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.
Meet with professionals to review your work and get feedback.
Registration is mandatory and coordinated by library staff.
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.
Introduce little ones to the library with storytime hosted by a professional librarian. Learn about reading readiness and get your child excited about reading.
11am - 12pm
Learn more about illustrating with local illustrators Jerry Bennett, Jonathan Koelsch, and Marla Jones from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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.
We offer a variety of online resources to explore topics like Native American History, genealogy and folklore. Check out some of these resources to begin your research.
12 - 1pm
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!
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.
2 - 3pm
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!
3 - 4pm
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.
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.
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.