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You are invited to participate in the 2017 Hanover Book Festival.

This is a not-for-profit event and is free to the public.

The authors' fee for the tables and workshops go toward the cost of the event.

We have kept the cost to a minimal in order to keep your fees as low as possible.

Fees are listed on the registration forms. We hope to see you at the book festival!

Although all tables are sold out, we have put together a fabulous list of workshops you can take. Whether you are a participating author or not, you can still sign up for a workshop, or two, or three! Take a look at the list below and click on the red button to register! Lots of valuable information to be had at a very LOW cost!

AND if you want a 10 minute consultation with an editor, contact April Michelle Davis. Her information is found at the very bottom of this page, so keep scrolling.  We hope to see you at the book festival!

Participating Authors:

Fredric Almond  •  Bob Anderson  •  LaVerne Branch  •  Austin Camacho  •  D.B. Corey  •  April Michelle Davis

  •  Pamela Evans  •  James Gaines  •  Melissa P. Gay  •  Harry Heckel  •  Bob Layton  •  Joanna Lee

  •  Joanne Liggan  •  JoAnn Meaker  •  Jennifer Milius  •  Kathleen Mix  •  Ronald Munro  •  Bryan Nowak

  •  Genilee Swope Parente  •  Jameo Pollock  •  Charnora Reid  •  Jim Salisbury/Tabby House  •  Linda Salisbury

  •  Susan Schwartz  •  Daniel Sherrier  •  Greg Smith  •  F. Sharon Swope  •  Sheila Talley  •  Harvey Tate

  •  Guy Terrell  •  Celie Thomas  •  Jack Trammell  •  Victoria Trifu  •  D. Alexander Ward  •  John M. Wills 





A Writing Workshop – Creating From Images
By Dr. Joanna Lee, Poet/Scientist/Artist

This workshop will include elements of voice, perspective and presentation and will focus on image-based writing (ekphrasis). Each participant should bring a single image (photograph, newspaper/magazine photo, illustration… whatever speaks to you). During the workshop, we’ll write from all/each, and examine the different ways individual writers/poets approach the same subject. If time allows, participants will be invited to share their pieces with the group in an informal performance. Come ready to create & be inspired!
Instructor:  Joanna Suzanne Lee earned her MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007 and a Master’s in Applied Science from William & Mary in 2010. Her poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals, including Rattle, Caduceus, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; her chapbook "Dissections" is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. As a leading force behind River City Poets, Joanna makes possible a wide range of poetry happenings throughout Richmond, and is especially interested in the intersection of creativity and healing. She is currently serving as Board Chair of the James River Writers.


Marketing Your Books in Today’s Book Market
By Greg Smith, Author/Founder of the Agile Writer Method

Today’s book market is forever changing, and to keep up, we must know how to approach sales in today’s technology-rich, economy-challenged world.
Instructor:  Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of utilizing a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft novel in 6 months. His book, Agile Writer Method, is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored Reel Heroes and Reel Heroes & Villains; a series on heroes in the movies. Since 2011, Agile Writer authors have completed over 40 first draft novels and 8 are in publication. Seeing the challenge of selling these novels has motivated him to study the market, and now he’s ready to share what he has learned.


How to Hook Young Readers with a Series
By Linda Salisbury, Author

This workshop will include lessons from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, answer the question, “What makes an engaging series?” by discussing characters, consistency and change, beginnings and endings (will one ending lead to a new beginning?), setting (local sells!), covers and art, and marketing tips (hooking kids and adults).
Instructor:  Linda Salisbury is the author of 18 books, including 12 for children, and nonfiction for young adults. Her 11-book Bailey Fish Adventure series for boys and girls, ages 8-12, has won numerous national awards and has hooked many youngsters into the love of reading. Each book combines contemporary fiction with nonfiction, usually Virginia history. Her new nonfiction for young adults, titled The Sword and the Broom: The Exceptional Career and Accomplishments of John Mercer Langston, is a retelling of the brilliant life of a great American based on his 534-page autobiography. Virginia-born educator, orator, abolitionist, and first African-American congressman from Virginia, Langston's story is inspirational. Salisbury is a retired journalist and enjoys travel and music. She lives at Lake Anna with her husband, Jim (a cookbook author), and two cats.

Giving Your Story CPR (How to Revive a Dead Story)
By Joanne Liggan, Author/Writing Instructor

This fun lecture is all about “Story” and what distinguishes it from an idea of a story and how one simple ingredient can resuscitate a dead story to life.
Instructor:  Joanne Liggan is a novelist, public speaker and instructor, and founder of the Hanover Writers Club and the Hanover Book Festival. Her family saga trilogy includes Heir of Deception, Air of Truth, and Err At Sea. As an instructor, Liggan has taught writing courses for the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, Hanover Parks & Recreation, King William Parks & Recreation, the Windemere Art Gallery, the VHSL at VCU, as well as area writers groups. Liggan’s current focus is on writing a series of Bible study guides. To learn more about her, you may visit her website at


Genealogy 101
By JoAnn Meaker, Author/Educator/Historian/Family Genealogist

Learn the basics of genealogy research and how genealogy can inspire your writing. Discover how to find those illusive ancestors and their stories using the internet and other sources. Each participant will receive a handout with listings of resources.
Instructor:  JoAnn Meaker, author, educator, historian and family genealogist has been researching her family history for the past seventeen years. She has incorporated this research in two novels, My Dear Emma and Four Branches. Meaker is also the author of Images of America, Ontario, a book written to commemorate the bicentennial of the town of Ontario, NY where she lived for almost 30 years. A retired teacher, she volunteered for many years for the town's historical society. A Line of Shorts, a compilation of short stories and her children’s fantasy book, Nola’s Gift were released in 2016. Her books can be found on Amazon, and more information about them can be found on her website…

Working With an Editor: The Editorial Process
By April Michelle Davis, Author/Editor

The process of finding an editor can be daunting, and finding the right one even more of a challenge. Topic: From the viewpoint of an experienced editor, learn how to find and select a freelance editor. Discover how the editorial process works and what you can expect from working with an editor.
Instructor:  April Michelle Davis has a master of professional studies degree in publishing (2008) from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in English (2001) from Messiah College. In addition, she holds the following certificates: Editing (University of Virginia, 2003), book publishing (University of Virginia, 2003), and professional editing (EEI Communications, 2004). She frequently attends and speaks at workshops, conferences, book festivals, writers’ retreats, and colleges, including Agile Writers’ meetings, the Communication Central Conference, Duke University Writers’ Workshop, Hanover Book Festival, James River Writers Conference, Randolph-Macon College, RavenCon, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Virginia Women’s Press Conference, and Williamsburg Book Festival. She is the Social Media Marketing Expert for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and past-chair and website administrator for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter for the American Society for Indexing. She has also published two books through the Editorial Freelancers Association, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer and Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know. She is also the author of a children’s book, A Princess in Disguise.

We are repeating one of our most popular offers by Editor April Michelle Davis! Please contact Ms. Davis directly to set up your appointment.