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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.
Instructor Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of Half Outlaw and Secrets of the Casa Rosada. Her Starred Kirkus novel, Secrets of the Casa Rosada, 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. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and was a contributor of the award-winning anthologies, Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology. In addition to her creative work being published in PALABRITAS and D Magazine, her articles have appeared in outlets like Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, Dwell, Texas Monthly, Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, among many others. Alex is the moderator and brains behind Dallas' author panel series, LitTalk, and travels the world for her writing career which includes giving writing presentations and workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences.


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