HRW thanks Towne Bank for partial sponsorship of this year's conference

Hampton Roads Writers 5th Annual Conference

September 19 - 21, 2013
THE WESTIN TOWN CENTER VIRGINIA BEACH
 4535 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA

 


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1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling keynoters, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 32 workshops/breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, and cash prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry

Thursday, Sept 19-- Check in at 6 PM; workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Friday, Sept 20-- Check in 7:45-8:15 AM; Keynote begins at 8:30 AM Saturday, Sept 21-- Check in at 8 AM; Keynote begins at 8:30 AM


Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, memoir, poetry, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available. 

Kevin Maurer, award-winning reporter and New York Times bestselling co-author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, and Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the WAKE Trilogy , the VISIONS series, the UNWANTEDS series, will deliver keynote addresses.

Other presenters include fiction writers Clifford Garstang, Lydia Netzer, Jeff Andrews, and Chantelle Aimée Osman, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Mitch Weiss, author and Certified Public Accountant Jack Downs, poet Jeanne Larsen, and agents Ethan Vaughan, Jeff Ourvan, and Dawn Dowdle.


Early bird tuition (until July 26) $175 for HRW members, $215.00 for non-members

  After July 26,  $215 HRW members, $255 non-members

  Includes two lunches
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  $125 Student rates (with proof of current FULLTIME enrollment)
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$125 one-day (Sat or Sun only)
$60 Thursday evening only
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Optional 2-hr social with appetizers, beer/wine/soft drinks/water (includes coupons for up to 2 free drinks), and silent auction - Prepaid $20 members, $25 non-members, at the door $35

Optional 10-page manuscript evaluation by agent Dawn Dowdle; manuscripts must be in our hands by July 26th. $30 members, $35 non-members

Contest deadline July 26




Email HRW with questions or contact Donna at (757) 639-6146 


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Hampton Roads Writers 5th Annual Writers’ Conference Schedule

 

 

THURSDAY EVENING

6:00 – 6:30 PM       Check in

6:30 – 8 PM            4 Breakout Session Workshops

(1) Creating the World in a Short Story—Cliff Garstang         

(2) Perfecting your pitch—Chantelle Aimée Osman

(3) Why Prose Writers Should Read (& Make) Poems—Jeanne Larsen

(4) Memoir writing: How to capture your story— Kevin Maurer and Mitch Weiss

 

FRIDAY

8 – 8:30 AM           Check in/Coffee Time

8:30 – 9:30              Intro Remarks/Keynote—Lisa McMann

9:45 – 11                 First Ten Lines Critique Session—3 agents and 2 keynoters

 

11:15 – 12:15          FIRST BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(5) Social Media for AuthorsChantelle Aimée Osman

(6) Make Every Word Count: Cut, tighten, delete—Lisa McMann

(7) Writing What You Don't See: How a point of view can drive a plot—Lydia Netzer

(8) COPYRIGHTS AND WRONGS: Fair use of quotes & other things to avoid a lawsuit—Jeff Ourvan

 

12:15 – 1:15            Buffet Lunch

 

1:15 – 2:15              SECOND BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(9) Get Published! How to publish a short story or essay—Cliff Garstang

(10) From Idea to Big Screen—Chantelle Aimée Osman

(11) Thicken Your Plot with a Hardy Outline—Mitch Weiss

(12) Where Does My Story Start: How to write a winning first chapter—Lisa McMann

 

2:30 – 3:30              THIRD BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(13) Crossing the Border from Fact to Fiction—Cliff Garstang

        (14) Found in Translation—Jeanne Larsen

(15) First Person Problems: The specific challenges and opportunities of writing first person—Lydia Netzer

        (16) Writing Dramatic Flash Fiction—Chantelle Aimée Osman

 

3:45 – 4:45              FOURTH BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(17) Show AND Tell—Cliff Garstang

       (18) Different Voices, Different Times—Lydia Netzer

       (19) Memoir writing: How to capture your story—Kevin Maurer and Mitch Weiss

        (20) From Rejection to Acceptance: How rewriting your query letter can make all the difference—Lisa McMann

 

5:00 – 7 PM   OPTIONAL Mix and Mingle SOCIAL with Silent Auction—$20 and $25 prepaid at time of registration/$35 door

 

SATURDAY

8:15 – 8:30 AM      Check in/Coffee Time

8:30 – 9:30              Intro Remarks/Keynote—Kevin Maurer

9:45 – 11                 First Ten Lines Critique Session—3 agents and 1 keynoter

 

11:15 – 12:15          FIRST BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(21) What’s in a Name?—Jeanne Larsen

(22) Publishing 2.0: The author takes charge—Jeff Andrews

(23) Get Published! How to publish a short story or essay—Cliff Garstang

(24) Interviewing for Nonfiction: Getting the story right—Kevin Maurer and Mitch Weiss

 

12:15 – 1:15            Buffet Lunch

 

1:15 – 2:15              SECOND BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(25) The Bookkeeping Side of Book Writing: Literary Dollars and $ense—Jack Downs

        (26) I’m an Author, not a Salesman—Jeff Andrews

(27) Do Put Words in my Mouth: Creating realistic and effective dialogue—Ethan Vaughan

(28) Writing What You Don't See: How can a point of view drive a plot—Lydia Netzer

 

2:30 – 3:30              THIRD BREAKOUT SESSION WORKSHOPS

(29) From Idea to Story: Where do story ideas come from?—Cliff Garstang

(30) Co-writing: How sometimes two authors are better than one—Kevin Maurer and Mitch Weiss

(31) The Bookkeeping Side of Book Writing: Literary Dollars and $ense—Jack Downs

(32) Exquisite SoundsJeanne Larsen

 

3:45 – 4:15              CONTEST Awards ceremony

 

The statements, opinions and conclusions of all presenters at The 5th Annual Hampton Roads Writers Conference are their own and not necessarily those of Hampton Roads Writers,Inc. Moreover, materials or services promoted, sold, or distributed at The Conference are not warranted by Hampton Roads Writers, Inc.(HRW), nor does their promotion, sale or distribution necessarily imply any endorsement by HRW.

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