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Half Price Books Community Room
5803 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75231

1/11/2016 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Being a Good Literary Citizen
Monday, January 11, 2016
7pm start

The Writers' League is excited to host this free & open to the public panel discussion in the Dallas area.

The label "writer" can often be associated with a solitary existence -- a lone figure bent over a computer or notebook for hours at a stretch, at a desk for one, in a room of one's own.

But, while alone time for writing is important, it's also important to remember that there's a rich, diverse and active community that exists for writers. And there are myriad ways that we as writers can participate in that literary community; ways we can connect with each other to establish our creative tribe.

Our distinguished panelists will offer thoughts and guidance regarding the ways we can support and uplift each other, engage in the larger literary community (not always easy for the shy and reserved among us), adhere to some do's and don't's on social media and elsewhere, approach giving and receiving criticism (especially with regard to reviewing other writers' books), and just generally behave ourselves, play nice, and make lasting connections.

While RSVPing ahead of time isn't required for admission, if you know you'll be joining us on the 11th please take a few minutes to click on the RSVP so that we'll have an idea of how many people to expect. Much appreciated!

Hope to see you in Dallas on January 11th! Any questions? Call us at 512-499-8914 or email Check this page for updates!

This event will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and our distinguished panelists will be...

Karen Blumenthal, a long-time Dallas journalist, is an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people. Her most recent books are Tommy: The Gun that Changed America (2015) and Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History (out Jan. 12).







Will Evans is the publisher and executive director for Deep Vellum Publishing, which he founded in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum in Dallas in 2013. Deep Vellum is a not-for-profit publishing house that operates with the mission to publish the highest quality works of world literature in English translation, to promote translation as a vital part of our literary culture, and to foster a more vibrant literary community in Dallas and beyond.

Evans graduated from Emory University in 2005 with degrees in Russian and History, then worked in the music business in Los Angeles and Austin before receiving a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University in 2012. His love of world literature and experience with translating Russian literature led him to start Deep Vellum to help address the "three percent problem" (the estimate of how many books in translation are published in English each year) and to provide a much-needed channel to build a readership for the world’s great untranslated literature in English.

A native of Wilmington, NC, he lives in East Dallas with his wife and cat. Find Deep Vellum on Twitter and Facebook.

Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner's Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). She is a PhD student at the University of North Texas, and received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in various literary journals such as the Collagist, and in a history book, Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. She is co-founder of Kimbilio (A Community for Writers and Scholars).



Jeramey Kraatz is the author of the children's book series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins. His essays and short fiction have been featured in places like Salon, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Gizmodo. Jeramey is a graduate of the MFA writing program at Columbia University and currently teaches writing at Texas Christian University.