Book festivals highlight all types of writing genres. There truly is something for everyone at a book festival from the beginner to the advanced writer.
Book festival's also encompass the reader with many sessions where authors and poets read their work. What better place for a writer to be, whether they are presenting or just in attendance, than surrounded by READERS!
I'm lucky. The state of South Dakota's Humanity Council throws a great bash at their Festival of the Book. There are activities for children in addition to children's authors who host tea parties. There are writing classes for a nominal fee that cover everything from starting your manuscript to marketing it. In addition, one entire day is devoted to free sessions with over twenty authors in various genres and various stages of their careers.
You can check South Dakota's festival out here: http://www.sdhumanities.org/programs_festival.html.
There is a National Festival of the Book held in Washington, D. C. (see the link below). To check to see if your state hosts book festival, simple check your state's Humanity Council's website and make plans to attend. You'll be glad you did!