Writers & Readers Festival

Writers & Readers Festival

A free two-day celebration of storytelling, literature and the power of the written word—featuring best-selling author and alumna Alice Hoffman.

Join us Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the Adelphi University Garden City campus on Long Island. All events are free and open to the public.

Join your fellow readers and writers for two days of everything literary. Inspired and founded by Adelphi alumna and novelist Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.), author of more than 40 books, including Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers and Aquamarine, we will host a festival to share the pleasures of reading and writing with students, teachers, librarians, emerging writers, and the local Garden City community and beyond. Meet bestselling authors including Victor LaValle, Adriana Trigiani, Ann Leary, Mona Awad, Ada Calhoun, Liana Finck, Lauren Grodstein, Charles Leerhsen, Lisa Belkin, Julie Klam, Kim Coleman Foote, Laura Zigman, and Alice Hoffman; discover your next favorite writer; get an inside look at the art of writing and the business of publishing, and find community with fellow book lovers. And it’s all happening right here on the Adelphi campus in Garden City,  New York.

  • Free and open to the public. Registration is required and is now open.
  • The first 200 people to register will receive the latest book by one of our featured authors (limit one book per registrant) and a festival canvas book bag.

Here’s what we have planned:

  • Panels and keynotes with bestselling authors.
  • Professional development workshops with literary agents, book editors, writing coaches and Adelphi professors.
  • Conversations with writers and publishing insiders about the art and business of publishing.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 5, 2024

Time Activity
10:00 a.m. Check-In and Networking
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Welcome Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session I

  • Breaking In and Breaking Through
  • Writing Fiction
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session II

  • Coaching, Mentoring and Teaching
  • Publishing Confidential
  • The Art of the Book Trailer
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MFA Alumni Gathering
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Readings
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. An Evening with Victor Lavalle
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Time Activity
9:00 a.m. Check-In and Networking
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. In Conversation with Alice Hoffman ’73, (Hon.) ’02 and Adriana Trigiani
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Art of the Memoir
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Break and Brown Bag Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session I

  • From Journalism to Books
  • Writing My Life in Theatre
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session II

  • Syllabus: Writing and Teaching
  • Reading and Discussion: Queering Young Adult Literature
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Long Island LitFest Presents Lauren Grodstein
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closing Reception

Attending Adelphi University was a life-changing experience for me and I’ve been a big supporter of the school ever since. I’m so excited to bring the writers and readers festival to Adelphi this spring. I think we’re going to make literary magic.

Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.) acclaimed New York Times bestselling author
Photo credits this page: Alyssa Peek

Festival Coordinator

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