2016 Schedule of Events



  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, October 6, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Dr. Dennis Bounds andLeslie Entsminger will provide the professional critiques. 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 -- Advanced WordPress: Template Procurement and Blog Post Demonstration, 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 -- Ready to move ahead in your WordPress author blog or website? This class will show you what to look for in a template and how to find one that suits your needs. Whether your template is free or paid, find one that is perfect for you. Once you have your template nailed down, you need to know how to post a blog. The demonstration will include how to use a featured image, the difference between categories and tags, and how to use metadata. This workshop will address, among other things, the following questions:
  • Do you need a static page, a blog or both?

  • Are you selling your books?

  • What type of look or style do you want to convey?


  • Out of respect for everyone's time, tech issues cannot be resolved in this workshop. The specific focus is on templates that will enable you to begin or expand your webpage adventure!

    In order to take this workshop, please make sure you have done ALL of the following prior to the workshop:
  • Must set up your own WordPress (WP) account (opening an account, whether through .org or .com, and be able to access your dashboard. If you are just now setting up, pick a default theme and we will go over more options in class)


  • Have a basic familiarity with the WP site


  • MUST bring your WP password to class so you can log into your WP account while present in the class.

  • MUST do a test run prior to attending the workshop to make sure you can log on and get into your WP account


  • 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. Its 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. Well 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. Well then try our hands at exercises designed to help you move through time with grace.

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


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