2021 Virtual Author Fair

2021 Virtual Author Fair

Saturday, Aug. 28, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for our annual local author fair, now from the comfort of your home! Throughout the day, participate in book talks and interviews with local authors, plus attend workshops on writing and becoming published. View the full event schedule below. To join each session, click on the link next to the session title. To join by phone, contact the Help Desk at 630-279-8696 for the information to join.


10:30 a.m. Design Solutions to Writing Problems – Click here to join
Walk through several common novel-writing problems and fixes to those issues that can be applied to create or adapt solutions. Presented by The Writing Journey.

11:30 a.m. Tension and Suspense Workshop Click here to join
Award-winning mystery writer Patricia Skalka presents a workshop on building tension and suspense in your novel.

1:00 p.m. Getting Started in PublishingClick here to join
Learn how to find an agent and begin the process of traditional publishing. Presented by newly-published Elmhurst author R.J. Hoffmann (Other People’s Children).

2:00 p.m. On OriginalityClick here to join
Steer clear of cliché and surprise your readers with original craft choices. Presented by award-winning author Ben Hoffman (Together, Apart).

Author Panels

10:30 a.m. Dealing with Difficult Topics Click here to join

11:30 a.m. Books for Kids and ParentsClick here to join

1:00 p.m. Writing Genre FictionClick here to join

2:00 p.m. Writing in VerseClick here to join

  • Bindy BittermanSkiddly Diddly Skat (Coming Sept. 2021)
  • Kenneth G. Jackson, 100 Writings for a Modern World, Vol. 1

2:30 p.m. Q&A with Author R.J. HoffmannClick here to join
Author of the 2021 release, Other People’s Children

3:00 p.m. Bringing History to LifeClick here to join