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We have an exciting line-up of presenters headlined by two keynote speakers, novelist, writing professor, and award-winning author, Jill McCorkle, on Friday, September 24th , and author, grammarian and Virginia Beach native, Benjamin Herson, on Saturday, September 25th. McCorkle’s writings have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and Real Simple. Herson’s book (co-authored with Jeff Deck), The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time, was published August 3, 2010.

Be seduced by romance writer, Judi McCoy. Learn the legalities of writing and how to sell your manuscript with agent, Jeff Kleinman, or allow poet, Nathan Richardson, to enlighten you on the poetic process. Plot a mystery with mystery writer, Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley, or have fun with children's writer, Kim Norman, as she appeals to the kid in you.

Writers anxious to publish have five minutes to impress Katharine Sands of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency or June Clark of Fine Print Literary Agency during the One-on-One Literary Agent Pitch Sessions.

PLEASE NOTE . . . there are NO remaining appointments available with Katharine Sands . . . and only 5 7 available with June Clark . . . will fill them on a first come, first serve basis . . .

If you would like an oral critique of your novel’s first pages, you can participate in our First-Pages Critique Sessions. Panelists will toast or roast your work. PLEASE NOTE--HRW IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE FIRST PAGGES CRITIQUES.

This year, Hampton Roads Writers is offering four FREE writing contests. Submissions are being accepted in fiction, juvenile fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Deadline to receive your contest entries is July 23, 2010. PLEASE NOTE--HRW IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CONTESTS. WINNERS IN EACH OF THE 4 CONTESTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 25.


From now until September 24, 2010, registration for the conference costs $135. LUNCH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, AND NO OUTSIDE FOOD IS ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES

For an extra $40, submit 10-pages of your work for a 15-Minute, One-on-One Manuscript Evaluation with professional editor Marcela Landres. All work to be considered for evaluation must be in our office by July 23, 2010. PLEASE NOTE--HRW IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION.

Keynote Speakers

picture of Jill McCorkleJill McCorkle—novelist, writing professor and award-winning author of eight books. Her five novels and three story collections include the most recent novel, Going Away Shoes. She has received the New England Book Award, The John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Two of her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and one is in the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Real Simple, American Scholar, and elsewhere.

picture of Benjamin Herson Benjamin Herson—co-author of The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. In 2008, he and co-author Jeff Deck took a road trip across the U.S. with friends to fix typos on signs, an adventure that revealed much of the nation's innermost secrets — grammatical and otherwise — but that also very nearly landed both Herson and Deck in the federal pokey. Collectively, they are known as Typo Eradication Advancement League.

Other Speakers

picture of June ClarkJune Clark, as a literary agent at Fine Print Literary Management in New York, June has built a strong client list with a focus on nonfiction projects in the area of entertainment, self-help, parenting, reference/how-to books, teen books, food and wine, style/beauty, and prescriptive business titles. June received her M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, with a focus on playwriting.

picture of Jeff KleinmanJeff Kleinman, one of founders of Folio Literary Management, is a literary agent and intellectual property attorney with Folio Literary Management. His recent sales include THE GROVE to Warner Books for six figures and bonuses, film options pending. He also recently sold Ron McLarty's, Memory of Running, to Viking/Penguin for over $2 million. In the area of nonfiction he prefers narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also considers nature, travel, politics, espionage, and biography, among other categories. His taste in fiction includes SF&F, suspense, thrillers, mainstream commercial and literary fiction.

picture of Marcela LandresMarcela Landres, former editor at Simon and Schuster and author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You and Publisher of Latinidad ®, helps writers get published by providing developmental editing of manuscripts, critiques of book proposals, and strategic advice on how to launch and manage a successful writing career. She works with writers of all backgrounds in fiction and nonfiction. She was an editor at Simon & Schuster where she oversaw the award-winning Spanish language imprint Libros en Español and also acquired and edited the bestselling authors Karen Rauch Carter and Dora Levy Mossanen.

