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February Third Thursday: Writing about Mental Health

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2/21/2019 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.


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, teacher, and mentor, supporting writers to stand and reclaim their place in the lineage of writing. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in Brain Child, Literary Mama,  babble.comThe Rambler, the Texas ObserverAustin Woman, and the Austin American-Statesman, among other publications. The working title for her memoir in progress is Mothering Mental Illness.
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.