WRITER'S LEAGUE OF TEXAS- How to Start or Restart a Writing Project

Thursday, January 18 at 7PM


How to Start or Restart a Writing Project


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Have a great idea for a book but you aren't sure how to get started? Or maybe you need to a return to a project that has lain dormant for a while -- for whatever reason.

Sometimes the trickiest part of writing is simply beginning. You can't finish what you don't start, but there is something overwhelming about the blank page or empty screen. And revisiting a manuscript you abandoned a while ago dredges up all kinds of fears and worries. So how do writers cope? How does one motivate his/herself to sit down every day and keep going?

Hear how our four panelists deal with the challenges that come with starting (or restarting) a writing project.


Doug Dorst is the author of two novels, the New York Times-bestselling S. (with filmmaker J.J. Abrams) and Alive in Necropolis, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as a story collection, The Surf Guru. He also wrote for the Amazon show Z: The Beginning of Everything and co-created the play Monster in the Dark with foolsFURY Theater of San Francisco. He lives in Austin and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Texas State University. 


Jardine Libaire got her MFA in Writing from the University of Michigan, having loved writing and books since she was a kid. Her most recent novel, White Fur, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, an Amazon Best Book, and a Book of the Month Club pick. Her first novel Here Kitty Kitty will be re-published by Hogarth in 2018. Her television-series adaptation of White Fur with FilmNation Entertainment recently sold to Amazon Studios, where she continues to develop it as sole writer. Her creative nonfiction collaboration with photographer Phyllis B. Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here came out in April 2017. She co-wrote a YA series called The Upper Class under the pen name Caroline Says. She’s been a recipient of the Hopwood Award, the Glascock Poetry Prize, and Honorable Mention for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in Documentary. And she volunteers for Truth Be Told, a writing program for incarcerated women in Lockhart, Texas.

ABOUT ire’ne lara silva

ire’ne lara silva is the author of two poetry collections, furiaand Blood Sugar Canto, which were both finalists for the International Latino Book Award in Poetry; an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. ire'ne was recently named a 2016-2018 Texas Touring Roster Artist.


Rachel Starnes is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir The War at Home: A Wife's Search for Peace and Other Missions Impossible. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno and her BA from the University of Texas. Her essays have appeared in The Colorado Review, Front Porch Journal, and O Magazine. Born in Austin, Texas, she has lived in Scotland, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Florida, California, and Nevada, and is currently on the move again with her husband, two sons, and a puppy.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
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