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July Third Thursday: “Writing Unlikeable Characters”

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

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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.

“Perhaps, then, unlikeable characters, the ones who are the most human, are also the ones who are the most alive.” – Roxane Gay

In July, our Third Thursday panel discussion will explore “Writing Unlikeable Characters.”

For this conversation, we’ll be flipping that concept of an “unlikeable character” on its head. This will be a celebration of characters who are complex and messy and challenging and sometimes just plain awful. Characters we love to hate, characters we hate to love, and characters we’d much prefer to spend an afternoon with, truth be told, if given the choice.







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



Featured Presenter(s)

Owen EgertonOwen Egerton is the writer/director of three feature films: FollowBlood Fest, and Mercy Black which premiered on Netflix this past spring. As a screenwriter, Egerton has written for Fox, Disney, and Warner Brothers, and HBO. He’s written several novels including The Book of Harold the Illegitimate Son of God and Hollow, which was named one of the Best Books of 2017 by NPR. Egerton is also one of the comics behind the Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake Theater.
E. J. Wenstrom believes in complicated heroes, horrifying monsters, purple hair dye and standing to the right on escalators so the left side can walk. She writes dark speculative fiction for adults and teens, include Royal Palm Literary Awards’ Book of the Year, Mud, the first novel in her Chronicles of the Third Realm War series. When she isn’t writing fiction, E. J. Wenstrom is a regular contributor to DIY MFA and BookRiot, and co-hosts the FANTASY+GIRL Podcast. You can find her on Twitter @ejwenstrom.


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