Contact Information

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, New York 12222

Phone: 518 442-5620 

e-mail: writers@albany.edu

website: http://nyswritersinstitute.org/

PROGRAM

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where to find local authors and exhibitors: 

Book Festival Events 

 

Featured Authors

Location:

  • Campus Center West
    Auditorium and Boardroom 

  • Outdoor Tent 

  • Campus Center Assembly Hall

Author Signings

Location:

  • Campus Center West Great Hall

  • Campus Center Ballroom

 

Local Authors

Location:

  • Campus Center Ballroom

Exhibitors

Location:

  • Campus Center Ballroom

  • Fireside Lounge

 

September 14, 2019
10am to 5pm 

Writing Workshops

Location:

  • Campus Center Room 375 

  • Campus Center Student Success Center 

Children's Events

Location:

  • Campus Center West
    Multi-purpose Room

 

Campus Center West Auditorium

Book Signings in Great Hall

10:30AM-11:15AM

Gardening Event with

Ken Druse and Margaret Roach

11:30AM-12:15PM

African Writers Panel

12:30PM-1:15PM

Jamaica Kincaid and
Ricardo Cortes

1:30PM-2:15PM

Dani Shapiro

2:30PM-3:15PM

Latina Writers Panel

3:30PM-4:15PM

Harold Holzer and Eric Foner

Campus Center West

Boardroom

Book Signings in Great Hall

10:30AM-11:15AM

Writing & Critical Inquiry Student Reading

11:30AM-12:15PM

Young Adult Authors Panel

12:30PM-1:15PM

Margaret Roach

1:30PM-2:15PM

Harold Holzer

2:30PM-3:15PM

Will Schwalbe

3:30PM-4:15PM

Joyce Carol Oates and 

Jonathan Santlofer

Campus Center West Multi-purpose

Book Signings in Great Hall

10:30AM-11:15AM

Susan Verde

Children's Author

11:30AM-12:15PM

Children's Open Mic Reading

12:30PM-1:15PM

Children's Activities

1:30PM-2:15PM

Allison Pataki

Children's Event

2:30PM-3:15PM

Ricardo Cortes

3:30PM-4:15PM

Wayetu Moore

Outdoor
Tent

Book Signings in Ballroom

10:30AM-11:15AM

Dani Shapiro and
Will Schwalbe

11:30AM-12:15PM

Allison Pataki and 
Abigail Thomas

12:30PM-1:15PM

Sylvia Day

1:30PM-2:15PM

Joyce Carol Oates

2:30PM-3:15PM

Madhur Jaffrey

3:30PM-4:15PM

Nick Flynn and John Searles, presented by Yaddo

SCHEDULE

Campus Center  Assembly Hall

Book Signings in Ballroom

10:30AM-11:15AM

Bassery Ikbi and

Mary Cregan

11:30AM-12:15PM

Matt Futterman

12:30PM-1:15PM

Eric Foner

1:30PM-2:15PM

Ken Druse

2:30PM-3:15PM

Lew Bryson and

Craig Gravina

3:30PM-4:15PM

Margaret Roach
and Marion Roach Smith

Campus Center

Room 375

10:30AM-11:15AM

Matt Futterman

11:30AM-12:15PM

Tom Swyers

12:30PM-1:15PM

Reif Larson

1:30PM-2:15PM

Mary Valentis

2:30PM-3:15PM

Stephen Kiernan

3:30PM-4:15PM

Erik Schlimmer

 

Campus Center  Student Success Center

10:30AM-11:15AM

Barbara Ungar

11:30AM-12:15PM

MC Hall

12:30PM-1:15PM

Ted Gup

1:30PM-2:15PM

Jon Varese

2:30PM-3:15PM

Hollis Seamon

3:30PM-4:15PM

Bill Howard

Campus Center
Ballroom and
Fireside
Lounge

ALL DAY

Local Author Tabling

Exhibitors

Book Signings

 

 

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS

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Stuart Bartow, distinguished professor at SUNY Adirondack and chair of the Battenkill Conservancy, is the author of two collections of haiku, six collections of longer poetry, and one of lyrical essays.

How to Haiku
10:30am-11:15am, Campus Center Student Success Center

Stuart Bartow

 

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Matthew Futterman, a 22-time marathon finisher and deputy sports editor of The New York Times, is author of Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed (2019). He graduated from Union College in Schenectady and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Journalism & Nonfiction Writing
10:30am-11:15am, Campus Center 375

Matt Futterman

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Ted Gup is a best-selling author of three nonfiction books and a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic and other publications.  He has been a Pulitzer finalist, recipient of the George Polk Award, Visiting Professor at Brown University, and Fellow of Durham University in the U.K. where he is a Writer-in-Residence.

