In 1989, the members of this panel met each other at the University of Michigan, where four of them were pursuing their MFAs and one of them was teaching. During the subsequent three decades, they’ve kept in close touch, reading each other’s work, supporting each other’s careers, celebrating each other’s successes and offering consolation and guidance in the face of each other’s inevitable setbacks. This panel sets out to answer the question of how writers can build and maintain a permanent cohort of like-minded colleagues. Panelists include Charles Baxter, Williams Lychack, Michael Paterniti, and Cammie McGovern, with moderator Miles Harvey.
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