Hampton Roads Writers Conference

September 23-25, 2021

Holiday Inn
Virginia Beach - Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center
5655 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Congratulations to the winners of this year's contest winners


1st place – Michael Rigg
2nd place – Hollie Sessoms
3rd place – Denise Martin
Honorable mention – Miko Marsh


1st place – Kelly Sokol
2nd place – Yunseo Chung
3rd place – Kathy Hessmer
Honorable mention – Hollie Sessoms

Dr. Anne Meek Poetry Prizes

1st place – Kristen Tan
2nd place – Dr. Rita Budrionis
3rd place – Miko Marsh
Honorable mention – Samantha Bankston



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Conference Pricing

Early Bird Registration

$210 HRW members
$245 nonmembers

Until June 30


Regular Conference Registration

$245 HRW members
$280 nonmembers

July 1 - September 16

Late Registration

$325 members & nonmembers

Sept 17 through the start of the conference

Student Rates

1-day $100

2-day $150

(with proof of current FULL-TIME enrollment)

(all 1-day admissions of either Friday or Saturday may also attend the Thursday evening session)

One Non-Student Day Rate

$155 for Friday only (Sept 24)
Saturday only (Sept 25)

Thursday evening (Sept 23) INCLUDED FREE

Thursday only

$50 Thursday evening (Sept 23) only

Golden Ticket Option

$350 — Includes everything offered above, plus

  • a dedicated parking space
  • dedicated front row seating
  • an invitation to the pre-conference dinner with conference presenters and HRW board members
  • one free drink at the social
  • an opportunity to pitch to all 4 agents


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Optional Add-ons:


$100 Thursday 5-hour The A to Zs of Storytelling workshop (member, nonmember, and student; no early bird discount, no member discount).  Box lunch provided.  Limited to 15 people. Invitation to pre-conference dinner with conference presenters and HRW board members available for an additional $26.

A few need-based full and partial scholarships for tuition are available; scholarships do NOT cover pre-conference workshops or those associated meals nor do they cover hotel lodging. Contact us to inquire and be prepared to show the financial need.

*Fulltime enrollment means that you are a middle or high school student, an undergraduate student taking a minimum of twelve credits per semester, or a graduate student taking a minimum of six credit hours per semester. Be prepared to provide a copy of your FALL 2021 class schedule (or a letter from your school that shows your intent to attend classes Fall 2021).

Contact us with questions or call Skip at (757) 639-6146

REFUND POLICY: Registration fully refundable until June 30, 2021; from July1 to Aug 23 all refunds will result in a forfeiture of $75.00; from Aug 24 to Sept 16 all refunds will result in a forfeiture of $100.00; after September 16, no refunds will be issued; in the case of injury or illness, a credit for next year’s conference will be issued instead.

Registration to the conference gives HRW your implied permission to possibly include your name and/or picture in a future newsletter, on the HRW website, or on any of our social media sites.

NOTE: The statements, opinions, and conclusions of all presenters at the 13th Annual Hampton Roads Writers Conference are their own and not necessarily those of Hampton Roads Writers, Inc. (HRW). Materials or services promoted, sold, or distributed at the conference are not warranted by HRW, nor does their promotion, sale, or distribution necessarily imply any endorsement by HRW.    In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, HRW does not discriminate against persons with physical or mental disabilities and makes every effort to accommodate anyone who needs special assistance to partake of HRW sponsored activities.