Past Events

June 4, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini Social Hour via Zoom. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

May 15, 2021 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Self-Publishing: It’s Not All DIY–TPS Workshop

May 7, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini Social Hour via Zoom. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

April 17, 2021 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled From Logline to Draft: Writing Children's Picture Books

April 2, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini Social Hour via Zoom. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

March 25, 2021 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique via Zoom. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal served as critiquers

March 20, 2021 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Starting out Strong, presented by Novelist Erin Beaty.

March 19, 2021 -- Poet's Quarantini Social hour -- via ZOOM. 7 - 8 PM.

March 5, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini social hour -- Via ZOOM. 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

February 20, 2021 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Upping the Ante, presented by Alma Katsu.

February 19, 2021 -- Poet's Quarantini Social hour -- via ZOOM. 7 - 8 PM.

February 5, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini social hour -- Via ZOOM. 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

January 23, 2021 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Let's Write a Story--From a Blank Page to the Last Page, presented by Holly Day.

January 15, 2021 -- Writer's Quarantini social hour -- Via ZOOM. 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

November 21, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Simplifying Character Journeys Using the Story Circle Method, presented by Rick Eley and Tony Groeschen.

October 17, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Which Form of Publishing is Right for You?, presented by author and publisher Dawn Brotherton.

September 19, 2020 -- A Convergence of Writers. A one-day virtual event that features FIVE breakout sessions, each consisting of two one-hour writer workshops/classes. Each class was recorded and will be available for attendees to access for 2 months following the Convergence.

August 15, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Sell Your Book to Me and Everyone Else: Writing Engaging Cover Descriptions, presented by author Christine Tate.

July 18, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Writing Dialogue: Creating effective dialogue in order to bring your stories to life, presented by Kerry McNamara.

June 20, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Building the Business Behind the Book, presented by Jim Howard

May 16, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled The Joy of Story Plotting, presented by Rick Eley.

April 18, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Publishing an Audiobook, presented by author Malcom Massey. The workshop was held via ZOOM.

February 8, 2020 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Sally Parrott served as the Professional Critiquers.

January 18, 2020 -- Traveling Pen Series of Writer's Workshops entitled Writing Inspirational Devotions, presented by Beth Patch, writer/publisher/manager/Producer at CBN.

November 16, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Literary Time Travel: How Timeless Literature Improves Our Craft Today, presented by Karen McSpadden.

November 4, 2019 -- Writers Social at Keagan's @ town center

October 19, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Start Strong - Crafting a Compelling Opening to your Story, presented by Valerie Wilkinson.

October 1, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Sally Parrott and Shawn Girvan were the professional critiquers.

September 19-21, 2019 -- HRW's 11th Annual Writers Conference

September 7, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Valerie Wilkinson and Princess Perry were the Professional Critiquers.

August 24, 2019 -- Writers Social at Keagan's @ town center

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.

August 6, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Ynot Italian at The Shoppes at Greenbrier 1036 Volvo Pkwy #7, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Rick Eley and Dr. Dennis Bounds were the professional critiquers.

July 20, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Personal Essay, presented by Kerry McNamara.

July 18, 2019--The Word: open mic (a collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, Tidewater Writers, and Zeiders American Dream Theater) @ the Zeider's American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

June 22, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Mental Health Themes in Books, Movies and TV Shows, presented by Marilyn Barton.

June 4, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Valerie Wilkinson and Shawn Girvan were the professional critiquers.

May 18, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How to edit your own work, presented by Dan Duke.

May 14, 2019--GIVE LOCAL 757, a 24-hour day of giving where everyone is encouraged to donate a minimum of $10 to any of the fantastic local nonprofits that have registered for this year's event. 

May 11, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal were the Professional Critiquers.

April 13, 2019 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- All About Author Platforms and Social Media, presented by Sylvia Liu.

April 2, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Rick Eley and Dr. John McCarthy were the professional critiquers.

March 23, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Successful Play Writing, presented by Michael Stephen Myers.

