Previous Hampton Roads Writers Events

  • April 29, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Shawn Girvan and Erin Beaty served as the Professional Critiquers.



  • April 15, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Outlines, Treatments, & Synopses (Oh, My!), presented by Dr. J. Dennis Bounds.



  • March 23, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Kelly Sokol and Liz Argento served as the Professional Critiquers.



  • March 11, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Point of View and Character Voice, presented by Erin Beaty.



  • February 25, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517., 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait served as the Professional Critiquers.



  • February 11, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Writing Historical Fiction, presented by Jeff Andrews.


  • January 19, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques.



  • 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


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


  • 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. $10 HRW members, $20 nonmembers.


  • 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 provided the professional critiques.


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


  • 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


  • 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 and Jeff Andrews were the professional critiquers.


  • 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.


  • 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 were Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal.


  • SATURDAY, June 4, 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. Valerie Wilkinson and Michael Khandelwal were the professional critiquers.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:30 - 12:00 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Digital Strategies for Writers, presented by Deb Markham at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134.

  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, May 12, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Michael Khandelwal and Dennis Bounds served as the professional critiquers.

  • SATURDAY, April 30, 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. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal acted as Pro critiquers.

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:30 - 12:00 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- "You Talkin’ To Me?": Let's talk Dialogue for Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry, presented by Jean Klein at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134.

  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, March 31, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Lauran Strait and Dennis Bounds served as the professional critiquers.


  • Saturday, March 19, 2016 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled An Alliance of Authors: How to Build & Maintain a Thriving Writers Group presented by Evelyn Wagoner at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134.
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 -- 2.5-hour Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled Letter Poems presented by Dr. Anne Meek at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134.


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, February 11, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique dinner meeting, from 6 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 -- 2.5-hr Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled MS Word for Writers presented by Rick Eley at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. -- SOLD OUT!!

  • Nov 14, 2015 -- Authorfest at the Virginia Beach Central Library, during which approximately 30 local authors displayed their books and met with fans; workshops of interest to both writers and readers also took place throughout the day.


  • Oct 24, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- Self-Editing: What to look for and how to correct amateurish writing errors -- presented by Lauran Strait. NO SEATS LEFT. SOLD OUT


  • Oct 10, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- Dr. Bill Ruehlmann as the Pro Critiquer


  • Sep 17 - 19, 2015 -- 7th Annual Writers' Conference


  • Aug 1, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- Pens and Penne: Crafting a Cookbook -- presented by Executive Editor Virginia Wine Lover Magazine, PATRICK EVANS-HYLTON


  • Jun 27, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- How to Write and Stay in Limited Third Point of View -- presented by ODU English Professor, Princess Perry


  • Jun 6, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique --Dr. Dennis Bounds as the Pro Critiquer


  • May 9, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- Ginger Marcinkowski as the Pro Critiquer


  • Apr 25, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- PR Matters for the Writer -- presented by former TV journalist and PR expert, Cheryl Tan


  • April 4, 2015 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:15 - Noon. Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Amanda Aksel offered the professional critiques.


  • Mar 21, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- Lions, Witches, and Wardrobes.... Oh My! - Writing paranormal and fantasy -- presented by YA and paranormal fantasy author, Vanessa Barger


  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique -- March 14, 2015 -- Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator,Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait.

  • Traveling Pen workshop -- February 7, 2015 Writing for Teens: What Do They Want and Where Do They Hang Out? -- presented by bestselling YA author, Heather Hildenbrand


  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- October 25, 2014 How to Design, Build, and Manage Your Own Author Website! -- presented by Nora Firestone, journalist and PR pro, at Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg., Room CW-134.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--October 11--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Dr. Bill Ruehlmann and Lauran Strait.

  • HRW's 6th annual writers' conference -- Sept 18 - 20, 2014

  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- August 23, 2014,Traveling Pen Writers Workshop--Methods of Direct and Indirect Characterization -- presented by author and ODU professor Princess Perry. Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg., Room CW-134.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--August 9--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--July 12, 2014--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author, John Robert Mack and Lauran Strait.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--June 14, 2014-- Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by author and educator, Dr. Dennis Bounds and author Valerie Wilkinson.

