This year the event will be virtual. Sit back, relax and join us for this free event. Speakers - Bookstore - Author Talks
The festival and conference opens at 9 AM.
Bookstores for each of the participating authors will be open all day. Live discussion by our authors - to be announced.
10 AM - What the Heck Does a Writing Coach Do (and Do I Need One)? - John DeDakis
In this session, award-winning novelist, manuscript editor, and writing coach John DeDakis helps you discern whether (or not) you need a writing coach. What does a writing coach do? Is it expensive? How does the relationship work? Is it for me?
11 AM - Writing Your Life Sharon Canfield Dorsey
Each of us is unique. Our stories deserve to be told and preserved – for our families, at least, or perhaps for readers everywhere. Writing Your Life is a practical class in memoir writing – the whys and how-tos that promise results. I will help you formulate a seven-point plan to complete your memoir.
12 PM - Your Second Act: How Writing Can Help in Changing Times
- Ann Eichenmuller
Chances are this past year has brought unexpected changes to your life, and with them, increased levels of anxiety and stress. Research has shown that expressive writing can enhance mood, relieve physical pain, boost the immune system, and help us to better cope with adverse situations. Ann Eichenmuller will show you how journaling and other reflective writing can empower you to move forward, and how writing about what you know and love can help you find direction for your life’s “second act.”
1 PM - Bradley Harper, Keynote Speaker
It's never too late to write. Join Bradley Harper as he takes us on a tour of his writing journey. "Being too dumb to quit. I was rejected by seventy-nine agents before number eighty said "maybe." After a couple of revisions that she suggested, we signed a contract, and now I'm a finalist for the Edgar for Best First Novel by an American. I rewrote or revised my novel thirty times, so I believe that persistence beats raw talent in almost every human endeavor."
2 PM - Tackling Sensitive Subjects - Cindy L. FreemanHow do you handle sensitive subjects in fiction? Can you find closure for your characters (and sometimes yourself)? Whether it's cheating spouses, interfering in-laws, eating disorders, autism, aging, child abuse...how do you get your characters to fight for their dreams against all odds?
3 PM - Writing through Grief - David Cariens
Experiencing a death, especially a sudden one, leaves us physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained for days, week, months or even years. David Cariens discusses dealing with grief by writing as a powerful way to heal, no matter your loss. He approaches the subject from his own personal experience and his work as a victims right advocate.