Should I Add Speakers to Event

Summer Workshop for Authors
Summer Workshop for Authors

Speakers or Workshop?

I am hoping to make NW Book Fun in the Sun an event that gets better every year.

I would love some feedback on suggestions for how to make it better this year.

An idea that I am thinking about is adding one or two speakers to the event or mini workshops. 

It could be a pre-event like the evening before or weekend before or 

Start at 3pm on Saturday or have a second day with just Workshop stuff.

Would you attend something like this (free with registration)? 

Or at 3pm do you just want to go home and call it a win? 

Or do you have another idea or two?

Please leave a comment. 

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  1. From Gretchen:

    I’d be interested in attending a workshop, depending on the topic, either the same day or another.

    I wonder about having children’s storytimes throughout the day since many of us are writing children’s books. An interactive reading and craft would be lots of fun. I’d be willing to lead a storytime of up to 45 minutes.

    Thanks for all your organizational pizazz!

  2. Hi Patty, great to see the event evolving! Can’t attend this year due to a scheduling conflict, but count me in for next year.

    Love the idea of adding speakers or workshops.

    I’d be happy to contribute as a speaker in the future. I’ve been involved in similar roles at non-profits, libraries, radio, and book events this year promoting my new book, READY, SET, GO! Playbook for Campaigns, Candidates, and Causes.

    Keep up the good work!
    Thanks, Kacey
    Kacey Carpenter
    READY, SET, GO! Playbook for Campaigns, Candidates, and Causes
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  3. Authors may be interested in how other authors publish their books, self-published, vanity presses, and major companies. I self-published my books, including editing, cover design, formatting, acquiring ISBNs, and creating proper files for printing.

  4. I would be interested in a speaker/workshop depending on the topic. I think we can all learn from each other’s publishing journeys. An evening prior might be best- we might all be a little low on energy at 3pm on Saturday after a few hours of chatting to all our fans!
    I’d be happy to read a story if a children’s story time is added. I have coloring pages if a craft area is set up.
    Thanks for looking for ways to grow this event!

  5. Great ideas. A craft area perhaps could be set up – but needs to be outside I think to keep the noise level down.

    Story hour could easily be incorporated –

    Wondering about have a free book drawing on the hour – with authors contributing a book if they want to participate. Maybe with a signup on the tables of the authors who contribute and then they can add those people to their mailing list if the person chooses.

    More ideas? Let’s keep thinking. 🙂

  6. I really like the idea of an hourly book drawing and would participate. I’d also love to do a story time (15-20 minutes for little kids).
    As for the speaker or workshop, I think I’d be most likely to attend at 3:00pm Saturday.

  7. I like all of the above ideas. I teach a journal writing class for Clark College, and would be happy to teach a mini class on that. I also do author talks and readings. Or will happily enjoy bringing someone else in.

  8. Thank you, Patty, for thinking ahead and working to make this event awesome for authors and readers!

    I’d attend a workshop, depending on the topic, but Saturday is busy, so I’m not sure I’d want to stay. I think adding something that would attract customers during the event would be great. As an author of children’s books, a craft area or storytime might draw parents. I’d be willing to contribute a book for a giveaway.

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