Indie Author Day
Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Anaheim Central Library
500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805
Celebrate a vibrant world of literature at Anaheim Central Library. Indie Author Day is a literary gathering, hosting a diverse array of activities. Explore the book fair, discovering hidden literary gems along with writing groups and small press publishers. Engage with local authors in autograph sessions and lose yourself in captivating readings. Our poetry tent offers an intimate space for verse enthusiasts. Join writing workshops, where seasoned authors and poets share their craft. It's a day dedicated to fostering literary connections, indie authors, and embracing the magic of storytelling in all its forms.
The indie authors in the book fair were chosen via lottery from those writers who donated one of their books to Anaheim Central Library. The books were processed by the library for possible shelving and to be part of the local author display on the second floor. The deadline to submit for a table was October 1st. After that point, no further names for the book fair will be accepted, however if you still wish to donate your book, it will be considered for the local author display and shelving.
Matthew Arnold Stein - Writing Conference Moderator
Jon Anderson - Author Reading Moderator
Wendy Van Camp - Poetry Tent
"Crowdfunding Basics for Authors."
Instructor: Madeleine Holly-Rosing
Come learn the basics of crowdfunding your project. This short presentation will cover platforms, social media, preparing your email list, as well as developing your Kickstarter homepage, pre-launch strategy, campaign strategy and fulfillment.
“Portraits and Poetry—Writing a Cafe Portrait”
Instructor: Professor Marilyn Schultz
Join Professor Marilyn Schultz in a poetic exploration. Craft verses inspired by visual portraits of people. Receive expert guidance as you delve into the art of transforming images into evocative poetry. Unleash your creativity in this unique workshop blending observation and expression.
"Chapbook Craft: Your Words, Your Way"
Instructor: Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp
Unleash your poetic vision! Join Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp in an empowering workshop on crafting and publishing your own indie chapbook. Navigate the art of self-expression, from selecting verses to formatting. Elevate your words from manuscript to a tangible, personalized collection. Your poetry, your rules—let's bring your vision to life.
“Writing For Your Reader - Do you know your audience?”
Instructor: Ara Grigorian
Traditional or otherwise, it has never been more important to truly understand your genre, your audience, and their expectations. But how do you write for the reader? By understanding the market you're after, before you've actually written the book (or series).
Some think Marketing is done as part of the release or publication process. In all other industries, this would be considered backward. Know what is expected by your audience and simplify the publication process by writing the book your audience has been looking for. In this workshop, you will learn practical ways to study your reader and develop a concept that’s true to you and true to your audience.
"Facts to Impact: Mastering Non-Fiction Writing Strategies" 11 a.m. with Lori Polydoros, Farnaz Calafi, Melanie Walsh, and Ron Baesler
Embark on a literary exploration with this panel of indie authors, each a master of crafting impactful non-fiction narratives. Dive deep into the art of storytelling, where the focus is on honing the craft of writing memoirs and non-fiction works that resonate authentically with readers.
"Crafted Words: Mastering the Writer's Toolbox" 12 p.m. with Max Evans, Mary Vensel White, Jonathan Fesmire, and Barbara Pronin
Dive into the heart of storytelling mastery as seasoned indie authors share the secrets of their craft. This panel goes beyond publishing logistics, focusing on the art of writing itself. Discover how these writers wield language, structure, and techniques to create narratives to captivate readers
"Small Press Dynamics: Crafting Literary Partnerships" 1 p.m. with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Fritz von Coelln, Red Hen Press - Chloe Zofia, Bamboo Dart Press - Mark Givens, and Editiorial Freelancers Association - Marissa Dunham
Discover the intricate dance between small press publishers, poets and indie authors in this enlightening session. Small press leaders will share insights on building successful collaborations, navigating submissions, and fostering partnerships that elevate both parties.
“From Book to Screen: Indie Authors in Transmedia Collaboration” 2 p.m. with Matt Conant, Lauren Cipollo, Jenni Powell, and Brian Fitzpatrick
Embark on a cinematic journey as producers of film share the secrets of successful transmedia collaboration with indie authors. This panel illuminates the fusion of authors and filmmakers, exploring the art of transforming novels into cinematic experiences.
Elizabeth Daron Redmon
Margaret Elysia Garcia
Patricia M. Boardman
Lupe D. Dunn
California Writers Club (CWC)
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Red Hen Press
Bamboo Dart Press