Derry Author Fest: The Writer’s Toolbox

BooksFromAuthorFestAttentive. That would be my description of the audience at the second annual Author Fest held last Saturday at the Derry Public Library. Organized by children’s book author and librarian, Erin E. Moulton, the theme for the day was “The Writer’s Toolbox.”

I was there to facilitate a roundtable discussion on mystery writing but was able to catch two other sessions. This full day of free workshops had something to appeal to most writers:


  • World Building in Romance with DL Jackson
  • Your Hero Within: Memoir Writing Made Easy with Denise M. Simpson
  • Roundtables with Amy Ray, Dan Szczesny, Adi Rule, Erin E. Moulton & Nancy Antonietti
  • Industry Insiders Panel moderated by Kirsten Cappy
  • Historial Fiction Panel moderated by Padma Venkatraman
  • Art of the Picture Book Panel moderated by Erin E. Moulton

I arrived early enough to catch most of Denise M. Simpson’s workshop where she gave insight into plotting, dialogue, and how to handle writing about people you know…and will have to see again once your memoir is published.

I led the mystery writing roundtable and those in my group were fantastic! We talked the entire time and not one of us took a single bite of our lunches. I was honored to meet several interesting mystery readers and aspiring mystery writers. I answered their questions about (one of) my favorite genres and talked about my adult mystery/thriller, Dangerous Denial.

The other session I attended was the Industry Insiders Panel. Kirsten Cappy a publicist with Curious City was the moderator of a panel consisting of two literary agents/authors, Ammi-Joan Paquette with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency and Rebecca Podos with the Rees Literary Agency.



Bummed that you missed this opportunity? Make a note to check the Derry Public Library website at the beginning of next year. Derry Author Fest is an annual event.

Can’t wait that long? You can see Ammi-Joan Paquette in person at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH on Wednesday, April 13th at 10 a.m. She’ll be talking about writing, working with a literary agent, and taking questions from the audience at this free Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library Author-To-Author event.


via Amy Ray

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