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November 2016 Third Thursday

11/17/2016 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM




How to Turn a Mess of Pages


into a Novel


Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.



First drafts of novels begin with a spark of an idea and a rush of enthusiasm. But after 70-100 pages, that initial clarity often vanishes, along with any sense of the way forward into the book. This panel will discuss strategies for shaping early drafts and giving them direction—a must-attend event for anyone who has thrown themselves into NaNoWriMo or wants to return to a novel draft that they've put aside.    

Join the Writers’ League of Texas on our third floor to explore the process of turning early pages of a draft into a novel that hangs together from first page to last, with four novelists:


Carolyn Cohagan has an extensive theater background. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. She has published two novels: The Lost Children (Simon & Schuster/2010) and Time Zero (She Writes Press/2016). She is the founder of the creative writing organization Girls With Pens, which is dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls 8-17.





Evelyn Palfrey is a native Texan and a lawyer who writes romantic suspense for the 'marvelously mature'—because romance is just as sweet with a little gray at the temple. She is the author of five romance novels, Three Perfect Men, The Price of Passion, Dangerous Dilemmas, Everything In Its Place and Going Home; and essays in two Chicken Soup releases. Evelyn met her agent at the WLT Agents & Editors Conference. She is a gardener and avid motorhomer.







Rene S. Perez II was born in Kingsville, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi. He received a BA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Texas State University. He is the author of the YA novel Seeing Off the Johns, the winner of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award, and the 2013 NACCS Tejas Award for Fiction for his 2012 short story collection, Along These Highways. He currently teaches high school in Austin. 





Stacey Swann’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals. A former Stegner Fellow, she teaches with Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. She's at work on Olympus, TX, a novel-in-progress she is whittling down from Texas-sized to a more modest Montana or New Mexico size.






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.