This year, three groups will join to present the White Mountains Writers’ and Book Festival in Berlin. The event will be hosted September 28 by the White Mountains Community College, which is lending its facilities to accommodate the festival.
Now in its third year, the festival started at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in conjunction with North Country Writers’ Night Out, a group that meets monthly in Berlin and the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), which organizes writers’ groups around the state.
The festival has greatly expanded since the first summer workshops and Literary Flash Competition were held at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in 2011. The 2012 gathering included a morning of workshops, an afternoon keynote address by television personality Fritz Weatherbee, and the “Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame” competition, which was judged by a panel of three independent visiting writers. Vendors included local artists, writers, artisans and an antique book appraiser.
This year’s gathering will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 28. The event will include workshops, guest speakers and vendors of arts, crafts and books of local interest. The concluding event will be writers reading for the Literary Flash competition, the first stop to the New Hampshire state-wide competition hosted by the NHWP. The format must be an original story that can be read in three minutes or less. Selections must be pre-registered and will be judged by a panel as well as audience applause.
While there is a fee for the workshops, the festival is open to the public.
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