How do writers develop their stories and characters into full-blown, multilayered and complex novels and non-fiction titles? How do they approach the process? What literary and structural choices and sacrifices do they make along the way? How do they find the right voice for their protagonist? In this discussion Lu Min, winner of multiple accolades including the Lu Xun award; literary critic and non-fiction writer, and winner of the People’s Literature Award, Liang Hong; cutting-edge novelist Song Amen; Paolo Colagrande, a prolific novelist and editor from Italy; and Jasna Horvat, an experimental writer, cultural theorist and scientist/researcher from Croatia, will discuss their working processes and how their novels and short stories ultimately take shape.