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Bringing the hottest names in literature to the coolest town in the world.
The weekend begins with our Fifty Shades of Tie Dye story slam, in connection with TMI. Last year’s standing-room-only event was the talk of the town. The story must contain the line "DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?" Judges are Woodstock glitterati Abbe Aronson, Kim Wozencraft and Paul Green. There will be a winner… and a gong!
On Friday and Saturday evenings, join us for Little Bites & Big Libations, at Photosensualis. Hobnob with authors, panelists and fellow attendees. We promise there will be some delightful surprises, so don't miss this party!
Join us for an electrifying evening with knot-tyer and high wire artist extraordinaire Philippe Petit, as he takes the stage to regale us with his wit and wisdom. Celebrating the release of his new book, Why Knot?, Petit will enthrall, amaze, entertain... and then he will blow your mind! Hosted by Martha Frankel.
On Saturday we present a full day of panels. Inspiring writers and spiritual teachers Elizabeth Lesser, Lodro Rinzler, and Meggan Watterson discuss consciousness and books, spanning three generations. What ideas were seminal then and now? Which of the latest groundbreaking thinking is most urgent? Moderated by Gail Straub.
Three writers who have had their pulse on the zeitgeist for many years, Rhoney Stanley, Elissa Schappell, and Alan Light, talk about our favorite subjects--- Drugs, Sex, and Rock & Roll! We're pretty sure most of the audience will be familiar with at least two of them. Moderated by Elisa Albert.
Some of the most innovative and hysterical comedy takes place after 11pm, right on your television! Four of the best writers for late night come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include writers from Letterman (Bill Scheft), Jimmy Fallon (Jess Dweck), and The Colbert Report (Meredith Scardino). Moderated by J.R. Havlan, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Two innovative and eminent poets, Eamon Grennan and Maureen N. McLane, discuss the power of poetry to sustain us and illuminate our everyday lives. Moderated by Priscilla Gilman.
After another round of Little Bites and Big Libations, join us as we welcome Cheryl Strayed, who took us on a life-changing journey in her brutally honest memoir, Wild, and now has us laughing out loud with Tiny Beautiful Things. WAMC’s superstar personality, Joe Donahue, will be in conversation with Strayed.
Sunday morning starts out with what has quickly become a sold-out tradition at the Woodstock Writers Festival; Woodstock's own Bar Scott & Abigail Thomas will serenade, amuse, and cajole you to reach down deep and create. A scrumptious breakfast at Joshua’s Café is included.
Lydia Davis and Norman Rush, two acknowledged masters of the short story, will be in conversation with James Lasdun. This is not to be missed!
What happens when you mix fact with fiction? Join four highly acclaimed novelists, Charley Rosen, Ann Hood, Tad Richards, and Carey Harrison, show us how time and place can have a profound effect on what we know.
The Woodstock Writers Festival's signature event, Memoir A-Go-Go, brings together memoirists Andre Dubus III, Christa Parravani, and James Lasdun, in conversation with host Martha Frankel.
The Woodstock Writers Festival---Reading, Writing Revelry! Can’t wait to see you