2016 Workshop Description

Afternoon Session — Panelists: Hi-Dong Chai, Heather Mackey, Marian Palaia

Paths to Publishing Panel

The Paths to Publishing panel is one of the most popular traditions at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and is offered "free and open to the public". Come learn how each of these creative writers launched their manuscripts into the world. Each author will share their publishing adventures, followed by time for questions, answers, and conversation. Books are available for sale in the Gallery Bookshop "pop-up" store in the campus library. Arrive early to browse!

The Panelists

Hi-Dong Chai
Chai attended MCWC for several years during the formative stages of his memoir Shattered by the Wars (Guideposts, 2013). This memoir chronicles his suspenseful childhood and coming of age in Korea during World War II, when Korea was occupied by the Japanese. This book won the SPR Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. Part of Chai's motivation to publish the book is to inspire people everywhere to seek peace and not war.

Heather Mackey
Dreamwood (Putnam / Penguin, 2014) is Heather's first book. Twelve-year-old Lucy runs away from boarding school in search of her father on a dangerous journey through territory similar to the Pacific Northwest, but with magical differences. Kirkus Reviews says, "A stunning debut with equal parts originality and heart."

Marian Palaia
Marian attended MCWC in 2013. Her debut novel The Given World (Simon & Schuster, 2015) has been lauded by People as "complex and haunting…vivid and unforgettable." Publisher's Weekly notes: "The novel's true strengths are the variety of characters Riley meets on her journey and the sense of America changing with the decades. In the end, what the reader takes away is a visceral appreciation for how many lives, both on and off the battlefield, were permanently altered by the Vietnam War." The Given World is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indie Next Selection, and is longlisted for the PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize.