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Release: Sept. 21, 2000

UI hosts international short story conference Oct. 12-15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Writers, translators, editors, and scholars from around the world will gather at the University of Iowa Oct. 12-15 for The Sixth International Conference on the Short Story in English. Conference participants will join in panel discussions, listen to major storytellers, and hear prominent authors speak about this art form.

The conference will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union and was organized with the help of Susan Lohafer, a UI professor of English. It is sponsored by the Society for the Study of the Short Story, co-hosted by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and linked with the International Writing Program's Paul Engle Festival. Full registration costs $300, but major program events are open to the public at $5 each, payable at the Conference Ticket Desk in the Second Floor Lobby. All public events will be in the IMU Second Floor Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

Some of the events open to the public include guest lectures by Frederick Busch (Oct. 14, 4:30 p.m.), Francine Prose (Oct. 14, 12:45 p.m., Richey Ballroom), and Tobias Wolff (Oct. 13, 7:45 p.m.)

Also open to the public is a series of fiction readings by Clark Blaise, Ethan Canin, James Alan McPherson, and Tobias Wolff (Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m.); Stuart Dybek, Aleksandar Hemon, and Christopher Merrill (Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m.); Frederick Busch, Robert Olen Butler, and Bharati Mukherjee (Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m.); and Amiri Baraka, Frank Conroy, Janette Turner Hospital, and Chris Offutt (Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m.)

Panel discussions open to the public will focus on such topics as "Writing Short Fiction Today," (Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m.); "Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Writing in Today's World," (Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m.); "Iowa International Writing Program," (Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.); and "Writing in a Diverse World," (Oct. 15, 9 a.m.)

Some additional information is available online at

For schedules and registration information, contact the UI Center for Conferences 319-335-4141.

(NOTE: Reporters interested in more information about the conference should contact Susan Lohafer at or 319-358-9980.)