Literally, a Huge Success!

An early Spring weekend (March 27-29) saw crowds out and about for Literally Salem 2009! Events throughout the weekend were well-attended and Sunday’s rain didn’t stop attendees from making the most of all of the workshops, author events and activities on offer. This year brought more than twice the number of festival-goers than last year, and the all-ages programming attracted literature lovers from 2 to 82!

Writers’ workshops were filled with aspiring authors and published pros getting tips on poetry kickstarts, the perfect query letter, creating a sense of place, and writing with the senses. Fans came out to meet favorite authors and to find new favorites. Readings and open mics were filled to capacity and drew an impressive array of gifted writers, and the Scrabble® Tournament crowned a new champion.

Special thanks are due to the many generous people who gave of their time and talents to make this festival such a success. So, thanks to Gil Pili, Adam Pieroni, Elaine von Bruns, Peter van de Bogert, J.D. Scrimgeour, Jean Marie Procious, Jennifer Bell, Beverly Strauss and Rinus Oosthoek for lots of behind-the-scenes work, done with commitment and enthusiasm. Thanks to Jennifer Jean, Laurette Folk, J.D. Scrimgeour, Peter van de Bogert, Brunonia Barry, Adam Pieroni, Jennifer Pieroni, Wendy Snow Lang, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Stacy DeKeyser, Donna Albino, Cathy Huyghe, and Lilly Roberts, for planning and leading events. Thanks to all authors who read and spoke to grateful crowds, and thanks to all sponsors, especially The Salem Film Festival, Hurd Smith Communications, The Battlefield Journal, Creative Ink, Front Street Coffeehouse and Cornerstone Books. Thank you to all who helped spread the word about the festival, and to all who attended.

Join us the last weekend of March 2010 for the next Literally Salem!



1 Response to “Literally, a Huge Success!”

  1. April 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Would love to join this event as an author next year.

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