So You Want to Be a Writer?

Featuring Alice Mattison, Kristan Higgins, Leslie Bulion and Diana McCain. So Saturday, March 4 from 12:30—4:00 p.m.

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Keynote Address ” The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Novel — Alice Mattison

Mattison_Alice_00084_smAlice Mattison will discuss what may go right and wrong when you are the lucky and cursed person with an impulse you can’t ignore to write a book-length work of fiction.

Alice Mattison’s new book, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, was described as a “generous, empathetic writer’s companion” in a starred review in Kirkus and called “a booklength master class” by The Atlantic. Alice is also the author of six novels and four collections of short stories. Her most recent novel, When We Argued All Night, was a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice. In Case We’re Separated, a collection of connected stories, won the Connecticut Book Award for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in New Haven and teaches fiction in the MFA program at Bennington College. Her website is

Panel Discussion on the Publishing Process

Once you’re written a novel or story, what comes next? Hear from our distinguished panel of authors on how to get published. Topics include: self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, finding a literary agent, working with editors, and more.


Leslie Bulion, Peachtree Publishers 

Leslleslieie Bulion grew up on the Long Island shore, digging for sand crabs and looking under rocks for sowbugs. She has written poetry since the fourth grade, and connected insects to poems in her first science poetry collection, HEY THERE, STINK BUG. Leslie continues to pen funny, informative science poetry, including AT THE SEA FLOOR CAFE, RANDOM BODY PARTS, and three in-press collections. Leslie also writes science-infused middle grade novels, most recently THE UNIVERSE OF FAIR, a zany mystery set at a local fair involving string theory, a pesky sibling and flying death heads. Leslie visits with writers and educators of all ages to share the sparks that inspire her poetry and writing process.

Kristan Higgins, Harlequin

kristan higginsKristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 17 novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. Her most recent novel, On Second Thought, was released January 31, 2017.

Diana Ross McCain, Globe Pequot & Self-Published

Diana McCain head shot, September, 2016Diana Ross McCain is an independent historian who has been researching, writing, and speaking about Connecticut and New England’s past for more than thirty years. Diana is the author of several non-fiction books, including It Happened in Connecticut, Mysteries and Legends of New England, and Connecticut Coast, all published by Globe Pequot Press; and the award-winning To All on Equal Terms: the Life and Legacy of Prudence Crandall. She has also written extensively for publications such as Early American Life and Connecticut magazines, and the Hartford Courant. Thy Children’s Children is her first novel.

All are welcome.

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