In addition to hosting a live online meeting, we will also record it and post the link in the next month’s issue of The eQuill newsletter.


October 17, 1:30-4:00 p.m. EasternOnline (please add yourself to our mailing list to receive the email with the online meeting link:


1:30-1:45 AWC announcements about upcoming events


1:45-3:00 Christopher Swann (“The Origin of a Novel”)

Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Shadow of the Lions, published in 2017 by Algonquin, was his debut novel. His latest novel, published by Crooked Lane Books, is Never Turn Back, a gripping thriller about family, vengeance, and atonement.
On October 17th, Chris will discuss the origin of a novel: Novels are curious things—Henry James referred to them as shaggy beasts, although Christopher like Randall Jarrell’s definition: “A novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.” Unlike a typical short story, novels can be expansive and messy, and the origin of a particular novel might make for an intriguing story all on its own. Where do novels come from? How do writers determine what their novels will be about? Or can they even do that? After publishing his debut novel, Christopher tackled a second, Never Turn Back, and the story of its journey from idea to book involves Shakespeare, a Canadian professor’s online lectures, Pat Conroy, and a late-night stranger at Swann’s door.


3:00-4:00 Five-Minute Member Talks (rescheduled from March 2020)
Susanne Fincher
Michel Fraix
Ross Glover
Brad Hayes
Jacqueline Holness
Patrick Scullin
Chuck Storla
Michelle Tompkins
Libby Ware & Charlene Ball
Esther York