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2014 Writers Festival and Book Fair

11th Annual Celebration of the Literary Arts

Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This popular annual event draws hundreds of budding and experienced writers eager to develop their craft. Organized by the Bloomington Literary Council with support from Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, the Writers Festival offers participants a chance to sit down and talk about writing with published authors and browse through a free book fair. The event also includes workshops and panel discussions that take writers through all phases of writing, publication, and promotion.


Registered Events

Keynote Address: $15

Workshops & Panels:
$13 - $26 each (see list below)

Boxed Lunch: $12
(must be pre-ordered when registering)

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Free Events

BOOK FAIR: Authors at individual tables sign books or discuss writing and publishing experiences with the public. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

RAPID READINGS: 10-minute readings by authors) Readings will be recorded and cablecast throughout the year. Listeners are welcome. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Schedule

  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS ($15)
    by Nancy Carlson, award-winning author and illustrator of more than 60 children's books. Registration required.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. BOOK FAIR 
    Authors at individual tables sign books or discuss writing and publishing experiences with the public. Free and open to the public. For a full list of authors and vendors, click here.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. RAPID READINGS
    (10-minute readings by authors) Readings will be recorded and cablecast throughout the year. Listeners are welcome. Free and open to the public.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. FEATURED SPEAKERS ($15)
    Keynote speaker Nancy Carlson and Penny Sansevieri, nationally recognized author and book marketing guru.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS & PANELS ($13 - $26 each)
    Each workshop is one-hour long. Registration required - see below for details.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. BOXED LUNCHES available ($12 each; must be pre–ordered)

Master Class

Elements of Children's Books: Art and Words #3501
Saturdays, March 1 & 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break) and Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

To write a picture book, you need to understand how the art works to tell your story. In this three-session workshop you will examine the elements that make up a children’s picture book and how these elements communicate to a specific audience through art and words. You will learn how to develop your concepts with storyboards, dummy books, and sequencing. Each session will incorporate various drawing exercises, so bring drawing supplies and a large sketchbook to every class. Finally, you will examine the various stages of illustrating a book, starting from the sketch phase through final illustrations. If you are not an artist, don’t worry; bring your story idea and learn how to put it in a dummy form. It’s fine if you do not have an idea and just want to work on your illustration skills. The last class will be a critique session and a discussion on the children’s book industry. *See list of supplies.

Presenter: Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. She is a life-long Minnesotan who was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota and graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. Shortly after graduating Nancy became fascinated with children’s books while working at theWalker Art Center. She began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings and it wasn’t long before she found herself approaching publishers with her own ideas for children’s books. Nancy's artwork is held in many private and public collections and recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award, and several others. Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year, and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. You can read more about Nancy’s experience, awards, and artwork on her website at www.nancycarlson.com.


Saturday Workshops and Panels

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Getting Started

The Creative Process #3601
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

Getting words on the page is essential, but there’s a lot more to writing. The creative process has six stages, but in only one of the six do you have fingers on the keyboard or pen on the page. Find out what these six stages are and what you need to do in each of them to complete the creative process with a piece of writing of which you’re proud. Level: All.

Presenter: Rosanne Bane

Rosanne Bane is a creativity coach and author of Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center, University of St. Thomas and elsewhere. She specializes in helping people understand why it’s so hard to do what they love, and what to do about that resistance. Her books, coaching, classes and presentations show writers and artists how to stop feeling disappointed, frustrated and guilty.
www.BaneOfYourResistance.com
www.RosanneBane.com
www.Facebook.com/AroundTheWritersBlock.

Reading Literature with a Writer’s Eye #3701
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

Usually when we read, we absorb the author’s literary statements. When we reread these works with a writer’s eye, we see how authors use thematic and craft elements to achieve those statements. These insights can improve writing skills and refresh creativity. This class will analyze a classic story with a writer’s eye, and all participants will leave with a two-page study guide. Level: All.

