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November Third Thursday: "WLT's On the Craft of Writing with Sherri L. Smith"

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Agard-Lovingood Auditorium, Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon Street
Austin, TX 78702

11/21/2019 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, November 21, 2019

7:00 pm start

Agard-Lovingood Auditorium

Huston-Tillotson University

900 Chicon Street

Austin, TX 78702

 Note the location. Click here for a campus map.

Event is in Building 14. Parking available in the lot on Chalmers Avenue.

Free and Open to the Public


"A Conversation with Sherri L. Smith"

This event will include a craft talk with Sherri in conversation with Michael Noll, Program Director of the Writers’ League of Texas. Sherri will be discussing story structure and research in regards to her latest novel, a powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war. The book is modeled, in part, on the Japanese kishōtenketsu structure (as opposed to a Western 3-Act structure). BookPeople will be on site to offer Sherri's books for purchase.


Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Flygirl and Orleans. Her bestselling novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice is the Southern California Booksellers Association Award winner for Middle Grade. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Flygirl was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist. Sherri was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. Her latest novel is the young adult noir mystery, Pasadena.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. She worked in stop-motion animation on Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, and spent three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects. She went on to work and write for Bongo Comics, the company that brings you The Simpsons in print. Recently, she worked in a monster factory, wrangling the folks that make monsters and dead people for movies and television.

Sherri is a faculty member of the Creative Writing MFA program at Goddard College and the MFA in Children's Writing at Hamline University.  She lives in Los Angeles with the love of her life and a disreputable cat. She is represented by Kirby Kim of Janklow and Nesbit.