True Lit Writing and Poetry Workshops


Pitch YOUR BOOK with ease to publishers, agents and editorswith Marilyn Collins

Monday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.

Join author Marilyn Collins to learn the ins/outs of pitching your book to those who buy. Whether it is your first time to pitch or multiple times, you’ll learn how to catch the interest of buyers and representatives, to present your original idea and approach, and to show you have what it takes to complete a project. Prepare for when you’ll have an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with those who are in the position to make your book publishable.

Registration Required.


Young Illustrators Workshop with Rich Davis

Monday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.


jarrett Krosoczka Illustrators Workshop

Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will demonstrate and provide feedback on illustration techniques such as character expression, perspective, shadow and gesture.  This workshop will include a combination of drawing demonstrations and exercises.  Please bring paper and pencil to participate.

First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka now has dozens of published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels, and story arcs in the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series. Krosoczka also shares his own story of growing up amongst family addiction in his young adult graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Registration required.


Elementary after-school workshop: be an author/illustrator!

Thursday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.

Would you like to try being an author/illustrator like this year’s featured speakers for the True Lit Festival? Here’s your chance! In this after-school workshop, students will be given a booklet to turn into their very own illustrated story. They’ll fill in the blanks of a Mad Lib-style text with words of their choosing and draw their own artwork on the pages. When they are finished, they’ll have a book to take home and show off to family and friends! Please note that this workshop is open to 3rd and 4th graders only.

Registration required.


one-cup sunshine, two-cups rain: a generative poetry workshop with martha silano

Friday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.

In this supportive/non-critical and lively workshop, we’ll focus on experimenting on the page with some of the fundamental elements of poetry: sensory images, sound orchestration, simile, and metaphor. After perusing the language of cookbooks, we will compose and share our own original recipe poems. Bring your enthusiasm, paper, and a pen. I will supply the rest.

Registration required.


getting your book on the shelf panel discussion

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.

Publishers and literary agents on this panel will provide perspective on the publishing world, including how they decide to represent or publish a work, suggestions to get your work noticed, the logistics of the publishing process, and more. Panelist include Sheri Williams of TouchPoint Press, Ally Robertson of The Wild Rose Press, Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press, Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press, Essie White of Storm Literary Agency and Jessica Schmeidler of Gold Wheat Literary Agency. 


all about literary agents with kate hart

Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.

Kate Hart, author of the young adult novel After the Fall, reveals what literary agents do, how to find them, how the publishing process works, red flags to watch for, as well as a short primer on how to write query letters.

Photo by Josh Hart

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dan and claudia zanes family music workshop

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

Join Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and his wife, vocalist and music therapist Claudia Zanes for an all-ages social music workshop. 

Using songs that appear in their new book Dan Zanes House Party: A Roots Music Treasury as well as songs from the U of A Ozark Folksong Collection, Dan and Claudia will lead people in rousing sing alongs and discuss simple enjoyable ways for friends, neighbors, and families to begin to make more music together. This workshop is suitable for people of all ages, abilities, and temperaments.

Registration required.


Comics for Teens with Cole Closser

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

Cole Closser is the Eisner Award-nominated author/illustrator of Little Tommy Lost and Black Rat and has been featured in Best American Comics. Cole will lead a hands-on, step-by-step workshop that gives young adults the tools they need to develop their own comics. Please note that this workshop is open to 5th through 12th graders only.

Registration required.