such as ZYZZYVA and New England Review. Her novel, After the Parade (Scribner, 2015), was a B&N Discover pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with her wife and cats, though she spent her formative years in Minnesota, cat-less.    B


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