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The second annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival on July 10th, and 11th will feature over 50 locally and nationally recognized authors. 

Philadelphia Stories will be hosting the following Festival events for writers in the Bombay Room at the Chestnut Hill Hotel:

Saturday, July 10: Philadelphia Stories will be hosting three fiction workshops. Workshops are $10 and open to the public. Space is limited, so please email christine@philadelphiastories.org to reserve a seat. The schedule is as follows:

Getting Started (12-1:30)
You have a great idea. You’ve always wanted to write. You used to write but haven’t in years. This hands-on workshop will offer tips and strategies to wake up that muse and get writing!
Moderator: Curtis Smith

Shaping a story (2:30-4)
How can you grab readers from the start, hold them through the middle, and leave them satisfied at the end? This hands-on workshop will explore the writing process and help you shape your characters, plot, and voice into a dynamic story.
Moderator:Susan Barr-Toman

The Art of Revision (4:30-6)
You’ve gotten your first draft done. Now what? This workshop will discuss how to polish the language, characters, and structure of your story.
Moderator: Philadelphia Stories fiction editor Carla Spataro
Sunday, July 11
(12-4): Get great marketing tips and a chance to learn about the local literary scene at these panel discussions. Workshops are $10 and open to the public. Space is limited, so please email christine@philadelphiastories.org to reserve a seat.

Getting connected (12-1:30): Trying to connect with other writers or figure out the best place to get published? This panel discussion will cover the local literary scene, including how to find workshops, retreats, readings, and other great community events for writers. Panelists include: Alison Hicks (Wordshop Studio), PR guru Don Lafferty, and more.

Tips for Marketing Your Book- (2:30-4): How do you get your book noticed when you are competing with thousands of other new titles? This panel discussion will cover how to find a publicist, marketing your book in a 2.0 world, getting media coverage, and more. Panelists include: Elise Brown, author Marie Lamba, author Nancy Viau and author Scott Heydt.

Other fair events will include author readings, signings, panel discussions, writer workshops, poetry slams and more.  For children, there will be storytelling, costume parades, and other fun activities.

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