Your Guide to SE-YA Book Fest 2020!

Written by Lindsey Kimery

It’s year 5 of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival, and this year is bigger and better than ever! With 47 authors of middle grade and young adult literature and three days of jam-packed fun, the campus of MTSU will be the epicenter of book love on March 12-14! If you’re planning to attend, here’s your guide to all things SE-YA!


Do we need tickets to attend

Each student and chaperone attending SE-YA on the Student Days, March 12, 13, needs a ticket. If you registered students for SE-YA and have more tickets than you need, please email SE-YA staff ( indicating: the day, track, and number of seats you need to release. If you are attending Community Day, March 14, you do not need a ticket.

Is it free to attend SE-YA Book Fest? Yes!

What is the schedule?

Student Day schedules are not published online for safety reasons, but if you are interested in bringing students, email to see Student Day schedules and to find out if tickets are available. The schedule for the Community Day on Saturday, March 14 is available here.

 Are writing workshops available?

The writing workshops are held Saturday, March 14, 9AM-10:30 AM, in the College of Education (COE). These are free to attend, but you do need to register in advance and check-in at Registration in the lobby of the COE when you arrive. Adults and students, grades 6 and up, may register for the writing workshops. Registration is now open! Visit to register.

Author Allan Wolf leads a poetry workshop.

I’m bringing a group of students, how do I check-in when we arrive?

  • Student Day registration is located in the College of Education (COE) lobby.
  • You need to bring:
  • You will receive:
    • A color wristband for each member of your group. Everyone must wear their wristbands; no one will be admitted into a session without the correct color wrist band.

I’m attending Community Day. Do I need to check-in when I arrive?

If you are coming for panels and signings, then you can proceed directly to the sessions of your choice. Educators who wish to earn Professional Development credit are welcome to use this form as documentation of attendance. Rutherford County educators may turn this form in at the Information Booth in the Student Union on Saturday, March 14.

Can we go to any panel?

  • If you are registered for the Student Days, your group may only attend the panels in which you are registered. Middle school students may only attend middle school tracks; high school students may only attend high school tracks. Any deviation from this guideline will result in ticket cancellation.
  • If you are attending on Community Day, you may attend any panel you choose as long as there are still seats available in the room. Students attending on Community Day may also attend any panel of their choice.
Middle school students enjoy hearing Andrew Maraniss, Sharon Cameron, Soman Chainani, and Kat Zhang at SE-YA, 2019

What about eating on campus?

  • No food, drink is permitted in any session room, per MTSU policy.
  • On the Student Days, middle school groups eat in McCallie Dining Hall, and the cost is $7. Students may pay with cash, or chaperones may collect money ahead of time from students and write one check for the group made payable to MTSU.
  • High school groups eat in the Student Union Food Court.
  • No middle schoolers may eat in the Student Union Food Court due to capacity regulations at MTSU.
  • Groups who bring a sack lunch may eat in the KUC dining area. Please make sure all trash is picked up and placed in trash bins.
  • On Community Day, the Student Union Food Court will be open, and off campus dining options are available.

Will books and merchandise be available to purchase? Check out the list of books and merch available in MTSU’s Phillips Bookstore.

May I bring books from home or from my library to be signed? In addition to the policies below, please remind students that authors will only sign their books, SE-YA t-shirts or SE-YA bookmarks.

Picture6Are resources available to help prepare my students? Yes! Check out our SE-YA Curriculum Guide!

Social Media

  • Follow us on social media, and help spread the word about SE-YA!
  • Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
  • Please post to social media during the panels and share your favorite pics from the event. Be sure to tag us (@seyabookfest) and use #seya2020!

Thank you for all of your support for SE-YA Book Fest! Visit for more information. We hope to see you March 12-14 for #seya2020!

Authors love meeting their readers at SE-YA!

Team SE-YA is:

Liz Hicks, President, librarian at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna

Lindsey Kimery, Vice-President, librarian at Woodland Middle School in Brentwood

Barb Collie, Treasurer, librarian at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna

Board members are: Wendy DeBerry, Amy Zerner, Jenny Kawano, Lis Ann Morehart, Julie Caudle, Jamie Schmitt, Kelly Williams, Marcie Leeman, Liz McLuckie, Marilyn Whetstone, Tyler Sainato.

Lindsey Kimery is the Library Media Specialist at Woodland Middle School in Brentwood, TN. She is TASL’s Secretary, Advocacy Chair and is Vice-President of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival. She writes about library programming and lesson ideas on her blog, LibraryStile.

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