Presenter: Steve Linstrom

Steve Linstrom published his first novel, The Last Ram, in June 2013. After thirty years as a state government director and corporate vice president, he went back to college and received an MA degree in English Studies. His degree focused on literature analysis, which he utilized to dramatically improve his own creative writing. His capstone project involved creating a class that integrates the study of literature into creative writing instruction. www.stevelinstromwriter.com

Getting Started Writing Family Stories and Memoir #3801
2:30 - 3:30 p.m., 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Course Description

Do you want to write your childhood memories or family story? In this two-hour workshop, we’ll review the basics of good writing; then explore the personal narrative and memoir through discussion and writing exercises. Learn simple tricks to get started and concrete advice on how to make your writing come alive by using descriptive language and concrete images. Participants will leave with ideas for writing projects, several pieces of prose started, and enthusiasm for the genre. Level: Beginners to mid-level writers.

Presenter: Kris Bigalk

Kris Bigalk is the head of the Creative Writing department at Normandale College and an award winning poet.

Writing Book-Length Nonfiction #3901
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Description

This class will help new authors find their nonfiction narrative voice and avoid the trap of focusing a book too heavily on the author’s point of view, rather than on the readers’ needs. Learn how to make sure your proposed book is actually salable and has not been published in different forms too many times before. You’ll learn how to determine your book audiences and how to reach those readers. Level: Beginner to mid-level nonfiction writers.

Presenter: Janice Carlson

Janice Carlson is the author of 15 novels released by publishers (Kensington, Fawcett & St. Martin’s) under the pen name Ashland Price. She started her publishing company, Authors’ Direct Books, in 1998 with their first book, Rosa’s Miracle Mouse: The True Story of a WWII Undercover Teenager by Agnes Daluge. Her first nonfiction book, Soul Sensing: How to Communicate with Your Deceased Loved Ones, due in October 2013, has received rave reviews from national magazine editors. www.janicecarlson.com


Children

How Pictures Work in Picture Books #3602
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

If you are not an illustrator, just how do you write a picture book? Focusing on how pictures work in a picture book, we will look at some old classic books and some new picture books. Using some simple dummies and storyboards to get you started, you will learn how to write with and for pictures. There will be lots of time for hands-on work and a question and answer period. Please bring drawing paper to class. Level: All.

Featured Speaker: Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. She is a life-long Minnesotan who was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota and graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. Shortly after graduating Nancy became fascinated with children’s books while working at the Walker Art Center. She began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings and it wasn’t long before she found herself approaching publishers with her own ideas for children’s books. Nancy's artwork is held in many private and public collections and recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award and several others. Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year, and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. You can read more about Nancy’s experience, awards, and art work on her website at www.nancycarlson.com

The Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Writing #3702
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

Parents… teachers… librarians, you’ve read a thousand picture books to your children or your students, and thought: “I could do that!” In this fast-paced introduction, you’ll buckle down and learn the nuts and bolts of the picture book form. You’ll learn to look at picture books as a writer, with a critical eye geared toward craft elements. Bring your questions about picture book writing and the picture book publishing process. Level: All.

Presenter: Molly Beth Griffin

Molly Beth Griffin holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and teaches at the Loft Literary Center. Her first picture book was Loon Baby (Houghton Mifflin, 2011). Her first YA novel, Silhouette of a Sparrow (Milkweed Editions, 2012), was a finalist for the Lambda Award, the Minnesota Book Award, ForeWord’s Book of the Year, the Amelia Bloomer List for feminist literature and was featured on ALA’s Rainbow List. www.mollybethgriffin.com

Writing and Publishing Middle-Grade Fiction #3802
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Description

Middle-grade fiction (8-12 year olds) is considered the golden age of reading. These are the Ramona books, the first few Harry Potter books, and most Newberry Award winners. We’ll talk about the freedom and constraints of writing for the middle grades, what makes it distinct from young adult, why those boundaries blur-and where children’s books fit in. This is for writers who know they want to write middle-grade books and learn more about the field. Level: Beginners or mid-advanced level writers new to this format.

