Monthly Archive: August 2016

Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference

What: Book Festival and Writers’ Conference
When: September 15 – 16 (The Writers’ Conference), September 17 (The Book Festival)
Where: Flagler College. St. Augustine, Florida.

Why: Join over a hundred other writers in critique workshops, and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing, and attend presentations from a variety of bestselling authors.

Some events from the writer’s conference:

  • Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time – Michael Morris
  • Finding Bigfoot & Developing Scenes – Joe Gisondi
  • How to Let the Necessity of Plot Guide Your Writing – John Dufresne
  • Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon – Brad & Darlyn Kuhn
  • My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape – Susanna Daniel
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer – Roy Peter Clark
  • Crafting the Character Arc – Jennie Jarvis
  • From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel – Terrell Griffin
  • Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft – Cecilia Milanes
  • The Writing Life: Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems – Peter Meinke
  • Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers – John Henry Fleming
  • A Good Title is Not Hard to Find – Robin Lippincott

From the organizers:

A day of free author presentations to delight book lovers and inspire authors. This year’s mix of bestselling authors from a range of genres will force tough decisions about which presentations to attend. Check out the festival schedule.

Need new books? Over 70 writers, publishers and book stores will be available at Saturday’s Festival Marketplace for hourly drawings, signings and readings.


South Dakota Festival of Books

What: Book festival
When: Sept. 22-25 and 27  
Where: Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Why: See and hear more than 70 authors, including six Pulitzer winners at was is billed as South Dakota’s premier literary event to learn about international reporting, fiction, poetry, history, biography and criticism.

Featured authors include:

  • Jane Smiley
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • T.J. Stiles
  • Michael Dirda
  • Ted Kooser and Shirley Christian
  • Jeffrey Deaver and Anne Perry
  • Jeff Alworth of The Beer Bible
  • Ron Capps of the Veterans Writing Project
  • National Book Award winner Pete Dexter
  • Max & Ruby creator Rosemary Wells
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Jess Walter.


Word Vancouver: Inspiring Words

Bif Naked

What: Book Festival
When: September 21 – 25
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Why: Attend readings, workshops, panels and writing consultations. A sampling:

  • Get It Out: A Writer’s Guide to the Submissions of Literary Works for Publication with Jami Macarty
  • Family as Inspiration: A Fiction Workshop with Simon Choa-Johnston.
  • Taking Control of Your Own Marketing with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
  • Starting Your Story with Marion Crook
  • Writing From Within: Memoir and Identity. Presented by Hapa-palooza. With Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Betsy Warland, Naomi Wakan, and Brandy Lien-Worrall. Moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.
  • Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers. Presented by the Magazine Association of BC. With Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner. Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

Lynn Johnston

With: Bif Naked, Ujjal Dosanjh, Lynn Johnston, Garry Gottfriedson, Anosh Irani

In the words of the organizers: This is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held during the last week of September at various venues throughout the city, our festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Central Coast Writer’s Conference

What: Writing Conference
When: September 30 – October 1
Where: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Why: New and established writers can attend over 50 different writing, publishing, and marketing workshops in all genres as well as private critique sessions, writer’s bootcamps, a teen writing program, writing workshops, marketing and private writer critique sessions (including lunch with authors).

Tagline: The Power of Story

Brooklyn Book Festival

What: Big festival with luminaries in attendance
When: September 18, 2016
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Why: Attend the largest free literary event in New York City with plenty of established literary panjandra, as well as new faces in the world of belles lettres. Bills itself as “hip, smart, diverse.” Hear what a lot of successful people have to say about their writing.

Authors include: Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

There will also be a full week of literary “bookend’ events, September 12th – 18th.

Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference

What: Writer’s Conference
When: September 23-24, 2016
Where: BP Energy & Conference Center, 900 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska, 99508

Why: Take advantage of keynotes and panels, optional intensives, round table critiques and one-on-one manuscript excerpt reviews. as well as tracks specifically designed for writing craft, author marketing, traditional publishing, self publishing, and children’s literature.

