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October 2015 Third Thursday Panel

10/15/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Write Fright Night!

Dealing with Spine-Tingling Writerly Anxieties

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 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)

You've heard it before: "Writers have to develop a thick skin." But is that true? And if so, how does one go about growing a protective hide?

Writers have to deal with their own inner doubts, rejection, criticism, and other disappointing or downright scary situations. There is risk inherent in both the creative process, and in the industry. So how can writers persevere and keep focused?

Join us Thursday, October 15, to hear how four authors deal with the fears that come with the act of writing. 


Anne Bustard

Anne Bustard holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in addition to three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of the award-winning Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and two other works of nonfiction for young children. Her debut middle-grade historical, Anywhere but Paradise (Lerner Publishing Group) was published this spring. A former children’s-only bookstore owner and a lecturer in education, Anne is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant Austin writing community.



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.



Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander is an award-winning writer and director based in Austin, Texas. He has written plays, musicals, operas, comic-books, screenplays, audio dramas, podcasts, and novels. Neulander is also the founder of Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater. Past projects include the libretto of GENGHIS KHAN, an opera composed by Graham Reynolds; writing and directing HIT & RUN, a horror film; and directing, producing, and co-authoring the transmedia project THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS. His work has been featured on Conan, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, PBS’s “Arts In Context” and many more. He recently won the Austin edition of Literary Death Match. In other words, he’s a survivor. Follow him on Twitter @neulander_tx.


Amy Tintera

Amy Tintera is the author of Reboot and Rebel. She grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College she moved to Los Angeles, where she promptly discovered she didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to her first love -- writing. Amy is now back in Austin, and can usually be found staring into space, dreaming up ways to make her characters run for their lives. Visit her online at






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