March 14, 2019 -- The Word: open mic (a collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, Tidewater Writers, and Zeiders American Dream Theater) @ the Zeider's American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

March 9, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Sally Parrott and Michael Khandelwal were the Professional Critiquers.

February 23, 2019 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Ins and Outs of Good Erotica, presented by Cait Woods.

January 31, 2019 -- The WORD: open mic @ the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach Town center from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

January 26, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM.

January 19, 2019--Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Paint Me a Poem, presented by Nathan Richardson.

November 17, 2018 --Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Essential Principles of Modern Writing, presented by Rick Eley.

October 20, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Basics of YA (Young Adult) Writing, presented by Jessica Grace Kelley and Hannah Capin.

October 18, 2018 -- The WORD: open mic @ the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach Town center from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

October 13, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Shawn Girvan and Rick Eley were the professional critiquers.

August 30, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Sally Parrott and Michael Khandelwal served as professional critiquers.

August 25, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us, presented by Sheila Arnold Jones.

August 23, 2018 -- The WORD: open mic at Town Center Cold Pressed (Towncenter Virginia Beach), 168 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

July 28, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Playing with Blocks, presented by Susie Pedigo.

July 21, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Shawn Girvan and Michael Khandelwal served as professional critiquers.

June 23, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Let’s Get Experimental: Crafting the Memoir, presented by Shawn Girvan.

June 21, 2018 -- The Word: An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers, and Fabulists @ The Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4573 Bank St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This is a collaborative event between The Zeiders American Dream Theater, Hampton Roads Writers, The Muse Writers Center, and Tidewater Writers.

May 30, 2018 -- Character Contemplation (BOOK CLUB MEETING) @ Tupelo Honey Cafe, 4501 Main St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 -- meetings are OPEN TO EVERYONE: readers, writers, HRW members, and non-HRW members. May's book: Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story (True Colors Book 1) by Allie Marie. Paperback may also be found locally at: Little Shoppes on High, 304 High Street Portsmouth. Or Bier Garden on High Street.

May 19, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Writing Romance: First Encounters (Meet Cute) -- Presented by Jenna Jaxon.

April 27, 2018 -- Character Contemplation -- 1st book club/meet the author meeting @ The Spoon Dessert Cafe, Virginia Beach, 7 - 9 PM. Nikolas Larum's book Gypsy Spy.

April 26, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Valerie Wilkinson and Rick Eley were the professional critiquers.

April 21, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How Having a Podcast Can Promote Authors and Writers, presented by Ramona Rice.

April 19, 2018 -- The Word: An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers, and Fabulists @ The Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4573 Bank St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This is a collaborative event between The Zeiders American Dream Theater, Hampton Roads Writers, The Muse Writers Center, and Tidewater Writers.

March 15, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Rick Eley were the professional critiquers.

March 10, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Let's Create Song Lyrics, presented by Doug Theile.

February 24, 2018 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Stand Out Online with Key Marketing Strategies, presented by Amy Dearborn.

February 22, 2018 -- The Word: An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers, and Fabulists @ The Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4573 Bank St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This is a collaborative event between The Zeiders American Dream Theater, Hampton Roads Writers, The Muse Writers Center, and Tidewater Writers.

February 10, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Lauran Strait and Sally Parrott served as the Professional Critiquers.

November 18, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How to Stage a Crime Scene, Literarily Speaking, presented by Lt. Mike Lovely

November 4, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event @ the Slover Library, 235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Lauran Strait and Rick Eley served as the Professional Critiquers.

October 21, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Discovery! That is at the Heart of Writing Ekphrastic Poetry, presented by Mary Jean Kledzik

October 19, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Michael Khandelwal and Valerie Wilkinson served as the Professional Critiquers.

September 14 - 16, 2017 -- HRW's 9th Annual Writers Conference @ Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

August 19, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Setting the Scene, presented by Princess Perry

August 12, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Michael and Rick Eley served as the Professional Critiquers.

July 27, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Michael Khandelwal and Princess Perry served as the Professional Critiquers.