Presenter: Kurtis Scaletta

Kurtis Scaletta has written several YA novels. Mudville was short-listed for the Mark Twain Readers Award, Mamba Point received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and The Tanglewood Terror was a Junior Library Guild selection, Indie Next pick and winner of the Minnesota Book Awards Reader’s Choice. His newest book is The Winter of the Robots, a middle-grade science fiction novel set in North Minneapolis. He is also the author of the Topps League chapter book series.
www.kurtisscaletta.com

Voice Lesson: Writing for Young Adults #3902
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Course Description

In writing for Young Adults, we inhabit the voice and mindset of a teenager who is coming of age. In this workshop we will focus on how to craft a voice that sounds like a teen by using examples and exercises. We’ll also discuss how to create a compelling teen character. Come with a story in mind and leave with a sense of how your protagonist sounds. Level: Mid-advanced level writers.

Presenter: Swati Avasthi

Swati Avasthi is the author of Split (Knopf, 2010), which received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, Silver Parents’ Choice Award and was nominated for 15 state awards. It has made numerous “Best of” lists including YASLA, CCBC and Bank Street. Chasing Shadows (Knopf) is a Junior Library Guild selection to be released in September 2013. Swati teaches writing for children at Hamline University’s MFA program. www.swatiavasthi.com


Elements of Writing

Poetry Portraits #3603
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

Poetry is a dynamic vehicle for those who enjoy descriptions of real people and fictional characters in their writing. The succinctness of poetry, its figurative language from metaphor to allusion and more, portrays its power. This workshop will examine various poems describing personality, relationship, and story. Special implications for each, captured in their respective forms, will be discussed. Particpants are encouraged to pose questions and offer comments as well as participate in a writing exercise. Level: All.

Presenters: Evelyn Klein

Evelyn Klein holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.S. in the Teaching of English. She taught in the public schools, at the Loft and Century College. A prize-winning poet, her work appears in numerous publications. She published From Here Across the Bridge (Nodin Press, 2006) illustrated by Wolfgang Klein. Her latest books Once Upon a Neighborhood (North Star Press, 2009) and Seasons of Desire (2012) feature prose, poetry and her own art. Both are placed in the Minnesota Historical Society’s permanent library collection. www.evelynkleinauthor.com

Every Good Story Contains a Mystery #3703
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

Whether you’re writing about wizards, robots, or star-crossed lovers, every good story starts with a mystery. Discover how to generate good story ideas, how to avoid getting stuck in the middle of your story, and how to use elements of mystery to add tension to your story. After learning these writing techniques, you’ll create mystery and suspense from page one. Level: Beginners.

Presenter: Mike Kalmbach

Mike Kalmbach moonlights as a freelance editor and has edited, proofread and beta-read dozens of books, including an early draft of The Darwin Elevator (Del Rey) by Jason Hough and Donna of the Dead (Entangled Publishing) by Alison Kemper. Mike has published three books, including The Caldarian Conflict featured at Dunn Bros Coffee stores during the summer of 2013. He leads the Rochester, Minnesota Writing Group and is a founding member of the Rochester Writers Collaborative. www.mikekalmbach.com

Short and Sweet: Learning to Write Succinctly #3803
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Description

What do picture books, snappy prose, ad copy, and photo captions all have in common? Brevity, economy, and focus. In this session, we’ll look at examples of the good, bad, and ugly, and take a red pencil to wandering words. Learn techniques for shedding verbiage and honing expression, no matter what kind of writing you do. You will gain a new awareness of how to achieve clarity and sharpness with some simple exercises. Level: All

