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January 2016 Third Thursday panel

1/21/2016 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Beginning (Again):

How to Start or Restart a Writing Project

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor


Listen to a recording of this discussion on Soundcloud. For more information on our Third Thursday programming, visit the Third Thursday page on our website.

Have a great idea for a book but you aren't sure how to get started? Or maybe you need to a return to a project that has lain dormant for a while -- for whatever reason.

Sometimes the trickiest part of writing is simply beginning. You can't finish what you don't start, but there is something overwhelming about the blank page or empty screen. And revisiting a manuscript you abandoned a while ago dredges up all kinds of fears and worries. So how do writers cope? How does one motivate his/herself to sit down every day and keep going?

Hear how our four panelists deal with the challenges that come with starting (or restarting) a writing project.


Edward Carey

Edward Carey is the author of two adult novels, Observatory Mansions and Alva & Irva. The first part of his Iremonger trilogy, Heap House, was a New York Times Notable Children's Book, an NPR Great Read and a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2014. The second and third books in the series, Foulsham and Lungdon, came out in July and November of last year. Although he was born in England, he now lives in Austin, Texas where teaches creative writing at the University of Texas. He wrote the Iremonger Trilogy because he missed feeling cold and gloomy.


Lindsey Lane

Lindsey Lane is the author of young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen (FSG, 2014), picture book and iTune app Snuggle Mountain, and her short stories have been published in the literary journal, Hunger Mountain. With an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she loves being an ambassador for writing and children’s literature. She’s a featured keynote speaker at festivals, conferences, and workshops as well as an award-winning playwright and journalist.


Greg Levin 

Having spent much of his life weaving intricate tales to get out of things like gym class and jury duty, Greg Levin is no stranger to fiction. Greg’s debut novel, Notes on an Orange Burial, was published in November 2011 by 48fourteen and has sold over 11 copies to his immediate family. Greg's second book, The Exit Man, is being hailed as one of the top two novels he has ever written. The book won a 2015 Independent Publishers Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”), earning a silver medal for “Best Adult Fiction Ebook.” The Exit Man was also recently optioned by HBO for development into a TV series.


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.




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