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2016 DC Author Festival


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St. NW Washington, DC (map)

More than 60 distinguished authors from the District will participate in the event which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Authors will include Wil Haygood, the journalist and author whose 2008 Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served By This Election" inspired the 2013 movie 'The Butler'; Marilyn Nelson the award-winning author of more than eight books of poetry; Ronnie Greene, author and Pulitzer-winning journalist with the Associated Press; and Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Dogs of Babel' and 'The Nobodies Album.'

The DC Author Festival was created in 2014 to connect local authors with readers. It was expanded to two days last year to offer District writers professional development workshops that focus on creating, marketing and understanding the publishing business.

The following workshops will take pace at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library:

Writing for Children and Young Adults

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Seasoned children's and young adult authors offer advice and insight on writing literature for young people. What differences are there, if any, from writing for adults? Mary Quattlebaum, Jacqueline Jules, and Lindsay Smith discuss their personal creative process, what inspires their stories, and how they hone the voices of their young characters.

Writing the Dreaded Query Letter

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

In this workshop, local author Alan Orloff will teach you how to entice your dream agent into reading your masterpiece by writing a tight query that really sings while avoiding those pitfalls that will land your query in the trash. We'll discuss the components of a query letter, learn what to put in and leave out, and examine a couple of successful examples. Primarily intended for novel/memoir writers.

My Comic Life: Building a Career in Comics

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Join Visionary Comics' CCO for a frank and honest conversation about building a career in comics. What does it take to build a career as a freelancer, creator, and comic professional? Chuck Sellner discusses the importance of defining your goals, your definition of success and seeking out opportunity.

Ask an Agent!

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what literary agents are looking for? Cynthia Kane from Capital Talent Agency and Bridget Matzie from Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is here to tell you what their agencies look for when they review submissions, as well as offer general comments on the do¹s and don¹ts of querying agents, why it's a good idea to have an agent, and more.

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