A new writing festival in Southwest Virginia will debut in April, bringing together readers and writers for book fairs and workshops on the publishing industry.

The Highlands Writers Fair starts Saturday, April 13, and the event is already seeking published authors from the area who would like to participate.

The fair, a collaboration between the Virginia Highlands Festival and the Washington County Public Library, will promote a “Read Local” campaign to help connect regional writers to their neighbors and create a community of readers and writers. These local writers will present panels and workshops on writing tips and publishing for experienced and emerging authors.

The event will be free and open to the public.

Published writers who would like to participate can reserve tables to sign and sell books by submitting an author application on the Washington County Public Library’s website at https://www.wcpl.net/highlands-writers-fair.

The deadline for authors to sign up is Thursday, Feb. 28, and applications should be postmarked by that date. For more information, contact Greg Lilly at HighlandsWritersFair@comcast.net. Send registrations to Washington County Public Library, 205 Oak Hill St., Abingdon, VA 24210. 

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