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February Third Thursday: Me, Myself, and I: Writing the Personal

February 18, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST

February Third Thursday 2021
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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.

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We all have stories to tell, but wrangling our lives and figuring out how to get them on the page is no easy feat. From figuring out how to turn our experiences into compelling narratives, to deciding what memories to include and which ones to ignore or even embellish, to thinking about the impact our stories will have on the lives of our loved ones and beyond, the questions are endless. Whether you’re writing memoir, personal essays, or auto-fiction, this conversation will help you better understand how writers turn their lives into literature.

For our February Third Thursday, join us as we dive into what it takes to write from our personal experiences.

This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.

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Featured Presenter(s)

Simon Han (c) Melissa LukenbaughSimon Han is the author of Nights When Nothing Happened (Riverhead, 2020), which was named an Indie Next Great Read and a Best Book of the Year by The Washington PostTIME, and Harper's Bazaar. His stories and essays have appeared in The AtlanticVirginia Quarterly ReviewTexas ObserverGuernicaElectric Literature, and The Paris Review's The Daily. He was born in Tianjin, China, and raised in several cities in Texas.
Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, educator, playwright and award winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published in numerous journals and anthologies including the YA anthology Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed (Flatiron). She is the author of two multi-genre collections Island of Dreams(Floricanto Press, 2013) which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry(Arte Publico Press, 2018). Her debut poetry collection City Without Altar will be released in 2022(Noemi Press) and her debut middle grade novel in verse Aniana del Mar Jumps In (Dial) will be released in 2023. Her debut picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas (Arte Público Press) is out now. She has received fellowships from Canto Mundo, Macondo and the Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop among others. She is an MFA graduate of the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and a University of Houston alumni.


February 18, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST
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