Presenters: Barbara DaCosta

Barbara DaCosta is author of the best-selling Nighttime Ninja, which won the 2013 Children's Choice Award, was a Publishers Weekly Best Illustrated and a finalist for Read Kiddo Read. DaCosta enjoys writing short-form books. (Nighttime Ninja had only 89 words.) Her adult mysteries have appeared in collections including Resort to Murder: Thirteen Tales of Mystery by Minnesota Authors.
www.barbaradacosta.blogspot.com

Superbad: How Creating an Over-the-Top Villain Can Unlock Your Story #3903
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Course Description

Creating an over-the-top villain serves to unlock your creativity, add tension to your plot, and create a hero worthy of the title. Part 1: A slide show of memorable TV and film baddies will illustrate that villains need to be powerful, worthy, and bad. Part II: It’s easier to create a vicious villain than a heroic hero. Steal shamelessly from the character of your villain to create your hero. Part III: Participants voluntarily describe their hero or villain in 4-5 keywords or phrases for audience feedback. Level: Mid-level to advanced writers who have completed at least one draft of a manuscript and possess sufficient writing skills to revise at a high level.

Presenters: Tamara Hogan and Susan Sey

Tamara Hogan, an award-winning author, loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis. When she’s not telecommuting to Silicon Valley, she writes paranormal romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Her debut, Taste Me, won a Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense, was nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award®, and recently won Prism Awards for Best Dark Paranormal, Best First Book, and Best of the Best. www.tamarahogan.com

Susan Sey earned a degree in English and a teaching certificate from the University of Michigan, as well as an MBA from University of St. Thomas. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and is currently serving as the VP of Communications of her local RWA chapter, Midwest Fiction Writers. Susan is the award-winning author of four romance novels: Taste for Trouble, Kiss the Girl, Money Shot, and Money Honey. www.susansey.com


Promotion

Fans, Followers, and Friends − How to Maximize and Monetize Social Media #3604
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

You’re online and being social—what’s next? What if you’re not online and wondering how to get there? This session will teach you all that and more. Learn the steps to get a presence on high-traffic social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Discover how to find the right people to buy your book, bring them to your site and convert them to customers. We’ll discuss your social media’s message, your website’s call to action, and how to ensure your website is performing for you. Other topics include search ranking and Google ranking; how to determine if videos are right for you; marketing on Facebook; and making your online marketing time more efficient. Level: Beginner to mid-level.

Featured Speaker: Penny Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri is founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., a best-selling author, and an international book marketing and media relations expert. She also teaches self-publishing at NYU.  As a publishing industry leader, she developed innovative social media/internet book marketing campaigns. Her twelve books include How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which have been called the "leading guide to everything Internet."  AME was the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™.  It pushes an author's online message by harnessing social networking sites like Twitter, blogs and book videos.  AME had eleven recent books on top bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. To learn more about Penny’s books or promotional services, visit her website at www.amarketingexpert.com.

How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon #3704
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

Amazon is a great place to sell books. Amazon also has a sales machine that helps you market your book for free—if you trigger it. It’s their internal algorithm and is similar to Google’s ranking. Once it kicks in, free promotion comes your way. This session will cover optimizing your Amazon page: what you must do to start showing up in more searches, as well as optimizing your book title, subtitle and keywords. You’ll learn how to understand eBook and print categories, and why they are different—and why this matters. Learn how to make your Author Central page work for you, plus fun tricks you can do to spruce up your Amazon page. Find out simple ways to find more reviewers and get more reviews. Also: Tips on pricing, sales strategy, and why giving away an eBook may be the best way to sell it. Level: Beginner to mid-level.

Featured Speaker: Penny Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri is founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., a best-selling author, and an international book marketing and media relations expert. She also teaches self-publishing at NYU.  As a publishing industry leader, she developed innovative social media/internet book marketing campaigns. Her twelve books include How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which have been called the "leading guide to everything Internet."  AME was the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™.  It pushes an author's online message by harnessing social networking sites like Twitter, blogs and book videos.  AME had eleven recent books on top bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. To learn more about Penny’s books or promotional services, visit her website at www.amarketingexpert.com.

