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April Third Thursday: Debut Fiction: The Road to Publication

April 15, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

April Third Thursday 2021 April 15th 8 pm
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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

In April, join us for a conversation with three writers who are just days away from the publication of their debut novels. We’ll discuss the journey so far – from knowing when you’re ready to submit, to querying literary agents, to the book deal & all of the preparation for publication – everything that makes up the unique and thrilling experience of publishing your debut novel.

This first part of a special two-part Third Thursday will cover the path to publication. In October, we’ll welcome our panelists back for a follow-up conversation to hear how those exciting days post-publication unfolded.

This conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our April Third Thursday book list here.

Featured Presenter(s)

Alex McElroy Alex McElroy is a non-binary writer based in Brooklyn. Their first novel, The Atmospherians, will be published by Atria in May 2021. Other writing appears in Vice, The Atlantic, Tin House, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and their first book, Daddy Issues, was published in 2017. Alex has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Tin House Summer Workshop, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Inprint Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The National Parks Service.
Stacey Swann HeadshotStacey Swann’s debut novel Olympus, Texas (Doubleday) was a Good Morning America Book Club selection, an Indie Next Pick, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Swann holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, Electric Literature, Texas Highways, Epoch, and other journals. She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas, Texas.
Monica WestBorn and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Monica West received her B.A. from Duke University, her M.A. from New York University, and her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She was a Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow in 2014, and she will be a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2021. She currently lives in Oakland, California.


April 15, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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