2019 Schedule


10:00   Festival Opens


All day: Children’s activities. Look for authors Deborah Boerema, Aileen Stewart, and Donna Wyland along with our team of volunteers for some fun crafts and activities.


11:00-11:50    Author Panel 1: The Story Behind the Story: Why these writers wrote their books: Amy Blake, Carole Brown, DiAnn Mills, Cindy Thomson,  Rebecca Waters.


12:00-1:00      Poetry Corner Readings: Open mic. Everyone welcome to read his/her own poetry or others!


12:30-1:20      Workshop  for tweens and teens with author JPC Allen. 

Ever dream of getting all those stories out of your head and into print? Join YA author JPC Allen as she guides you through the steps of creating characters, establishing settings, and concocting plots that get your story ready for publication.            


12:30-1:20     Workshop with author DiAnn Mills: Quirky Characterization and Quirkier Backstory. 

Developing a worthy character is the heart of every novel. A writer weaves novel-writing techniques to reveal the character's personality, and backstory (life experiences) points to the why of behavior. Characters reveal themselves in how they react and respond to the world around them. On their adventure, they discover their strengths and weaknesses, victories and defeat. This topic shows the writer how to create the unforgettable character that leaves the reader wanting more.


1:30-2:20 Workshop with author Donna Wyland: How to Write and Publish Your Book.

In this session you will learn what it takes to write and publish your book, start to finish. We'll discuss the typical timeline necessary to self-publish a book, where to find cover designers and editors, and how much to expect to pay for quality work.


2:40-3:20        DiAnn Mills Speaker: The Writer's Life


3:30-4:20        Author Panel 2: Inspirational romance is a popular genre. Come hear what inspires these authors and hear the background of their stories. Halle Bridgeman, Rebecca DeMarino, Sara L. Foust, Patty Smith Hall, Sandra Merville Hart, Zoe M. McCarthy.      


4:30 Festival Closes    


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