Martha Conway

About me

My first novel 12 Bliss Street (St. Martin’s Minotaur) was nominated for an Edgar Award, and my short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, Folio, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. I graduated from Vassar College and received my master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. I am the recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship, and have reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review. I am an instructor for the Online Writers’ Studio at Stanford University.

From my website

Audiobook Prize Raffle

MY TEENAGE SON RECENTLY discovered audiobooks. An avid reader until high school, he all but stopped reading because he “couldn’t find any books he liked.” Sound familiar? Maybe he read so much for his classes that his reading capacity was tapped out, or maybe it was a developmental issue. However…

Daydreaming Your Novel

A PARENT IN MY child’s school recently forwarded me an 11-minute video about skills we’ll need for the 21st century. What really stuck with me was the bit about creativity: “Most creative thoughts happen when your mind is left to wander: daydreaming; doing the dishes; exercising.” Sunset in the city. You can…

Thieving Forest Anniversary Giveaway

TODAY IS THE ONE-YEAR anniversary of the book launch for my novel, Thieving Forest. Although I can’t remember when I began, exactly, to think about this novel — when I started outlining the plot, or even before that, when several ideas suddenly converged into something that might, one day, resemble a…

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