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Bloomington Writers Festival showcases two prominent speakers

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The 2014 Bloomington Writers Festival will, for the first time in its 11 year run, offer two featured speakers in its line-up. The Keynote will be delivered by Minnesota children’s author Nancy Carlson, and the award-winning author will also teach a one hour workshop entitled Pictures in Picture Books. In addition, as a special program in the days prior to the Writers Festival, Carlson will be offering a Master Class in which she will teach an extended format on writing and illustrating children’s books.

Also on the docket, best-selling author Penny Sansevieri will offer two workshops in her specialty - selling and promoting books. The California based promoter will be coming to Minnesota at the invitation of the Bloomington Literary Council, hosts of the Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair. Her two workshops: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon and How to Maximize and Monetize Social Media are offered as part of the day-long series of workshops offered at the Writers Festival.

For its 11th season the annual Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair will offer 22 different workshops for writers and aspiring writers at every stage in their writing journey. Presenters include published authors, professional writing instructors, an intellectual property attorney, editors, poets and many more experts in publishing. In addition, the Book Fair, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the published books of more than 80 local authors who will be available to sign their books and answer questions from curious readers and aspiring writers. Many of the books for sale have won awards.

Registrations for Nancy Carlson’s Master Class, the Keynote, and all workshops are available through the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s link. In addition to the classes, box lunches are available for purchase through the link as well. There are no restaurant facilities on-site at the Art Center, so those staying for the entire day may want to order a boxed lunch ahead of time. Coffee will be sold at the event and vending machines are on-site as well. Workshops are $13 and the special Keynote by Nancy Carlson and the Penny Sansevieri events are $15.

Among the many vendors and sponsors of the writers festival, local publishers and publicists will have tables and information to offer writers. If you have written something or are dreaming about writing something, this event will give you the motivation and tools to pursue your dreams. Visit the BTAC website for more information and a list of all classes offered.

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