Writers' League of Texas Panel Discussion: How to Turn a Mess of Pages Into A Book

Join us for a panel at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio.

First drafts of novels and memoirs can begin with a spark of an idea and a rush of enthusiasm. But after 70-100 pages, that initial clarity often vanishes, along with any sense of the way forward into the book. Or perhaps you're researching for a nonfiction project, but you feel lost at the thought of organizing your notes into a coherent narrative. This panel will discuss strategies for shaping early drafts of book-length projects and giving them direction—a must-attend event for anyone who has recently thrown themselves into a new project or wants to return to a memoir or nonfiction draft that they've put aside.

Our event in San Antonio will feature four distinguished panelists, including: 


Kate Winkler Dawson joined the University of Texas at Austin's School of Journalism as a senior lecturer in 2009. Before then, she was on the faculty of Fordham University's Marymount College for two years. A seasoned documentary producer, news writer and TV news producer, her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, United Press International in London, WCBS News, ABC News Radio, Fox News Channel, “PBS NewsHour” and “Nightline.” She's on the board of the Texas Center for Actual Innocence and lives in Austin, Texas with her family. She is the author of the forthcoming narrative nonfiction book Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, to be released October 17th.


Joe Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Kórima 2014) and Bloodline, a young adult novel (Arte Público 2016). Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. The short film El Abuelo, based on Jiménez’s poem, has been screened in Belgium, the Netherlands, Mexico, France, Argentina, Ireland, England, and the US. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Workshops.


Chaitali Sen is the author of The Pathless Sky, published by Europa Editions in 2015. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, LitHub, Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Quarterly Review, Brooklyn Magazine, and other journals. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and currently lives in Austin, Texas.


Nancy G. West is the author of Nine Days to Evil, whose character, Aggie Mundeen, captivated her and led her to create the award-winning Aggie Mundeen mysteries. The latest is River City Dead, a tale of mystery, mischief and romance on San Antonio’s River Walk. West has also written the Book Shelf column for San Antonio Woman Magazine. NPR broadcast her poem, “Time to Lie.”

Event date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
306 Pearl Parkway
Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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