Sessions

We will be putting the 2023 schedule together once we have our authors finalized. Until then, check out the awesome sessions offered for the 2022 Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival and then register to join us on March 18, 2023: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-northwest-ohio-teen-book-festival-tickets-396167245897

9:00 a.m.Doors Open
9:00 a.m.-9:40 a.m.Registration & Book Buying*
9:45 a.m.-10:40 a.m.Author Introduction & Keynote Speech 
10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Session 1 (Lunch 1)
11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.Session 2 (Lunch 2)
12:30 p.m.-1:10 p.m.Session 3 (Lunch 3)
1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Session 4 
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Meet in the Auditorium (Fun & Prizes) & Book Buying*
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Book Signing 
*Book buying open all day

Poetry Slam

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Teen poets will compete for prizes in the Teen Book Fair Poetry Slam, a competition of original performance poetry where the audience members are the judges. Each poet gets up to three minutes to perform their original poetry. Audience members will give each poet a grade of 1 to 5, and the poets who average the highest scores will win top spots and prizes. Hosted by Lucas County Poet Laureate, Jonie McIntire as well as various award-winning poets from Northwest Ohio, who will read their original work as well.

Are You Up for the Challenging of Books?

Some authors intend their stories to be edgy and/or controversial. Some don’t have such intentions, but nonetheless find themselves defending their books, their topics or their representative views.  How do authors respond? Is it ever okay to censor books, especially for young people? Talk to authors who have had their work challenged. 

Just Write for Middle Grade 1

This session is for tweens – the readers, the authors, the potential authors, or even the curious. YA book options have come a long way, and younger readers are beginning to have the same level of options and genres, without the books being too childish or too mature. Come talk to our middle grade authors about writing interesting and relevant stories for this unique age group.

Here’s Some Tough Stuff: Financially Down But Not Out

Real life is hard, especially when a parent loses a job or you don’t have a lot of money. In this session, learn about how authors write about characters with financial insecurity. We will discuss why it’s important to write these stories and how readers relate to real-world struggles.

What’s So Funny?

How do you write something that makes readers laugh?  Find out how and why authors use humor in books.

I’m Scared – Books with Horror

Do you like to read horror books or scary stories? Learn how authors create monsters (human and otherwise) and make the ordinary terrifying.  Don’t be scared to talk to these authors about how they put fear in their books.

Let’s Build a World

Fantastic lands, epic quests, spellbinding magic, and mythical creatures.  Fantasy and science fiction authors are known for their creative world building and immersive story telling. Meet three authors who have successfully created enticing and imaginary worlds.

Pitch Wars

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So you have a book, a story or even a poetry idea?  Come give us your 60 second elevator pitch – compete against (or watch) your peers. Up to three winners will be able to submit a very short proposal or draft to an author for feedback. (Psst. . . attend the writing workshop earlier in the day for help in crafting your pitch!)

Write with Images

Join renowned comics creators Jerzy and Anne Drozd in this hands-on, interactive workshop that will immerse you in storytelling and art.  Attendees will have the opportunity to create short comic stories.  This is a double session; attendees should plan to stay for both sessions.

Writing in Verse – Not Your Parents’ Poetry

Writing in verse is technically poetry, but probably isn’t what you think it is.  Come find out about this unique style of storytelling. Talk with two authors, one a poet and one who publishes books in verse.

Building a Mystery

Mystery is more than just suspense – it’s a puzzle. Interweaving clues throughout the plot, introducing characters and events as “red herrings”, and the revelation of secrets are all devices used by mystery writers.  In this session, learn from authors who create tightly-woven mysteries.

History – Getting it Right for the Books

Writing historical fiction and nonfiction requires diligent research. Discover how writers prepare to craft real and fictional stories. Three authors discuss their process and more in this session. 

Stories & Pictures – Graphic Novels

How do authors write graphic novels – and what is a graphic novel? Listen to several graphic novelists talk about this unique and popular style of story and book.

Keep Me In Suspense

Pulse-pounding action sequences, cliffhangers, twists and turns – how do you make that happen? How does an author keep readers turning pages? Masters of suspense share their writing processes, tips and tricks.

Here’s Some Tough Stuff: When A Loved One Hurts You

Both young adult and middle grade books deal with real life issues, such as physical and/or emotional abuse by a loved one. Come learn about this difficult and real issue. Meet those who work in the field and help others.

Board Games With Authors

This is your opportunity to hang out and play board games with authors.  Are you Sorry? Will there be Trouble? Come visit Candyland. How about Chutes and Ladders? Do you Uno? Write Poetry With Neanderthals?

Here’s Some Tough Stuff: Pressure, Pressure Everywhere

The tween and teen aged years are full of pressure – pressure from usually well meaning friends, family, and loved ones.  Authors who have addressed this issue talk about their fictional characters’ experiences, and real life.

Writing Workshop: Pitching Your Idea

Do you have an idea for a book, a story, a series? How do you “sell” or pitch it to an agent, editor, publisher or reader?  Get advice from published authors.  You may want to follow up this session by attending Elevator Pitch Wars in the next session.

Writing With Others – Co-Authoring

How do you write a book with another person? Why would you choose to write a book with another person? Find out more about this collaborative process.

Gender Un-Expectations

Do you like stories that defy social expectations? Do you enjoy reading about characters who share your identity? Come talk to these authors who flip stereotypes on their heads in stories about LGBTQ+ youth and fighting against traditional gender roles.

Hugs & Kisses – Romance Books

Romance doesn’t have to be sugary sweet, but it can be!  How do you write romance in a story? How do you make it real? Why does romance get a bad rap? Find out how four authors write romance in very different ways. 

Do It Yourself – Self Publishing

There are many paths beyond traditional publishing to get your book in the hands (or eyes) of a reader.  Come listen to four authors, each with different non-traditional publishing experiences.

Hero Worship, Loyalty, and Devotion

It’s common in real life, but what role can hero worship, loyalty and/or devotion play in a story? Sometimes it is helpful, and sometimes it can go terribly wrong.  Talk to three authors whose books include these concepts.