  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- May 31, 2014,Traveling Pen Writers Workshop--How to create and sell Falsh Fiction -- presented by author Ginger Marcinkowski. Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg., Room CW-134.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--May 10, 2014--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait.

  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- April 26, 2014,Traveling Pen Writers Workshop--Plotting or Pantsing? -- presented by by author Heather Hildenbrand. Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg., Room CW-134.

  • Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--April 5, 2014--Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Valerie Wilkinson and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- March 22, 2014,Eliminate the Excuses: How to take control of writer's block -- presented by John Robert Mack, at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--March 8, 2014--Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon.  Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Jeff Andrews, author of The Freedom Star and The Gandy Dancer and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- February 22, 2014,Your Book in Print -- presented by Jeff Andrews, author of The Freedom Star and The Gandy Dancer at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--February 8, 2014 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Dr. Bill Ruehlmann and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--November 9, 2013 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Valerie Wilkinson and Jeff Andrews will offer the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--November 2, 2013 at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134, 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled Writing for Magazines facilitated by Bill Glose.


  • 5th Annual Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach--September 19-21, at the Westin Hotel, Town Center.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--September 7, 2013 at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134, 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled Begin and End in Style facilitated by Valerie Wilkinson.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--August 24, at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134. 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION IS FULL OF RUTS….but why it’s worth the journey facilitated by Ginger Marcinkowski.

  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--August 10, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Dr. Bill Reuhlmann, professor emeritus Virginia Wesleyan and author Valerie Wilkinson offered the professional critiques.


  • Open Mic--July 23 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--July 13, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Patti Hinson and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop-- June 22, at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134. 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop, entitled Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--June 8, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Critiques given by Princess Perry, Professor of English at ODU, and by Lauran Strait.


  • Open Mic--May 21, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--June 8, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Princess Perry, Professor at ODU, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--May 11, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Critiques given by Victoria Kelly, who earned a B.A. from Harvard, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and a M. Phil from Trinity College in Dublin and also teaches at the Muse Writing Center, and by Lauran Strait.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--April 27, at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134. 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled Self-Publishing in Today's Market facilitated by Malcom Massey.


  • Open Mic--April 24 at Pretlow Library in Norfolk


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--April 13, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Michael Khandelwal, who holds two masters degrees and is co-founder of the Muse Writing Studios, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--March 23, at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134. 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled SHOW, DON'T TELL facilitated by Lauran Strait.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--March 9, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.


  • “Poems to Celebrate Our Roots and Branches,” featured well-known Hampton Roads writers--February 26, 7-9PM, at the Town Center Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--February 23, at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, Blackwater Bldg, RM CW-134. 9:30 AM - Noon; check-in at 9:15. Workshop entitled From Scene to Story facilitated by Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine, called a "stellar debut" by the New York Times.


  • “Poetry Explosion” - A Black History Month Children’s Literary Program Celebration--February 16, at the Town Center Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach, 11:00 AM - noon; Noon - 1 PM; or 1:00 - 2 PM. The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Writers presented a poetry writing program in celebration of Black History Month for students in grades K-12. This literary event featured the composition of poems by the students themselves. Students created and read their own compositions to their friends and families.


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--February 9 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. William Ruehlmann, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Wesleyan University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques. 0 reading slots remain


  • Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique--January 12, at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, and Valerie Wilkinson offered the professional critiques.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--Writing Poetry about War, presented by Shonda Buchanan, on Saturday October 13, 2012, at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg, Room CW-134.


  • HRW's 4th Annual Writers' Conference, September 20-22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Virginia Beach.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Shonda Buchanan, professor at Hampton University, offered the professional critiques.


  • Open Mic--August 21, 2012 at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Shonda Buchanan emceed the event.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--Making A Scene: Snappy Dialogue meets Concrete Detail, presented by Valerie Wilkinson, on Saturday August 18, 2012, at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg, Room CW-134.


  • Open Mic--Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Pete Freas emceed this event.


