The tenth annual Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair will be held on March 23, 2013 and will feature a keynote presentation from Tom Hegg, author of A Cup of Christmas Tea and the Peef children’s books. Hegg will also give a master class on Friday, March 22nd to engage a class limited to 20 participants in his theater games and writing strategies. The website for the Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center has more information and registration links. Hegg's master class is very limited in size so you are encouraged to register quickly.
For ten years the Bloomington Literary Council has hosted the Writers Festival and Book Fair as a way to bring readers, aspiring writers, and established writers together in an interactive and learning environment. Local authors rent tables on which to display and sell their books, and workshops run all day to give interested writers an opportunity to learn from experts in the publishing and writing fields. In addition, authors who display their books are eager to talk to readers and writers about their own experiences in getting their books published and many also participate in readings that are taped and re-played on the Bloomington Cable network.
The Bloomington Writers Festival has grown into a major destination for people of all ages interested in improving their writing skills and learning more about how to navigate the publishing process. Workshops this year will include presentations from agents, song writers, publicists, a screenwriter, literary attorneys, editors and a range of successful writers in all genres. Vendors who will have tables include Beavers Pond Press , Tristan Publishing and the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA). Feel free to drop by their tables to ask them how they can help make your publishing dreams come true. Workshops cost $13 each, but visiting the book fair and vendor tables is free.
If you would like to spend the day taking multiple workshops be sure to also pre-order a box lunch ($12) or bring your own because there is no restaurant on site. There will be a cookie cart and coffee at the location, and this year, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the festival as well as the keynote and workshop presentations by Tom Hegg, a special tea table will be set up with a unique blend of tea, made especially for this event. The tea, pop and water are available to buy. Coffee is free.
For more information and the registration form, click on this link to the BTAC website. For directions to the Bloomington Civic Plaza, click here. More information about the presenters for this years festival can be found on the Writers Festival website. Special door prizes will be given out at the end of the event, but you do not have to be present to win.