Events You Won't Want to Miss

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, 2020 WDR had been postponed.  Below are the schedules events we had planned for 2020. We hope to have all these same exciting for 2021 but will be waiting until winter to finalize. We want to make sure everything is safe covid-wise. Stay tuned for exciting news about next year!

Thursday Learning Day

Where: Room TBA at Mineral Palace Hotel and Gaming 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Format: Learning sessions for authors and readers.

Matt Haynes

Matt Haynes is an internationally acclaimed audiobook narrator with over 50 titles to his credit. He has narrated books in a wide variety of genres including

  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Memoirs
  • Self Help
  • Business
  • Horror
  • Biographies
  • Comedy

He lives in Portland Oregon and specializes in educating authors and rights holders in the audiobook production process.


Would you like your work made into an audiobook? Have you already done so but want a better experience and product? In this vital, super-fun session, we’ll cover

  • the overlooked opportunities that open up when you “go audio”.
  • how to start the process.
  • the three secrets to picking a great narrator.
  • he best collaboration methods to getting your project done right. 

PLUS: “Behind the Curtain”… anything you’ve wanted to know about a narrator’s work and process!

Molly Rebecca Barari

Molly Barari is a professional writer living in Rapid City, SD, who has been published in several regional publications, including Black Hills Faces, Black Hills Woman, Black Hills Lifestyle, Black Hills Boomer, Siouxland Woman, Motor Market, Unveiled, and the Rapid City Journal. She has been teaching creative life story writing workshops at various venues since 2016, including the Aging Gracefully Expo and the South Dakota Festival of Books. Molly is also a South Dakota Humanities Scholar and leads community discussions on the One Book South Dakota. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves exploring the Black Hills and watching classic horror films.


Oral storytelling is common in every culture, but recording our cherished life memories onto paper is essential for preserving these stories. Writing your life stories is not only therapeutic, but it is an heirloom for your family and friends. This creative writing workshop is meant to inspire nonfiction and fiction writers alike. It will provide the opportunity for participants to pen their life memories through sensory detail and emotional exploration. For fiction writers, we’ll also take time to explore how real life memories and events can influence your stories. Please come to the workshop ready to do some writing. Bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and an open mind.

Suzan Tisdale

USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. Suzan writes Scottish historical romance/fiction, with honorable and perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, feisty heroines. And bad guys she kills off in delightfully wicked ways.

Class: “HOW TO WRITE GOODER” –  Improving your craft and character development.

Thank you to our Learning Day Sponsors!! 

Thursday Meet-and-Greet

Where: TBA
Format: Cash bar with light appetizers
6:00 – 7 PM, Authors Only – meet each other and pick up your neck wallets, tickets, schedules, etc. Receive last-minute instructions/changes, and open question forum with the Hosts
7 – 9 PM, Readers, Cover Models, Author Assistants, Vendors, and Sponsors will join the authors

Thank you to our Meet and Greet Sponsors!!

Friday Multi-Stop Sightseeing Trip

Where: Meet motorcoach at the front door of the Lodge at Deadwood.

When: 7:45 bus leaves at 8:00 am

Format: Motorcoach trip and ALL- INCLUSIVE sightseeing and lunch

Stops include:

Travel through Spearfish Canyon and the beautiful Wyoming countryside.

Devil’s Tower National Monument from 9:30am to 11:00am. Bring your walking shoes if you want to walk around our national’s first national monument.

Lunch at Longhorn Saloon & Grill, Sundance,WY 11:30am to 12:30pm. Choice of Kickin’ Tip Sandwich, WYO Pulled Pork Sandwich, or Garden salad with dressing. You will choose your option when you order tickets so that it will be ready for you when we arrive.

Drive to Sturgis, SD 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Tour and shopping at one of Sturgis’ most famous stops, the Full Throttle Saloon from 1:30 pm to 3pm.

Arrive back in Deadwood around 3:30pm.


Thank you to our sponsors of the Bus Tour!! 

Friday night Wild Book Readings

Where: Mineral Palace Hotel and Casino banquet room, 601 Historic Main Street, Deadwood, SD. 
Format: Cash Bar and Amazing Deserts from Local Vendors (including Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates)
7:00 PM 
7:15 PM with a glass of wine and a plate full of extraordinary desserts, enjoy authors reading intriguing scenes from their very own books
COSTUMES OPTIONAL for Readers and Authors!

Thank you to our Book Reading Sponsors!!  

Breakfast With the Authors from 8:30 – 10 am Saturday before the Book Fair

Where: TBA
Format: Buffet breakfast, round 8-person tables with linen and real plates, cups, and silverware.
We hope you’ll come hungry! Here’s the buffet menu: Scrambled eggs, cubed breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy, hickory smoked bacon or sausage links, fresh fruit, butter, fresh brewed coffee, hot water, ice water, and ORANGE JUICE sponsored by Linda Rae Sande.
(please note: if you prefer a beverage other than coffee, you’re welcome to bring your own. Hot water is provided if you’d like to bring your own teabag)
8:30 AM breakfast begins
9:40 AM authors called to the stage at the far end of the room for the 9:45 group photo (Authors, remember to eat early!)
9:50 AM photos finished so authors have time to get back to their tables
10:00 AM breakfast ends, readers line up near the elevator/escalator/stairway for the official opening of the Book Fair

Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsors!! 

Saturday Multi-Author, Multi-Genre Book Fair

Where: The Lodge at Deadwood Ballroom
Format: Authors and Cover Models excited to meet you, share their swag with you, and talk about their books. Cover models available for photos!
10:00 AM Readers line up outside the ballroom for the official opening of the Book Fair
2:30 PM Basket Raffle tickets drawn and winners receive their baskets
3:00 PM Book Fair Ends but Vendors available at their tables
3:30 PM Vendor tables close

Saturday Family Friendly Western Movie and Trivia Night

Location: The conference room – The Lodge at Deadwood

Time: 8 p.m.

Refreshments provided by the Sweet Clean Romance Authors. The movie is Disney’s Tall Tale staring Patrick Swayze, Scott Glenn and Oliver Platt.  Check out the movie trailer here.  After the movie enjoy Western movie trivia.


Thank you to our Family night sponsors!! 

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