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Last year’s Derry Author Fest guest Emmy Laybourne signing books. Courtesy photo.




Attend Derry Author Fest

Where: Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry
When: Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: derryauthorfest.wordpress.com, derrypl.org, 432-6140
 
Schedule
Participants can come for one or all events. Most are followed by book signings that last 15 minutes. Water Street Bookstore will sell books all day.
10 to 11 a.m.: World Building in Romance workshop with D.L. Jackson, followed by book signing
11 a.m. to noon: Your Hero Within: Memoir Writing Made Easy with Denise M. Simpson, followed by book signing
Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch break, with themed moderator tables 
1 to 2 p.m.: Industry Insiders Panel, moderated by Kirsten Cappy (publicist), featuring Rebecca Podos (agent), Ammi-Joan Paquette (agent)
2 to 3 p.m.: Historical fiction panel, moderated by Padma Venkatraman, with Mackenzi Lee, Erin Bowman, Page Morgan
3 to 4 p.m.: Art of the Picture Book panel, moderated by Erin E. Moulton, with Marty Kelley, Russ Cox, David Biedrzycki




The Writer’s Toolbox
Derry Author Fest turns 2

03/31/16
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 If you’re a writer looking to better your craft on a budget, the Derry Public Library’s the place to be this weekend.

The theme for the library’s second, now-annual Derry Author Fest is “The Writer’s Toolbox,” and all its events Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are geared toward helping participants maneuver their way toward more developed, thoughtful writing and step into the publishing world.
Derry librarian Erin Robinson — who, under the pseudonym Erin E. Moulton, has written children’s books like Chasing the Milky Way and Keepers of the Labyrinth — spearheads the effort for this event. The Derry Author Fest is kind of like Writers’ Day (occurring later this month and organized by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project), except it’s free. Throughout the day, there are workshops, panel discussions and book-signing meet-and-greets with 18 local authors. Topics range from writing — romance, picture books, memoir, historical fiction — to finding an agent.
Programming was designed based on feedback from last year’s surveys and which literary people were available locally.
“We had a great year last year, but we read the surveys and responded. People mentioned they wanted lunch. They wanted to do moderated tables. … Last year we tried incorporating something for children, but really, our audience was full of writers. They weren’t interested in listening to storytelling or hearing a children’s program. It ended up being a group of people interested in learning about writing,” Robinson said via phone.
The structure’s different, too — more streamlined, one thing after the other. Lots of people wanted to attend everything and stay for the entire event last year, an average of 25 attendants at each session.
“I thought they’d come in and out for our programs. But it seemed that, from the feedback, they wanted it to be like a conference,” Robinson said.
Between programs, lunch will have moderated tables focused on topics like finding markets and submitting short form writing with Nancy Antonietti; mystery writing with Amy Ray; middle-grade fiction with Moulton; YA fantasy with Adi Rule; and narrative nonfiction with Dan Szczesny (who is also a Hippo associate publisher). Sandwiches will be available for purchase by Brooklyn Bagel House.
“Sometimes, with a panel, you have to take more general questions, but at a lunch with table moderators, you can get down to specifics in particular genres,” Robinson said. 





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