Lit Fest

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:00am to Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00pm

Celebrate the world of literature that opens doors, creates new opportunities and enriches lives, at the first-ever Wake Forest Lit Fest Oct. 19-20! Page 158 Books and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts have joined forces to launch an immersive cultural experience for all ages that celebrates literature and the arts in and around beautiful and historic downtown Wake Forest.

 On Friday evening, Oct. 19, young readers and their families will have the opportunity to witness the popular children’s book “Biscuit” come to life on stage through the talent of ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. On Saturday morning and afternoon, Oct. 20, Lit Fest will feature locally- and nationally-recognized, best-selling authors from many different genres discussing their work, while also offering a variety of thought-provoking workshops, readings, and other activities in a friendly and informal setting. Lit Fest will conclude Saturday evening with an Author Speed Dating Dinner! Don’t miss this exciting and interactive literary experience where readers and writers of all ages and interests can find a book, share a dream and connect with kindred spirits!

Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Page 158 Books, but you may also bring a book from home to be autographed. Partial proceeds will go to the “Book Your Brain” project through Page 158 Books, which helps promote children’s literacy by donating books to local schools and children’s organizations. See Lit Fest events and workshops schedule on the RC website under events.


Friday, Oct. 19

“Biscuit” presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Show times are 11 am and 6:30 pm.

Tickets are $12 each

Purchase Tickets (via the Wake Forest Renaissance Center site)

Saturday, Oct. 20

10-11 am – Story time with Peppa Pig (Ages 7 and under). A fun craft activity will follow the story time.  Tickets are $3 each and parents are free

Purchase Tickets (via the Wake Forest Renaissance Center site)

10-11 am - Illustration Workshop with Brian Clopper (Ages 10 and up)

Learn how to draw a variety of beasties. Brian Clopper, teacher/cartoonist/writer walks budding cartoonists through a variety of drawing tips as the class draws: dragons, zombies and other monstrosities.

Free Event - Register Here (via the Wake Forest Renaissance Center site)

10-11 am - Brain Balance Workshop 

Does your child have no interest in books and struggles to read? That's where Brain Balance comes in! Often, kids have areas of the brain that are underdeveloped, which causes struggles academically, behaviorally or socially. Brain Balance's holistic approach to strengthening the brain gives kids the tools they need to take on life's challenges. When reading is easier - it's more fun! Let's see our students reach their fullest potential and dive into a love for books! Adventures await at every turn! 

Free Event - Register Here (via the Wake Forest Renaissance Center site)


All are 1-4pm

Writing Workshop with Win Neagle -

Writing Workshop for Young Adults with Nicole Sarrocco -

Romance Writing with Jenny Luper -

Publishing your book with Blue Ink Press -

Cooking Class with Debbie Moose -

Writing Compelling Historical Fiction with Susan Rivers -

Author Speed Dating Dinner 6pm Tickets are $45 each and include dinner


Authors attending include:

Cat Warren - What the Dog Knows
Diane Chamberlain - The Dream Daughter
Victoria Gilbert - Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Lee Zacharias - Across the Great Lake
Elaine Neil Orr - Swimming Between Worlds
Barbara Claypole White - Echoes of Family
Tal Klein - The Punch Escrow
Donna Everhart - The Road to Bittersweet
Heather Bell Adams - Maranatha Road
Debbie Moose - Carolina Catch
Susan Rivers - The Second Mrs. Hockaday
Jenny Luper as Ware Wilkins - Brush with Death
Amy Willoughby-Burle - The Lemonade Year
Jonathan Voss - Brave Enough for Two
Marianna Crane - Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic
Kim Dinan - The Yellow Envelope
Jennifer McGaha - Flat Broke with Two Goats
Cyndy Etler - We Can't Be Friends
Quincy Allen - Colt the Outlander: Shadow of Ruin
Nicole Sarrocco - Ill-mannered Ghosts
John Pavlovitz - A Bigger Table


Attention Local Authors! If you've published a book within the past year, we'd like to invite you to apply for a table at our Cocktail Hour prior to the Author Speed Dating Dinner at the Renaissance Center. For a $20 donation, you get a table where you can display, discuss, and sell your book during the cocktail hour AND a spot in our marketplace (in front of Page 158) which will be open from 10am-6pm. To apply, fill out our Google Form and we will be in touch.