July 15, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- The Reality and Reward of Creative Work, presented by Karen McSpadden

June 17, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Writing in a Visual and Cinematic Voice, presented by Richard Eley

June 3, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Shawn Girvan and Lauran Strait served as the Professional Critiquers.

May 20, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Online Marketing 101, presented by Tracy Wainwright

May 11, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Michael Khandelwal and Gavin Pate served as the Professional Critiquers.

April 29, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Shawn Girvan and Erin Beaty served as the Professional Critiquers.

April 15, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Outlines, Treatments, & Synopses (Oh, My!), presented by Dr. J. Dennis Bounds.

March 23, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Kelly Sokol and Liz Argento served as the Professional Critiquers.

March 11, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Point of View and Character Voice, presented by Erin Beaty.

February 25, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique event the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517., 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait served as the Professional Critiquers.

February 11, 2017 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop - - Writing Historical Fiction, presented by Jeff Andrews.

January 19, 2017 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique DINNER meeting @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques.

November 19, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Narrative Time Warp: Managing the Passing of Time in your Fiction and CNF, presented by Valerie Wilkinson

November 12 and 13, 2016 -- Authorfest 2016 at Barnes and Noble, Virginia Beach

October 22, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Advanced WordPress: Template Procurement and Blog Post Demonstration, presented by Star LaBranche.

October 6, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Leslie Entsminger provided the professional critiques.

September 15 - 17, 2016 HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference at Virginia Beach/Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Roads, Virginia Beach

August 20, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Driving Plot Through Revelation of Character Motivation, presented by Princess Perry.

August 13, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Michael Khandelwal and Jeff Andrews were the professional critiquers.

July 16th, 2016  -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop Using WordPress for Your Author Blog or Website presented by Star LaBranche.

July 7, 2016 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critiques at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Professional critiquers were Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal.

June 4, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Valerie Wilkinson and Michael Khandelwal were the professional critiquers.

May 21, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- Digital Strategies for Writers, presented by Deb Markham .

May 12, 2016 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Michael Khandelwal and Dennis Bounds served as the professional critiquers.

 April 30, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal acted as Pro critiquers.

April 16, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop -- “You Talkin’ To Me?”: Let's talk Dialogue for Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry, presented by Jean Klein.

March 31, 2016 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Lauran Strait and Dennis Bounds served as the professional critiquers.

March 19, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled An Alliance of Authors: How to Build & Maintain a Thriving Writers Group presented by Evelyn Wagoner.

February 20, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled Letter Poems presented by Dr. Anne Meek.

February 11, 2016 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique dinner meeting, from 6 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

January 30, 2016 -- Traveling Pen Writers' Workshop entitled MS Word for Writers presented by Rick Eley. -- SOLD OUT!!

November 14, 2015 -- Authorfest at the Virginia Beach Central Library, during which approximately 30 local authors displayed their books and met with fans; workshops of interest to both writers and readers also took place throughout the day.

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

October 10, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- Dr. Bill Ruehlmann as the Pro Critiquer.

September 17 - 19, 2015 -- 7th Annual Writers' Conference.

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

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

June 6, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- Dr. Dennis Bounds as the Pro Critiquer.

May 9, 2015 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique with Ginger Marcinkowski as the Pro Critiquer.

April 25, 2015 -- Traveling Pen workshop -- PR Matters for the Writer, presented by former TV journalist and PR expert, Cheryl Tan.

April 4, 2015 at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:15 - Noon. Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Amanda Aksel offered the professional critiques.

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

March 14, 2015 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique -- Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait.

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

October 25, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How to Design, Build, and Manage Your Own Author Website!,  presented by Nora Firestone, journalist and PR pro.

October 11, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Dr. Bill Ruehlmann and Lauran Strait.

September 18 - 20, 2014 -- HRW's 6th annual writers' conference.

August 23, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop --Methods of Direct and Indirect Characterization, presented by author and ODU professor Princess Perry. 

August 9, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait.

July 12, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author, John Robert Mack and Lauran Strait.

