Hampton Roads Writers 2017 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


CASH OR CHECK 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 11, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Writing Historical Fiction, presented by Jeff Andrews

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: History books point to bygone eras; well-written historical novels take us there. What are the keys to writing good historical fiction? How do authors make the past come alive? What should take precedence, historical accuracy or a compelling story? This workshop will explore ways to captivate readers with authentic characters and absorbing plots while staying true to the essence of historical detail.

    PRESENTER BIO: Jeff Andrews grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, a stone's throw from Philadelphia and a short drive to the Jersey shore. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College and later earned a masters degree from George Washington University. Jeff served twenty years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including tours in Vietnam and with the multinational peacekeeping forces in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Jeff is the author of two historical novels, The Freedom Star, and The Gandy Dancer. His short stories have appeared in Combat Magazine, The Goblin Reader, The Binnacle, and Whistling Shade. He is a member of The Hampton Roads Writers, where he was a founding member and served on the board of directors.

    Jeff and his wife, Mary Lou, live in Virginia Beach, VA.

  • March 11, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Point of View and Character Voice, presented by Erin Beaty

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Point of View can be likened to the camera that records your story. Voice is how the lens is focused. Choosing the right “camera” and “lens” are essential to making a clear picture. So how do you do that? This workshop will identify all the choices writers have for POV, as well as the advantages and limitations of each, and show how to unite POV with a Voice narration that grabs ahold of the reader and doesn’t let go.

    PRESENTER BIO: Erin Beaty is a Navy veteran who studied engineering in college and only recently realized she was a writer (long after everyone around her did). She is the author of The Traitor’s Circle trilogy, a young adult fantasy series to be published by Macmillan starting with The Traitor’s Kiss in May 2017. You can find her at www.erinbeaty.com and www.fiercereads.com.

  • April 15, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Outlines, Treatments, & Synopses (Oh, My!), presented by Dr. J. Dennis Bounds

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Some writers love to plan their stories, while others just like to see what happens every time they put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper. Whether you are a Pantser, a Planner, or somewhere in between, at some point - before, during, or after you've finished - you must have a way of presenting your story in a shortened form.

    In this workshop, Dr. J. Dennis Bounds will teach you several different ways to plan a story before beginning or plan a rewrite with a basic OUTLINE. Some are breezy and short while others are thematic and detailed. These outlines will help you plan your story from opening, through the highs and lows, and finally to the closing.

    Another planning method is the TREATMENT - long a staple of the screenwriter. In this workshop, Bounds will explore the way a treatment is used to tell your story through broad strokes, peppered with interesting details, that can even serve as a pre-first draft.

    The final part of the workshop covers the development of the single- and multi-page SYNOPSES. Agents and publishers clamor for them, producers and actors depend on them. The synopsis boils down the story to the salient, salable points - beginning, middle, and end - and is notoriously hard to write. This workshop will give you several patterns and techniques to follow and adapt to fit your storytelling style and genre.

    PRESENTER BIO: Dr. J. Dennis Bounds has taught in the areas of cinema and TV history, aesthetics, and writing at the Universities both nationally and internationally. At Regent University, Bounds developed and was the first director of the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting. Bounds is currently an adjunct professor in film at Virginia Wesleyan University when he is not working with his wife as a media specialist and freelance writer.

    Bounds’ book Perry Mason: The Authorship and Reproduction of a Popular Hero (Greenwood Press, 1996) serves as a key text on the character “Perry Mason” in literature, broadcasting, and film. His recent publications include an essay in the anthology The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice Chianti (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and a book he co-wrote titled Divine Film Comedies: Biblical Narratives, Film Sub-Genres, and the Comic Spirit (Routledge, 2016). He is currently writing a novel titled The 21st Door – a horror story about home-remodeling.

    Bounds lives in Chesapeake, VA, with his wife, Margaret, and attack-poodle, Marley.

  • May 20, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Online Marketing 101, presented by Tracy Wainwright

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This session is for writers on the verge of getting published (either traditionally or self), those who’re recently published, or those who just want to increase their sales. Book promotion that utilizes social media and free resources will be highlighted. The various strategies will include:
    • Facebook Writers/Readers Group Advertising
    • Using your own Facebook Author Page
    • Twitter – how to build your following and use it to sell books
    • Instagram – how to build your following and use it to sell books
    • Pinterest – pinning for book sales
    • Building an Email List
    • Free Book Promotion Websites
    • Paid Book Promotion Websites
    • Reader Blogs – being highlighted, guest blogging
    • Blog Tours
    • Blogtalkradio
    • Podcasts
    • Ebooks vs Print Books
    • Using Free book promotions
    • In-person events

    PRESENTER BIO: Tracy Wainwright has been writing for more than 10 years. She has self-published nine of her own books, co-written and published two books, and published two additional books by other authors. She also has a mystery, contracted by Prism Book Group, due out in 2017. She has facilitated writer seminars, has spoken at women's groups, women's conferences, and writer's conference, and gave a visiting author presentation at an elementary school.

  • June 17, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Writing in a Visual and Cinematic Voice, presented by Richard Eley

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Past-tense has been the mainstay of writing for hundreds of years, and modern writers are also counseled to "show, don't tell." But it's also important to write in the now: in an active, present voice-creating a visual image of your story, one which unfolds in the reader's mind like a movie. Naturally, and without any effort on their part, they should see your story happen--not just read about it.

