Winter Writing Festival 2024

Main Street Ravenna will be hosting our annual Winter Writing Festival (WWF) coming back to Ravenna Saturday, February 17th, 2024 10 AM – 5 PM. 

Winter Writing Festival Registration – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP / PURCHASE TICKETS

For those not familiar with the Winter Writing Festival, Main Street Ravenna will host a number of workshops, a writing contest award session for our Ravenna students and the Keynote David Dix Speaker.

Our workshops cover topics such as poetry, graphic novels, how to write mysteries, children’s books, and more!  We are holding workshops in downtown businesses and buildings to bring people into the stores and to walk downtown.
Featured workshops to be announced shortly!

This year our David Dix Keynote Speaker is Amanda Flower!
Amanda is a local mystery author who has published contemporary, magical, historical, Amish and Childrens mysteries – she has published 50 books in 13 years!
Amanda is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over forty-five mystery novels. Her novels have received starred reviews from Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Romantic Times, and she had been featured in USA Today, First for Women, and Woman’s World. Her first Emily Dickinson Mystery, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, was an Agatha Award winner and Mary Higgins Clark Nominee. She currently writes for Penguin-Random House (Berkley), Kensington, and Sourcebooks.
Many of Amanda’s novels can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and available to be checked out at Reed Memorial Library!
Click Here for Amanda Flower’s Website

Schedule of Events:

All Day:
  • The Learned Owl (Reed Memorial Library) & Books A Go Go (Bean and the Baker) Pop Up Bookshops / Book Signings
  • Voices from Within – Display of Stories from Local Incarcerated Inmates @ Popped! Kettle Corn & Chocolate
Festival Launch:
  • Welcome & Student Writing Contest Awards: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM @ Ravenna 7 Theater
  • David Dix Keynote Speaker Amanda Flower: 10:30-11:45 @ Ravenna 7 Theater


  • Jay Brakenrich, Janet R. Fox, Dave Daniels, Sandy EngleSelf-Publishing: It’s possible and feasible – Writers Panel: 12 – 1:15 @ Reed Memorial Library


  • Steven Schneider: Video Game Storytelling 1:30-3:45 @ Reed Memorial Library


  • Lynn Bango: Writing Letters to the Heart 1:30 – 2:15 @ Bean & The Baker


  • Susan Terkel : Brainstorm your Story: 1:30 – 2:15 Writing Workshop @ Main Street Ravenna


  • Dr. Angela Bilia: Telling the Story of Places @ West Main Winery: 2:30


  • WICK Poetry Society: Poetry Out Loud: 12:00 – West Main Winery 


  • Lora Gray: Writing Speculative Fiction Short Stories : 2:30 – 3:45 @ Main Street Ravenna


  • Seth Borgen: The Dos and Don’ts of Short Story Writing 4:00 – 5:15 @ Reed Memorial Library


  • Ohio Poetry Association: Poetry in Motion : 3:00-5:00 @ Tavern 1888


  • Dr. Leah Schell-Barber: Taking the Words Right Out of Your Mouth: Recycling Published Poems into Original Works : 2:30 – 3:45 @ Ravenna Nutrition


  • Justin Barber: Look at this! Writing for Marketing & Advertising in the Digital Age: 3:45 – 5:00 @ Ravenna Nutrition





Feb 17 2024


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Downtown Ravenna
203 W Main St Ravenna, Ohio 44266