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September 2014 Third Thursday Panel

9/25/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our next program will be on...

"Emotional Research:
Mining Your Own Mental States for Stories"

Thursday, September 25, 7 PM 
(Please note that due to schedule conflicts, this month's panel will actually takes place on the 4th Thursday of the month)

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


How does a writer achieve emotional resonance in his/her narrative?  How can one attain the mindset to accurately convey a tone or a character's depth of feeling?  Authors often mine from their own lives -- tapping into emotions, experiences, or memories in order to recreate the right mood or state of mind on the page.  But how?  And at what cost?

Join us at our next Third Thursday when four distinguished authors share their thoughts and advice on this difficult but important process.


Nan Cuba

Nan Cuba’s novel Body and Bread (Engine Books), won the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award; it was listed as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine, and was a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. Cuba co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press), and published other work in Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and storySouth.

Nan is founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence.


Katherine Catmull

Katherine Catmull’s middle-grade fantasy Summer and Bird (Dutton Juvenile/Penguin) was named one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, received starred reviews in Kirkus and Booklist, and was an IndieBound New Voices Pick and Amazon Editors' Pick for fall 2012.

She is one of four co-authors of a collection of scary middle-grade short stories, The Cabinet of Curiosities (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, May 2014), which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Her YA novel is due out from Dutton in 2016.

Katherine is also a playwright, actor, and arts writer.

Helen Ginger

Helen Ginger writes both nonfiction and fiction. She has authored three books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareer series. Her first novel, a USA Best Book Award winner, Angel Sometimes, is available on Kindle and in print. Helen's latest book, Dismembering the Past, is a suspense starring PI Matti McAllister.

Helen has served as a Board member and Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas. She is also an Owner/Partner of Legends In Our Own Minds®. What she gets asked about most often are her three years swimming as a mermaid at Aquarena Springs. 



Suzy Spencer

Suzy Spencer is the author of five nonfiction books, including Breaking Point, the story of Andrea Yates, the Houston mother who drowned her five children; Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality, a memoir about her journalistic research into Americans' alternative sex lives that was named a Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation, Publishers Weekly Fall Pick 2012, and was featured on Katie Couric’s talk show, "Katie;" and Wasted, a New York Times bestseller about the murder of a young Austin woman. 

Suzy holds a Master of Professional Writing in fiction, a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance, both from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Baylor University.



Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our 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 book stores and local business.