2012 PAYA Writing Workshop

This year, as in previous years, PAYA will be hosting a writer’s workshop, with some fabulous authors!

2012 PAYA Writer’s Workshop

August 25


featuring 11 authors, published inĀ  variety of genres.

The authors this year include Jackie Kessler, Amalie Howard, Char Bennardo, Dianne Salerni, Susan Shaw, Victoria Schwab, Margie Gelbwasser, Jackie Dolamore, Brigid Kemmerer, Gwendolyn Heasley, and Ellen Jensen Abbott.

The event will be held immediately prior to the PAYA Festival. This event requires pre-registration. The price is $35 BEFORE August 7th and $40 AFTER August 7th.

The two-hour workshop includes a panel of each author speaking on a variety of topics related to writing and publishing. Then, authors and attendees will split into small, pre-determined groups with 1-3 authors and up to 3 attendees. Each attendee is asked to bring the first three pages of their WIP, which will be readĀ  in the small group, and receive a critique from the other attendees and authors in the group. There will also be time to ask specific questions to the authors in your group.

To register for this event, send an email to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com with the following information:





What is the current stage of your WIP? (rough draft, ready-to-publish, revising, etc.)

What is the genre of your WIP? (paranormal, contemporary, etc)

Which of the authors participating in the workshop would you most like to work with? (List 3)

Please send payment via Paypal to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com or email for alternative payment methods.


2012 Book Drive!

We are currently collecting new and gently used young adult novels for PAYA 2012!

These books will be used in our “Librarian Room” where librarians in attendance at PAYA will be able to choose books for their young adult collections at there library, free of charge .

To donate books, please email bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Books may either be donated at the festival or mailed before the event.

New This Year – Libriarian-Only PAYA Workshop!

Librarian-Only PAYA Workshop!

This year, from 10am-12noon, PAYA will be hosting a workshop just for librarians. This workshop will feature various authors speaking to librarians on ways they can work together or improve their services and will also include time for fellow librarians to get together and chat about their own ideas.

Keynote Speaker:

A.S. King, author of Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

speaking on: How to Bring a Community Together With a Book

Other participating authors:

Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year and Try Not to Breathe

J.R. Wagner, author of Exiled

Shannon Delany, author of 13 to Life series