Emerging Writers Festival takes place this weekend

Emerging Writers Festival takes place this weekend
Old Town Books opened in late November 2018 as a community-centric bookstore that hosts monthly book clubs, workshops and open mic nights. (Photo Credits: Missy Schrott)

By Heather Hartzell | hhartzell@alextimes.com

The Emerging Writers Festival will take place Aug. 16 to 18 in Old Town. The festival seeks to inspire young writers through free and low-cost programming, according to a news release.

Hosted by independent bookstore Old Town Books, the event will feature free readings by various authors, including Tope Folarin, Catherine Chung and chef Kwame Onwauchi, according to the release.

Additionally, the festival will offer more than a dozen writing classes with professionals from the book industry on topics ranging from food writing to pitching editors. Tuition scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance, according to the release.

The Emerging Writers Festival will also offer a book fair, featuring vendors selling independent press books and hand-bound books. Representatives from both local and national literary arts organizations will be at the book fair.

The festival is directed by Ally Kirkpatrick, the owner of Old Town Books.

For a schedule of events, visit www.emergingwritersfestival.com

(Old Town Beer, Wine and Dog Festival launches this weekend)