D.C. Author Festival

D.C. Author Festival


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Enjoy readings, workshops, and over 60 local author and publisher vendor booths.

Vendor Fair
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Workshop Day
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW


Download the 2015 program booklet.


Saturday Vendor Fair

  Special Guests

Morowa Yejide
Morowa Yejide
Ruben Castaneda
Ruben Castaneda
Author of Time of the Locust Author of S Street Rising
Upshur Street BooksCopies of Time of the Locust and S Street Rising will be available and purchase at the Upshur Street Books pop-up shop at the festival.
 

Featured Speakers

 
A. Peter Bailey
A. Peter Bailey
Adina FergusonAdina Ferguson
Alan Page Alan Page
A'Lelia BundlesA'Lelia Bundles Carol Booker
Carol McCabe Booker
Cerece Murphy
Cerece Rennie Murphy
Chuck McCutcheon
Chuck McCutcheon
Erika Ettin
Erika Ettin
Hannah Sternberg
Hanna Sternberg
Jonathan Bardzik
Jonathan Bardzik
Magic Bullet Comics AndrewMagic Bullet Comics / DC Conspiracy Dr. Maurice Butler
Maurice Butler
Nevin MartellNevin Martell Rebecca Klem
Rebecca Klemm
ShoutMouse PressShout Mouse Press
Sonja Williams
Sonja D. Williams
Vijai Nathan
Vijai Nathan
Wendy JordanWendy Jordan

 

Also Appearing at the Vendor Fair

Adams Morgan Writers Group * Anna El-Eini * Annabel Hertz * Carolyn Morrow Long
Cassia Martins * Chris Moore * Christopher Datta * Dinahsta Thomas
Elsie Hillman-Gordon  * Emily Cammille * Francies Stephenson
Gerald Anderson & Susan Orlins * Ingeborg Hydle * Ingrid Anders * J. Shawn Durham
James Tanner * Jane J. Stein * Jeff Boss * Jeffery King * Joshunda Sanders
Judy Bachrach * Kesia Alexandra Ryan-Webster * L.J. Samuel
Lamont Carey * Malcolm Bailey * Martin Ganzglass * Maurice W. Dorsey
Nancy James Ph.D. * Nova Mitchell * Otis Randolph * Paris Singer * Patricia Jacobs
Rasheem Rooke * Reach Inc. * Rhoda Trooboff * Ron Capps * Scott Abrahams * Scott Sowers
Stephanie Steinberg * Susan Crites Price * Tom Doyle * Tom Noll * Valerie Joyner
 

Sunday Workshops

 
1:30 p.m.: From Idea to Draft, How Authors Craft a Novel
Moderator
Jessica Glicoes
Jessica Glicoes
Panelists
Mary Amato
Mary Amato
Kathleen McCleary
Kathleen McCleary
Jessica Spotswood
Jessica Spotswood
Michael Sullivan
Michael J. Sullivan
From outlines to sheer inspiration, there are many ways to write a book. This panel will focus on different methods authors use to get started writing their novels including character development, outlining, world building and more. A variety of authors from different genres will reflect on their process from inspiration to putting words on the page. This will be a great preparation session for writers prepping for National Novel Writing Month in November, or for established authors interested in hearing about another's craft.

   
2:30 p.m.: Promoting Your Own Book
Cherrie Woods
Speaker
Cherrie Woods
Eclectic PR
It’s estimated that approximately 1,000,000 books are published each year in the US. This means that authors are always competing to get attention for their books --- and sales! At this workshop, authors will learn how to do their own PR and/or learn what to expect from a publicist, should they be able to afford one. This workshop will also answer some of the key questions authors want to know about PR…including, How do I choose the right book cover? What type of online presence do I need to have? and more?
 
 
3:40 p.m.: Writers and Book Reviews
Moderator
Carrie Callaghan
Carrie Callaghan
Senior Assignment Editor
Washington Independent Review of Books
Panelists
Holly Smith
Holly Smith
Managing Editor
Washington Independent Review of Books
Gabriella Souza
Gabriella Souza
Arts Editor
Baltimore Magazine
With so many books out there struggling for attention, how do you get yours reviewed? Listen to editors from the Washington Independent Review of Books and Baltimore Magazine as they offer insight into what attracts them to certain books, which kinds of queries work best, and the rookie mistakes *not* to make! 



DCPL Foundation LogoThis program is made possible thanks to support from the DC Public Library Foundation.  The District of Columbia Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote, in all community members, literacy and a thirst for knowledge. Funds raised by the Foundation go to the sole support of the DC Public Library.