Fall for the Book is not so much a writing conference but it is a kick-arse literary event hosted by George Mason University. It’s a chance to meet some amazing writers who will read from their works and talk about their writing journeys. And, by the by, it’s free. Yes, that’s fabulous!
This year the festival will run September 11th thru 18th. Most of the events are held on George Mason’s campus, but pay careful attention to the schedule, some events are off-campus.
I really consider this more of a reader’s conference than a writer’s conference – but hey, if you are a writer, uhm, you should also be a reader.
The link to the festival’s website is here.
The schedule is here.
The list of presenters is here.
Two things you don’t want to miss:
- Jodi Piccoult (the recipient of the Mason Award) will speak on Friday, September 12th.
- Richard Russo (the recipient of the Fairfax Award) will speak on Wednesday, September 17th.
Just in case you aren’t really clear on what the Fall for the Book Festival is, here’s what they say (taken directly from their website):
What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.
Each year, the festival:
- Advances children’s education by hosting specially tailored writing workshops or readings for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels and by publishing an annual anthology of student writing in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion.
- Makes literature fun by showcasing literary events in an active, engaging atmosphere that includes skits, dance, storytelling and more, and by introducing young people to living authors whose work they’re reading in the classroom.
- Connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers and hear behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing.
- Builds community by connecting with senior centers, book clubs, special interest community groups, libraries, bookstores and many others.
- Encourages cultural diversity by combining common points of cultural reference with forums for discussion of our shared stories.
- Gives sponsors a chance to support regional programs, and attracts the broadest possible cross-section of families and individuals throughout the area.
- Fall for the Book, an IRS-recognized non-profit corporation, is governed by a board of directors that meets throughout the year.
Events take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the festival’s base, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.
If you are new here, welcome. This post is one in a series of entries about my experiences at various writing conferences this year. You can read about Tin House’s Winter Workshop here and the Woodbridge Writers Retreat here.