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

October 15, 2020 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.

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

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 CareyTrent 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.



Featured Presenter(s)

Edward-CareyEdward 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 HudleyTrent 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 an award-winning travel writer with publications in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside Magazine, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, VICE, among many others. Although Alex has done copywriting work for Hotels.com and edited travel guides for the likes of Insight Guides, she primarily writes travel articles as a freelance writer. Her coverage of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the travel and hospitality sectors has led to Alex moderating the World Travel Market's first Racism & Tourism panel and receiving the 2021 Bessie Award for "Most Impactful Piece of Writing" for her article in Conde Nast Traveler: "Questions Every Anti-Racist Traveler Should Ask on a Trip." Alex lives in Dallas, Texas, and is also the author of two novels, Secrets of the Casa Rosada and the forthcoming, Half Outlaw. 


October 15, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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Online via Zoom