FoCo Writers Read Lineup and Schedule Announced

More than 20 local authors will be reading from their work during the Fort Collins Book Fest. The “FoCo Writers Read” event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11AM – 4PM at the Art Lab Fort Collins.

Take a look at the amazing lineup of writers and the schedule of readings.

Thank you to Kristin Owens, Eleanor Shelton, and Northern Colorado Writers for hosting this event. Support local writers!

10 Writing Workshops Added to Book Fest

We’re excited to offer 10 different writing workshops this year. As in past years, the writing workshops are free to attend, but you do have to pre-register in order to save a spot. Space is limited.

Registration for all workshops opens on Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 AM.

Workshops run on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at Old Town Library. This year features a young writers workshop (for grades 4-12) presented by Octavio Quintanilla on Saturday.

Visit the Writing Workshops page to review the full workshop schedule and session descriptions. Each workshop description includes a direct link to the online registration through Poudre River Public Libraries. Questions? Call the Library District Answer Center, 970-221-6740.

2 Saturday Sessions Swap Venues

Hey everyone! A quick Saturday schedule update:

– 2:15-3:30 PM, What is Real? with Dr. Adam Becker will now be at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Digital Dome.

– 2:15-3:30 PM, Invention in the Time of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Dr. Ellen Brinks moves to CSU Powerhouse.

Our free shuttle service will be available to take you between these venues if you need a lift. Thanks!

FoCo Writers Read Lineup Revealed

One of the exciting activities happening at the Fort Collins Book Festival this year is the wide selection of local writers sharing their original work with the community. The FoCo Writers Read session is on Saturday, October 20 during the festival, from 11AM – 4PM, at Art Lab Fort Collins (239 Linden St.).

This reading is hosted by Northern Colorado Writers and features published and emerging writers eager to share their stories with you. Drop by any time throughout the day.

For a full list of writers and their books, visit the FoCo Writers Read section of the website.

There are still a few slots left for writers – contact Kristin at [email protected](dot)com to reserve a time.


Writing & Self-Publishing Workshops Announced

Participate in writing workshops and self-publishing seminars designed to broaden your writing and encourage creativity. Learn how to develop your character’s voice and dialogue, advance your poetry, write scientific articles, create compelling sci-fi, and more.

Due to the popularity of the FoCo Book Fest, we’ve added an entire day of writing workshops and self-publishing seminars so attendees can participate in writing classes and also enjoy a day of author presentations, panel discussions, and readings.

All workshops take place Friday, October 19 at Old Town Library.

Workshops are free but require registration since space is limited. You must be age 16+ to register. Registration opens on October 1 at 10:00 AM.

Learn more about the workshops and how to register by visiting our Writing Workshops page.

#FoCoBookFest Schedule Released


You’ve seen the venues. You’ve read up on the authors. Now it’s time to take a look at the #FoCoBookFest schedule!

We’re extremely excited about the diverse selection of topics being presented at Writings and Riffs. It’s a great blend of music-related themes and the literary arts. So, there’s bound to be a number of presentations, discussions, readings, or workshops that will interest everyone. The full schedule can be found online.

Writing Workshops: As with last year’s book fest, the writing workshops require registration as space is limited. Register by calling the Poudre River Public Libraries Answer Center (970-221-6740) or sign up online. If you’re interested in working one-on-one with author Teresa Funke to learn more about the publishing process, her 30-minute consultations also require advance registration.

Select Presentations & Panel Discussions

Collective Groove: Colorado’s Musical Identity. Colorado’s identity is comprised of skiing, hiking, craft beer, bikes, and (we wish) books. Join this impressive group of music specialists—multicultural musicologist, Kip Lornell; Colorado musician and composer, Rick Roberts; journalist, Stacy Nick, and Colorado musician and music blogger, Greta Cornett as they discuss a sixth spoke in our identity wheel—Colorado music.

Driving the King: Nat King Cole. Author Ravi Howard discusses ways that writers use narration and character development to create a sense of depth in characters, even when they are silent or guarded. For his recent novel, Driving the King, Howard was challenged to create an off-stage persona of a well-known musician, Nat King Cole, and to find ways to create a sense of interior with characters who were in this exterior world of performance.

Ecomusicology. Dr. Mark Pedelty argues, not only can music help make our communities more sustainable, it’s essential for doing so. He makes the case empirically, showing how several artists have made tangible contributions to sustainability and environmental justice through performance. In addition to a reading and discussion, a few songs will be performed as illustration.

How Music Got Free. With the success of streaming, the 20-year era of music piracy draws to an end. But what actually happened during this reign of terror? What lessons can be learned? And, most importantly, who controls the future? Stephen Witt, the author of How Music Got Free, tells the story of the scientists, suits, and smugglers who made the contemporary era possible… and what things may come.

History vs. Hamilton! Lin Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit musical Hamilton! has wowed audiences with its stunning musical score and intricate portrayal of early America’s complex politics. But exactly how accurate is the history that Hamilton! Rick Beyer, author of Rivals Unto Death: Hamilton and Burr, explores what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what juicy plot points never made it to the Broadway show. He is joined by his son, Denver-based musician Andy Beyer, founder of the music project Sonic Geometry, for an entertaining song-by-song look at History vs. Hamilton!

Music, Gender, and Politics in Islamic Indonesia. Ethnomusicologist Anne K. Rasmussen describes her teaching, research, and community-engaged activism. Using examples from her book Women, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia, alongside fresh research on Islamic musical arts, Rasmussen shares her perspective on the intersection of cultural production, gender, tradition, modernity, as it plays out on the stage of Islamic music in Indonesia.

Complete session descriptions and the event schedule can be found on the Schedule page. You can also preview the festival program online by downloading a PDF copy. Print programs will be available at all venues the day of the event and at various locations throughout Fort Collins prior to the festival.

Schedule and authors are subject to updates. The most up-to-date event info will be made available on our website home page.