Hampton Roads Writers 2019 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

HRWriters@cox.net


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

Every workshop occurs at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.

  • February 23, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Ins and Outs of Good Erotica, presented by Cait Woods @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    Erotica: It's a sticky subject. Or, it can be, if you've never touched it before! Take it from a one-time professional ghostwriter of romance and erotica: Your sex scenes don't have to suck! In this Traveling Pen Series workshop, we'll cover the ins and outs of writing good erotica, and how to get over your hang-ups about writing steamy scenes. By the end of this session, you'll be ready to put EL James to shame with your new-found erotica voice. Come prepared for a (moderately) intelligent, playful, and above all, respectful discussion.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Cait is a novelist and slam poet who specializes in dark romance. She has ghost-written several dozen novels and short stories for various publishers, as well as self-publishing her own manuscripts. Cait also graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. When not writing or promoting health, Cait makes delicious vegan food at her apartment in Ghent, or drives out to the oceanfront while listening to Bowie at unreasonable volumes.

    Feb. 23, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • March 23, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Successful Play Writing, presented by Michael Stephen Myers @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    During this 2.5 hour workshop, attendees will learn about many of the things that go in to the creation of a successful play. There will be discussions about copywriting, formatting, the proper use of silence and music, character development, visual effects, actors, and the advantages that come when the writer also works as the director.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    A former actor, award-winning playwright, and screenwriter, Michael Stephen Myers, was a decorated Army Officer who served as a Rifle Platoon Leader during the Vietnam War. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he found writing to be the catharsis needed to find healing. During the early 1980s, Myers was part of the creative development of HBO's Vietnam War Story series. He was a columnist, television program developer and writer. His plays have won numerous awards and have been produced in Virginia, Maryland, Texas, California, Idaho and South Africa. He currently has two screenplays being considered by Magnolia Pictures.

    Mar. 23, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • April 13, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- All About Author Platforms and Social Media, presented by Sylvia Liu @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.



  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    Building a platform and becoming familiar with social media is an important part of an author’s or illustrator’s career. In this workshop, we’ll explore: (1) what is an author platform and do you need one anyway? (2) online components of a platform: website, newsletter, blogs, and social media presence; (3) main social media sites useful to authors, with a special focus on Facebook and Twitter, and (4) ten signs of a successful platform. We’ll also talk about what the KEY thing to know about social media and how should authors decide where to focus one's energy.


    PRESENTER BIO:
    Sylvia Liu is an environmental attorney turned children’s author and illustrator. Her debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books 2016) was the 2013 New Voices Award Winner. She teaches picture book writing at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA and is writing middle grade science fiction.

    Sylvia has been blogging, tweeting, and Facebooking for many years and is the co-founder of Kidlit411 (www.kidlit411.com), an online resource for children’s writers and illustrators. Almost five years old, the site has become a well-respected voice in the kid lit industry and was named by Writer’s Digest as one of its 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2015, 2016, and 2017. It receives 30,000 page views a month and Sylvia administers an active Facebook group of over 7,000 writers and illustrators.

    April 13, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • May 18, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How to edit your own work, presented by Dan Duke @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    It's difficult to switch gears from writer to editor, especially when you must edit your own work. This class will help you assess and improve your work by using methodical, proven methods. We will cover how to look at the big picture and how to edit line by line. And bring a pencil, because we'll do some editing exercises, too. If participants are interested, we can take a look at how to write headlines and photo captions, which can be especially useful when writing for the internet.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Dan Duke has been a journalist at daily newspapers since 1981. He has worked at The Virginian-Pilot for 24 years. He directs coverage of arts and entertainment, and is editor of the food section. He also has worked at The Pilot as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, and has done free-lance work as a book editor. He teaches classes on editing at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk and leads the Muse's monthly music jam sessions.

    May 18, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • June 22, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Mental Health Themes in Books, Movies and TV Shows, presented by Marilyn Barton @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    This workshop is designed for lay writers who want to learn how mental illness is portrayed in books, movies, and TV shows. It will begin with facts and myths associated with mental health conditions as defined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Participants will then explore mental health themes of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorders, psychosis, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and suicide as seen in the media.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Marilyn Barton grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and has lived in Hampton Roads since 1984. In 1980, after graduating with a BSN in nursing from Georgetown University, Marilyn worked as an RN in a variety of hospital settings: critical care, ER, research, staff education, health outreach, quality, and accreditation.

    Marilyn's interest in writing began while serving on the editorial board of Riverside Health System's nursing magazine. After publishing this magazine annually from 1986-2002, the editorial team incorporated highlights and new stories to create a coffee table book, The Color of Their Eyes, published in 2007.

    Marilyn became a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor after observing mental health issues being ignored or under-treated in mainstream medical care. She taught MHFA classes from 2012 to 2017, helping those in healthcare understand the basics of anxiety, depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and suicide prevention.

    Following retirement from a thirty-five year career, Marilyn had the time and freedom to write personal stories about healthcare from a nurse's perspective. Several of her short stories were published in pulse – more voices from the heart of medicine and KevinMD.com. For her family legacy, she also created a website about her father's naval service during WW II, Honoring My Father and the USS Kendall C. Campbell.

    Marilyn is a member of Hampton Roads Writer and The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA. She attends meetings with two local groups, Tidewater Writers and Virginia Beach Writers, for readings, critiques, camaraderie, and encouragement.

