Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.

Third Thursday

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78703


Free and Open to the Public


"Writing about Mental Health"


Writing and mental health have long been associated in the popular imagination, with images of eccentric geniuses, alcoholics, and poets in the attic. Mental health is also often portrayed in literature, especially in memoirs and essays, not to mention numerous self-help books. But are those popular associations and depictions accurate? When it comes to writing about addiction, depression, anxiety, attention, and happiness (and everything in between), how can writers avoid stereotypes and get to the truth of the matter?



Laura Creedle is the author of the YA novel The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily and the forthcoming novel Poolboy.
Saundra Goldman is a writer, art historian, and ethnographer, searching for patterns in artist’s lives and creative work. She is a curator of art and ideas, a mentor, and a teacher. Through her website and blog, her courses, and one-on-one mentoring, Saundra helps women connect the dots of their creative lives and step up with work that speaks to their deepest calling. And she follows up with simple steps and strategies to manifest that work and build a life that supports it.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro is the author of the memoir Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture. She was born in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of Brown and Columbia and has written fiction and non-fiction for McSweeney's, The Believer, Open City, Index Magazine, and other publications. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and New York Foundation for the Arts.




Can't attend in Austin? This panel discussion will be recorded and made available as a podcast through Soundcloud.









This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.