The Business of Marketing You and Your Book #3804
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Description

No matter why you wrote your book—business credibility, speaking opportunities, or exposure on your topic—you still need to market your book. Writing is a business that requires a solid plan to succeed. This workshop will teach you how to approach your brand as a business, what the recent changes in marketing are, and why a plan is necessity. You will learn how to create a map of your platform, create income streams with your book and develop five ways to increase your visibility. Level: All.

Presenter: JoAnne Funch

JoAnne Funch has been an entrepreneur since 1994, dedicated primarily to marketing and promotion. Her company, GIR-Graphics & Innovative Resources, has assisted many small businesses with marketing strategies and branding messages. She specializes in social media strategies and training to help businesses become more creative and competitive in the digital marketplace. JoAnne is a speaker and writer, consistently blogging about business and other interests. Marketing Dish is her new website for baby boomers. www.girpromotions.com, www.marketingdish.com


Publication

Trends in Self-Publishing #3605
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

The industry is rapidly changing. Large publishers are consolidating. Mid-list authors are being cut in favor of proven best-selling authors. What do new authors do? What opportunities exist outside of traditional publishing, and what does self-publishing really mean? Explore the different opportunities as well as understand the challenges and pitfalls of this rapidly evolving publishing model. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Level: All.

Presenters: Tom Kerber and Dave Sheets

Tom Kerber is Owner & Chief Publishing Executive of Beaver’s Pond Press.  Started in 1998, Beaver’s Pond Press has mentored over 700 authors and provided them a venue for publishing their work and selling it across book retail outlets. In the last 15 years, authors have won multiple local and national book awards. Tom has a master's degree in Business Administration. www.beaverspondpress.com

Dave Sheets is a Business Development Consultant with Bethany Press in Bloomington. www.bethanypress.com

Legal Issues for Writers #3705
11:00 a.m. - noon

Course Description

In this interactive session, attorney Aimée Bissonette will answer questions about the legal and practical issues confronting writers—particularly writers exploring self-publishing and small press publishing (e.g., collaboration agreements, key deal terms in small press and self-publishing contracts, vendor contract issues, copyright registration). Discussion is encouraged, so bring your questions. Level: All.

Presenter: Aimée Bissonette

Aimée Bissonette holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota and has worked as a lawyer, teacher and writer since 1987. She helps clients make smart decisions about licensing creative works. She has negotiated publishing contracts with major publishing houses as well as many small- and medium-size presses. Her books include Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms and The 2014 Guide to Self-Publishing (contributor).  Her first picture book is slated for release in the fall of 2014. www.littlebuffalolaw.com

Successful eBook Publishing #3805
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

The presentation begins with a basic introduction to eBooks and five trends in the publishing market. The remainder of the presentation focuses on the “secrets” or necessary components of successful eBook publishing. This will cover fifteen key areas, including distribution, pricing, platform building, strategies beyond the book launch, and sales. The presentation provides a solid foundation for any writer or author wishing to publish a successful eBook and build a foundation for future works. Level: Beginner.

Presenter: Tom Keyes

Tom Keyes manages the award-winning publisher, Third Child Press. His goal is to support writers who wish to become authors, helping them navigate the intricate and often-confusing world of publishing. His clients have written books spanning such diverse subject areas as murder mysteries, memoirs, ancient Native American feminine spirituality, and home staging.  Tom is a past Midwest Independent Publishers Association board member and current member of the Bloomington Literary Council. www.thirdchildpress.com

Crowdsourcing Your First Book #3905
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Course Description

The publishing world is changing quickly and new authors have many tools available to them to publish outside of traditional channels. Crowdsourcing is a method of raising funds from family, friends, and other interested parties. Learn more about crowdsourcing tools and creating your own successful campaign. Budgeting, development, promotion, reward structures and follow-through will be discussed at length. Time will be allowed for an extensive question-and-answer period. Level: All.

