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Book fest: Hedberg Public Library

  • Sat, June 24, 2023
  • Janesville, WI

Hedberg Public Library will host its annual HPL Book Fest on Saturday, June 24, 2023. In addition to a keynote address from New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry, the event will feature writing workshops and an author fair.

If you would like to submit a workshop proposal, you may do so by completing the online Book Fest Breakout Session Proposal Form. Presenters will receive a $150 honorarium and an invitation to a special post-event reception with Michael Perry at The Venue and catered by Genisa Wine Bar. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2023.

If you are interested in participating in the author fair, please complete the online Book Fest Author Fair Application. The table fee is $25 and includes an invitation to the post-event reception. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

Check out the event website and Facebook page for more details.


Writing Workshops – Session 1: 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

  • Elevated Writing: 15 Dialogue Techniques Create Masterful Prose 

Presenters: Christine DeSmet and Peggy Joque Williams

Registration Recommended 

  • Fearless Truth-Telling: The Power of Owning Your Story 

Presenters: R.B. Simon and Lisa Marie Brodsky

Registration Recommended              

  • So You Want to Write A Children's Book! 

Presenter: Gayle Rosengren

Registration Recommended  


Writing Workshops – Session 2: 10:45-11:45 a.m. 

  • Seeing Characters and Their World: Filtering Details through Point of View 

Presenter: Ann Angel

Registration Recommended 

  • A 10-Step Plan for Self-Editing 

Presenter: Nick Chiarkas

Registration Recommended 

  • A Six-Month Marketing Road Map for Launching Your Book

Presenter: Maggie Smith

Registration Recommended 


Author Fair - 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Keynote: Michael Perry - 3 p.m. 

Friends of HPL Author Reception with Michael Perry - 5 p.m. 

*$10 for Friends Members / $30 for Non-Friends Members 

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