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1st Annual Chebeague Island Writers Talk Aug. 7, 2024 - Join Us!

I'm thrilled to host the 1st Chebeague Island Writers Talk Series! You won't want to miss this intimate event on Chebeague Island, Maine, August 7, 2024. Please note, this date has changed due to availability at the Inn. Pop over by ferry for the day if you are local! And if coming in from Boston or NYC, stay for a few days and enjoy getting away from it all on this gorgeous island, only 1.5 hour by ferry from Portland, and connect with best-selling authors and journalists who will give talks about their latest books and endeavors. A happy hour panel will be held at the historic and beautifully renovated Chebeague Island Inn that overlooks the Casco Bay. Guests can purchase signed copies of author books, and ask questions on a myriad of topics, such as strategies to garner an agent, traditional verses self-publishing perks, podcast dos and don'ts, or the merits of graduate school ... to name a few! Our authors hold vast experience within publishing and I'm convinced that you will glean advice and inspiration — and enjoy a fabulous meal — while mingling with old and new friends in this unique setting of unparalleled beauty.

GUEST AUTHOR LINEUP: ISAAC KESTENBAUM Isaac is a veteran audio producer and award-winning journalist. He is the co-founder of the production company Future Projects; they most recently created the best-selling Audible Originals Murder under the Midnight Sun True Crime Podcast . Isaac has reported extensively on climate change in Alaska, and his work has been funded by the Arctic Circle Foundation and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Isaac has also worked with Vox, NPR, The Guardian US, The GroundTruth Project, AIR, and SIERRA Magazine. He has taught and led workshops for UnionDocs, UVA, NYU and Monson Arts. He is the Director of Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. (Fun fact: I attended the Salt Institute when in college and got the chance to document the history of Chebeague Island and some long-standing residents. Did you know the Penobscot Indians lived peacefully on this island with settlers and even set up teepees on the golf course near the Inn, where they often sold baskets and taught locals how to dig out canoes and weave? That's according to locals...)

PATRICIA CRISAFULLI Patricia is the author of the wildly successful Ohnita Harbor Mystery series, (her 2nd in the 3-part series just came out and is thrilling!). A seasoned journalist, Patricia has written best selling nonfiction titles too, including: Inspired Everyday, (Hallmark, 2014); Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became a Model for the Developing World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and House of Dimon: How JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon Rose to the Top of the Financial Industry (Wiley, 2009). As the founder and editor of Faith, Hope & Fiction online literary magazine, Patricia highlights new & talented writers of essays, short stories, and poetry. (Fun fact: I met Patricia in New York when pitching agents and editors at a conference and instantly connected as we are both journalists, authors, & moms. Today we are dear friends and she is a talented writer and fun speaker that will inspire and entertain you!) DANIEL CHARLES FLYNN, PHD Daniel is the author of The Ancestry of Elizabeth Cordelia Rider (Heritage Books, 2023). Daniel is a tenured Professor of microbial genomics and informatics at Florida Atlantic University, whose expertise is in cancer cell biology and microbiology. (So, he's kinda brilliant, duh.) Upon semi-retirement, Daniel recently threw himself into genealogical research and with meticulous focus and organizational skills, gathered and scoured multiple sources to document the heritage of his grandmother's family back to Magellan — as well as, discovering roots as a founding family of The Jamestown Colony. Now a member of the Jamestown Society and Founding Families of Maryland, Daniel is excited about discovering where he came from. He is now in the throws of researching and writing another book about his father's side of the family. Researching family history is just one part of the process. Discovering accurate sources of information and writing a compelling book — and, garnering a publishing deal — is another. Whether you just want to dabble in family history, or want to dive deep and craft a book of your own, Daniel can speak on the process of genealogical research, writing, and publishing options. (Fun fact: Elizabeth Cordelia Rider is my grandmother too! She spent nearly every summer on Chebeague Island with Dan's mother, Jane Hahn, and my father, Charlie Roe, who stayed just down the road from the Chebeague Island Inn and likely got into a lot of mischief.)


To secure you spot for our Happy Hour Writer's Talk, August 7, 2024 - send $15.00 to my venmo: @laura-stevens-78 This include happy hour nibbles and one drink.

* Island residents & students pay $10.00

(Cost do not include ferry ride on Casco Bay Lines, or any over-nite stays at the Chebeague Island Inn. )

** Anyone who would like a private consultation with any author should inquire ahead of time. If you are a writer and would like a manuscript, article, synopsis, or pitch read, please note, the expert may charge a consultation fee. I can help arrange the consultation ahead of time, just inquire via email.



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Laura K Roe is the pen name for Laura Roe Stevens, a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to: The New York Times, Inc., Forbes, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, Parents, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution Sunday opinions page and others. 

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