Principal Break-out Room

PrincipalThe Principal Break-out Room (located in the University of Iowa John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center) is filled with up and coming as well as established local and regional authors. These presentations, conversation panels and workshops are designed to enlighten and excite festival attendees. Click a name below for more detail on individual presenters. Select authors will be signing their books for 30 minutes after their presentation ends.

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Saturday, Jun. 18

10:15-11:45 a.m.
Workshop: Writing Poetry with Elyse Mele
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Join Elyse Mele from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop to learn more about about how to create your own poetry!

12-1:30 p.m.
Conversation Panel: Avenues to Being Published with the Des Moines Writers Workshop
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Presentation By:
   ●  Beth Burgmeyer
   ●  Rachel Eliason
   ●  Kay Fenton Smith
   ●  Kamerhe Lane
   ●  Francis Sparks
Come hear from emerging and established local writers in this panel that discusses how to navigate the publishing process. Hear from members of the Des Moines Writers Workshop and their experiences working with publishers big and small, as well as self publishing methods.

1:45-3:15 p.m.
Workshop: Writing Personal Narratives and Non-Fiction with Anca Roncea
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Join Anca Roncea from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop to learn more about about how to create your own personal narrative!

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Presentation: Sparkle Abbey
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Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, writers of a national bestselling pet-themed mystery series. The first book in the series, Desperate Housedogs was an Amazon Mystery Series bestseller and Barnes & Noble Nook #1 bestseller.  Raiders of the Lost Bark is  the latest installment in the series.

4:45-5:45 p.m.
Presentation: Ryan Berg
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Ryan Berg’s debut novel , No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and a finalist for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency Media for a Just Society Award. Come join him for a reading and a discussion.

 

Sunday, Jun. 19

10:15-11:45 a.m.
Workshop: Storyboarding with John Domini
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Join nationally acclaimed author, John Domini for a discussion of storyboarding. John Domini has won awards in many genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny and anthologies, non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times and other journals.

12-1:30 p.m.
Workshop: The Importance of Writing Support with Mary Jedlicka Humston
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Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon are co-authors of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink. Join her for informal and informational discussion of having support during the writing process.

1:45-3:15 p.m.
Book Talk: 2016 All Iowa Reads Book, Lila: A Novel
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Facilitated by: Beaverdale Books
Have you read the All Iowa Reads Book? Join us for this book club discussion of Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson. This will be a facilitated discussion but all are welcome to participate!

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Presentation: Kyle McCord
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Join Kyle McCord, author of You Are Indeed an Elk, but This is not the Forest You Were Born to Graze, for a reading of his poetry.

4:45-5:45 p.m.
Presentation: Beth M. Howard
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Beth M. Howard is an author, blogger, and pie baker. Her highly acclaimed memoir, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie, in 2012 was followed by her bestselling pie cookbook, Ms. American Pie, in 2014. Beth is now living on a farm in Southeast Iowa where she is currently working on her next memoir, World Piece, about her 2015 round-the-world pie-making trip to promote cultural tolerance.