This Saturday, December 5th, The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) is holding their annual Author Expo virtually. Anyone can join: no Rhode Island ID needed!
Each year, ARIA does an outstanding job bringing local writers, speakers and resources for writers (like us) together for a day of networking, teaching about the craft of writing and selling books from independent and small press authors. Even if you do not plan to attend, we encourage you to check out the local authors participating in the event, where you can find their books for sale. Please help support these hardworking writers!
Jack and I have been attending this conference for many years now. We were introduced to it by FC member and contributor Mike Squatrito. At the conference last year, we met Michael Piekny, one of our Editorial Board Baristas as well as Amanda Grafe, our Visual Arts Barista.
The conference will be held on Zoom this year and is jam-packed with speakers, panels and chat rooms for writers. You can check the website for a schedule. I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on resources for writers. Although the conference is geared toward Rhode Island writers, many of the resources we mention are online or available to anyone.
We hope to see you Saturday!