Hampton Roads Writers 2021 TRAVELING PEN Series of Workshops

Each 2.5-hour workshop costs $15 for HRW members and $25 for non-members and will be held VIA ZOOM until it is safe to meet in the classroom again. A payment link has been provided under every workshop. Should you prefer to pay via check, please send it along with 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


Once payment has been received you will be emailed the Zoom invitation and instructions on how to access the class.

Once the social distancing restrictions have been relaxed, the TPS workshop will occur 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 20, 2021--Upping the Ante, presented by Alma Katsu

Workshop Description:
This extended version of Upping the Ante will make you a master at building conflict into your stories. For the past ten years, award-winning novelist Alma Katsu has taught this workshop at writers’ conferences and it has consistently met with praise from participants for providing practical guidance you can apply to your own writing.

All novels need conflict: it’s at the heart of the story itself and it’s why the reader keeps turning the pages. Conflict is what keeps the reader asking, “what happens next?”

Infusing your story with tension doesn’t mean you need to resort to melodramatic tricks and clichés. This two and a half-hour presentation will define what conflict is (and isn’t), as well as describe four different kinds of conflict and show how to layer them to create depth in your novel. Most importantly, it will teach you how to analyze your own writing and provides concrete techniques you can use to create more suspense and tension in your work. These techniques can be applied to all kinds of writing, not just mysteries and thrillers.

As part of the workshop, attendees are encouraged to submit up to three pages of their own work. A number will be selected for review (no more than 5 selections) with the class, to show which elements contribute to build conflict and suggest potential ways to develop more. Work must be emailed to HRW no later than February 13 in order to be considered for review.

Presenter Bio:
Alma Katsu’s books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, been featured in the NY Times and Washington Post, been nominated and won multiple prestigious awards, and appeared on numerous Best Books lists including NPR, the Observer, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Goodreads, and Amazon.

' RED WIDOW is her first spy novel, the logical marriage of her love of storytelling with her 30+ year career in intelligence. As an intelligence officer, Ms. Katsu worked at several federal agencies as a senior analyst where she advised policymakers and military commanders on issues of national security. The last third of her government career was spent in emerging technologies and technology forecasting. She was also a senior technology policy analyst for the RAND Corporation and continues as an independent consultant and technology futurist, advising clients in government and private industry.

Ms. Katsu also writes novels that combine historical fiction with supernatural and horror elements. THE HUNGER (2018), a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party, was named one of NPR’s 100 favorite horror stories, was on numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and continues to be honored as a new classic in horror. Her first book, THE TAKER (2011), was named one of the top ten debut novels of 2011 by Booklist.

Ms. Katsu has relocated from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of West Virginia, where she lives with her musician husband Bruce and their two dogs, Nick and Ash.

February 20, 2021 TPS Workshop
March 20, 2021 -- Starting out Strong, presented by Novelist Erin Beaty.

Workshop Description:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an author in possession of a good story idea, must be in want of a killer opening.

In this class we will discuss where, when, and how to start your novel or short story with a balance of grounding the reader, setting up their expectations, and compelling them to continue all in a few paragraphs. Topics will also include first lines, prologues, opener dos and don’ts, and how various genres and categories begin in modern literature. You have less than 1000 words to hook your reader—make sure you’re painting the right picture to do so.

Presenter Bio:
Erin Beaty studied aerospace engineering at the US Naval Academy (really) and served in the fleet as a weapons officer and leadership instructor. After leaving active duty to raise her five children, she somehow also ended up writing Young Adult Fantasy novels with nerdy elements. She is the author of The Traitor’s Circle Trilogy, which has been translated into six languages, and the forthcoming Blood & Moonlight duology. While her husband was stationed in Hampton Roads, she taught classes at The Muse Writers Center and several workshops for HRW. She currently lives in Busan, South Korea but can teach again through the miracle of Zoom. You can find her at www.erinbeaty.com and on Instagram as @ErinBeatyWrites.

March 20, 2021 TPS Workshop
April 17, 2021 -- From Logline to Draft: Writing Children’s Picture Books, presented by Dr. Jen Malia.

Workshop Description:
Do you have an idea for a children’s picture book but don’t know where to start? Or do you feel stuck on your current picture book project? This is a hands-on workshop that will take you from writing a logline to using notecards for the beats of your story to drafting a scene for your picture book. You’ll leave this workshop with a solid plan to complete your story.

Presenter Bio:
Jen Malia is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Coordinator for Norfolk State University. Her #ownvoices picture book, Too Sticky! Sensory Issues with Autism, was published by Albert Whitman in 2020. She has appeared on NPR’s With Good Reason and written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Woman’s Day, Glamour, SELF, Catapult, and others. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @jenmaliabooks or on her website www.JenMalia.com

April 17, 2021 TPS Workshop
May 15, 2021 -- Self-Publishing: It’s Not All DIY, presented by Novelist Michelle Garren Flye.

Workshop Description:
How much of self-publishing can you actually do by yourself? This workshop will take you through the steps from writing to obtaining reviews for your book. Should you hire an editor? A cover designer? Buy an ISBN? What is copyrighting and should you file for it? How do you get your books into a bookstore? It’s all here in this all-inclusive workshop.

Presenter Bio:
Michelle Garren Flye is the owner of The Next Chapter Books & Art in New Bern, N.C., editor of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine, a multi-published author of romance, children’s books, and poetry. Her most recent project, HourGlass, is an adult comic book based on her poetry. A second comic book in the series, SeaGlass, is planned for release in 2021. For more information, visit her website: http://michellegflye.com.

