WRITING FICTION with PETER TURCHI - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Swartz Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 2:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Peter Turchi has been called “one of the country’s foremost thinkers on the art of writing” by the Houston Chronicle. In (Don’t) Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before: & Other Essays on Writing Fiction, Turchi combines personal narrative and close reading of a wide range of stories and novels to reveal how writers create the fiction that matters to us. His edifying essays are a powerful reminder to aspiring novelists about the power and pleasure of storytelling.


About the Author

Peter Turchi - The San Antonio Book Festival

Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi has written and coedited several books on writing fiction, including Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle; Mystery; and Magic, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and the Colorado Review, among other journals. He has received numerous accolades, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston. His latest book is (Don’t) Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before and Other Essays on Writing Fiction.


Peter Turchi - The San Antonio Book Festival

Nan Cuba

Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread, winner of the PEN Southwest Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award; it was listed as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine and was a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. Other work has appeared in Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Columbia, Quarterly West, and Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row. Journalistic pieces were published in LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She is also featured in a Netflix documentary, The Confession Killer. Cuba is included in Texas Monthly’s “Ten to Watch (and Read)” and has received a Dobie Paisano Fellowship and an artist residency at Fundación Valparaiso in Spain. She is founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit writing arts center.

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