Presenter: John Noltner

John Noltner has worked as a freelance photographer and author for twenty years, producing work for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. In 2011, he published his first book, A Peace of My Mind, winning a gold medal in the Midwest Book Awards and a silver medal in IPPY. This book was self-published with funds raised through a 40-day Kickstarter campaign and sold out within two months. www.noltner.com, www.apeaceofmymind.net

The Top 14 Mistakes Authors Make with Their Manuscripts—And What to Do to Avoid Them #3906
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Description

This class discusses the top fourteen mistakes that authors make––mistakes that keep their manuscripts from being published and mistakes that make editors grind their teeth. Lisa Wysocky has edited books in many genres such as fiction, religious fiction, mystery, suspense, biography, autobiography and memoir categories. Many have won gold or silver medals at the IPPY, ForeWord, IBPA Benjamin Franklin, Indie Excellence and Mom’s Choice. Level: All.

Presenter: Lisa Wysocky

Lisa Wysocky is an award-winning author and editor for a publishing house in Beverly Hills, California. She makes acquisitions and does editing, production and book and cover design. She has also co-authored or ghostwritten books for Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, Simon & Schuster/Young Readers, Palgrave/McMillan, St. Martin’s Press, Writers Digest, and many others. Her book, The Opium Equation, received four prestigious awards, and the sequel, The Magnum Equation, will be available in September 2013. www.lisawysocky.com

PANEL: How to Work with Editors, Agents, Publishers, and Booksellers #3201
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Course Description

Traditionally published or self-published, writers need to know the basics. How do you find an editor? What if you disagree with your editor? Do you need an agent? What do they do? What should they do? How do you get a publisher’s attention? What should you expect in a contract? What are the economics? Why have successful self-publishers ultimately signed with traditional publishers? Why have successful authors decided to self-publish? Level: Beginner to mid-level.

Book Architects: Julie Arthur, Bill Hammond, Pat Morris, Dan Odegard

Julie Arthur was the Midwest buyer for Barnes & Noble for 28 years before becoming sales manager for Adventure Publications. She’s authored two books; her latest is the 2013 edition of Minnesota State Parks: How to Get There, What to Do, Where to Do It, published by Adventure. www.bookarchitects.net

Bill Hammond is the former sales manager of Little, Brown and former publisher at the Hazelden Foundation. He has served as a business consultant to numerous publishing companies nationwide, as a literary agent, and as project editor for a number of local authors and corporations. Bill’s fifth historical novel, How Dark the Night, will be released in Spring 2014 by the Naval Institute Press.  www.bookarchitects.net

Pat Morris has been a professional editor for over 30 years. Her clients include the federal government, corporations, novelists, children's book authors, memoirists and others. Pat is the author of two nonfiction books and the founder of Book Architects. www.bookarchitects.net

Dan Odegard has worked as an author, agent, editor, consultant, bookseller, and publisher. He has done post-doctoral work in publishing at the Universities of Virginia and Chicago and taught publishing courses at Minnesota and Wisconsin universities. He co-founded Odegard Books in St. Paul and owned Odegard Books of Minneapolis. He was the trade publisher of Hazelden Publishing, the publisher of Meadows Publishing, the principal of Writer and Publisher Assistance, Prodigal Publishing and a partner in SLC Enterprises. www.bookarchitects.net

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2014 Bloomington Writers Festival Keynote Speaker: Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson
Keynote Speaker

Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson will lead "Elements of Children's Books: Art and Words," a three-session master class on Saturdays, March 1, 15, and April 5. Registration required.

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2014 Bloomington Writers Festival Featured Speaker: Penny Sansevieri

Penny Sansevieri
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The annual Writers Festival and Book Fair is the product of thousands of volunteer hours and year-round planning under the capable leadership of Kate Pettit, Bloomington Literary Council chairperson. BTAC gratefully acknowledges the service of Kate and the many other volunteers who provide this event for our community.