  • Traveling Pen Workshop--Refreshing Grammar, presented by Linda Cobb, a professed grammar nerd and retired high school teacher with an M.A. in communications. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Blackwater Bldg, Room CW-134, from 9:15 AM to 12:30.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Michael Khandelwal, co-founder of the Muse writing studios in Norfolk, offered the professional critiques.


  • Open Mic--June 27, 2012 at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Dr. Milt Saunders emceed the event.


  • June 2, 2012--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Virginia Beach at the Tidewater Community College Campus--"Dialogue," he said!", facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- TUESDAY, May 26, 2012, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Dr. Bill Ruehlmann, professor emeritus of journalism/communications at Virginia Wesleyan College and book columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, offered the professional critiques.


  • May 23, 2012--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Jack Callan emceed this event.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- TUESDAY, May 5, 2012, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Noah Renn, Professor at Old Dominion University, offered the professional critiques.


  • Open Mic--Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. John Starks emceed the event.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- TUESDAY, April 10,, 6 – 8:30 PM, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Shonda Buchanan, Professor at Hampton University, offered the professional critiques.


  • March 27, 2012--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Dr. Milt Saunders emceed this event.


  • SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop -- WEDNESDAY, March 7, 6 – 8:30 PM, at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, offered the professional critiques.


  • Open Mic--Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Jack Callan emceed the event. In honor of February's Valentine's day, works inspired by and about LOVE were strongly encouraged, though are not required.


  • Poetry readings featuring African American writers, assisted by Not Just for February Players--Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Barnes & Noble (4485 Virginia Beach Blvd.) co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, and The Hampton Roads Writers


  • February 25, 2012--Show and Grow your Prose, Long Form Open Mic with Professional Critique in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, offered the professional critiques.


  • February 11, 2012--Ekphrastic, Creative Writing Event for students in celebration of Black History Month, at Barnes & Noble. 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd., co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, and The Hampton Roads Writers.


  • January 25, 2012--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Dennis Bounds emceed this event.


  • November 12, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk at the Mary D. Pretlow Library--Making Social Media work for you and your writing, facilitated by Reesy Floyd-Thompson.


  • October 27, 2011--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Pete Freas emceed this event.


  • October 22, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Virginia Beach at Virginia Wesleyan University--Effective Oral Presentation, facilitated by Linda Cobb.


  • September 22-24, 2011--Third Annual Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach, at the Doubletree Hotel. New York Times best selling author Michael Palmer and New York-based Literary Agent Marisa Corvisiero headlined this conference.


  • August 16, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library. John Starks emceed this event.


  • July 19, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Pete Freas emceed this event.


  • June 14, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library. Jack Callan emceed this event.


  • May 19, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. John Starks emceed this event.


  • May 7, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Hampton--Realistic and Effective Dialogue in Fiction, facilitated by Beth Groundwater, whose latest book is Deadly Currents.


  • April 21, 2011--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by multi-novelist, Judi McCoy.


  • April 9, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk--Guerrilla Marketing: The Right Idea at the Right Time, facilitated by David Hancock of Morgan James Publishing.


  • March 26, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Virginia Beach--Everything you need to know about writing a screenplay, facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.


  • March 15, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. John Starks emceed this event.


  • February 24, 2011--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by D. D. Delaney


  • February 17, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk--Self-Editing Workshop, facilitated by Judi McCoy


  • January 18, 2011--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Shonda Buchanan, Hampton University professor, emceed this event.


  • January 15, 2011--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Chesapeake--Our Voices, Our Time: An Introductory Poetry Workshop, facilitated by Synnika Lofton.


  • November 6, 2010--TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Hampton--Plotting the Mystery, facilitated by Maria Hudgins.


  • October 6, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Linda Carol Cobb


  • September 29, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by D. D. Delaney


  • September 24-25, 2010--HRW's Second Annual Writers' Conference


  • September 16, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Pete Freas and Nathan Richardson. This Open Mic event was a Memorial Tribute to Dr. Bill Carroll and was a "Just One Can" event to collect food for the Southeastern Foodbank of Virginia. Approximately 34 pounds of food was collected.


