West Virginia Book Festival

Meredith Sue Willis, who teaches novel writing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will present a workshop at the West Virginia Book Festival, to be held Oct. 16 and 17 at the Charleston Civic Center. Willis’ workshop, based upon her book “Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel,” is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Willis was raised in Shinnston and now lives in New Jersey. Her father’s family came to West Virginia following jobs with Consolidation Coal. Her mother’s father was a witness to the Monongah mine disaster of 1907.

Willis’ novels and short fiction have been published by presses including Scribners’, HarperCollins, West Virginia University Press, Ohio University Press, Mercury House and others. She has three books coming out in 2010: “Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel,” “Out of the Mountains” and “Re-Visions: Stories from Stories.”

In addition to Willis, the West Virginia Book Festival line-up includes: New York Times best selling author Nicholas Sparks; Civil War historian James Robertson; children’s author Carmen Deedy; award-winning novelist and West Virginia native Jayne Anne Phillips; and E. Lockhart, author of books for teens.

The West Virginia Book Festival is an annual, two-day event celebrating books and reading presented by The Library Foundation of Kanawha County Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail.