Hampton Roads Writers 2015 TRAVELING PEN Series of Workshops

Each 2.5-hour workshop costs $10 for HRW members and $20 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 56228
Virginia Beach, VA 23456


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

All workshops held at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshops begin at 9:30.

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

In this workshop, learn how to write and market young adult fiction for today's teen. Learn what story elements are necessary to hook and hold the shrinking attention spans of today's young adult readers and how to meet your audience in their territory. A comprehensive look at structuring young adult fiction that sells and creating a winning marketing strategy to sell it.

Bio: Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit http://www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

March 21, 2015 -- Lions, Witches, and Wardrobes.... Oh My! - Writing paranormal and fantasy-- presented by YA and paranormal fantasy author, Vanessa Barger

Join author Vanessa Barger for a workshop about writing fiction involving far off kingdoms, castles in the sky, and things that go bump in the night. We'll discuss trends in literature, how to research and come up with paranormal and fantasy ideas, and how to plot and world build in the paranormal and fantasy genres. Interactive writing exercises will take place during this workshop.

Bio: Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Virginia Writer's Club. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

April 25, 2015 -- What it takes to get great publicity for your self-published book -- presented by former TV journalist and PR expert, Cheryl Tan

The publishing industry is in the middle of a huge shift. E-books can make an author some big bucks, and self-publishing is a more attractive option than it used to be. Runaway self-publishing success stories happen all the time now. Who hasn't heard of Amanda Hocking? Or E.L. James? Maybe you don't recognize her name, but you probably can't escape her book, 50 Shades of Grey.

If your books aren't getting the kind of attention you'd hoped for and if you have no idea how to make it happen, join Cheryl Tan as she discusses what it takes to get great publicity for your book(s). She will outline the steps you need to take to make people sit up and take notice of you, your brand, and your book(s).

Bio: Cheryl Tan is the owner of Tan Media LLC, a marketing and publicity consulting company based in Virginia Beach. She guides businesses through the process of branding and messaging, and she helps them reach their target market through media attention. Cheryl is very familiar with how the media operate in Hampton Roads. She was an anchor/reporter with WAVY-TV 10/Fox 43 for ten years before leaving to start her own business. You can find more information about Cheryl at her website, CherylTanMedia.com. While there, you can sign up for her free mini-course, “Two Weeks to Media Mastery.”

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED May 23, 2015 -- BUILDING BONES: HOW TO USE A STORYBOARD -- presented by author and professor, Ginger Marcinkowski THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

June 27, 2015 -- How to Write and Stay in Limited Third Point of View -- presented by ODU English Professor, Princess Perry

Third person limited point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer's toolbox for shoe-horning your readers into your character's head and letting the story unfold only through that character’s point of view. This workshop explains how limited third POV (sometimes called CLOSE POV) combines the advantages of first person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of a more omniscient third person POV and will explore when and why limited third POV is effective as it relates to the fictional dream.

Bio: Princess Perry is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department of Old Dominion University. Her most recent work appears in All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) Her short stories have also appeared in African American Review, Harrington's Gay Men's Literary Journal, and Kweli Online Journal. In 2010, she earned a Pushcart Prize Nomination for her short story "A Hard Bed". Princess Perry earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University.

August 1, 2015 -- Pens and Penne: Crafting a Cookbook -- presented by Executive Editor Virginia Wine Lover Magazine, PATRICK EVANS-HYLTON

A cookbook is one part inspiration, one part perspiration, one part recipes, and a dash of this, and a dash of that. Join award-winning food writer Patrick Evans-Hylton, author of three (soon to be four) cookbooks for this workshop to help you start down your delicious journey in crafting your own.

Bio: PATRICK EVANS-HYLTON is an award-winning food journalist based in Hampton Roads, VA. Trained as a chef at Johnson & Wales University, Evans-Hylton has covered food and foodways through print, radio, and television since 1995. He is author of two food history books and three cookbooks, including Dishing Up Virginia, which celebrates the food and foodways of the Old Dominion. He teaches a number of food writing classes, and runs a cooking and wine school at an area gourmet grocer. Patrick also serves on many boards and is active volunteering with such groups as the Virginia Aquarium's Sensible Seafood Program, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, and Culinary Institute of Virginia. He has lectured on Virginia food and foodways at a number of venues, including The Library of Virginia, The College of Williams & Mary, Christopher Newport University, and for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Les Dames d'Esoffier International. In 2014, Patrick was named editor (expert) at About.com's Fish and Seafood Cooking site. Also in 2014, he was appointed a James Beard Foundation media awards judge. Find more of his adventures in food at www.PatrickEvansHylton.com.

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

This purpose of this workshop is to train writers to see their manuscripts the way editors might see them. Workshop attendees will learn techniques that, if adopted, will brand their manuscripts as the work of a professional writer instead of an amateur. Through discussions about dialogue mechanics, point of view, interior monologue; the difference between narrative summary and immediate scenes and ways to strike the most effective balance between them; showing versus telling, authorial and narrative intrusion, the fictional dream, and effective ways to achieve immediacy, attendees will learn the craft of self-editing.

Bio: Lauran Strait has edited close to 175 full-length manuscripts (fiction and nonfiction) in the last 18 years. She taught various writing classes and ran three popular and long-standing writer workshops at the Adult Learning Center in Virginia beach for seven years, until she stopped teaching in order to found HRW. As HRW's administrative executive, president of the board of directors, and 2009 - 2015 conference director, Lauran now only edits, as time permits, for a select few authors.

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