Writers Festival

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Saturday June 30th - Keynote Panel and Reception

Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Meeting Room

1:00 - 1:45 Writers Reception; Distribution of the Golden Cod and Essex Awards

2:00 - 2:45 Keynote Panel, Adriana Mather, Charlotte Gordon in conversation with Bridget Hodder

Adriana Mather -is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch, and has family roots that go back to the first Thanksgiving, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Titanic.  She is also an actor, as well as the co-owner of Zombot Pictures, a production company that makes feature films. Adriana lives in Los Angeles, and you can follow her on: IG: @adriana_mather     FB: https://www.facebook.com/adrianamatherauthor/Twitter: @AdrianaMather / https://twitter.com/AdrianaMather

Charlotte Gordon - is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also published Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet (Little, Brown) and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown). A Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Endicott College, Charlotte received her A.B. from Harvard College and her Ph.D. from Boston University. www.charlottegordonbooks.com.

Bridget Hodder is the author of THE RAT PRINCE, a reimagining of "Cinderella" that debuted at #1 in its category on the Amazon Hot List, was awarded a star on the Children's Choice List of the International Literacy Association, and was shortlisted for the 2017 "Aslan" Prize in Children's Fantasy. She worked for several years in the Marblehead Public Schools before publishing her first novel with Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

3:00 - 3:45 Book signing by authors, refreshments

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Wednesday - July 4th

     Writers Workshops and Panels

Unitarian Universalist Church, 28  Mugford St. Holyoke Room

10:00 - 11:30 Poetry Workshop - Gayle C. Heney  - Poetry Now - Want to know what's happening in the poetry world and have fun trying it out? Gayle C. Heney, two-term Poet Laureate of North Andover and producer and host of the TV series Write Now, invites you to this poetry workshop in which you'll write poetry in unexpected ways.

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11:30 - 1:00 Literary Gathering  All welcome; local book clubs; meet and talk with authors; book signing and sales; light refreshments. 

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1:00 - 2:30 Story Spin - Share Your Story - Arlynn Polletta
Do you find yourself caught idling in the driveway listening to the latest story on NPR’s the Moth Story Hour? Do you ever wish you could bring life to your writing? In this performance-oriented literature and writing workshop, you will explore the “dynamic relationship” between the writer, story, and the audience. You will develop original material, which you may shape into an artful performance piece. Come share your story with Arlynn Polleto, winner of the Moth StorySLAM.

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2:30 - 4:00  How to Publish and How to Get Published  with Rob Vlock and Brenda Kelley Kim

Learn how to get traditionally published-- or how to publish your own work! Author Rob Vlock, published by Simon and Schuster, and journalist/self-published author Brenda Kelley Kim, will tell all you need to know to get you started on your publishing journey. A question and answer session will follow the workshop.

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submit to our writers contest

This year the Festival continues with a writers contest. The "Golden Cod Award" will be presented to the winning submission in each of 5 categories. Click below if you are interesting in joining this great opportunity to have an agent or nationally published author read finalists works. All Massachusetts residents are welcome to participate.