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The Art of the Short Story: Kate Doyle on I Meant It Once with Cara Blue Adams

July 19, 2023

Navigating one’s twenties can be confusing, with the competing forces of love, loss, nostalgia for the past, and the new responsibilities of the present all claiming center stage emotionally. The Center for Fiction welcomed writer Kate Doyle to discuss the launch of her debut novel I Meant It Once, a collection of short stories paying homage to what it means to be young, searching for ways to break free of the expectations of others, and finding out how to exist in the world’s chaos. Short-story writer and Emerging Writer Fellowship alum Cara Blue Adams (You Never Get It Back) joined in this funny, real discussion about short-story writing, youth, and womanhood in this very confusing day and age.

In Conversation

  • Kate Doyle

    Kate Doyle

    Kate Doyle

    Kate Doyle’s short stories have been published in No Tokens, Electric Literature, A Public Space, Split Lip, Wigleaf, and other publications. Originally from New England, she is a former bookseller and a 2021 A Public Space Writing Fellow. She has lived in New York City, Amsterdam, and Ithaca, New York.

    Photo Credit: Alana Smith

  • Cara Blue Adams photo by Roque Nonini - Vrinda Madan Large

    Cara Blue Adams

    Cara Blue Adams

    Cara Blue Adams is the author of the interlinked story collection You Never Get It Back, awarded the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize, judged by Brandon Taylor, and named a New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Prize and longlisted for the Story Prize. Over twenty-five of her stories appear in magazines such as Granta, the Kenyon Review, and American Short Fiction, and she is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, the Missouri Review Peden Prize, and the Meringoff Prize in Fiction. Her stories have twice been selected as Pushcart Prize Notables. She has been honored with an Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Center for Fiction and fellowships and other support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She is an associate professor at Temple University.

    Photo Credit: Roque Nonini