Thursday, January 17 at 7PM
WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS
Tips for Starting or Restarting a Writing Project
On the Third Floor of BookPeople
ABOUT TIPS FOR STARTING OR RESTARTING A WRITING PROJECT
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?
ABOUT KATHERINE CATMULL
Katherine Catmull loves revision, whether she’s revising her own work or others' as a freelance editor. She is the author of Summer and Bird, one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and a TLA Spirit of Texas Reading pick; and the YA fantasy The Radiant Road, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of scary short stories named one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books of 2014. Catmull is also an actor and a produced and published playwright.
ABOUT LINDSEY LANE
Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publishers Weekly said that it “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education.
ABOUT RENE S PEREZ II
Rene S Perez II is the author of two books: Along These Highways and Seeing Off the Johns. His decade-plus experience in publishing–manning the slush pile for literary magazines, editing creative works, working with editors on his own fiction–has taught him how to diagnose, tear apart, and rebuild stalled projects. He lives and teaches in Austin, TX.
ABOUT MELANIE WESTERBERG
Melanie Westerberg's short fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices and I Scream Social 2015-2017 anthologies as well as the Austin Chronicle, Eleven Eleven, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, and Torpedo, and she is the author of the chapbook Ripple (Awst). She has been a writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Madroño Ranch, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Jentel, and she holds an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts, where she also studied weaving and textiles history.