Hampton Roads Writers 4th Annual Conference

September 20 - 22, 2012
Doubletree Hotel, 1900 Pavilion Drive
(8 blocks from the Virginia Beach, VA oceanfront) 

Sponsored in part by


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Want a room at the Doubletree? Click here to reserve your room for $82.36 a night (tax and fees included). Limited number of rooms available.



1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling keynoters, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 29 workshops/breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, and cash prize contests for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

Workshops will cover fiction, screenplay writing, juvenile fiction,journalism/freelancing, humor writing, poetry, and the business of getting published. There will be a book shop and signings and many networking opportunities. 

Keynoters are award-winning authors, thriller writer Rick Mofina and juvenile fiction writer, Patricia Hermes; other presenters include fiction writers C.L. Bevill, Alma Katsu, John DeDakis, journalists Kerry Dougherty, Dr. Bill Ruehlmann, agents Molly Jaffa, Rachael Dugas, Brooks Sherman, poets Shonda Buchanan, Annmarie Lockhart and Professor of Screenwriting Dr. Dennis Bounds.


Early bird tuition (until July 27) $130 for HRW members, $170.00 for non-members

  After July 27,  $150 HRW members, $190 non-members

  Includes two lunches
  Student rates available

  Contest deadline July 27




Email HRW with questions or contact Stephanie at (757) 589-0796. 

Click here to verify your registration and see your 10-minute pitch time if you requested one.

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THURSDAY EVENING

6:15 – 6:30 PM            Check in

6:30 – 8 PM                 3 Breakout sessions

(1) Crafting a Gripping Opening—Brooks Sherman

(2)Mastering the 10-minute agent pitch—Molly Jaffa

(3) What to Do When a Poem Doesn’t Sound Right—Annemarie Lockhart

 

FRIDAY

7:30 – 8 AM                check in

 

8 – 9                Intro remarks/keynote—Rick Mofina

 

9 – 9:10                       Break

 

9:10 – 10:25    First Ten Lines Critique Session—Molly Jaffa, Rachael Dugas, Brooks Sherman, Rick Mofina, Patricia  Hermes

 

10:25 – 10:35 Break

 

10:35 – 11:35  FIRST BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(4) Finding and Writing the Poem of Faith—Shonda Buchanan

(5) The Unstoppable Story—Rick Mofina

(6) How to Write a Best Seller That Will Win All the Important Awards - Newbery, National Book Award, Nobel Peace Prize, etc. (Juvenile Fiction)—Patricia Hermes

(7) Query Letter DOs and DON’Ts—Rachael Dugas

 

11:35 – 11:45    Break

 

11:45 – 12:45    SECOND BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(8) The Value of Editing your poem—Annemarie Lockhart

(9) Upping the Ante—Alma Katsu

(10) The Art of the Interview—Dr. William Ruehlmann

 

12:45 – 1:45    Lunch

 

1:50 – 2:50      THIRD BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(11) Humor Writing: No Laughing Matter—Kerry Dougherty

(12) The Inside Game of Screenwriting: Dialogue, Subtext, and Story Promise—Dr. Dennis Bounds

(13) How to E-publish Your Work and Make Money—C.L. Bevill

 

2:50 – 3:00      Break

 

3:00 – 4:00      FOURTH BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(14) A Day in the Life of a Literary Agent: What They Do, and How You Can Use it to Your AdvantageMolly Jaffa

(15) Telling True Lies—Rick Mofina

(16) Make Your Characters Come to Life Through Authentic Dialogue (Juvenile Fiction)Patricia Hermes

 

4:30 – 6 PM   OPTIONAL (cash bar) Mix and Mingle SOCIAL—($12.50 member/$15 non-member prepaid at time of registration)

 

 

SATURDAY

7:45 – 8 AM                check in

 

8 – 9                Intro remarks/keynote—Patricia Hermes

 

9 – 9:10                       Break

 

9:10 – 10:25    First Ten Lines Critique Session—Molly Jaffa, Rachael Dugas, Brooks Sherman, Rick Mofina, Patricia Hermes

 

10:25 – 10:35 Break

 

10:35 – 11:35  FIRST BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(17) Getting Published ... and Maybe Even Paid (for your poetry)—Annemarie Lockhart

(18) Crafting a Story-Worthy Screenplay—Dr. Dennis Bounds

(19) Maintaining and Sustaining Authentic and Appropriate Voice—C.L. Bevill

(20) How to write a novel—John DeDakis

 

11:35 – 11:45  Break

 

11:45 – 12:45  SECOND BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(21) Writing the Social, Cultural, Political Event Litany (in the tradition of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl")—Shonda Buchanan

(22) What To Expect When You're Expecting (A Book)—Alma Katsu (and maybe C.L. Bevill with Alma)

(23) Journalism PANEL—John DeDakis, Rick Mofina, Dr. William Ruehlmann, Kerry Dougherty

 

12:45 – 1:45    Lunch

 

1:50 – 2:50      THIRD BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(24) PlotWhat it is and How it Differs from a Series of ScenesPatricia Hermes

(25) Nonfiction Writing . . . With Attitude—Kerry Dougherty

(26) Buffing and Polishing—John DeDakis

 

2:50 – 3:00      Break

 

3:00 – 4:00      FOURTH BREAK OUT SESSIONS

(27) Storytelling in Nonfiction—Dr. William Ruehlmann

(28) Getting an agent, getting noticed—John DeDakis

(29) Women Writers Panel—Alma Katsu, Patricia Hermes, Shonda Buchanan, Annemarie Lockhart, C. L. Bevill, Kerry Dougherty

 

4:00 – 4:10      Break

 

4:10 – 4:45      CONTEST Awards ceremony

 

 

 

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