Reading & Lecture by Visiting Writer/Illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley

In this lecture, Daria will share how we can discover stories hiding within us. She will discuss how these stories, like treasures we often don’t know we have, offer us the opportunity to write with authenticity, personal truth, and the power to connect readers to each other and their communities. Daria will also be in conversation with guest author and VCFA alum Jessica Rinker about how she discovered the very first story hiding within her.


The Blues and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground with Rita Williams-Garcia

Cool Papa Byrd said the blues is more than a song. It’s a story. Join Rita in a celebration of song and story as she shares the making of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground in a reading accompanied by a special guest, a brief slide show presentation, followed by an activity for attendees. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT—CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!


A Conversation with Visiting Writer Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia in conversation with Louise Hawes about the craft of writing for young people.


Book Release Celebration with Rita Williams-Garcia

Celebrate the release of Rita Williams-Garcia’s new adult novel, A Sitting in St. James!


Reading & Lecture by Visiting Writer Randy Ribay

Join us for a reading and lecture with visiting writer Randy Ribay.

(From left: Daria Peoples-Riley, Rita Williams-Garcia, Randy Ribay)