2016 Annual American Christian Fiction Conference

Why: Join hundreds of experienced and new Christian authors for instruction, keynote addresses, advice from industry professionals and interaction with other writers.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival

What: Book festival with many addresses specially for emerging and small press writers
When: September 2 – 4, 2016
Where: downtown Decatur, Georgia, many venues

Why: Choose from addresses by scores of people in the field, including 45 from The Emerging Writers Stage, targeted to the self-published author and writers from small presses.

Take part in a tribute to bestselling author Pat Conroy, a noted figure in Southern literature and attend addresses by names in the industry:

  • Cassandra King Conroy, Conroy’s wife who is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg, whose All Over but the Shouting’ was a New York Times bestseller and a Times’ notable book of the year.
  • Noted artist and children’s author Melissa Conroy, Pat’s daughter.
  • Award-winning and bestselling novelist Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist novel Serena.
  • Award-winning journalist and family friend Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

Touted as the largest independent book festival in the country.

Bouchercon 2016

What: World Mystery Convention
When: September 15 – 18, 2016
Where: Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Why: Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. Mix and mingle with prominent contributors to this genre, and attend a variety of events.

Guests of Honor:

  • American Guest of Honor: Harlan Coben
  • International Rising Star Guest of Honor: Craig Robertson
  • Bouchercon Kids Guest of Honor:  R. L. Stine
  • Local Legend: Julie Smith
  • Lifetime Achievement: David Morrell
  • Fan Guests of Honor: Jon & Ruth Jordan
  • Toastmasters: Harley Jane Kozak and Alexandra Sokoloff

Selected events:

Opening Ceremonies
Thursday Morning – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Carondelet Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Marriott

Librarian Tea – Thank you to Kensington Books our Sponsor
Thursday Afternoon – 12:30 – 2:30 am – Bissonet Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Marriott

Harlan Coben Interviewed by Michael Connelly
Thursday Night 6:30 – 9:00 pm – Carondelet/Bissonet Ballrooms, 3rd Floor, Marriott

New Author Breakfast
Friday Morning – 7:30 – 9:00 am – Bissonet Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Marriott
Dine with Debut Authors who get three minutes to present the relevant details of themselves and/or their first successes.

David Morrell Interviewed by Lee Child
Friday Night 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Front of Marriott to the Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way

Michael Connelly interviews our American Guest of Honor, Harlan Coben.
Friday Night 8:00 – 9:30 pm – Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way​

Crime Goes Global Reception Saturday Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Bissonet Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Marriott
Mix and Mingle with SoHo Crime’s International Authors while indulging in a unique Louisiana favorite, grits

Charity Live Auction and Reception
Saturday Night 6:30 – 9:00 pm – Preservation Hall, 2nd Floor, Marriott
​Winners of the Barry Award and the Anthony Awards will also be announced.

White County Creative Writers

Cara Brookins

What: Creative Writers’ Conference
When: September 3, 2016
Where: American Heritage Conference Center at Harding University, 2nd floor, Searcy, Arkansas

Why: Get presentations from published writers, mix with other writers and participate in writing contests, with  awards presented during lunch.

Guest speakers:

Cara Brookins

Author of the thriller Little Boy Blu, the Timeshifters trilogy, Treasure Quest, and the middle grade Gadget Geeks and Doris Free novels.

Garry Craig Powell

Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas and author of Stoning the Devil a novel exploring the cultural and psychological gulfs in the oil-rich emirates, which has been extracted in many magazines.

Tayla Boerner

Author of The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, and regular author of article in print and online.


  • Talya Tate Boerner: Marketing, Media & More
  • Garry Craig Powell: Write What You Know?
  • Cara Brookins: #RaiseMyRoof
  • Garry Craig Powell:  Reading Like a Writer