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 30, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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, October 1, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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, and children’s 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.

JSO 119
JSO 131
JSO 132
JSO 133
JSO 148
9:00 - 9:45am
Writing in the Genre of “ME” - Switching Genres to Write What You Want / Fiction, Nonfiction / Rick Robinson
Building Believable Worlds / Fiction / Lindsey Duga
Reading & Discussion / Poetry / Tom Hunley
Creating Characters / Fiction / Leah Pugh
A Pocket of Freedom / Non-Fiction / Don Smith
9-10:15 a.m.* Benefits of a Writing Group / Fiction / The SKYWriters: Gerry Harlan Brown, Bobbie Falin, Noel Barton
10:00 - 10:45am
Picture Book Bootcamp / Children’s / Shannon Anderson
The Author in You: Low-cost DIY Path to Publishing / Fiction, Non-fiction / Tonya L. Matthews
Down the Research Rabbit Hole/ Fiction/ Amy Long-McClain
How It Happens: Collecting Oral Histories / Fiction / Jean Alicia Elster
11:00 - 11:45am
Questions: Tapping into the Power of Uncertainty / Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry / Libby Falk Jones
Reading & Discussion / Fiction / Bobi Conn
Intro to Writing Young Adult Fiction / Young Adult / Lynn Slaughter
The Beats: Outline Your Novel Without Suffocating Your Story / Fiction / Katie Fuller
Nature Writing and Journaling / Non-Fiction / Nancy Grant
10:30-11:45 a.m.* Magazine Editors’ Panel
12:00 - 12:45pm
1:00 - 1:45pm
Workshop -The Importance of In-depth Research / Fiction / Jean Kinsey & Becky Kelley
To Market: Submit Your Short Stories and Poetry / Fiction, Poetry / Robert Villanueva
Worldbuilding / Fiction / J. Edwards Holt
Waltzing Your Sources When They Don’t Want To Dance / Memoir / Jane Olmsted
Reading & Discussion / Poetry / Jan LaPerle
2:00 - 2:45pm
The Show Must Go On / Fiction / Gail Kamer
Journey to A New World: A World Building Workshop / Middle Grade / A. G. Roberts
Creating Characters Who Breath Life into Fiction / Fiction / Ann H. Gabhart
Poetry Open Mic

*Panels are 1 hr. 15 min.