Authorfest 2021

Meeting a "real" author or illustrator is always a thrill, even if it is over zoom. Students are fascinated hearing about how a book is made and delighted to learn that being an author is a path open to them. 

"Everything I did to become an author and illustrator is stuff you're doing in school now." Matt Tavares  i


As always, our presenters were a mixture of old friends and new. New this year were Lesa Cline-Ransome, Anna Staniszewski, Ethan and Vita Murrow plus Carrie Finison who told students about the 89 drafts she wrote to get one book just right. 

"Being a real writer means sticking with it, revising and being able to listen to other people's feedback." Carrie Finison


Authorfest is a beloved Winchester tradition that stretches back nearly 3 decades, bringing excitement and joy to our students, grades K-12.  Each presentation is unique but there is a theme - we are all creative and all have a lot to learn! 

"A large part of writing is reading. The more I read, the more it helps me with my writing."

Lesa Cline- Ransome 

WFEE is the primary funder of Authorfest but couldn't do it without our presenting sponsor, the Winchester Cooperative Bank. Thank you to our friends at the Bank for your generous support and for the Winchester Cultural Council for its grant. 

Special thanks to Book Ends for making our book sale possible!