Mobile Literary Festival

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For those who haven’t heard, this Saturday, May 14, 2022, is the Mobile Literary Festival. After a two-year postponement, we are happy to return to the historic Ben May Main Library branch of Mobile Public Library for our day-long free community event for readers and writers.

The festival is open house style, so come and go as needed to fit your interests and schedule. A variety of local/regional books will be for sale through The Haunted Book Shop, and many of the authors in attendance, should you like something personalized. Everything from picture books to poetry to fiction and non-fiction.

There will be poetry readings (including ones by the current and a former Alabama State Poet Laureate), panels/workshops, and lots of time to chat with fellow readers and writers while learning more about the craft and business of authorship.

The first panel, “All About the Pitch”, kicks off at 9:15am. I’ll be on stage for it, sharing my success stories with Facebook and Twitter pitches. To find the schedule and more information, check out the Facebook group page. To hear a radio interview I did along with the Mobile Literary Festival founder, Jodie Cain Smith, listen to the podcast.

From 2018, me presenting “Get POSSESSED with Writing” to the Mobile Writers Guild. Photo curtesy of Candice Marley Conner.

Also on the horizon for me is a possible panel/presentation at Mobicon at the end of the month, as well as a confirmed panel presentation–along with three of my local author buddies–about “Coming of Age in Southern Gothic Literature” that we’re giving in June at the Alabama School Library Association conference. Stay tuned for more news on those.

I’m a shy introvert, but talking about writing and books is something I love to do. Though I get nervous, it feels more like a fangirl moment than actual stress. Do you enjoy public speaking?

One response to “Mobile Literary Festival”

  1. Strangely, I’m okay speaking in public. It’s one-on-one small talk when I get all nervous! It sounds like a wonderful event. I hope it’s a rousing success for all involved!

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