Calling all writers!

The Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library is hosting a Literary Festival for readers and writers of all ages to learn and network with experienced professionals in the publishing industry.

Join us and learn about freelancing, review writing, manuscript reviews, free press, small press and zines, comics and more.

Saturday, August 10

10am - 4pm  



Book and Vendor Fair

Talk to industry influencers to learn more about writing and publishing, pick up a new read or talk to your favorite local author.


Manuscript Review

Meet with professionals to review your work and get feedback. 
Registration is mandatory and coordinated by library staff.

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Breakout Sessions:

Build your schedule! Register for the sessions you would like to attend.

10 - 11am


with Jeff Provine

Learn tips and tricks for researching your next book! Hosted by Jeff Provine, author of Haunted Oklahoma City, Campus Ghosts of Norman Oklahoma, Dawn of the Infinity and more.

Kids Event at LitFest


Introduce little ones to the library with storytime hosted by a professional librarian. Learn about reading readiness and get your child excited about reading.

What Kids Really Want to Read Panel

by Penny Candy Books

Learn from the experts themselves, kids, as they discuss what they really want to be reading.


Freelancing, Pitching, and Getting Paid

with Jezy Gray

Learn the tricks of the freelancing trade from Oklahoma author, editor and critic Jezy Gray.



11am - 12pm

Illustrators Panel


Learn more about illustrating with local illustrators Jerry Bennett, Jonathan Koelsch, and Marla Jones from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Diversity in Writing and Publishing

by Penny Candy Books 

Learn how to write diverse characters and how to get diverse books published.


Publishing Books in the Digital Age

by William Bernhardt

Hear from bestselling Oklahoma author William Bernhardt. He has published over 40 books, including his blockbuster legal thriller titles Ben Kincaid.



12 - 1pm

Craig’s Library Resources for Writers

by Craig Wolf

Join author Craig Wolf to learn what resources the library has to offer to help you write your next book!


Writing and Selling your Picture Book


Join us for a panel to learn the tips and tricks on how to write and sell your next picture book presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators with Una Belle Townsend, Trey Hays, and Marla Jones!

Kids Event at LitFest

Zine Workshop for Kids

Publish your own magazine in this fun zine workshop made just for kids.

Travel Writing and How to Get Started

by Heide Brandes

Local freelance writer Heidi Brandes shares how to write about your travels and how to get started on your career as a travel writer.



1 - 2pm

Writing and Selling your Middle Grade or Young Adult Book


Join us for a panel with an all-star group of middle grade and young adult writers presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators including Kim Ventrella, Sonia Gensler, Wendy Spinale, and Brad McLelland! They will talk about how you can get your next novel published.


How to Eat Food and Write About it (and Other Things)

by Greg Elwell

Learn from the I Ate Oklahoma blogger Greg Elwell about writing restaurant and food reviews and features.


The Revolution Will Be Stapled: Why the Future of Books Belongs to the Small Press

Learn how to run a small press and market your work with Literati Press.



2 - 3pm


with Staci Mauney

Learn tips and tricks for editing your next book with award-winning author of fiction titles based on her Yorkie Lilly.

Kids Event at LitFest

How to Write a Story Based on 3 Parts for Kids

Learn how to create your very own story in a program specifically tailored to kids!

Writing and Selling your Children’s Non-fiction Book


Learn the tips and tricks on how to write and sell your next children’s non-fiction book presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators with Karen Gibson, Amy Dee Stephens, and Carolyn Macy!


Zine WorkShop

by Clint Williams and Edguardo George

Join Clint Williams and Edguardo George to learn how to make your own Zines!



3 - 4pm

Comicbook Panel

by Jerry Bennet

Join us in a panel to learn the tips and tricks on how to create comics and graphic novels from Jerry Bennett, Natasha Alterici, Matthew Price, and Jeff Provine.

Kids Event at LitFest

Reading of “The Not in Here Story”

by Tracey Zeeck

Join author, Tracey Zeeck, as she reads her wonderful book, "The Not in Here Story."

Free Press: How to Gain Credibility and Gather News

by Brett Dickerson

Join us to learn how to gain credibility and gather news for a free press with the owner of Oklahoma City Free Press, Brett Dickerson.


The Essential Elements of Bestselling Novels

by William Bernhardt

Do you want to become a bestselling novelist? Well then join us to learn the essentials from bestselling novelist himself, William Bernhardt.


Don't forget

Check out our Vendor Hall in the Atrium (1st floor) and Friends Room (4th floor); featuring authors, signings, books for sale, and information from local writing organizations.