Westport Writers’ Rendezvous – October update

We had another great meeting at Barnes & Noble yesterday, with seventeen of us gathered to exchange ideas and recommendations. Alison McBain, Elizabeth Chatsworth, Ed Ahern and I bragged — just a bit — about our time travel anthology, When to Now, for which we did a reading and signing over the weekend at the Inaugural Saugatuck StoryFest in Westport.

aaa GHIf you like meeting authors face to face, plan to attend the latest Connecticut Authors Reading Series on Sunday, October 21, at 2pm at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library in Newtown. Among the featured authors are: Georgia Hunter, (We Were the Lucky Ones), Betsy Lerner, (The Bridge Ladies and The Forest for the Trees), Marilyn Simon Rothstein, (Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, and Lift and Separate), and Tom Seigel, (The Astronaut’s Son)

The Westport Writers’ Workshop has expanded its activities to include some popular Saturday workshops, for those who can’t attend during the week. On offer are A Writer’s Most Important Tool: The Power of ” What If “  with Jessica Speart this Saturday, October 20, Fall In Love With The Lyric Essay on Saturday, October 27, and Building a Multi-Dimensional Scene with Julie Sarkissian on Saturday, November 10. $75 each.

November 1NaNoWriMo begins! Click the link to find out more, and to find places where you can join your fellows to write your 50,000-word novel together.

nanoThe Fairfield Library will be offering a Writers’ conference on November 3, which will include Continue reading

Author groupie? – this is your chance to connect

Okay. I’m prepared to admit that maybe. I was wrong. There are literary festivals in the US. In fact, one of the biggest, the Brooklyn Book Festival, is happening this weekend, specifically on Sunday, September 23 from 10-6.

A number of venues have been commandeered for the event, and it sounds as though they’ll need them, what with more than 280 authors from around the world. They include Paul Auster, Joyce Carol Oates, Denis Lehane, Gail Tsukiyama and Judith Viorst. And that’s just a very few of the fiction writers – well, Judith Viorst writes NF, too, of course.  There are non-fiction writers and poets as well, of course, so there’s something for everyone. There will be booksellers (of course) and various literary organizations and publications, like Poets & Writers, Mystery Writers of America and the London Review of Books. For those of my readers who know they should be submitting their writing to literary journals and haven’t done it yet, here’s a chance to find out which of them might like your work, since they’re well represented, too.

There are also what they call Bookend Events, which are taking place this week. There’s a link to them here, in case you can make some of them.

And here’s the sweetest thing – all the Festival events are FREE (Some of the bookend events charge, but most of them are free too.). I can’t claim that’s true of my beloved British literary festivals – so well done Brooklyn.

They’ve designed a free app to help you find your way around – check your iTunes or other app store for Brooklyn Book Festival 2012.  In the meantime, go the Festival’s website for all the details.

Just one thing that I find distressing about the whole thing – I can’t get there L. I’m going to be in New Hampshire this weekend, but I maybe my favorite New Hampshire writers, Jodi Picoult and Janet Evanovich, will have decided to stay up there too. Perhaps I’ll run into them at the local co-op store, but I’m not holding my breath. Do go and let me know how it was.