FULL SCHEDULE for Berlin Book Festival: Reading, 'Riting and Retail with Fritz Wetherbee on May 19
Book sales will be begin at 10 a.m. under the tent. Many authors will be available to sign their work. Book appraisals run 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.
9 a.m. Writing non-fiction workshop, with David Taylor Moore (moorecivilwar.com) of Berlin and White Mountains Community College. He will discuss research techniques and will include discussion on the Battle of Richmond and the search for Confederate gold. Moore is the author of Moore’s Civil War Reference, a day-by-day chronological listing of America’s Civil War, which took over 10 years to complete and contains 6,300-plus landscaped pages. He is a certified teacher, and has a unique way to include audience participation in his lectures. He will be bringing copies of his book for a signing and for purchase.
10 a.m. Writers and the use of social media, with John Herman. Herman (www.johnherman.org) is a writer, teacher, actor, and “renaissance media maker of many talents.” Most recently he was one of five finalists in the Space Adventures competition to make a space flight. His session in Berlin is Demystifying Social Media Today. Attendees will learn the right tools and strategies for enhancing use of social media to promote themselves and their work. Herman will demystify blogging, vlogging, Flickr, Twitter, podcasting, live video casting, YouTube, Skype, Facebook, and more.
11 a.m. Choice of two workshops: Poetry or Fiction.
Maudelle Driskell of the Frost Place will conduct the poetry workshop: A Generative Toolbox, New Poems. One of the things that all poets, regardless of their working level, have in common is the need to generate new work. This one-hour session will include discussion, examples, and a quick exercise to jump-start the generative process. Feel free to bring examples of your own to share. The goal of this class is to provide the participants with ideas, tools, and exercises to generate drafts, says Driskill.
Ron Roy of Berlin will discuss working class fiction and his novel Passing Time. (www.bluecubiclepress.com / Facebook, “Passing Time a Novel by Ron Roy”) in his workshop, All in a Day’s Work. It will focus on the resurgent interest in stories and novels about working class people.”I think the events of the past year like the demonstrations in Wisconsin, the bailout of the auto industry and the focus on rebuilding manufacturing have led to this interest,” he says. Ron Roy grew up in Berlin in the shadow of the Brown Paper Company and the Presidential Range. While attending college, he worked summers in The Company. He graduated with a degree in literature. After another short stint in the mill, he has worked in the health care industry, primarily around the operating room. He presently works at Androscoggin Valley Hospital. He has always written about work and working people. His first novel, “Passing Time” was published last year by Blue Cubicle Press of Plano Texas, a house that publishes stories by working people about working people. His short fiction has been also been published in WORK (workmagazine.wordpress.com)
Free afternoon programs:
12:30 to 2 p.m.: Open microphone for authors. Registration required by contacting George Geers at 785-4811 or email@example.com. Same-day registration allowed, time permitting.
1 p.m.: How to publish your writing: The many options facing authors – from traditional publishing to self- and online publishing, with George Geers, publisher, writer and executive director of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Geers’ talk will be followed by an inside look at two recent Berlin books, with Mosaic Bookworks and the area writers who produced Seasonal Selections and Beach Reading.
2 p.m.: Fritz Wetherbee live, in the amphitheater at the Heritage Park.
3 p.m.: Flash Fiction competition.
Publishers, authors and vendors interested in attending the Book Fair can contact Dick Huot at 752-7202, or visit www.northernforestheritage.org. To register for the workshops call George Geers at 785-4811 or CLICK HERE and follow the registration prompts to make your selection(s).
Sponsors of the Berlin Book Festival include Lincoln Financial Foundation, the state Council on the Arts, the Bryne Foundation and the Dan and Blythe Brown Foundation.