How To View 2020 DVBF Programs
The 2020 Deep Valley Book Festival included both live programs and pre-recorded programs. Click on the program title to view.
A conversation with award-winning author, Matt Goldman on his life, his writing, and his books. Interview with Rachael Hanel
Exclusive with Matt Goldman - October 3, 2020
An intimate conversation with award-winning author, Matt Goldman. Moderator: Rachael Hanel
Fiction writers discuss the writing process, from idea conception to publication. Topics of discussion include looking for ideas, working from an outline (or not), and deciding when the time is right to publish. Panelists: Sara Biren, Raven Eckman, Kiersten Hall, Emma Lydia Niebuhr, and Susan Stradiotto. Moderator: Chelsea Farr
Nonfiction and memoir writers discuss writing about real events and people, and some of the unique challenges posed by writing real stories. Panelists: Christine Bauer, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Mary Losure, Joy Riggs, Jonathan Sweet. Moderator: Rachael Hanel
Mystery writers discuss how they craft a compelling mystery story and where their inspiration comes from. Panelists: Amy Gregg, Julie Holmes, and Brian Lutterman. Moderator: Chris Norbury
Illustrators speak about their work creating picture books or art that accompany the written word. Panelists: Ingrid Kallick, Eileen Rudisill Miller, Kayla Olson-Surface. Moderator: Ann Rosenquist Fee
History provides rich fodder for stories, both real and fictionalized. These authors will discuss how they use history as the basis for their writing. Panelists: Susan Hvistendahl, Terri Karsten, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson. Moderator: Danelle Erickson
Writers for the young adult audience discuss the unique characteristics that distinguish young adult fiction from adult fiction, and some of the topics that appeal to today's audiences. Panelists: Jerry Hines, Margi Preus, Kathryn Sullivan, Selma P. Verde. Moderator: Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Minnesota authors portrayed by living history actors discuss “their” books in their own words taken from past interviews and articles. Panelists: Wanda Gag (Amy Larsen), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Michael Koester), Sinclair Lewis (Lucas Youngerberg), Maud Hart Lovelace (Christina Koester) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Cynthia Ladd). Moderator: Rachael Hanel This video was recorded at the 2018 DVBF.
Children’s writers discuss how they craft stories for young readers and the difficult work in conveying a message in few, simple words. Panelists: Anika Fajardo, Linda Miller, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, A.J. Sullivan. Moderator: Kiersten Hall
As the world goes digital, new paths are opening to writers seeking an authorial career. Hear from authors who have chosen to self-publish or traditionally publish and why they chose that path and what opportunities exist. Panelists: T. Aaron Cisco, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Chris Norbury, Dale Swanson, Jonathan Sweet. Moderator: Rachael Hanel
Fantasy and sci-fi writers rely heavily on their imaginations to create settings that are out of this world. Panelists discuss what it takes to write highly imaginative stories. Panelists: T. Aaron Cisco, and Kathryn Sullivan. Moderator: Kiersten Hall
LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors - October 3, 2020
Deep Valley Book Festival authors answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life. Panelists: Christine Bauer, T. Aaron Cisco, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Anika Fajardo, Mary Losure, Brian Lutterman, Marty Meyer-Gad, Linda Miller, Chris Norbury, Kathryn Sullivan. Moderator: Rachael Hanel
LIVE Q & A with Festival Authors - October 4, 2020
Deep Valley Book Festival authors will be available to answer audience questions about the writing process, the path to publication, and the writing life. Panelists: Raven Eckman, Julie Holmes, Terri Karsten, Thea Kvamme, Margi Preus, Joy Riggs, Bryce Stenzel, Dale Swanson, Susan Stradiotto, A.J. Sullivan. Moderator: Rachael Hanel
More than 40 young writers and artists ages 7-18 entered this year’s competition. Cash awards were given for first, second, and third place in five different age categories for both writers and artists. View the 2020 YWAC Anthology. MC/Judges: Rachael Hanel, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Melanie Cashin, Ann Fee, and John David Paul.