WEATHERFORD — Online registration has begun for the 19 writing workshops scheduled during Weatherford College’s eighth Annual Books ‘n Authors ‘n All That Jazz, April 24, and the public is encouraged to sign up quickly.

“Already, some of the workshops are close to capacity,” said Linda Bagwell, Weatherford College director of communications and public relations and coordinator of the event. “We are always excited to see so many aspiring writers out there who want to learn the nuts ‘n bolts about writing from published authors and agents who know the business. Even some of our participating authors themselves are registering for some of the workshops to hone their craft.”

The workshops are free to the public, but pre-registration is required to be assured of a place in the class. The entire schedule and on-line registration forms are posted on Weatherford College Web site,, or simply type in in the Web browser.

Of special note for children, two workshops have been scheduled at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Popular Metroplex meteorologist Kristine Kahenak will read her best-seller book “Katie and the Magic Umbrella” in the earlier session, and then author and puppeteer Laurel Iakovakis will present a workshop based on her book, “Puppet Plays Plus.”

“We are very fortunate to have these two special women here to present these children’s sessions,” Bagwell said. “Both sessions are for children five and up, and we encourage parents and grandparents to attend, as well. What a great treat for children and adults alike! But please register quickly — we have limited space for these workshops!”

In addition to the workshops, which will be held in classrooms in the college’s Alkek Fine Arts Center, the day’s agenda also includes more than four dozen authors on hand in Texas Hall to meet and greet their reading public.

“We have some of best Texas authors, some established, with multiple published books, and many newcomers to the literary scene — all you will want to meet!” Bagwell said.

The Jazz Concert and Canis Latran writing contest awards program starts at 1 p.m., with a special appearance by author Lori Wilde and a keynote by former Star-Telegram columnist Mary Rogers, who will talk about her best-selling “Dancing Naked: Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans.”

Also, new this year, an added attraction in the parking lot next door to the Alkek — Weatherford College’s inaugural Arts and Crafts Fair, with more than 25 booths and food vendors.

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