I love living in Fairfield County. I can't imagine a place more welcoming to writers - the libraries all have excellent writers' programs and conferences, and almost all of them are free to attend. This is a place where you can interact with all levels of writers, from those just starting out to those topping bestselling lists.
The Fairfield Public Library is continuing this great tradition of supporting writers by hosting a one-day writers' conference this upcoming Saturday, November 3rd. It's in celebration of NaNoWriMo, but there will be something for everyone - from nonfiction writers to short story writers, from poets to novelists. My good friend Edward Ahern and I will be participating in a poetry panel, but I'll be at the conference all day, so please feel free to stop by and say hi if you see me.
The conference is completely FREE to attend, but space is limited - you can sign up for it HERE. It will be held in the Rotary Room.
The poetry panel Ed and I will be a part of will be held from 1-2pm, called: "Poetry: Writing, Readings and Getting Published." Panelists will include Laurel S. Peterson, Jack Powers, William McCarthy, David Boston, Paul Bluestein, and Alice Green.
Below is the full program for the day - you are welcome to attend all of it or part of it, but don't forget to sign up or you might miss out!
As lead editor of the Fairfield Scribes' new anthology, I'll be leading a discussion with local authors and editors who have stories in WHEN TO NOW: A TIME TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY at the Saugatuck StoryFest on October 13th. We'll be doing a reading and discussion panel about the process of publishing and writing short stories for an anthology.
Come by and see us from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at The Brownstone, located at 142 Main Street in Westport. Refreshments will be provided, and it will be completely free to attend.
So stop on by if you'd like to hear excerpts from some great speculative fiction stories, meet the authors, and chat about publishing and how to get YOUR story into an anthology... perhaps even the next anthology by the Fairfield Scribes in 2019!
Copies of the anthology and other books by the authors will be available for purchase during the event - or if you've planned ahead and already have a copy, swing on by and the authors would be glad to personalize it to you.
The Fairfield Scribes will also have a table on the green by the Westport Library and will be selling and signing books from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. before we pack up and head to our event at The Brownstone.
Looking forward to seeing you there!.
LOCATION: The Brownstone is located right next door to Tavern on Main, so it's a great place to do lunch and then wander over to listen to a reading sample of the stories in WHEN TO NOW and get helpful info about small press and anthology publishing.
PARKING: For those of you driving to our event, there are two parking lots right next to the building - one on the corner of Elm and Main, one about half a block up Elm Street.
WALKING: It's also about two blocks away from the library, so if you're enjoying events at the StoryFest throughout the day, it's quite easy to walk to. We'll have signs posted on the street directing you to the event from the library.
I've been so focused lately on When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology that I've failed to mention that my debut novel, The Rose Queen, is available for FREE at Prolific Works (formerly Instafreebie) for the month of October. It's part of the Magic & Mayhem giveaway. And while you're there, don't forget to check out the other 89 fabulous books, also all free to download.
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over two hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Check out my 2024 writing challenge to write a book a week at Author Versus AI. For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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