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Local Authors' Festival
Saturday, 26 October 2019,  9:00 -  3:00
Contact Mike Bauer, 265-2665

Everyone is invited to join us for a day of free workshops and author readings for both seasoned and beginning writers.  The public is also invited to listen to authors read excerpts from their works and receive a signed copy. Presented by the Sandpoint Chapter of the Idaho Writer's League, the East Bonner County Library and Friends of the Library

Program schedule

 2019 Local Authors’ Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Bonner County Library / Community Rooms A and B

Refreshments available throughout the day
courtesy of Sandpoint Friends of the Library

Authors’ ‘meet and greet’, book sales, book signings open all day


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.   Registration

9:00 a.m.              Welcome and Introductions           

                            Foster Cline, Festival Chair, IWL-Sandpoint Chapter
                             Mike Bauer, Coordinator, Lifelong Learning, East Bonner County Library

9:00 – 9:15           Writing Challenge

                           Jim Payne, local author, IWL-Sandpoint Chapter

You are challenged to write an engaging first sentence for your story, something that makes the reader want more. Write for 5 minutes and share what you have written.

9:15 – 10:30 am   Author Readings          

                          Foster Cline, proctor, local author

Local authors are invited to read a 7-minute excerpt from their published works. The audience will select their first, second and third favorite and gift certificates will be awarded.

10:30 – 10:40 am Break

10:40 am – Noon  Author Readings continue   

Noon – 1:00 pm    Lunch - Brown Bag lunches encouraged

                          NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kickoff

                          Mike Bauer, East Bonner County Library

Learn about NaNoWriMo, a commitment to write a 50,000-word draft novel in the month of November with the help and support of your fellow writers and your local Library. Find out about online resources, local write-ins, and other opportunities.

1:00 – 2:00 pm     Flash Fiction Write Exercise

                          Mary Haley, local author, IWL-Sandpoint Chapter

Learn how to write a beginning, middle and a dynamite end in 1000 words or less. Mary is a published author of The Great Potato Murder and won multiple times in the Flash Fiction category of the Idaho Writer’s League statewide contest.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.   Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.   5-Minute Write Exercise and Sharing

                          Tom Reppert, local author, IWL-Sandpoint Chapter

From a prompt, write for five minutes, then read your work aloud to the others. Participants will select their first, second and third favorite and prizes will be awarded.


Co-sponsored by:

Idaho Writers' League - Sandpoint Chapter

East Bonner County Library

EBCL Friends of the Library












Location Sandpoint branch, Community Rooms A & B
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