Come join us at the Heartland Book Festival to meet authors and find books you want to read.  We have scheduled events for elementary, middle, and high school students on Friday and writer workshops for Saturday.


This festival is for everyone.  Come one, come all to this fun event.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

James S. Owens Building

  600 College Street Road

Elizabethtown, KY  42701

Friday, September 20, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Heartland Book Festival welcomes Hardin County Students for Student Day at the festival.  It is also open to the general public.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visitors to the Heartland Book Festival have the opportunity to attend free presentations and workshops offered by authors from a wide range of backgrounds.  Novel writing, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s and songwriting are all represented in these 45-minute sessions.  Presentations and workshops address various stages of the writing process, everything from building a foundation to submitting work for publication.  Additionally, visitors can attend a special poetry panel discussion.

RPC Auditorium - 212
RPC Room 202
RPC Room 205
RPC Room 210
9:00 - 9:45am
Building Your Novel's Foundation (Fiction) Sue Ballard
A Survivor's Guide for the New and Not-So Newlywed (Non-Fiction) Sakinah Bunch
Reading (Poetry) Nina Murray
Crafting Poetry (Poetry) Jen Selinsky
10:00 - 10:45am
How to Write Your Community History and Their Figures (Non-Fiction) Bryan Bush
Methods of Manipulation: A Guided Poetry Workshop (Poetry) Sara Hughes
Ghosts, Goblins, and Little Green Men: Making the Unbelievable Believable (Middle Grade) William Wolfe
11:00 - 11:45am
Song, memory, poetry (Poetry) Jared Pearce
Universe and Human: Creating a Community in a Collection of Stories (Fiction) Teresa Stores
Non-Fiction: Writing What’s Interesting (Non-fiction) Anthony Clemons
12:00 - 12:45pm
1:00 - 2:15pm
Kentucky State Poetry Society Panel Discussion (Poetry) Libby Jones and Others
1:00 - 1:45pm
Half Notes: Beginner Basics on Songwriting (Songwriting) Jim Corbit
2:30 - 3:15pm
Dialogue Balloons (Poetry) Tom Hunley
How to Submit Your Fiction and Poetry for Publication (Fiction/Poetry) Robert Villanueva