    June 22, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • July 20, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Personal Essay, presented by Kerry McNamara @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    The personal essay has been celebrated for hundreds of years and is an integral part of the popular nonfiction genre that currently dominates the New York Times best sellers list. This unique genre embraces a more subjective and casual tone, and gives writers an opportunity to eloquently explore their own lives, offer insight into the human experience and richly connect with readers. During this workshop writers will examine popular essays and use them as guides for their own writing. They will learn practical techniques to enhance their writing skills and walk away with a cohesive writing design for their own personal essay. Bring a pen, paper and be ready to write!

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Kerry McNamara is a Canadian citizen who lives in Chesapeake, VA with her family. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Old Dominion University and teaches College Composition through the Dual Enrollment program at Grassfield High School and Tidewater Community College. Kerry spends lots of time writing and has taught creative writing workshops at the MUSE writing center in Norfolk. She is currently writing a biography on her father who was a Catholic missionary in Guyana in the 1950s. Her work has been published in The Sun, Blue River Journal, Equus Magazine, and The Font, and has two podcasts recorded on WHRO.


    July 20, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • August 17, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Making Marketing Fun: Techniques to help you move your marketing forward throughout the writing process, presented by Wendy H. Jones @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    Marketing begins before you ever write "The End." This course will guide participants in developing marketing techniques to promote their book and get it noticed even before it is published.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Wendy H. Jones is the award winning Scottish author of the best-selling DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. The first book in her young adult series, The Fergus and Flora Mysteries, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine book of the year. She also writes the Cass Claymore Investigates series and has had a children’s picture book published. Wendy is proud to be the President of the Scottish Association of Writers, the presenter of Wendy’s Book Buzz radio show and an International Public Speaker.

    Aug. 17, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • October 19, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Start Strong - Crafting a Compelling Opening to your Story, presented by Valerie Wilkinson @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    This workshop will include an analysis of successful literary starts as well as tips and tricks to improve the writer's opening lines and pages. Attendees should bring their own draft story starts as there will be time designated to work on them and apply what we discuss in class.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Valerie Wilkinson earned her MFA in fiction from ODU in May 2013. She has published short fiction in Water~Stone Review and Yemassee Journal, where she placed in a national short fiction contest. She has taught multiple craft seminars and fiction classes, co-authored Whispers from Our Soul, a book of creative nonfiction, served as a quarterly essay contributor to Moondance.org, and is currently working on a novel. Valerie is a founding member of HRW and serves on the HRW board.

    Oct. 19, 2019 TPS Workshop



  • November 16, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Literary Time Travel: How Timeless Literature Improves Our Craft Today, presented by Karen McSpadden @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    We've all heard that reading widely is important to our formation as writers but the great books offer more than just inspiration. From Beowulf to Kafka, literature across the ages offers us storytelling techniques and insights that can benefit us as modern writers. In this "literary time travel" class we will talk about what gives classic works of literature their enduring appeal and look at how we can learn from the greats to become better writers in our own time.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Karen McSpadden's fiction and poetry has been published in various small press magazines and anthologies. She writes, blogs, knits, and naps in Virginia Beach, along with her husband, her three daughters and her indifferent black cat.

    Nov. 16, 2019 TPS Workshop



    PREVIOUS 2019 TPS WORKSHOPS

  • Jan 19, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Paint Me a Poem (or some Prose), presented by Nathan Richardson @ the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.


  • WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
    Poet, author, and teaching artist, Nathan M. Richardson, will facilitate a workshop exploring EKPHRASIS: writing inspired by art. This workshop is designed for both children and adults to create Ekphrastic poems and prose inspired bu classical and contemporary works of art, photography, and sculpture. Through discussion and practical exervise, students will learn how to approach writing about art from all three points of view: 1st Person - about the scene; 2nd Person - in the voice of the viewer; and 3rd Person - in the voices of the artist, characters pictured or suggested in the work of art or personification of objects in the work of art.

    PRESENTER BIO:
    Nathan M. Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author. His published collections are Likeness of Being and Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts. He has also contributed to the following anthologies: The Poets Domain; The Cupola; The Channel Marker; and Skipping Stones. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and is the Head Coach of the Hampton Roads Youth Poets, a division of the youth empowerment organization - Teens with a Purpose. Nathan has been a featured author at the following writers conferences/fesvitals; The James River Writers Festival, The Christopher Newport University Writers Conference, The PDCCC Literary Festival, the NSU William Carroll Literary Festival & the Hampton Roads Writers Writers Conference. He is the organizer and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic Series. These quarterly open mics are syndicated in the cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Prince George, Virginia.

    Nationally, Nathan's poetry has been commissioned to accent major art exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Art, the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. For the past 5 years he has been the Resident Creative Writing Instructor for the Artistic Verses Creative Writing Program sponsored by Newport News Public High Schools and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC). His past reseidences include creative writing instructor for the Camp Rise Summer Arts Program which was awarded the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from The White House.

    Since 2010, Nathan has served as the head coach for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets Slam Team. HRYP is a division of the youth empowerment organization - Teens with a Purpose. Each year poets ages 13-19 years old are selected to represent Virginia at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. Atlanta, Philidelphia, Chicago & San Fransico are a few of cities the HRYP Team has travel to compete. For his work associated with HRYP, Nathan received the 2012 Mover Maker Award from TWP and was named the 2014 Slam Organizer of the Year by the National Poetry Awards.

    Demonstrating his ability to switch hats from poetry and storytelling to history and theater, Nathan is preparing for his fourth year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour, in which he delivers a remarkable portrayal of the former slave, writer, orator, and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. A short list of Nathan's other affiliations include the Suffolk Arts League, the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, the Association of Lincoln Presenters, and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH).

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