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Posted October 9, 2023

November is  National Novel Writing Month and we are ready!

The Matteson Public Library is presenting its First Annual Lit Fest, starting at 8:30 a.m., November 10th and 11th, 2023.  Carol Burbank, MFA and award-winning writer, coach, and transformative educator will kick off Friday’s events with a keynote presentation.

Open to the general public, participants can network with more than thirty authors from the region.  11/10/2023 Friday’s events will include panel discussions and an interactive workshop.

An Open Mike event, sponsored by The Wexler Group at Keller Williams Preferred Realty, will take place at 5:00 p.m. at the Matteson Holiday Inn.

Authors will be on hand to display and promote their books at the library Author Fair on 11/11/2023 Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Applications for authors are no longer being accepted.

For more information on NaNoWriMo Click Here

For additional information, call 708-748-4431

Thank You to our Sponsor!


 Schedule of Events

Friday, November 10, 2023

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Safety Briefing by Nikeda Webb

9:15 a.m.

Acknowledgments and program introduction by Sandra Mckay

10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker, Paul Rodeen of Rodeen Literary Management

10:45 a.m. 


11:00 a.m.

Traditional Vs Self – Publishing Presented by M.B. Henry and Sandra Mckay

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Two Guys and A Song presented by Terry Foote and Ken Jackson

1:25 p.m.

Sell Your Books at Any Stage(Panel Discussion)

2:00 p.m.

Kick Starting Your Novel or Short Story (Panel Discussion)

2:30 p.m.


2:40 p.m.

Telling a Story Five Different Ways – A Workshop

4:00 p.m.

Daily Wrap up and information for Open Mike and next-day events.

5:00 p.m.

Open Mike, sponsored by The Wexler Group,  the Holiday in Matteson

Saturday, November 11,2023

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Author Fair