This year the Indiana Writers’ Consortium welcomes Bryan Furuness as the keynote speaker for the Steel Pen Writers’ Conference. Bryan is a writer and editor who teaches at Butler University. Before teaching at Butler, Bryan worked for the Indianapolis Star and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Bryan also has ties to the region growing up in a working class family near Gary.
Bryan’s first novel, The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, follows the misadventures of an adolescent dreamer growing up in the Midwest and has generated much acclaim both in Indiana and nationwide. The character Revie also shows up in Bryan’s work “Man of Steel,” which earned a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in 2010. Check out “Man of Steel” by following this link: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/facsch_papers/259.
His work has appeared in such literary magazines as Ninth Letter, Southeast Review, Freight Stories, and Hobart. His work can also be found in New Stories from the Midwest and Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Bryan’s writing has a Raymond Carver meets Thomas Pynchon feel with a mix of George Saunders. Bryan was quoted in an interview with the website phdincreativewriting.wordpress.com that Civilewarland in Bad Decline by Saunders helped him find his voice. “I realized that my writing didn’t have to sound like a neutered British person with a thesaurus fetish.” Bryan also told phdincreativewriting.wordpress.com that, “Writing is solitary; being a writer is wrapped up in community. Writing is action; being a writer is a kind of reflection.”
There is no doubt that keynote speaker Bryan Furuness will wow the crowd with wit and wisdom, so make sure you register for the IWC 2015 Steel Pen Writers’ Conference at indianwritersconsortium.org. The conference is Saturday October 10th at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana.