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Savannah Quill Author Convention features Potterfest, Paranormal Mini-Con

  • Adam Messer founded Savannah Quill to bring literary minds together. The Savannah Quill Author Convention is Oct. 7. (Photo by Molly Hayden)
  • Savannah Potterfest will be showcased at the first Savannah Quill Author Convention. (Photo by Molly Hayden)
 

Savannah Quill Author Convention features Potterfest, Paranormal Mini-Con

03 Oct 2017

When bringing literary minds together in an ambitious creative quest, sometimes it takes two tries. Last year, when Hurricane Matthew canceled the first Savannah Quill Author Convention, Adam Messer, founder of the organization, picked up the pieces to create an even bigger event this year.

“I love meeting other creative people,” said Messer. “I wanted to create an event where we could all come together and bounce ideas off of each other; to meet people who were doing what you’re doing,” he added in reference to being a freelance writer, a role he also fills.

This year, the event will host 30 authors and guests, hold literary panels on topics like story building and character development, and feature family-friendly activities for the smallest scribes.

Aspiring authors can learn how to work with a publisher with panels and information sessions held by writing coach Bruce Gehweiler, along with publishing companies TNM Publishing and LLC & Doce Blant Publishing.

Authors April Lee, T.J. Morris and CaTyra Polland, to name just a few, will sign books and host open discussions for readers and writers alike.

Messer hopes the event will be informative, with a casual pace in conversation.

“This is a time to ask questions and to talk; to find inspiration and learn how others succeed,” he said.

Numerous genres will be represented, including a section for youth authors, and those wanting to tap into the ever-growing YA genre. The day is also dedicated to the supernatural with the Savannah Paranormal Mini-Con hosted by Guyton Paranormal Society with topics like “How Not to Be a Ghost Hunter” with David and Shannon Byers.

It’s not all work, though. Participants dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character can test their knowledge to win prizes during the Savannah Potterfest Trivia and Costume Contest.

The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Savannah National Guard Armory. Chazito’s Latin Cuisine will be on hand to keep participants fueled. A full schedule of events can be found at savannahquill.com.

While the overall theme is wrapped in literary pursuit, the event is reaching out to the community in other ways. The Savannah Quill mission is to “connect writers and readers to promote literacy,” so Messer teamed up with Live Oak Public Libraries and will donate a portion of the proceeds for literacy outreach.

“It’s just another way to connect the community,” he said.

IF YOU GO

What: The Savannah Quill Author Convention

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct 7

Where: Savannah National Guard Armory, 1248 Eisenhower Drive

Cost: $10, free for children younger than 5

Info: savannahquill.com

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