  • August 28, 2010--2nd stop of the 2010 - 2011 Traveling Pen series of writing workshops in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave. Workshop was facilitated by Judi McCoy.


  • August 18, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by Michael Khandelwal.


  • August 3, 2010--Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the TowneBank Building, 139 Mt. Pleasant Road, emceed by Phyllis Johnosn.


  • July 28, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by Jerry Sheeley, President of Uptown Voices Toastmasters Club and author of Why You Failed in Real Estate.


  • July 15, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Robert Arthur


  • July 10, 2010--1st stop of the 2010 - 2011 Traveling Pen series of writing workshops in Virginia Beach, at the Tidewater Community College campus. Workshop was facilitated by Valerie Wilkinson


  • June 23, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by D. D. Delaney


  • June 17, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Maria Hudgins


  • June 9, 2010--Open Mic night in Hampton, at the Hampton Main Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., emceed by Wil LaVeist


  • May 26, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by Wil LaVeist


  • May 5, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Balik Whack


  • April 29, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Library, emceed by Anne Meek


  • April 15, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Nathan Richardson


  • April 7, 2010--Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the Greenbrier Library, emceed by Synnika Lofton


  • March 31, 2010--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Library, emceed by Jean Hendrickson


  • March 18, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberdorf Central Library, emceed by Jerry Sheeley, President of Uptown Voices Toastmasters Club and author of Why You Failed in Real Estate.


  • March 3, 2010--Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the Central Library on Cedar Road, emceed by Synnika Lofton


  • February 18, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Angela Lawrence. Prizes for Samaritan House's Teen Writing Contest were award and the winners were invited to share their work.


  • January 20, 2010--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Vincent Schilling


  • October 29, 2009--7th and final stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Suffolk--So you want to write for children, presented by Kim Norman


  • October 27, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Valerie Wilkinson


  • September 22, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Maria Hudgins


  • September 19, 2009-- HRW's Inaugural Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach


  • September 5, 2009--6th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Portsmouth--Memoirs: For Publication or Posterity, presented by Anne Meek


  • August 25, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Valerie Wilkinson


  • August 8, 2009--5th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Newport News--Chapbooks, presented by Pete Freas and Anne Meek


  • July 28, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Paul Clancy


  • July 16, 2009--Open Mic night in Chesapeake, emceed by Synnika Lofton


  • July 2, 2009--4th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Hampton--Researching Nonfiction, presented by Ann Davis


  • June 23, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Jean Hendrickson


  • June 3, 2009--3rd stop of the Traveling Pen Series in NORFOLK--Grammer Crackers, presented by Larry Elliott


  • May 14, 2009--1 year anniversary Open Mic Night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Anne Meek and an ensemble of HRW Board Members


  • May 9, 2009--2nd stop of the Traveling Pen Series in VIRGINIA BEACH--Experiencing Poetry, presented by Dr. Virginia O'Keefe


  • April 28, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Tim Farrington


  • April 16, 2009--FIRST Open Mic night in CHESAPEAKE, emceed by Nathan Richardson


  • April 9, 2009--1st stop of the Traveling Pen Series in CHESAPEAKE--10 mistakes fiction writers make, presented by Christy Barritt


  • March 24, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Dr. Virginia O'Keefe


  • February 24, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Pete Freas


  • January 27, 2009--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by D. D. Delaney


  • December 02, 2008--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Ann Davis


  • October 07, 2008--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Dr. Bill Carroll


  • September 23, 2008--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Phyllis Johnson


  • September 12, 2008--Inaugural Author Meet and Greet night in Virginia Beach, featuring best-selling authors David Poyer and Lenore Hart


  • August 27, 2008--Inaugural Open Mic night in Norfolk, emceed by Christy Barrett


  • July 30, 2008--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Michael Khandelwal


  • July 08, 2008--FREE two-hour flash fiction workshop for HRW members in Virginia Beach, facilitated by Lauran Strait


  • June 23, 2008--Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Pete Freas


  • May 29, 2008--Inaugural Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Nathan Richardson


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