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July 2016 Third Thursday

7/21/2016 From 7 pm to 9 pm


 Meet Your Match:

Writing Groups, Critique Groups, Critique Partners, and More




Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7 PM

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


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)




Writing can feel like a solitary pursuit, but in reality, a strong community can be key to writing success. If you’re seeking motivation to put pen to paper or looking for feedback on your work, finding a writing/critique partner or group can take you and your work to the next level.

But how do you go about finding your writing soul mate(s)? And once you’ve found them, how do you deliver effective feedback on others’ work, and how do you keep your group or partnership going?

Join us the evening of July 21 at BookPeople for a panel discussion followed by the opportunity to mix, mingle, and maybe even meet your writing match.


Nikki Loftin is the author of three novels for young readers: Wish Girl, which the New York Times called “a quietly poetic story about psychological truths,” and which was selected as the Great Read of Texas for the 2016 National Book Festival by the Texas Center for the Book; Nightingale’s Nest, named as “the next great book” by the Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2014, and awarded the best children’s book of 2014 by the Texas Institute of Letters; and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, winner of the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award in 2013. She earned an MA from UT Austin in English/Fiction Writing, and teaches writing workshops in the U.S. and abroad. A native Texan, Nikki lives and writes just outside Austin with her Scottish photographer husband, surrounded by goats, dogs, chickens, and rambunctious boys.


Karen MacInerney is the housework-impaired author of multiple mystery series, and her victims number well into the double digits. She lives in Austin, Texas with two sassy children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals, including twenty-three fish, two rabbits, and a rescue dog named Little Bit. When she's not chauffeuring children or coming up with creative ways to kill people, you can usually find Karen hiding away with a book, dodging laundry, playing in the kitchen, or attending martial arts classes. Karen is also the founder of Austin Mystery Writers, and occasionally teaches writing classes.




Ron Seybold directs the Writer's Workshop in Austin, a place for workshopping, retreats, and weekly creativity groups. A two-time finalist in The Writers' League of Texas manuscript contests for memoir and historical fiction, he's reported over the radio, acted in Austin melodramas, and walks his standard poodle Tess Harding less often than she would like. He coaches writers, edits books, and plays a part in helping writers from inspiration to publication.



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.