The first annual PAYA Book Festival is only a week away! I am excited to have a small part in this event, taking place on Saturday, August 21 at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester, PA.
I’ll be one of the authors present, signing books which will be available for purchase through Children’s Book World, an independent book store from Haverford. (I love that store!)
There will also be a couple of fantastic workshops. For adult writers, there’s the Listen & Critque Workshop, led by well known authors including Josh Berk, Amy Brecount White, and Shannon Delany. What makes this event kind of special is there will also be a workshop aimed specifically at teen writers, aged 13-18, led by teen authors Chelsea Swiggett, author of a memoir titled Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia, and Kieryn Nicolas, author of Rain, a spy mystery adventure. My own daughter, a budding writer, is anxiously looking forward to this workshop. (By the way, thanks to everyone who posted a comment encouraging Gabrielle last week! I am hoping to coax another guest blog out of her, reporting on her experience in this workshop.)
Other events happening this day include a bake sale, basket raffle, and used book sale – all benefitting Pennsylvania libraries.
Something I plan on doing at the festival is collecting a few signed books myself, to use as prizes in an upcoming 100 Blog Follower Celebration! No, I’m not up there yet, but getting close. I’m planning a private celebration (uh … me, my husband, the hot tub, and a couple of cold martinis), and then a public contest with signed books and a manuscript critique as prizes! And since I am, after all, a teacher (with the new school year looming large on the horizon) – you might want to be prepared for a POP QUIZ!
You can learn more about the PAYA Book Festival (and see the list of attending authors – over 20, at last count) or sign up for one of the workshops by visiting the PAYA website. Hope to see some of you there!