FAQ: What to expect at Wordstock Festival 2011?

As you’ve heard me mention here before, I volunteer as the Children’s & YA Author Coordinator for Wordstock Festival, happening Oct. 8-9th this year here in Portland, Oregon. And we have an amazing line-up of young adult & middle grade authors this year. I know I’ve convinced a lot of you to attend (yay for all of you, but bonus points to those of you traveling here just for it) — and I also know a lot of you have questions. So below, you’ll find an FAQ about what to expect at Wordstock and traveling to Portland.

And if your question isn’t answered, leave it in the comments & I’ll respond!

Wordstock 101

What the heck is Wordstock?

Wordstock is two days of awesome author presentations, panels, book signings and other literary fun. It’s also the largest literary festival in the Pacific Northwest!

Wordstock Festival hosts authors and books of various genres — including a great line-up of YA & MG authors — over two days. During those two days, all of our attending authors will get some solo time on one of several festival stages, followed by a book signing. Many of our authors also participate in panels, in which 3-4 authors discuss various topics about literature.

A complete schedule of authors & panels can now be found on the Wordstock website.

When & where is Wordstock?

Wordstock is Oct. 8th & 9th this year (2011) and will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

What can I expect during Wordstock?

There is a LOT going on during Wordstock. Here’s what you’ll find:

Will there be books available? Can I bring books?

Yes & yes! Powell’s Books and Broadway Books will be selling all of our authors’ latest titles at the festival. (And if you’re from out of town, how’s this for good news: no sales tax!)

However, they will ONLY have the most recent book by an author. So if you want a backlist title, best bring one from home. (Or better yet, visit Powell’s Books flagship store on W Burnside in downtown Portland to pick up a copy ahead of time.)

You may also bring your own books from home.

What does it cost to attend Wordstock?

$7 for one day or $10 for both days. Children 13 and under free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door and online.

Traveling to Portland

What’s the weather like in Portland in October?

We have a reputation for rainy weather, but that’s not always the case. And honestly, the weather in Portland in October is fairly unpredictable — so you’ll want to check the forecast before you come. (We recommend the Nat’l Weather Service or for a local forecast, KPTV.com).

The weather could be cold, chilly, warm — sunny, rainy, cloudy. It’s all a possibility. But you’ll definitely want to dress in layers, and bring a jacket with a hood just in case.

HOT TIP! Most Oregonians scoff at the use of umbrellas, and generally joke that only tourists use them. If you want to blend in, leave yours at home.

Getting around Portland

Besides being very bike- and pedestrian-friendly, Portland has a great public transportation system — which easily serves the Convention Center. Check out TriMet’s website to find a bus or light rail (MAX) route & schedule that fits your needs.

Things to see & do beyond Wordstock?

There’s lots of great stuff in & around Portland! Consider visiting:

And check out this video for more of what Portland has to offer:

Also, it really is a little bit like this:

Other questions? Leave ‘em in the comments & I’ll reply!

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3 responses to “FAQ: What to expect at Wordstock Festival 2011?

  1. Ooh! Wordstock question! Does the price of a workshop include an admission ticket for that day?

    • Sara | Novel Novice

      I don’t believe so, but ask when you get to the Convention Center because I’m not entirely sure! You definitely want to buy your workshop tickets ahead of time, as spaces are limited. But festival admission will NOT run out and can easily be purchased at the door if you do need to buy it separately.

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