DC Author Festival 2018

DC Author Festival 2018

In partnership with the Library of Congress

Saturday, April 21, 2018

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20540

The DC Author Festival, in partnership with the Library of Congress, is a gathering for local writers to participate in workshops, discussions, social activities and professional development. To register for the festival as a featured author, a tabling organization or an attendee, please fill out the registration form.


DC Author Festival Session Schedule

All sessions of the DC Author Festival are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
10:30 a.m.  The Author to Publisher Relationship: Panel Discussion
Mumford Room 
Smash Words & Overdrive: publish your book in DCPL's online collection
West Dining Room
11:30 a.m. Publisher Query Letter Workshop
Mumford Room
I'll Do it Myself Publishing: Panel Discussion 
West Dining Room 
12:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:30 p.m. Signature Speaker: George Derek Musgrove
with introductions by Colleen Shogan and Richard Reyes-Gavilan 
Mumford Room 
2:30 p.m. Owning a Local Bookstore in the 21st Century: Panel Discussion
Mumford Room 
Social Media & The Twitter Pitch for Authors 
Dining Room A 
3:30 p.m. Writing About Place 
Mumford Room 
Building a Successful Author Platform without all the Stress
West Dining Room 
The Author to Agent Relationship:
Panel Discussion
Dining Room A  
5 p.m. HAPPY HOUR and FEATURED AUTHOR READING at East City Bookshop 

Signature Speaker 

George Derek Musgrove

George Derek Musgrove, author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital 
(Mumford Room, 1:30 p.m.), with an introduction by Colleen Shogan, Deputy Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of DC Public Library

Opportunities for Authors: 
Thank you to everyone who submitted and application to be a Featured Author at DC Author Festival this year. Chosen authors' works will be available for purchase at the East City Bookshop. There will be a Featured Author reading and Happy Hour at East City Bookshop beginning at 5 p.m. following the day's events. 

2018 Featured Authors: 


Elizabeth Flock
The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai

Patricia Park
Re Jane: A Novel

Abigail Marsh
The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-between

Karen Branan
The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth

Greer Macallister
Girl in Disguise

Malka Older

Tracy Chiles McGhee
Melting the Blues

Julie Segal Walters
This is Not a Normal Animal Book

David Rapp
Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America

Opportunities for Organizations: 
This year we are offering display tables for area organizations, educational institutions, writers groups and other entities that offer support for local authors. Please fill out the registration form if you are interested in tabling at DC Author Festival. 

2018 Tabling Organizations: 
Aois21 Media
DC Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group
The Writer’s Center
WordLitter Creative Writing Group
Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program
Washington DC Comedy Writers Group
Author’s Guild
DC Public Library
Lori Puma, LLC
Sperry Editorial, LLC