    This interactive workshop explores writing to invoke strong, cinematic experiences in readers, using a simple, multi-step process driving the revelation of story, action and scene into immersive, visual prose.

    Attendees should bring a selection or two of their own writing that they wish to experiment with (2-3 pages/500-750 words, must be printed out.) Also needed are: notebook/pad, pen/pencil, and 3 or 4 different colors of highlighter pens. During the workshop, public reading of your work is invited but not required.

    PRESENTER BIO: Rick Eley is an IT professional and author. He was using MS Word before the first Windows operating system existed. He writes mainly sci-fi, has been known to dabble in literary fiction and non-fiction from time to time, and is hard at work on a new novel. To avoid writing, he organizes the Tidewater Writers critique group and is a member of both Virginia Beach Writers and HRW. One of his short stories garnered an honorable mention in Issues in Science and Technology's first sci-fi contest.

  • July 15, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: The Reality and Reward of Creative Work, presented by Karen McSpadden

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Toil or flow--Which one more accurately describes your experience of creative work?

    Much of the writing life isn't “spontaneous joy” during which we're born along on waves of creative ecstasy. As beautiful and exciting as those “flow” moments can be, most of our creative work exists in the ordinary world of toil. So...is the solution to “hack” our way out of it? Or is there something we need to understand about work--and creative work in particular--in order to work well as writers?

    In this interactive workshop, we'll take a look at the challenges and rewards of the work of writing. We will explore both the “flow” and “toil” of the writing life and examine how we can connect our creative work to other areas of our lives in order to be better writers. Participants will work through in-class handouts and participate in small group discussions. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have a personalized action plan to realize his or her goal for their creative work.

    PRESENTER BIO: Karen McSpadden's fiction and poetry has been published in various small press magazines and anthologies. Her work has earned her First Place in the annual writing contest at the HRW writing conference. She writes, blogs, knits, and naps in Virginia Beach, along with her husband, her three daughters and her indifferent black cat.

  • August 19, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Setting the Scene, presented by Princess Perry

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The workshop will focus on the difficulties and importance of creating setting in fiction. Using Burroway's Imaginative Writing as a resource, we will explore the use of setting as Mood and Symbol, World, and Action.

    PRESENTER BIO: Princess Perry is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Old Dominion University. She is also a graduate of ODU's MFA program. She has been a resident at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in the prestigious journal African American Review and most recently in the anthology All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014

  • October 21, 2017--

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: Discovery! That is at the Heart of Writing Ekphrastic Poetry, presented by Mary Jean Kledzik

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: “If there’s no surprise for the writer, there’s no surprise for the reader.” Ekphrasis, poetry inspired by art, allows the unconscious to do its work. We can discover areas of our deepest self: empathy, fun, pain, worries, mixed feelings. Additionally, we open up our self-reflective nature. How is this done? I will give you examples from my poems and other poets’ work to get you started or restarted in new ways with your writing. I’ll have plenty of art for you to choose from. This will be an easy and enjoyable workshop for beginners to professionals. Come and discover!

    PRESENTER BIO: Mary Jean Kledzik was a failed ballerina, nursing school drop-out, security guard, and car salesman to support herself and children while getting a B.A. from Christopher Newport College one course at a time, graduating at 36 years old. She believes in poetry and persistence. She has published in The Paris Review, Agni, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Western Humanities Review, Margie, Confrontation and elsewhere. She received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, winning the graduate poetry award in both 2007 and 2008. Her book, As if Wine Could Pour from Her Nipple was published by San Francisco Bay Press and recently won the Poetry Society of Virginia’s award for the best book published in 2016. She has given many workshops on ekphrasis, starting the local craze in 1999. This year she was the featured presenter at Old Dominion University’s Poetry Festival. She lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband.

  • November 18, 2017

  • WORKSHOP TITLE: How to Stage a Crime Scene, Literarily Speaking, presented by Lt. Mike Lovely

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: "There is nothing like first-hand evidence." (Sherlock Holmes) A well-managed crime under the supervision of an experienced eye provides the best opportunity for any crime to be solved. This seminar will walk its participants through the scene and look at evidence through the eyes of the investigator. Topics covered include: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.

    PRESENTER BIO: Lt. Michael Lovely is an active member of the public safety community in Virginia. He has several years' experience investigating violent crimes, to include over 500 robbery investigations and 42 bank robberies. He is a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Gang Specialist and General Instructor, and has been certified as an expert in suspect identification. His specialized training includes all aspects of criminal investigation including crime scene forensics, blood spatter and analysis, and interviews and interrogation. He is also a licensed polygraph examiner, and is a law enforcement representative on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Polygraph Advisory Board. Lt. Lovely was previously assigned to his department’s intelligence unit where he participated in several federal task forces. Lt. Lovely continues to instruct new and senior police officers, locally and nationally, in a wide range of police related topics. During his career, he has received numerous commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Officer of the Year, and the department’s highest award, the Medal of Honor. Lt. Lovely has handled many high profile cases, and has been featured on the Live with Regis and Kelly show and the Virginian-Pilot.

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