Asnuntuck Community College will host the Freshwater Literary Festival on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Festival will include writing workshops, readings, and the release of the new edition of Asnuntuck's professional literary journal, Freshwater.

Bestselling author Jane Yolen (featured in photo) will highlight the event as keynote speaker, and she will also present her latest book of poems, Before the Vote After. Yolen is an internationally known author or editor of more than 300 books of children's literature, fantasy, science fiction, and poetry. She has been awarded the Caldecott Medal and Nebula Award, among many other honors. Her best known books include Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and the "How Do Dinosaurs" series. Many of Yolen's books will be available for purchase and autographing at the festival.

Asnuntuck English Professor John Sheirer will lead a workshop entitled, "Writing About Politics Without Losing Your Mind." Sheirer is the author of a dozen books and has been a professor of English at Asnuntuck for more than two decades. He serves as faculty advisor for Freshwater Literary Journal.

Two Asnuntuck honor students will also lead writing workshops. Victoria Orifice will present, "Getting Perspective on Your Perspective: Exploring Second-Person Narration," and Miranda Stevens will present, "Characters are People Too: Avoiding Gender Stereotypes." Both Orifice and Stevens are current members of the Freshwater Literary Journal editorial board. Both have been honored in this year's Asnuntuck fiction writing contest.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th and is free and open to the first 50 participants. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information or to register for the festival, please send an email to by Tuesday, May 2, 2017.