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Free writing workshops at the Albany Book Festival!

One of the many awesome features of this year's Albany Book Festival -- kicking off Thursday and running through Thursday, Sept. 24 -- is the opportunity to participate in free writing workshops. These workshops are presented online and are open to the public.

No preparation or prior experience necessary for these workshops. Simply register in advance and we'll send you a link to the online meeting. For the Tom Swyers workshop on September 19th, participants will be contacted in advance to submit three questions ahead of the workshop to help shape the discussion.

The 3rd Annual Albany Book Festival workshops

So You're Young and Want to Write
With WAMC Northeast Public Radio reporter Jackie Orchard and author and UAlbany professor Elaine Salisbury
Saturday, September 12 at noon to 1 p.m.

The How-To’s and Business End of Publishing During a Pandemic
With author and UAlbany Professor Mary Valentis
Saturday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Click here to register

Ask Tom Anything About Book Writing, Publishing, or Marketing.
With author and publisher Tom Swyers
Saturday, September 19th 11 a.m. to noon

Memoirama: Everything You Need To Know To Write Memoir

With author and essayist Marion Roach Smith;

Saturday, September 19th, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Hope on the Page: A Climate Writing Workshop
With author Reif Larsen
Saturday, September 19th, 4 to 5 p.m.

Visit to read short bios of the workshop moderators and to find more information about featured authors. Author events kickoff this coming Thursday with J. Courtney Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Her new novel Friends and Strangers, was published in June.




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