picture of Judi McCoyJudi McCoy, author of 17 published novels, teaches the two day aspiring author course each year at the Romantic Times Booklovers’ convention. Though her first 14 books were romances, her newest series is shelved in the mystery section of your bookstore. The dog walker mysteries feature Ellie Engleman, a dog walker on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, who speaks to her dogs and understands what they say to her. The series has made her a National Best-Selling Author, while the first book, Hounding the Pavement, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. To learn more about Judi and her novels visit her website at:

picture of Kim NormanKim Norman’s first picture book, Jack of All Tails, was released in 2007. Crocodaddy debuted as the May 2009 feature for the Children's Book of the Month Club. She is looking forward to publication of two books in the fall of 2010: Ten on the Sled and All Kinds of Kittens. In 2011, Sterling will release Kim’s first nonfiction works: a pair of sticker books published in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History: Time Traveling with Dinosaurs and A World of Whales. 2012 will see the debut of I Know a Wee Piggy Who Wallowed in Brown. Kim is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in California. Visit her website at

picture of Nathan RichardsonNathan M. Richardson, is a poet, author and literary consultant whose poetry and prose are widely published and universally accepted. He is the author of the collections "Likeness of Being," "You are the Subject," the poetry CD "Nathan Live at Langley," and has also contributed to numerous poetry anthologies such as Skipping Stones and The Poet's Domain. "Paint Me a Poem," "The Oral Tradition of Poetry," and "The Business of Becoming a Self Published Author" are three of his most popular literary workshops. During his twenty year literary career, he has worked collaboratively with many artistic disciplines and organizations. A short list of his partnerships include, the Radio Renaissance Project with middle schools in Portsmouth, VA, the Gordon Parks Photography Exhibit, Virginia's Governor's School of the Arts, and numerous museums and art galleries throughout the Middle Atlantic. He has also made many appearances on local and national radio and television, including StoryCorps on National Public Radio. Find out more about his work at his website.

picture of Katharine SandsA literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include LXTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD; Make Up, Don't Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil; Playwright Robert Patrick's novel, Temple Slave; The Complete Book on International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child; Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods; Under the Hula Moon; Whipped: A Professional Dominatrix's Secrets for Wrapping Men Around Your Little Finger; The Gay Vacation Guide; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Syle-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee's The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; The Complete Book of Bone Health; The Safe and Sane Guide to Teeage Plastic Surgery, to name a few. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

picture of Jennifer(J.B.) StanleyJennifer (J.B.) Stanley has a BA in English from Franklin & Marshall College, an MA in English Literature from West Chester University, and an MLIS from North Carolina Central University. J. B. Stanley is a mystery writer and author of Hope Street Series, Supper Club Series, and the Collectibles Series.




2 First-Pages Critique Sessions

5-Minute One-on-One Literary Agent Pitch Sessions

15-Minute One-on-One Professional Manuscript Evaluations--DEADLINE TO SUBMIT HAS PASSED

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8:00 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:20 AM . . . . . . . . . . . Jill McCorkle’s Keynote Address

9:30 – 10:25 AM . . . . . . . . . . First Pages Critique Session

10:35 – 12:05 PM . . . . . . . . . .1st of Two 90-Minute Breakout Sessions 

·                           1.  Getting Down to Basics—Judi McCoy

·                           2.  So You’d like to Write a Children’s Book—Kim Norman

12:05 – 12:45 PM . . . . . . . . . .Lunch and book signings

12:45 – 2:15 PM . . . . . . . . . . .2nd of Two 90-Minute Breakout sessions

·                          3.  Author Panel Discussion: Judi McCoy, Kim Norman, Nathan Richardson, Jill McCorkle

·                          4.  Riveting Writing—Katharine Sands

2:30 – 4 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd of Two 90-Minute Breakout sessions

·                          5.  Finding a Story—Jill McCorkle

·                          6.  The Craft of Creating a Poem—Nathan Richardson



8:00 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:20 AM . . . . . . . . . . .Benjamin Herson’s Keynote Address

·         9:30 – 10:25 AM . . . . . . . . . .First Pages Critique Session

10:35 – 12:05 PM . . . . . . . . .4th of Two 90-Minute Breakout Sessions

·                         7.  Legal Issues Every Writer Should Know—Jeff Kleinman

                      8.  Plotting the Mystery—Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley

12:05 – 12:45 PM . . . . . . . . . Lunch and book signings

·         12:45 – 2:15 PM . . . . . . . . . . 5th of Two 90-Minute Breakout sessions

·                         9.  Buy This Book!—Jeff Kleinman and Benjamin Herson

·                         10. Before You Send it Out—Marcela Landres

2:30 – 3:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . 6th of Two 1-Hour Breakout sessions

·                         11.  Author/Agent Panel Discussion: Jeff Kleinman, Benjamin Herson, Jennifer (J.B.) Stanley

·                         12.  Building Your Platform—June Clark

3:40  – 4:15 PM . . . . . . . . . .  Contests Award Ceremony


Registration is fully refundable until July 23, 2010; from July 24 to Aug 31. 2010 all refunds will result in a forfeiture of $20.00, from September 1 to 13 all refunds will result in a forfeiture of $30.00; after September 13 no refunds will be issued.

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