Children’s Story Times  In the Children’s Library

10:30  Gail Wilson Kenna

2:00 Sharon Dorsey

2:30  Judy Zummo


10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

The Writing Rx

An interactive workshop applying current research about the benefits of expressive writing for our physical and mental health. Ann Eichenmuller is an award-winning educator and author of the acclaimed book The Writing Rx , recently ranked #7 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases.

11:45 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Your Legacy: Memoir Writing

Learn why memoirs are so critical to our lives and how to navigate the sometimes difficult process of writing about ourselves. David Cariens, a retired CIA political analyst is the author of numerous books and criminology texts whose most recent release, Eight Step to Writing Your Memoir, provides a successful methodology for preserving your past.

 11:45 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Literary Late Bloomers

Let’s dispel the myth about age and writing. You don’t have to be in your 20’s to publish a novel. Jeanne Johansen is the proud president of High Tide Publications, Inc., dedicated to publishing authors who wrote their first book after the age of 50.


 10:30 a.m.

Mystery Writers Uncovered:                 How We Keep You Up At Night

A panel of mystery writers invite you to share some (but not all!) of their secrets. Led by moderator Maggie King, Richmond author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, and including panelists Bradley Harper, Amy Lilly, J.L. Canfield, and Heather Weidner.

 1:00 p.m.

Telling the Tale: Why & How

Four writers share their thoughts on the motivations behind their books and the steps they took to get published or printed. Led by moderator Gail Wilson Kenna, award-winning author of four books     including her most recent children’s book, The Contumacious Cat, along with panelists Gwen Keane, Ilona Duncan, and Marty Glenn Taylor.

*All sessions are one hour in length.

2:15 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER John DeDakis, former senior editor of CNN’s “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,” White House Correspondent, and career journalist who interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Also an award-winning novelist and author of four mystery-suspense novels, DeDakis will be sharing his life’s experiences and talking about how writing helped him to heal following the 2011 death of his son.