One of the best ways I know to jump-start my creativity and get me thinking like a writer is to go to book festivals. I just found out about one that’s coming up April 19-21: the Bethesda Literary Festival in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.
The more than 20 events over that weekend include readings and discussions with Alice McDermott, Chris Bohjalian and Kate Alcott, to name just a few. There’s also a local authors’ reception at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. And because this is D.C., some of the featured authors have published nonfiction books about politics and the presidency.
On April 20, there’s an open house at the Writer’s Center. This is one of the best resources for writers who live in the D.C. metro area. (And even if you don’t, you can take advantage of online courses.) Check out the center’s website: the aptly named writer.org.
If you live anywhere near D.C., come out to the festival.