As an author I am alway thinking of ways to engage my readers, to give back to those who support and read my work. Well today I wanted to give you, the reader, more than just books to read.
After doing a quick search, I realized there are so many events for readers and writers alike and I want to share some with you.
Title: Readers & Writers
Locations: Seattle, WA & Tampa, FL
Dates: July 14 (WA) & August 25 (FL)
About: Meet Authors and Models from all over the world with an after party to enjoy
For More Information:readerswritersevents.com
Title: Penned Con
Locations: St. Louis, MO
Dates: Sept 20-22
About: Keynote Speakers, informative panels, workshops, book signings with over 150 authors, parties, and so much more!
For More Information:Pennedcon.com
Title: Christian Fiction Readers Retreat
Location: Rockville, Maryland
Date: 2018 is closed, Registration is open for April 5-6, 2019
About: This is a one day event gathering of Christian Fiction readers and authors. There will be featured speaker sessions, author panels, breakout sessions, prayer & worship along with author signings.
Meet and chat with authors, eat food, play games, enjoy giveaways and free books!
For More Information: Christian Fiction Readers Retreat
Title: Reader Appreciation Weekend
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Date: 2018 is closed, April 2019
About: This is a one day event for readers to meet authors, have lunch, play games, and possibly a party or two!
Meet and chat with authors, eat food, play games, book signings and more!
For More Information: Reader Appreciation Weekend
Title: Book Lovers Convention and Book Fair
Location: Reno, NV
Date: May 15-20
About: If you are an author, reader, or anywhere in between there is something here for you to enjoy. From crafting your writing, to book events, to themed parties, there is something for everyone!
For More Information: Book Lovers Convention and Book Fair
Title: Book Expo America
Location: New York City, New York
Date: May 30 – June 1
About: More business related for meet and greet for authors, booksellers, distributors, literary agents, publishers and more. Build relationships that last!
For More Information: Book Expo America
Title: Romance Writers of America “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Location: Denver, CO
Date: July 21
About: A two hour free event, where the public is welcome to purchase books for a good cause.
For More Information: RWA “Readers for Life” Literary Autographing
Create Your Own:
There are many ways you can create your own reader events. Here are some I’ve thought of:
Book Clubs – These are pretty self explanatory as we have seen, heard or even participate in one.
Book Parties – Whether is a lunch party or a themed party based on a book, genre, or story, these can entertain readers for hours.
Giveaways – Also self explanatory, but you could always get creative and offer something unusual, but still book related. Perhaps an object used in the book or crazy author swag.
Scavenger Hunts – This is something I enjoyed greatly. Authors come together to create a scavenger hunt for readers to participate in for prizes. They can search within a series, within blog posts, or within the author website if a single author is performing the event. Have your readers find words to create a short story, a popular sentence, or anything else your creative mind can come up with.
Game Day – Something my family does each weekend is play board games. Search out games that are within the same genre, location, characters, etc . and play games to have some fun. One of my favorite games is called Shadows Over Camelot where you have to work together to defeat different battles from the tales of King Arthur. (One of my favorite tales!)
Looking for more? I’ve got you covered! There are so many more than I could list here so below are links to many more for you to enjoy!
Know of any more events for writers to add to this list? Any other ways to engage readers with fun activities? Comment below, I’d love to hear about it!