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October Third Thursday: How Do You Know When You're Done

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10/15/2020 From 8:00 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT

Our monthly Third Thursday program - free and open to all - features discussions on varying themes related to the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by a WLT staff member.

For now, all of our Third Thursday programs are being held virtually via Zoom.

October Third Thursday

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Free and Open to All



There are stories that have clear cut endings, like the good has triumphed over evil, or the parties involved in a will-they-or-won't they get together, and then there are stories that have more open-ended endings. But no matter what kind of story you're writing, finding the right ending is essential. Ending too soon or too late, or too cleanly, can leave readers feeling unsatisfied. The problem is that the writing and the editing can go on and on, especially if you’re the type that isn’t easily satisfied with your work. So how do you do it? How do you know when you’re done writing? And when you’ve got the story, how do you know when you’re done revising? In this Third Thursday panel, join writers Edward Carey, Trent Hudley, and Alex Temblador as they discuss how they know when to put the pen down. This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.


Edward Carey was born in Norfolk, England. He is a novelist, visual artist and has also written and directed a number of plays for the National Theatre of Romania and the Vilnius Small State Theatre, Lithuania. In England his plays and adaptations have been performed at the Young Vic Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, and the Royal Opera House Studio. He is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions, Alva and Irva, and the acclaimed YA series The Iremonger Trilogy, which has been optioned for film adaptation. After university, Edward worked at Madame Tussaud in London, preventing people from touching the waxworks, and it was there that he learnt the incredible story of the museum’s founder. From that experience he wrote the novel Little, which has been published in 20 countries and has been optioned for television. His latest novel is The Swallowed Man, the journal of the two years of isolation Geppetto, Pinocchio's father, spent inside an enormous sea beast. Edward lives in Austin, Texas in the United States, and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.


Trent Hudley is the author of the short story collection One of These Days, published by Veliz Books. He currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, CO. He has taught Creative Writing in Regis University’s M.A. program, and teaches Literature and Composition at Metropolitan State University and The Community College of Denver. He earned his M.F.A. from The University of Texas in El Paso. He was raised and still resides in Denver, Colorado.




Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of the novels Secrets of the Casa Rosada (2018) and Half Outlaw, a magical realism novel forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing in 2022. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and has since been a freelance writer for the last five years. Her Starred Kirkus novel has won such accolades as the NACCS 2019 Tejas Foco Young Adult Award, MG/YA Discovery Prize Winner of Writers League of Texas Book Awards, and Kirkus' Best of YA Books of 2018. Alex has two upcoming anthology publications, her creative work has been published in PALABRITAS and Cigale Literary Magazine, and her articles have appeared in outlets like Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Texas Highways Magazine, D Magazine, Fodors, among many others. In addition to being the moderator and brains behind Dallas' newest author panel series, LitTalk, Alex travels the world for her writing career and offers writing presentations and workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences in the U.S.