VIRTUAL EVENT: Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday - "Writing Unlikeable Characters"

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 8:00pm
Virtual Event
The Hunting Wives By May Cobb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593101131
Published: Berkley - May 18th, 2021

Mud (Chronicles of the Third Realm War #1) By E. J. Wenstrom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780986251665
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Published: City Owl Press - March 1st, 2016

Hollow: A Novel By Owen Egerton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091610
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Published: Counterpoint - December 11th, 2018

How Best To Avoid Dying: Stories By Owen Egerton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593765224
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Published: Soft Skull - February 11th, 2014

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.


May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. She is the author of the novels Big Woods and The Hunting Wives. A Texas native, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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.

Owen Egerton is the writer/director of three feature films: Follow, Blood 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.

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