June 14, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique-- Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by author and educator, Dr. Dennis Bounds and author Valerie Wilkinson.

May 31, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- How to create and sell Flash Fiction, presented by author Ginger Marcinkowski. 

May 10, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique--Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques by Author and educator, Michael Khandelwal and Lauran Strait.

April 26, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Plotting or Pantsing?, presented by author Heather Hildenbrand. 

April 5, 2014 -- Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique -- Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Valerie Wilkinson and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

March 22, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Eliminate the Excuses: How to take control of writer's block,  presented by John Robert Mack, at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus.

March 8, 2014 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique --eyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 9:15 AM - Noon. Short prose readings followed by brief, professional critiques. Jeff Andrews, author of The Freedom Star and The Gandy Dancer and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

February 22, 2014 -- Traveling Pen Writers Workshop -- Your Book in Print, presented by Jeff Andrews, author of The Freedom Star and The Gandy Dancer.

February 8, 2014 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Dr. Bill Ruehlmann and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

November 9, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Valerie Wilkinson and Jeff Andrews will offer the professional critiques.

November 2, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop -- Workshop entitled Writing for Magazines, presented by Bill Glose.

September 19 - 21, 2013 -- 5th Annual Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach--at the Westin Hotel, Town Center.

September 7, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop -- entitled Begin and End in Style facilitated by Valerie Wilkinson.

August 24, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION IS FULL OF RUTS….but why it’s worth the journey facilitated by Ginger Marcinkowski.

August 10, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Dr. Bill Reuhlmann, professor emeritus Virginia Wesleyan and author Valerie Wilkinson offered the professional critiques.

July 23, 2013 -- Open Mic-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach

July 13, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique -- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 - 11 AM. Patti Hinson and Lauran Strait offered professional critiques.

June 22, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop, entitled Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.

June 8, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Critiques given by Princess Perry, Professor of English at ODU, and by Lauran Strait.

May 21, 2013 -- Open Mic-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach

June 8, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Princess Perry, Professor at ODU, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

May 11, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique-- at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Critiques given by Victoria Kelly, who earned a B.A. from Harvard, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and a M. Phil from Trinity College in Dublin and also teaches at the Muse Writing Center, and by Lauran Strait.

April 27, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop, entitled Self-Publishing in Today's Market facilitated by Malcom Massey.

April 24, 2014 -- Open Mic at Pretlow Library in Norfolk

April 13, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Michael Khandelwal, who holds two masters degrees and is co- founder of the Muse Writing Studios, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

March 23, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled SHOW, DON'T TELL facilitated by Lauran Strait.

March 9, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. Dennis Bounds and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

February 26, 2013 -- “Poems to Celebrate Our Roots and Branches,” featured well-known Hampton Roads writers-- at the Town Center Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach.

February 23, 2013 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled From Scene to Story facilitated by Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine, called a “stellar debut” by the New York Times.

February 1. 2013 -- “Poetry Explosion” - A Black History Month Children’s Literary Program Celebration at the Town Center Barnes & Noble, Virginia Beach, 11:00 AM - noon; Noon - 1 PM; or 1:00 - 2 PM. The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Writers presented a poetry writing program in celebration of Black History Month for students in grades K-12. This literary event featured the composition of poems by the students themselves. Students created and read their own compositions to their friends and families.

February 9, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. William Ruehlmann, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Wesleyan University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques. 

January 12, 2013 -- Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, Virginia Beach, 9:30 AM to Noon. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, and Valerie Wilkinson offered the professional critiques.

October 13, 2012 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled Writing Poetry about War, presented by Shonda Buchanan.

September 20 - 22, 2012 -- HRW's 4th Annual Writers' Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Virginia Beach.

September 8, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Shonda Buchanan, professor at Hampton University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

August 21, 2012 -- Open Mic at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Shonda Buchanan emceed the event.

August 18, 2012 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled Making A Scene: Snappy Dialogue meets Concrete Detail, presented by Valerie Wilkinson.

July 24, 2012 -- Open Mic at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Pete Freas emceed this event.

