For the first time ever, the Garfield County Libraries are sponsoring a Local Author Expo. This series of events will feature 27 local authors from Garfield and surrounding counties. These authors have written all kinds of books including mysteries, romance, nonfiction and children’s stories. These authors have also published their work through traditional and nontraditional means (self-publishing and electronically through eBooks).
During these free expos, authors will each give a short presentation about their written work(s). After the presentations there will be a meet and greet, where you can talk with any of the authors, discuss their work or writing process, and purchase books and have them signed. Eight or nine authors will attend each event, with different authors visiting different libraries. Each expo is sure to be unique.
The expos will begin from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5, at the Parachute Branch Library, and then from 2-4 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library. The following Saturday, April 12, will showcase authors at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2-4 p.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library. The final expos will be held on Saturday, April 19, starting with the New Castle Branch Library from 10 a.m. to noon, and ending from 2-4 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library.
In addition to the Saturday expos, some libraries will host local author workshops. The first two workshops will be at the Rifle Branch Library. At 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, Lisa Bracken will lead a workshop for teens called “Creative Writing: Land on it!” to help participants keep and gain confidence in their own personal creative process. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, James D. Kellogg will help participants accelerate their writing by developing a story structure with compelling conflict, crisp dialogue, and more during a “Kickstart Your Story” workshop.
The next workshop will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the New Castle Branch Library. “Hybrid Publishing: The Ups and Downs of Self vs. Traditional Publishing” will feature Clarissa Vazquez, who will discuss publishing methods, literary agents, and editors in different publishing arenas.
Then, Autumn Piper will present “Turning Ideas into a Book” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Silt Branch Library. Piper will discuss everything from conception to composition, and from contracts to covers.
The final workshop will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Local author Deborah Holt Williams will present “Thinking Outside the Book: Writing for Children’s Magazines and the Educational Market.” She will discuss how writing for education or children’s magazines instead of the traditional book market can get your work into the hands of millions across the world or earn royalties each year.
For more information about the local authors or any of these events visit our website, www.gcpld.org. You can also find out which authors will be visiting which libraries by going to your local Garfield County library. All the events are free, and you are invited to attend as many as you would like. So, come explore the talents of the valley with us this April.