More than 70 workshops confirmed at Northwest Bookfest 2013; Only 250 tickets to go on sale September 18

NWBookfest2013 Budding writers, established authors, experienced professionals and those who just love books will have their fill of writing workshops, author panels and free public programs at this year’s Northwest Bookfest, to be held Nov. 2-3 in Kirkland, Wash.

More than 70 workshops have been confirmed, all touching on the theme of “navigating the digital age.” For only $99, attendees choose two days of unlimited workshops, taught by established writers and trade professionals. Tickets go on sale on Wed., Sept. 18, and a total of 250 tickets will be sold.

Workshop topics are grouped into four categories: craft, marketing, e-publishing and general. Titles include “Creating Memorable Characters,” “Five Fatal Blocks to Writing,” “Formatting for Self-Publishing” and “Plotting a Romance,” among others. See the complete list and register online at: http://nwbookfest.com/.

For those who do not want to commit to a weekend of in-depth workshops, there will be 18 free presentations and author panels open to the public. The public presentations will have something for everyone: historical fiction, mysteries, women writers, science fiction, children’s literature, erotic romance and more. All public presentations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the free public panels this year includes four award-winning mystery and thriller writers. In “Enduring Investigators: Creating Series Sleuths,” authors Elizabeth George, Mike Lawson, Boyd Morrison and Bernadette Pajer will candidly discuss their craft, their sleuths and their books. In another free public panel, “Rich Stories,” women novelists Lauri Blauner, Deb Caletti, Bharti Kirchner and Skye Moody explore the inspiration behind their writing and how digital publishing has affected their careers.

All workshops and free public panels will be held at Northwest University, 5520 108th Avenue, in north Kirkland. This is the third year that the city of Kirkland will host this popular literary event.

Extending the literary weekend will be the popular Wine and Words event, an evening of author presentations, appetizers and wine. This year, Wine and Words will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2 at three locations: Parkplace Books, Milagro Restaurant and a third location (to be announced).

Mixing poetry with jazz is the focus of the Wine and Words evening at Parkplace Books (348 Parkplace Center), which welcomes the Killer Poet Jazz Band (Michael Schein, Kenny “The Wheel of Life” Mandell on sax and flute, and Don “Otis” Berman on percussion). Note: The event is for adults only.

Milagro Cantina (148 Lake Street) is the site of the second Wine and Words, where the downtown restaurant welcomes authors from Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Pacific Northwest authors. Participating at the Milagro Wine and Words are Deb Caletti, Garth Stein, Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge.

Northwest University, the site of this year’s Bookfest, is easily accessible from routes 520 and 405. Its central location, close to downtown and Carillon Point provides plenty of dining and shopping options for Bookfest attendees, both before and after the event. Parking is free on the campus.

Sponsors for this year’s Northwest Bookfest are City of Kirkland, EDK Distributors, Book Publishers Network, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace.

More information on speakers, workshops and registration at: http://nwbookfest.com/.