July 21, 2012 -- Traveling Pen Workshop entitled Refreshing Grammar, presented by Linda Cobb, a professed grammar nerd and retired high school teacher with an M.A. in communications.

July 7, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Michael Khandelwal, co-founder of the Muse writing studios in Norfolk, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

June 27, 2012 -- Open Mic at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Dr. Milt Saunders emceed the event.

June 2, 2012 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP entitled "Dialogue,” he said”, facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.

May 26, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Dr. Bill Ruehlmann, professor emeritus of journalism/communications at Virginia Wesleyan College and book columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

May 23, 2012 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Jack Callan emceed this event.

May 5, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Noah Renn, Professor at Old Dominion University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

April 24, 2012 -- Open Mic at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. John Starks emceed the event.

April 10, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Shonda Buchanan, Professor at Hampton University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

March 27, 2012--Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Dr. Milt Saunders emceed this event.

March 7, 2012 -- SHOW AND GROW your PROSE -- Modified, Open Mic-format, critiquing Workshop at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, offered the professional critiques.

February 29, 2012 -- Open Mic at the Meyera Orberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Jack Callan emceed the event. In honor of February's Valentine's day, works inspired by and about LOVE were strongly encouraged, though are not required.

February 28, 2012 -- Poetry readings featuring African American writers, assisted by Not Just for February Players at Barnes & Noble (4485 Virginia Beach Blvd.) co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, and The Hampton Roads Writers

February 25, 2012 -- Show and Grow your Prose, Long Form Open Mic with Professional Critique in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Dr. Dennis Bounds, Professor at Regent University, and Lauran Strait offered the professional critiques.

February 11, 2012 -- Ekphrastic, Creative Writing Event for students in celebration of Black History Month, at Barnes & Noble. 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd., co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, and The Hampton Roads Writers.

January 25, 2012 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Dennis Bounds emceed this event.

November 12, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk at the Mary D. Pretlow Library -- Making Social Media work for you and your writing, facilitated by Reesy Floyd-Thompson.

October 27, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Prelow Library. Pete Freas emceed this event.

October 22, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Virginia Beach at Virginia Wesleyan University -- Effective Oral Presentation, facilitated by Linda Cobb.

September 22 - 24, 2011 -- Third Annual Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach, at the Doubletree Hotel. New York Times best selling author Michael Palmer and New York-based Literary Agent Marisa Corvisiero headlined this conference.

August 16, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library. John Starks emceed this event.

July 19, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Pete Freas emceed this event.

June 14, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library. Jack Callan emceed this event.

May 19, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. John Starks emceed this event.

May 7, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Hampton--Realistic and Effective Dialogue in Fiction, facilitated by Beth Groundwater, whose latest book is Deadly Currents.

April 21, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by multi-novelist, Judi McCoy.

April 9, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk--Guerrilla Marketing: The Right Idea at the Right Time, facilitated by David Hancock of Morgan James Publishing.

March 26, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Virginia Beach--Everything you need to know about writing a screenplay, facilitated by Dr. Dennis Bounds.

March 15, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. John Starks emceed this event.

February 24, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by D. D. Delaney

February 17, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Norfolk--Self-Editing Workshop, facilitated by Judi McCoy

January 18, 2011 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Shonda Buchanan, Hampton University professor, emceed this event.

January 15, 2011 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Chesapeake--Our Voices, Our Time: An Introductory Poetry Workshop, facilitated by Synnika Lofton.

November 6, 2010 -- TRAVELING PEN SERIES WORKSHOP in Hampton--Plotting the Mystery, facilitated by Maria Hudgins.

October 6, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Linda Carol Cobb

September 29, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by D. D. Delaney

September 24 - 25, 2010 -- HRW's Second Annual Writers' Conference

September 16, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Pete Freas and Nathan Richardson. This Open Mic event was a Memorial Tribute to Dr. Bill Carroll and was a "Just One Can" event to collect food for the Southeastern Foodbank of Virginia. Approximately 34 pounds of food was collected.