May 15, 2021 TPS Workshop
June 19, 2021 -- Jumpstarting and Revising the Poem, presented by VA Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria.

Workshop Description:
In our writing practice, there are times when it feels as though the challenges or obstacles we encounter are insurmountable. Sometimes, we need to apply patience and care; other times, perhaps a bit more ruthlessness might be necessary for clearing away the underbrush so the poem can emerge.

This poetry workshop (for poets ideally with some workshop experience) will invite participants to focus on finding (re)generative contexts for poems, as well as to try some strategies for radical revision. Poets should bring 1 poem to share with others in class that they're willing to tinker with some more.

Presenter Bio:
Luisa A. Igloria is one of 2 Co-Winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, fall 2020). In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world's first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. Her poems are widely published or appearing in national and international anthologies, and print and online literary journals including Orion, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, Missouri Review, Rattle, Poetry East, Your Impossible Voice, Poetry, Shanghai Literary Review, Cha, Hotel Amerika, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. With 40 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing, Luisa also leads workshops at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk (and serves on the Muse Board). She is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor and University Professor of English and Creative Writing— teaching in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. For over ten years to date, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day.


June 19, 2021 TPS Workshop

July 17, 2021 -- FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION: Description, Metaphor, and the Narrative Lens, presented by Novelist Diane Zinna.

Workshop Description:
Join novelist Diane Zinna for an exploration of how vivid descriptions can bring our readers closer to our work, advance story, and make the hearts of our characters known by what they see.

Presenter Bio:
Diane Zinna is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and has taught creative writing for over ten years. She was formerly the executive co-director at AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which hosts the largest literary conference in North America each year. In 2014, Diane created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons.

The All-Night Sun, her first novel, was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. She is the recipient of the 2020 ArtsFairfax Artist Grant, and her work has appeared in Electric Literature, LiteraryHub, Brevity, and Monkeybicycle. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.

July 17, 2021 TPS Workshop
August 21, 2021 -- Writing a Spooky Story: Incorporating Horror Elements into Your Writing, presented by Novelist Leigh Anne Lagoe, who writes as Red Lagoe.

Workshop Description:
Halloweeen is just around the corner, so get ready for those spooky story submissions. The horror genre isn't for everyone, but elements of horror do appear in plenty of stories. Learn how to incorporate these elements into your work wisely, and how to make your spooky Halloween story stand out from the rest.

Presenter Bio:
Red Lagoe is the author of Lucid Screams. She is a staff writer for Crystal Lake Publishing's Still Water Bay dark fiction series and has been published in Crystal Lake's Shallow Waters anthologies, volumes I, II, III, & IV. Her short stories have been published in Dark Moon Digest, Sinister Smile Press' If I Die Before I Wake, Volumes I, II, III, & IV, Slashertorte, Shiver, We Are Wolves, Twisted Anatomy, and more. Red is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers. When she's not spewing her horror-ridden mind onto the page, she can be found substituting in elementary schools or dabbling in amateur astronomy.

August 21, 2021 TPS Workshop
October 16, 2021 -- Writing Fantasy, presented by award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope

Workshop Description:
The fantasy genre imagines other worlds as settings for the story, worlds where myths and legends are real, magic rules, and wondrous creatures leap off the page. With the monumental success on the page and screen of properties like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, interest in the genre is at an all-time high. But where do you begin when the only limits imposed are those of your imagination? How do you approach building an entirely new world and not let all the possibilities and minutiae overwhelm you and prevent you from telling a compelling tale? Attendees will learn tips of the trade from award-winning fantasy author L. Penelope.

Presenter Bio:
L. Penelope is the award-winning author of the Earthsinger Chronicles. The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She hosts the 'My Imaginary Friends' podcast and lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents.

October 16, 2021 TPS Workshop

November 20, 2021 -- Scene Building in novels: Scene by Scene, presented by Laura Ellen Scott.

Workshop Description:
Chances are that the last “unputdownable” novel you read was composed of dynamic, vivid scenes that gripped you from page one and never let go. In this workshop we’ll discuss the power of scenes, analyze their components, and explore traditional and non-traditional ways to keep your reader glued to the page. We’ll also practice techniques for building strong scenes and developing a habit of telling by showing.

Presenter Bio:
Laura Ellen Scott is the author of four novels including Death Wishing (2011), The Juliet (2016), and The New Royal Mysteries Series which includes The Mean Bone in Her Body (2016) and Crybaby Lane (2017). The third book in the series, Blue Billy, is forthcoming. An Ohio native, Scott now lives in Northern Virginia and teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

Previous TPW Workshops this year

January 23, 2021--Let's Write a Story--From a Blank Page to the Last Page, presented by Holly Day

Workshop Description:
Have you ever sat down to write a story and realized you have no idea how or where to start? In this class, we'll go over some of the ways writers get their creative engines revved up and moving, from exercises in basic character formation and development to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in. By the time this class is over, you'll know how to make yourself start writing, and how to keep writing until your piece is done.

Presenter Bio:
Holly Day has been a writing instructor at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the past 20 years, with over 7,000 published articles, poems, and short stories and 40 books and chapbooks. Her writing has recently appeared in Harvard Review, Asimov’s SF, and Potomac Review, and her recent book publications include Music Composition for Dummies and Music Theory for Dummies. Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, an Isaac Asimov Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, multiple Pushcart awards, and a Rhysling Award, and she has received two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, the Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry, and a Dwarf Star Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

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