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We Survived the 1st Annual The Write Women Book Fest!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Many thanks to all of the vendors and the visitors who came to TWWBF. You made our festival launch a beautiful, uplifting, enlightening, and fun experience.

Browse pics from the event on our Instagram @thewritewomenbookfest
See the speakers and panelists from the Event Room

See you in 2020!
(Heather Brooks gave me the loveliest items as thank you swag from BDevlin Designs, Dea, and from her own H. L. Brooks Red August series.)

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