August 28, 2010 -- 2nd stop of the 2010 - 2011 Traveling Pen series of writing workshops in Virginia Beach, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave. Workshop was facilitated by Judi McCoy.

August 18, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary D. Pretlow Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave, emceed by Michael Khandelwal.

August 3, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the TowneBank Building, 139 Mt. Pleasant Road, emceed by Phyllis Johnosn.

July 28, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by Jerry Sheeley, President of Uptown Voices Toastmasters Club and author of Why You Failed in Real Estate.

July 15, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Robert Arthur

July 10, 2010 -- 1st stop of the 2010 - 2011 Traveling Pen series of writing workshops in Virginia Beach, at the Tidewater Community College campus. Workshop was facilitated by Valerie Wilkinson 

June 23, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by D. D. Delaney

June 17, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Maria Hudgins

June 9, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Hampton, at the Hampton Main Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., emceed by Wil LaVeist

May 26, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Central Library, emceed by Wil LaVeist

May 5, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Balik Whack

April 29, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Library, emceed by Anne Meek

April 15, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, emceed by Nathan Richardson

April 7, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the Greenbrier Library, emceed by Synnika Lofton

March 31, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Norfolk, at the Mary Pretlow Library, emceed by Jean Hendrickson

March 18, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, at the Meyera E. Oberdorf Central Library, emceed by Jerry Sheeley, President of Uptown Voices Toastmasters Club and author of Why You Failed in Real Estate.

March 3, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Chesapeake, at the Central Library on Cedar Road, emceed by Synnika Lofton

February 18, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Angela Lawrence. Prizes for Samaritan House's Teen Writing Contest were award and the winners were invited to share their work.

January 20, 2010 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Vincent Schilling

October 29, 2009 -- 7th and final stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Suffolk--So you want to write for children, presented by Kim Norman

October 27, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Valerie Wilkinson

September 22, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Maria Hudgins

September 19, 2009 -- HRW's Inaugural Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach

September 5, 2009 -- 6th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Portsmouth--Memoirs: For Publication or Posterity, presented by Anne Meek

August 25, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Valerie Wilkinson

August 8, 2009 -- 5th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Newport News--Chapbooks, presented by Pete Freas and Anne Meek

July 28, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Paul Clancy

July 16, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Chesapeake, emceed by Synnika Lofton

July 2, 2009 -- 4th stop of the Traveling Pen Series in Hampton--Researching Nonfiction, presented by Ann Davis

June 23, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Jean Hendrickson

June 3, 2009 -- 3rd stop of the Traveling Pen Series in NORFOLK--Grammer Crackers, presented by Larry Elliott

May 14, 2009 -- 1 year anniversary Open Mic Night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Anne Meek and an ensemble of HRW Board Members

May 9, 2009 -- 2nd stop of the Traveling Pen Series in VIRGINIA BEACH--Experiencing Poetry, presented by Dr. Virginia O'Keefe

April 28, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Tim Farrington

April 16, 2009 -- FIRST Open Mic night in CHESAPEAKE, emceed by Nathan Richardson

April 9, 2009 -- 1st stop of the Traveling Pen Series in CHESAPEAKE--10 mistakes fiction writers make, presented by Christy Barritt

March 24, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Dr. Virginia O'Keefe

February 24, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Pete Freas

January 27, 2009 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by D. D. Delaney

December 02, 2008 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Ann Davis

October 07, 2008 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Dr. Bill Carroll

September 23, 2008 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Phyllis Johnson

September 12, 2008 -- Inaugural Author Meet and Greet night in Virginia Beach, featuring best-selling authors David Poyer and Lenore Hart

August 27, 2008 -- Inaugural Open Mic night in Norfolk, emceed by Christy Barrett

July 30, 2008 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Michael Khandelwal

July 08, 2008 -- FREE two-hour flash fiction workshop for HRW members in Virginia Beach, facilitated by Lauran Strait

June 23, 2008 -- Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Pete Freas

May 29, 2008 -- Inaugural Open Mic night in Virginia Beach, emceed by Nathan Richardson