Are you interested in starting a book festival in your community? Librarians will describe from start to finish their roles in planning, promoting and implementing the 2018 Alabama Book Festival. This annual event is free and open to the public. It is held "Old Alabama Town," a historic village in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama Book Festival activities include author talks and book signings, free writing workshops, children’s activities and a book drive. In 2018, over 40 authors spoke at the festival. Writing workshops topics at the festival included poetry, novel writing, plotting fiction, creating complex characters, self-publishing and writing about the arts. Two Alabama Book Festival outreach projects included a Student Readers Group and a Creative Writing Workshop. The free Creative Writing Workshop was held the day before the festival for Alabama 6-12 teachers. Several months before the Alabama Book Festival, the Student Readers Group began holding book discussions with public high school students in the community and encouraged students from all over the state of Alabama to join them in reading and discussing several books.