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February Third Thursday: "Making the Most of the Author/Editor Relationship"

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2/15/2018 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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.

February Third Thursday

Thursday, February 15, 2018

7:00 pm start


603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX, 78703


"Making the Most of the Author/Editor Relationship"


Of the three essential participants in a book's life (author, agent, editor), the editor's job is often the least understood. In this panel, three different types of editors and one author/editor will discuss what makes an author/editor relationship a success.

What do editors look for in the acquisition process? How do they work on a manuscript with the author? What should authors expect from their editors and how should they communicate with them? When should a writer seek out a professional editor before submitting a book for publication? What about magazine editors? What is the best way to get and keep their attention?

Come hear what our four panelists have to say about working with an editor:


Carolyn Cohagan began her writing career on the stage. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. Her first novel, The Lost Children, became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011 and was nominated for a 2014 Massachusetts Children's Book Award. Her Young Adult novel Time Zero was the winner of the 2017 Readers Favorite Award and the 2017 International Book Award. She lives in Austin, where she is the founder of Girls With Pens, a creative writing organization dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls ages 9-15.


Casey Kittrell acquires books about food, music, Texas, anthropology, and archaeology for the University of Texas Press. He is co-editor of the anthology Down Time: Great Writers on Diving.






Sara Kocek is the author of Promise Me Something and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, an Austin-based collective of independent editors and writing coaches. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates and worked as a full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she worked as Writing Fellow, tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in academic and creative writing.







Kate Rodemann is the deputy editor at Highline, the magazine for HuffPost, which specializes in investigative and narrative journalism. She was previously the editorial director at Texas Monthly, where she handled much of the magazine's influential reporting and helped lead the editorial staff to more than twelve National Magazine Award nominations and more than thirty City and Regional Magazine Award wins.