2016 Schedule of Events



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  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:30 - 12:00 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Driving Plot Through Revelation of Character Motivation, presented by Princess Perry at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, July 7, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Professional critiquers will be Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome. Whether you plan to read or not, if you want to attend dinner, please email HRWriters@cox.net so we can make sure we have a large enough wait staff on hand to accommodate all the diners.


  • Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 9:30 to 12:00 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop Using WordPress for Your Author Blog or Website presented by Star LaBranche at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop begins at 9:30. $10 HRW members, $20 nonmembers. May join at the door to take advantage of the member rates. Please send your name, address, email, phone number, and payment (check or money order) to:

  • Hampton Roads Writers
    P.O. Box 56228
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    HRWriters@cox.net


    Payment is possible at the door, but we'd appreciate an email from you ahead of time so we can assure a sufficient number of handouts for everyone. HRWriters@cox.net

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION -- Looking to engage with readers and practice your craft online? Wordpress blogs are an easy way to set up your own website and get writing. This workshop will include how to conceptualize your blog, prompts to get you writing, basic technical instruction, and common mistakes and how to avoid them. Bring your laptop or tablet and come ready to dive in.

  • SATURDAY, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 - 12:30 Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Michael Khandelwal will be the professional critiquer.

  • Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9:30 - 12:00 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Driving Plot Through Revelation of Character Motivation, presented by Princess Perry at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop begins at 9:30. $10 HRW members, $20 nonmembers. May join at the door to take advantage of the member rates. Please send your name, address, email, phone number, and payment (check or money order) to:

  • Hampton Roads Writers
    P.O. Box 56228
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    HRWriters@cox.net


    Payment is possible at the door, but we'd appreciate an email from you ahead of time so we can assure a sufficient number of handouts for everyone. HRWriters@cox.net

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION -- Motivations are a big part of plotting. Why your characters, especially your protagonist and antagonist, do the things they do often determines how your plot unfolds. It's also where your conflicts come in, and why the stakes feel high or just meh. Of course, showing those motivations without banging a reader over the head can be hard. Especially if the reasons aren't clear to the character. In this workshop, Ms. Perry will facilitate an exploration of the desires of the primary characters and how conflicting desires impact characters' decision-making and, therefore, plot.

  • Sept 15 - 17, 2016 HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference at Virginia Beach/Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Roads, Virginia Beach


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, October 6, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Professional critiquers TBD. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome. Whether you plan to read or not, if you want to attend dinner, please email HRWriters@cox.net so we can make sure we have a large enough wait staff on hand to accommodate all the diners.


  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 9:30 to 12:00 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- How To Become A Best-Selling, Multi Award Winning Children’s Author: If I Can Do It, So Can YOU!, presented by Danielle Leibovici at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop begins at 9:30. $10 HRW members, $20 nonmembers. May join at the door to take advantage of the member rates. Please send your name, address, email, phone number, and payment (check or money order) to:

  • Hampton Roads Writers
    P.O. Box 56228
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    HRWriters@cox.net


    Payment is possible at the door, but we'd appreciate an email from you ahead of time so we can assure a sufficient number of handouts for everyone. HRWriters@cox.net

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION -- Danielle will share the journey of how some fleeting story ideas became the Amazon Best Selling Multi Award Winning Under The Tree Children’s Series. She will give specific tips and tricks that have afforded this self-identified “non writer” to now be called a proud published author today. Writing the story is the “easy” part. Getting that story materialized into a tangible picture-book was the uncharted territory Danielle conquered. If you have a great story, YOU can conquer the same territory. Let Danielle show you how.

  • Saturday and Sunday, Nov 12 and 13, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM Authorfest 2016 at Barnes and Noble, Virginia Beach


  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 9:30 to 12:00 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Narrative Time Warp: Managing the Passing of Time in your Fiction and CNF, presented by Valerie Wilkinson


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In life, we accept time as a steady, forward-moving state, but you control time when you write. Successful movements in time add interest and depth to your story. It’s critical then to decide when to pierce the present with the past, when (or if) to flash forward, and how to keep the present action on track. We’ll discuss ways to keep the reader oriented, review flashback protocols, examine effective moments to flash forward, and analyze powerful examples in both fiction and nonfiction. We’ll then try our hands at exercises designed to help you move through time with grace.

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    P.O. Box 56228
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456


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