"The Devil's In The Detail: Narrative Nonfiction & The Little Stuff that Makes All the Difference" Finding, Recognizing & Using Detail to Illuminate Theme
12:30pm-1:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

Ted Gup

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Discussion on the differences between Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction including differences in audience, narration, plotting, characterization, language, and marketing.


Megan Cassidy Hall is an English professor at Schenectady County Community College and the author of books for children, teens, and adults. Her books include several picture books as well as the young adult novel Always Jessie, the middle-grade novel The Misadventures of Marvin Miller, the mystery Smothered, and the historical novel Sutherland. 

YA or Middle-Grade?
11:30am-12:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

MC Hall

 
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Bill Howard is a New York-based author who has published widely on a variety of historical, military and political subjects.  His most recent books are The Battle of Ball’s Bluff: All the Drowned Soldiers (History Press, 2018) and What the RAF Airman Took to War (Bloomsbury, 2015).

In Their Own Words: Using Primary Sources in Your Writing
3:30pm-4:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

Bill Howard

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Stephen Kiernan has had over four million words in print – first as a journalist and then as author of two non-fiction books and three novels (including the bestselling The Baker’s Secret). His work has been translated into many languages and The Curiosity is in production for television.

“Almost the Right Word: An Investigation of Language and Craft”
2:30pm-3:15pm, Campus Center 375

Stephen Kiernan

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In this age of the Twitter thread, the Instagram story, Fake News, Russian bots, and the marriage proposal via emoji—what is the role of the storyteller, and specifically the writer of books? Even as our collective attention spans have been inexorably altered by the reckless pace of our lives, the paper book—that ancient, durable, prismatic technology—has remained as popular as ever. Novelist Reif Larsen explores the constraints of writing and storytelling in this strange new world and puts forth the argument that story, no matter the platform, is as critical as ever to understanding the self in turbulent times.

Reif Larsen is the author of the novels I Am Radar and The Selected Work of T.S. Spivet, which was a New York Times bestseller and adapted for the screen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie). Larsen's essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Tin House, Travel & Leisure, one story, McSweeney's, and The Believer. He is currently serving as the Writer-in-Residence at the Troy Innovation Garage in Troy, NY.

Marginal Technologies: The Future of Books in Digital Age
12:30pm-1:15pm, Campus Center 375

Reif Larsen

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Erik Schlimmer is founder of Beechwood Books and founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route. He's the author of seven books and has written for a dozen regional and national publications. Erik is a licensed therapist but, strangely enough, is now a professional bird catcher.

How to Start Your Own Publishing Company and Then Conduct Obscure Research  
3:30pm-4:15pm, Campus Center 375

Erik Schlimmer

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Hollis Seamon is a fiction writer who teaches for the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing program.  Her most recent books are Corporeality: Stories and the YA novel Somebody Up There Hates You.

Writing Short Stories
2:30pm-3:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

Hollis Seamon

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Tom Swyers is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling author of three novels set in the Albany area: Saving Babe Ruth, The Killdeer Connection, & Caged to Kill. He also launches and markets books for traditional and independent publishers and authors.

A Mind-Blowing Look At Publishing Today: Making Amazon Work for You!
11:30am-12:15pm, Campus Center 375

Tom Swyers

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Barbara Ungar, professor at the College of Saint Rose, is the author of Haiku in English, as well as five collections of poetry. Her latest, Save Our Ship, won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press.

How To Haiku
10:30am-11:15am, Campus Center Student Success Center

Barbara Ungar

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Mary Valentis is associate professor of English at Albany-SUNY.  She is the author of Female Rage: Unlocking Its Secrets, Claiming Its Power (Clarkson Potter, 1994); Brave New You (New Harbinger Publications, 2001); and Romantic Intelligence, How To Be As Smart In Love As You Are In Life (New Harbinger Publications, 2003). Her writing has also appeared in Self, New Woman, and Cosmopolitan, as well as in scholarly books, journals and collections. She has just completed a novel about Edith Wharton’s mid-life sexual awakening.

10 Steps to Getting a Literary Agent and Other Pathways to Getting Published
11:30am-12:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

Mary Valentis

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Jon Michael Varese is a literary historian and historical novelist. His first published novel, The Spirit Photographer (2018), is a story that evolved from his work on 19th-century America.

"Transforming History into Fiction"
1:30pm-2:15pm, Campus Center Student Success Center

Jon Michael Varese