Opening Poem

MacGregor Poetry Contest Winner




Joel Christian Gill

Join acclaimed graphic novelist, Joel Christian Gill, as he kicks off our day talking about his own adventures in writing and illustrating.


Book Signing with Joel Christian Gill



Adventures in Plotting

How Revelations Help Flesh Out Character Arcs and Drive Plot

with Erin Bowman

The hero’s emotional journey is just as important as their physical journey, but executing a satisfying and well-paced character arc while also getting your character from inciting incident to resolution is no easy feat. Revelations—the critical moments in fiction where everything changes—are the key to connecting these two journeys. Join Edgar Award-nominated author Erin Bowman as she breaks down revelations, demonstrates how they influence character arcs, and walks you through exercises to uncover and plan the crucial revelations in your own novel.



Book Signing with Erin Bowman



Lunch Break

Please plan to bring your own lunch or visit one of our local restaurants. We are located next to MacGregor Park for those interested in sitting outside in the case of good spring weather.



Adventures in Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult

with Ann Davila Cardinal, Julie C. Dao, Kip Rechea Wilson

Moderator: Adi Rule

Join these amazing young adult authors to talk about the process of writing YA from story spark through revision and editing.



Young Adult Authors Book Signing



Cooking Up Picture Books

With Josh Funk

Interested in writing picture books but don’t know where to start? Looking to spice up your existing manuscripts? Have a picture book idea, but intimidated by the short format? Author Josh Funk will share everything he’s learned about writing picture books – from idea generation to resources to working with illustrators and more. You’ll leave energized with the recipe for the perfect picture book manuscript!


Book Signing with Josh Funk



Navigating the Publishing World

with  Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Agent), Kirsty Walker (Hobblebush Books, President) Brian MacDonald (Self-Published Author)

Moderator: Adi Rule (Traditionally Published Author)

Grab your compass and join us for a look into different avenues of publishing. What are the pros and cons of being a self published, indie published or traditionally published author? Do you really need an agent? What can an indie publisher do that a big house can’t–and vice versa? And how, oh how, do you embark on the publishing process when you’re ready? We’ll address these questions and more.


Publishing Panel Book Signing and Meet and Greet


**Water Street Books will be selling books in the children’s room for the entire day.**