Hampton Roads Writers 2011 TRAVELING PEN Series of Workshops




Each 2-hour workshop costs $13 for HRW members and $15 for non-members.  Please send your name, address, email, and phone number along with a note about which workshop you're registering for and payment (check or money order) to:
Hampton Roads Writers
P.O. Box 7607
Norfolk, VA 23509-0607

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  • Effective Oral Presentation: How to Read Your Work Aloud and Wow the Audience --Learn to bring your writing to life at public performances.  This interactive workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro.


  • SATURDAY, October 22, 2011, 10:30 AM - 12:30, Virginia Wesleyan College, Clarke Hall, Room 118, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502. Check-in begins at 10:15 AM.

    Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb, outgoing and talkative, found her niche in teaching communication skills to a captive audience. She taught English electives—public speaking, journalism, visual language, drama, advanced composition and college-bound reading—for 37 years at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. She coached the forensic team for 30 years, sponsored Shore Lines, the school newsmagazine, for 11 years and directed the theatre program for nine years. After retiring from teaching, she served as the school’s writing tutor. In 2001, Linda was named Bayside High’s Teacher of the Year. In 2000, the Virginia Journalism Teachers and Advisers Association honored her with the Virginia Gazette Award. She was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s teachers four times. Since retiring, Linda has taught seminars in public speaking and grammar/writing for Old Dominion’s Career Switcher Program and Evenings at Saint Patrick’s. Over the years, she has copyedited books, articles and brochures on a free-lance basis. Currently, she is writing a collection of true stories about her Tennessee family.

    TPS #9--Effective Oral Presentation: How to Read Your Work Aloud and Wow Your Audience
    October 22, 2011
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  • Getting the Word Out About Your Writing: How to Make Social Media Work for You--Are you a writer looking to build your platform? Do you want to use social media but are afraid your real writing will be replaced with blog posts, status updates, and tweets? In this workshop we'll examine how social media can help get the word out about your writing and how hopping on the bandwagon can actually help you stand out.


  • SATURDAY, November 12, 2011 10:30 AM to 12:30, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk. Check-in begins at 10:15.

    Instructor: Reesy Floyd-Thompson, a freelance journalist and social advocate for women standing by their men and standing up for their marriages during times of incarceration, loves crime stories and a good whodunit. When her husband cast as the unsuspected bad guy, Reesy was forced to play a supporting role in her very own crime drama. With over five years in marketing and public relations, Reesy decided instead of urging the press to release information about other news, she would become the news and has done so as the founder of Prisoners’ Wives, Girlfriends, and Partners (PWGP), an organization dedicated to partners affected by incarceration. Reesy is also a marketing consultant. She assists clients with the creation and execution of promotional campaigns by producing brochures, direct mail, press releases, newsletters, and web content. Her work has appeared in Healthcare in Hampton Roads, Virginia Business Magazine, and The Virginian-Pilot.

    TPS #10--Getting the Word Out About Your Writing: How to Make Social Media Work for You
    November 12, 2011
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