Education Classes





10:00 am - 8:00 pm - General Admission
The Arvada Center Book Fest is a one-day literary arts festival that celebrates books and reading and writing for the whole family.

General Admission: Adults: $5
Children ages 3-12: $1
Children younger than 3: free

General admission includes:
- Award-winning authors and poets reading and signing their books
- All-day exhibit hall with publishers, authors, rare and used books, book-related arts, games and more
- Pop-up bookstore with books available for purchase for all ages operated by BookBar
- Panel discussions and staged readings
- Children’s area with hands-on activities, storytime and live favorite characters
- Spelling bee, trivia and read-off contests for adults and kids
- Onsite pop-up café, coffee shop and snack bar provided by Steuben’s, La Patisserie Francaise and Hunter Bay Coffee
- Tote bag, bookmark and sponsor give-a-ways

Any package discounts for signing up for workshops or brunch in addition to the admission will show in your cart.
Book Fest Admission



10-11:30 am - Workshops (Child and Teen)
Participate in writing workshops and seminars geared for kids and teens. Learn about creative writing or bookmaking in these fun workshops.

Writing Workshops and Seminars: $15 each or any two for $25, includes general admission to the Book Fest. Any package discounts will show in your cart.
Creative Writing for Children (Ages 10 - 16)
Creative Bookmaking (Ages 7-11)



10:00 am - Brunch with an Author
Enjoy brunch by Steuben’s Arvada while you chat with a local author about books and the art of writing and publishing. Choose your table by type: fiction, nonfiction, mystery, poetry, young adult, playwriting or zine self-publishing. Please email any dietary restrictions to lcadman@arvadacenter.org.
Young Adult Table with Traci L. Jones
Nonfiction Table with Kathy Winograd
Mystery Table with Martin McGovern
Playwriting Table with Steven Cole Hughes
Fiction Table with Jenny Shank
Fiction Table with Kathy Fish
Poetry Table with Eric Baus
Self-Published and Zine Table with Adán De La Garza



1:00-2:30 p.m. - Workshops (Child, Teen and Adult)
Participate in writing workshops and seminars geared for teens and adults from the aspiring writer to the seasoned author. Learn about the business of writing, discover skills to stop procrastinating, explore a variety of genres from mystery to playwriting or even try your hand at writing a self-published zine.

Writing Workshops and Seminars: $15 each or any two for $25, includes general admission to the Book Fest. Any package discounts will show in your cart.
The Business of Writing Seminar: Agents! (Ages 16 - Adult)
Words into Action (Ages 16 - Adult)
The Mystery of Writing a Mystery (Ages 16 - Adult)
Writing and Illustrating Your Book (Ages 9 - 13)
Channeling your Inner Teenage Angst (Ages 16 - Adult)
Mighty Microstructure for Your Book (Ages 16 - Adult)



3:30-5:00 pm - Workshops (Teen and Adult)
Participate in writing workshops and seminars geared for teens and adults from the aspiring writer to the seasoned author. Learn about the business of writing, discover skills to stop procrastinating, explore a variety of genres from mystery to playwriting or even try your hand at writing a self-published zine.

Writing Workshops and Seminars: $15 each or any two for $25, includes general admission to the Book Fest. Any package discounts will show in your cart.
The Poetic Line (Ages 16 - Adult)
Poetic Correspondence: Letter as Poem (Ages 16 - Adult)
Butcher your Basilisk (Ages 16 - Adult)
The Poetry of Prose in Creative Nonfiction (Ages 16 - Adult)
Flash Fiction (Ages 16 - Adult)
Make-A-Zine (Ages 16 - Adult)



5:30 pm - Keynote Presentation
Keynote with New York Times best selling author Laura Moriarty

Hear from best selling author Laura Moriarty as she discusses her latest and first young adult novel American Heart about a Muslim-American girl and her previous novel The Chaperone, soon to be released as a feature film, about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922. In addition to her talk, Ms. Moriarty will answer questions and sign copies of her books.

Tickets: $25, includes general admission to the Book Fest.

Admission to the keynote includes general admission to Book Fest. Any package discounts for signing up for workshops or brunch in addition to the keynote will show in your cart.
Keynote with New York Times best selling author Laura Moriarty