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January Third Thursday: Tips for Starting or Restarting a Writing Project

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

1/17/2019 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, January 17, 2019

7:00 pm start

BookPeople (Third Floor)

603 North Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78703


Free and Open to the Public


"Tips for Starting or Restarting a Writing Project"


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?



Katherine Catmull loves revision, whether she’s revising her own work or others' as a freelance editor. She is the author of Summer and Bird, one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and a TLA Spirit of Texas Reading pick; and the YA fantasy The Radiant Road, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of scary short stories named one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books of 2014. Catmull is also an actor and a produced and published playwright.





Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publishers Weekly said that it “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education.



Rene S Perez II is the author of two books: Along These Highways and Seeing Off the Johns. His decade-plus experience in publishing–manning the slush pile for literary magazines, editing creative works, working with editors on his own fiction–has taught him how to diagnose, tear apart, and rebuild stalled projects. He lives and teaches in Austin, TX.



Melanie Westerberg's short fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices and I Scream Social 2015-2017 anthologies as well as the Austin Chronicle, Eleven Eleven, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, and Torpedo, and she is the author of the chapbook Ripple (Awst). She has been a writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Madroño Ranch, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Jentel, and she holds an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts, where she also studied weaving and textiles history.