Workshops, Banquet Filling Up Fast for Interactive CM LitFest
from press release
Two writer’s workshops are already filled and one more is nearing capacity as is the Saturday night, Sept. 14, banquet and keynote speech featuring best-selling Gothic novelist Elizabeth Kostova. That’s the news this week from the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, which is rolling out its most interactive event in Burnsville ever.
This year’s still-open workshop features Elizabeth Hudson, editor of Our State Magazine, who will help writers develop characters who do their own heavy lifting in setting a “powerful” sense of place and regional identity. Unlike the other workshops, hers has a larger seating capacity, but the cap is likely to be reached soon.
Elizabeth Kostova, whose dark tales take readers on wild rides from dusty art museums in the U.S. to ancient and decaying monasteries across Central Europe, will speak at the close of the festival on Saturday night during the event’s annual banquet at the Burnsville Town Center.
These events are just a small part of this year’s highly interactive festival, which features a wide array of local, regional and national authors.
The work of artists from Yancey County’s Shortbus Studio will be presented by local author Katey Schultz at 7 p.m. in the Burnsville Town Center Legacy Room. In the winter of 2008, a group of differently abled adults decided to use their boundless energy and humor to create an intuitive art program in Western North Carolina. They drew. They sketched. They painted. After five fun years, Shortbus Studio continues to use web media such as Facebook and YouTube to help spread their mission, which is to bridge barriers between people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their communities, and to teach us that in the end, we are more alike than we are different. For more information, visit the studio on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ShortbusStudio or at 414 East Main St., Burnsville.
Another interactive event will be the Friday afternoon BookBuzz session, with Jane Willig, Kathleen Turczyn, and Nancy Roth. This promises to be a funny, no-holds barred rant and rave session about the most over-achieving and under-achieving books you’ve ever read. LitFest authors are always invited, and those brave souls who attended in previous years have heard an earfull! BookBuzz also returns Saturday morning to follow-up where they left off the afternoon before.
Also on Saturday morning, emerging writers can join the Toe River Anthology Group to learn how being a long-term member of a fellowship of writers can enhance and promote one’s own writing skills. In this session, four of the present group will read, some from the Toe River Anthology and some from their current writing, and will share what the experience of being in this writing group (now called the Scribblers) has meant to them.
More information on the entire festival line-up, which includes widely noted authors such as Charles F. Price, Abigail DeWitt, Katey Schultz, Fred Bahnson, Mallory McDuff, storyteller David Boone, and poets Dale Neal and Katherine Soniat, acan be found at cmlitfest.org. The group may also be followed on Facebook by searching for Cm LitFest.
In the photo are BookBuzz Ladies Jane Willig, Kathleen Turczyn, and Nancy Roth.