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Bucks Book Festival offers workshops for illustrators, writers

Bucks County Book Festival offers two interactive workshops for creative individuals, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 12.

The morning session is for aspiring or accomplished illustrators and the afternoon session is for writers. Workshop facilitators are sought-after coaches, and seats are limited. Tickets are $35 for each workshop and must be purchased in advance.

The Illustrators’ Workshop, a new event, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stacks Co., 54 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown. The three-hour workshop is perfect for the beginner or seasoned illustrator, age 17 and older, seeking guidance from well-respected professionals in the industry.

During workshop activities, attendees will learn how to promote and protect their work, learn illustration techniques from professional illustrators, and have the opportunity to participate in a Children’s Book Cover Challenge.

Workshop presenters include illustrator Floyd Cooper, winner of the Coretta Scott King award for illustration; illustrator Lauren Walsh; social media expert Beth Hauptle; and intellectual property expert Doug Ryder.

The Writers’ Workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the James Lorah Memorial Home, 132 N. Main St., Doylestown. It is open to aspiring and accomplished writers, age 17 and older. The facilitator and three sought-after writing coaches will help participants hone their craft, overcome fear, and learn how to provide the time and space they need to create.

The Writers’ Workshop team includes Dr. Ethel Rackin, professor of Language and Literature at Bucks County Community College; Rabbi Sigal Brier, creator of Mendful; Lynn Rosen, co-owner of Open Book Bookstore; and Susan Barr-Toman, novelist and leader of Mindful Writing workshops and retreats.

The workshop is sponsored by Bucks County Community College with special thanks to the Village Improvement Association.

More details and a link to purchase tickets for the workshops can be found at

The Bucks County Book Festival, taking place Oct. 12 and 13 in Doylestown, is a two-day celebration connecting authors and book lovers young and old.

It features a Keynote Author event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen, professionally-published authors with author panels and book signings, writers’ and illustrators’ workshops, Kids Book Fest and Fire Prevention Open House, Books ‘N Brew, a One Book community read, a marketplace with vendors, and more. Most events are free.