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Writers’ Festival Highlights Female Authors

Annual festival helps celebrate Women’s History Month
IRVING- Writers from around the state will gather at The North Lake College Writers’ Fest Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 in the Student Life Center, room H-200. Acclaimed Texas authors include Ann Fields, Susan Hyde and New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. Admittance is free and open to the public.
Coinciding with Women’s History Month, Writers’ Fest celebrates female authors. The annual event has become a tradition at North Lake where writers speak about their craft, share readings, promote new releases and speak directly to their fans. Book signings and question/answer sessions draw aspiring writers while the college’s beautiful campus entices passersby. This year’s theme is “The Thrill of Writing.”
Ann Fields, who writes professionally as Anna Larence, will open the festival on Monday. Writing and publishing since 1995, Fields’ passion for words and storytelling has shifted through the years. Primarily a novelist, Fields is now pursuing writing for feature films and made-for-TV movies. In her blog she explains this change, saying,  “As I developed as a writer…I began to realize my role had expanded to not only tell a good story but also to ‘say something,’ and thus began the inclusion of themes or messages in my works.”
Authors Linda Castillo and Susan A. Hyde will both speak Tuesday. While Hyde is relatively new to the writing world, Castillo penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. Today Castillo is the author of 26 novels, including Sworn to Silence— now a Lifetime Movie Network film.
A book signing will follow each speaker. Aspiring writers will also have the chance to meet authors and ask questions during the Tuesday luncheon. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by RSVP to View the full schedule at
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