Full course description

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing by authors from across the nation who are attending the Writers’ Academy at WTAMU. Authors will include New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, Reader’s Digest Select author Timothy Lewis, USA Today Bestselling author Bethany Claire, and Harlequin author and Bestselling hybrid author of Contemporary and Historical Romance Jolene Navarro. Readers will find books of various genres from romance to western to thriller. Authors will sell their books and talk to readers until 7 p.m.

Dinner and remarks from author Timothy Lewis will begin at 7 p.m. with Cara Brookins taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. 

Brookins’ story is sure to inspire the audience. After escaping two abusive marriages, Brookins was in desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one. So she did something incredible. Equipped with only YouTube videos and a 9-month bank loan, Brookins built her own house—all 3,500 square feet of it—from the foundation to the roof (and everything in between) with a work crew made up of her kids. The completed house has five bedrooms, a three-car garage, a shop and even a two-story tree house.