Hampton Roads Writers is a nonprofit, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based group of professional and aspiring writers, friends, and supporters of the arts who have joined together to promote the craft and passion of writing and the love of reading and literature in Virginia. We aim to encourage readers and writers of all ages and talents, as well as acknowledge and celebrate awareness of local and contemporary authors and their work. We serve as a resource to our community by creating and supporting literary events throughout the Hampton Roads area.
Hampton Roads Writers
P.O. Box 56228
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Board of Directors:
Nancy Blumenberg--Vice President
Dr. Milt Saunders--AT LARGE
Valerie Wilkinson--AT LARGE
Linda Carol Cobb--AT LARGE
Dr. Dennis Bounds--Poetry Open Mic Coordinator
Stephanie Brannick--Finance and Conference committees
Dr. Tom Cheezum --Finance and Conference Planning Committees
Dr. Anne Meek--Youth Program Development
Sherrie Pilkington--Publicity, Conference, and Curriculum Committees
Cecelia Robbins--Publicity and Youth Program Development Committee
Dr. William (Bill) Ruehlmann
Social Media/Marketing Intern:
Niambi Stinson--Hampton University Student
Grants Research/Procurement--Chaired by Lauran Strait. Other committee members include: Nancy Blumenberg
Publicity--Chaired by Nancy Blumenberg. Committee also includes: Sherrie Pilkington, Cecelia Robbins and Susan Okaty
Finance--Chaired by Carolyn Strait. Committee members include: Lauran Strait, Valerie Wilkinson, Nancy Blumenberg, Tom Cheezum and Stephanie Brannick
Conference Planning and Implementation--Chaired by Lauran Strait. Committee also includes: Tom Cheezum, Nancy Blumenberg, Sherrie Pilkington and Stephanie Brannick
Open Mics--Show and Grow your Prose with Professional critique chaired by Dr. Milt Saunders and Short Form Open Mics chaired by Dr. Dennis Bounds. Committee members include: Sherrie Pilkington, Lauran Strait, Lisa Drago and Nancy Blumenberg
Traveling Pen Curriculum Committee--chaired by Sherrie Pilkington. Other committee members include Lauran Strait, and Nancy Blumenberg
Youth Programs Development Committee--Chaired by Dr. Anne Meek. Other committee members include: Susan Okaty, and Cecelia Robbins
Sponsorship/fundraising committee--Co-Chaired by Dr. Milt Saunders
Programs for Senior Citizens--UNDER DEVELOPMENT, SEEKING A CHAIRPERSON
Membership--UNDER DEVELOPMENT, SEEKING A CHAIRPERSON
Community Outreach--UNDER DEVELOPMENT, SEEKING A CHAIRPERSON
Want to get involved? Please contact us.
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HRW members receive discounts on all of our Traveling Pen Writers' Workshops and at our annual writers' conference in September. Moreover, all HRW members receive a personal member page on which they may display their writer's bio and publication credits.
HRW member money is used only to pay professional writers for their workshop services during the Traveling Pen Workshops and annual conference, to maintain the website, to publicize our writers' conference, to offer a few partial and complete scholarships to HRW events to people who otherwise can not afford to attend, and to cover the cost of office supplies and liability insurance. HRW is an all volunteer group of writers eager to give back some of their time, treasure, and talent in order to help other less experienced writers grow in their writing craft and ultimately attain publication success. Please consider joining HRW.
Become a Member, Patron, or Corporate Sponsor
Since 2008, Hampton Roads Writers has created exciting programs and partnerships throughout the Hampton Roads area. Through our annual Literary Conference, periodic writing events, open mics, workshops, classes, our Web site, e-newsletter, and partnerships with area literacy and writing programs and with other cultural arts organizations, HRW is helping to increase Hampton Roads' visiblity within Virginia and nationally as a region with a vibrant literary arts community.
We seek to continue to develop and enrich literary events and literacy education in Hampton Roads, partnering with local universities, businesses, and cultural institutions. With a contributing advisory board and board of seven permanent directors, each committed to HRW's mission, we plan and execute our events carefully and with an eye toward civic responsibility, longevity, and growth.
Your yearly tax-deductible contribution will help HRW's mission to promote the craft of writing and the love of literature in our communities and beyond and to support Hampton Roads' growing standing as one of the nation's most attractive and culturally progressive communities in which to live and work.
If you would like more information or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss supporting Hampton Roads Writers, please contact Donna, at 757-639-6146 or HRWriters@cox.net.
We greatly appreciate your YEARLY, tax-deductible support of $35.00 or more. 100% of all donations go directly toward the implementation of programs and events that help writers at all levels improve their craft and/or achieve publication success. HRW does not pay members of either board and looks for ways to stretch every penny donated.