For hotel reservations, book online or call 757-422-8900. Unfortunately, since we were unable to negotiate a reduced rate for conference attendees, if you call for reservations, you'll probably be quoted a HIGH room rate; however, rooms can still be had for about $85 a night (tax included) if you book online and pay in advance.

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of New York Times best selling author Michael PalmerMichael Palmer, M.D., New York Times BESTSELLING AUTHOR of A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood will conduct workshops and deliver Friday’s Keynote.

Trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Michael Palmer spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and is now an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s physician health program.
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picture of New York Literary agent, Marisa CorvisieroMarisa Corvisiero, author, attorney, and literary agent with the Lori Perkins Literary Agency will conduct workshops and deliver Saturday’s Keynote.

She seeks: Fiction including cross genre romance, science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy, horror, literary, quality chick lit, young adult and children's books, and Nonfiction including memoirs, how-to, guides and tales about the legal practice, parenting, self-help, and mainstream science.




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of New York literary agent Linda KonnerLinda Konner, founder of the New York based Linda Konner Literary Agency, represents approximately 75 authors of adult nonfiction. She has been in the publishing business for over 30 years as an agent, author, editor, columnist and lecturer. She has served as editor-in-chief of Weight Watchers Magazine and Richard Simmons’s monthly newsletter, and was a features editor at Redbook, Seventeen and Woman's World. She was a columnist for Glamour and Fitness magazines, and her articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Playboy, The N.Y. Daily News, Cosmopolitan, TV Guide and Woman's Day. Her piece for New Woman, "Living Apart and Loving It," became the basis for Donahue and Sally Jessy Raphael shows. Konner has lectured on book and magazine publishing at more than four dozen writers' conferences and colleges, including New York University, the Willamette Writers' Conference (Portland, Oregon), the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, Brooklyn College, the BlissDom bloggers’ conference, and the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, the Authors Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. NOTE: Ms. Konner DOES NOT REPRESENT authors of fiction, children's, Christian, spirituality, or memoir nor nonfiction authors who are not top experts in their field. New Page 2

  


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of Chuck SambuchinoChuck Sambuchino, an editor for Writer's Digest Books (an imprint of F+W Media), also edits two annual resource books: Guide to Literary Agents and Screenwriter's & Playwright's Market. He assists in editing Writer's Market (www.writersmarket.com). He recently helmed the third edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (WD trade book), released in 2009. He authored the humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, released Sept. 2010 (Ten Speed Press/Random House). Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines - most notably Writer's Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. He is a playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. His work has appeared in national and regional magazines, with recent articles in Watercolor Artist, Pennsylvania Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Romance Writers Report and New Mexico Magazine. During the past decade, more than 600 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books.



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of Author, Karen JonesAuthor, educator, and broadcast journalist, Karen Jones wrote the romance novel Kingdom of Hearts and co-authored Up the Bestseller Lists, which offers hands-on advice and guerilla techniques for authors who want to aggressively and successfully promote and market their work. Her third book, Death for Beginners, a nonfiction how-to book, is a practical guide for arranging a graceful exit written with baby boomers in mind. Karen freelances for Virginia Superlawyer and The Daily Press, and has written the script for "Chic’s Beach," performed by Playwrights Premiere Theatre and published in A Chesapeake Celebration. She currently works on-air with WVEC-TV 13 News and teaches week-long writing camps on Ocracoke Island, NC with Dr. Kathleen Brehony.






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of author/editor, Ricki Schultz In addition to her literary agent interviews found on Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog, Ricki Schultz's writing has appeared in the 2011 editions of Guide to Literary Agents and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. She founded the Write-Brained Network, an online writing community dedicated to connecting writers for the purposes of networking, socializing, and honing their craft.

She has published poetry in The John Carroll Review; has written for St. Ignatius Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and The Villager; and has won awards for two of her young adult manuscripts.
 




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of author/editor, Maria HudginsSince retiring, Maria Hudgins has been indulging in two of her passions: travel and writing mysteries. She has traveled to England a half-dozen times, frequently attending the St. Hilda's Crime and Mystery Conference in Oxford.

The author of the Dotsy Lamb mystery series, she has written Death of a Lovable Geek (2006), Death of an Obnoxious Tourist (2008), and Death on the Aegean Queen (2010). Her newest Dotsy Lamb mystery will be released in 2011.







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of author/editor, Shonda BuchananEditor of Voices from Leimert Park: A Poetry Anthology, Shonda Buchanan is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Hampton University and an executive director for the Poetry Society of Virginia. Shonda is a recipient of the Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants. Ms. Buchanan is a Sundance Institute fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow. She has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, The Writer’s Chronicle, The International Review of African American Art and Indian Country Today and has been published in various anthologies, including Step into a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Literature, Arise! Magazine, Def Jam Poetry’s Bum Rush the Page, Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, Writers at Work, and Rivendell. Former managing editor of Turning Point Magazine, she is working on a second collection of poetry, Black Indians and Buckskins, and a novel. Ms. Buchanan is of North Carolina and Mississippi Choctaw Indian ancestry, and a board member of the Weyanoke Association, which educates the public on the shared heritage of African Americans and Indigenous Americans. Recently the ezine, Long Story Short, selected her poem, “At Buckroe Beach” as Best Poem of the Year for their 2010 contest. Shonda recently completed her memoir, Black Indian. For more information, please visit her website. (www.shondabuchanan.net)
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of author, Cynthia PolanskyCross-genre writer Cynthia Polansky is the award-winning author of two novels and five dog-breed reference books (written as Cynthia P. Gallagher). Affiliated with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writers Association of America, and the Women's National Book Association, she also serves on the Petco Editorial Review Board for TFH Publications. During the academic year, Cynthia is a Writing Center tutor at the U.S. Naval Academy, waging war on incorrect grammar, one midshipman at a time. She is currently at work on WHIFF: Human AromaThrough the Ages, a pop-reference book on all things humanly smelly. For more information, please visit her website. (www.cynthiapolansky.com)


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