Hampton Roads Writers 2020 TRAVELING PEN Series of Workshops




Each 2.5-hour workshop costs $10 for HRW members and $20 for non-members and will be held VIA ZOOM until it is safe to meet in the classroom again.. A payment link has been provided under every workshop. Should you prefer to pay via check, please send it along with your name, address, email, and phone number along with a note about which workshop you're registering for and payment (check or money order) to:

Hampton Roads Writers
P.O. Box 56228
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

HRWriters@cox.net


Once payment has been received you will be emailed the Zoom invitation and instructions on how to access the class.

Once the social distancing restrictions have been relaxed, the TPS workshop will occur at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus, in the Blackwater Building, Room CW-134. Check-in at 9:15 AM, workshop runs from 9:30 to Noon.

TPS writer's workshops will be held virtually via ZOOM. To attend these workshops, please download ZOOM for FREE to your computer. . .

October 17, 2020--Which Form of Publishing is Right for You?, presented by author and publisher Dawn Brotherton.

Workshop Description:
In today's digital age, there are many options to be published, from self-publishing to hybrid to traditional. We will discuss the pros and cons of each and help you come up with the answer that is right for you as an author. Setting realistic goals is important for any venture. How much will it cost to produce a quality book? What should you expect whether you are self-publishing or going traditional?

Presenter Bio:
Dawn Brotherton is the Global eBook award-winning romance author of Untimely Love. She's written nine books: one romance; two mysteries; four middle grade fiction books; and two non-fiction books. Her book Softball Scoresheet is ranked in Amazon's Top 100 in its category.

Outside of writing books, Dawn is a freelance writer, professional speaker, and president of the Williamsburg Book Festival, an event that brings authors and readers together.

She is also a retired Air Force colonel, softball coach, and founder of independent publishing house Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC, where she has helped over 30 authors realize their dreams. Dawn lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with her husband and two daughters.


Oct. 17, 2020 TPS Workshop


November 21, 2020--Simplifying Character Journeys Using the Story Circle Method, presented by Rick Eley and Tony Groeschen.

Workshop Description: Putting together a story is difficult. How do you know if you have a story or a collection of scenes? Enter Dan Harmon’s Story Circle. An easy-to-use plotting method to ensure your characters are proactive and have goals. Based on the Heroes Journey, it is an easy to learn and proven method for writing successful screenplays, short stories, or novels.


Presenter Bios:
Rick Eley, a graduate of the Push Comedy Theater Improv program, has performed both short-form and long-form improv with multiple groups over the last few years. He is a Tidewater native, an IT professional, and an author of several fine sentences. He writes sci-fi, horror, fantasy, as well as creative and instructional nonfiction. His work is featured in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Issues in Science and Technology magazine, HRW newsletters, and he'll be featured in an upcoming Fahrenheit Books sci-fi anthology and Owl Creek Press horror anthology. Four of his short stories have won prizes in multiple writing contests. Rick has also presented writing craft seminars for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, at Hampton Roads Writers annual conferences, and for HRW's Traveling Pen series. In his spare time, he organizes the Tidewater Writers critique group and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers board of directors. Sometimes he even finds a few minutes to work on his concurrent projects: a book on the craft of modern writing, a collection of memoir short stories, and multiple sci-fi novels.

Tony Groeschen, was born and raised in Hampton Roads and is an avid student of the writing craft. He is active in the local writing community and a member of Hampton Roads Writers as well as Tidewater Writers. Tony has short stories published by Suicide House Publishing, Crystal Lake Publishing, and Mythic Beast Studios.  




Nov 21, 2020 TPS Workshop




Previously presented 2020 TPS workshops


January 18, 2020--Writing Inspirational Devotions, presented by Beth Patch, writer/publisher/manager/producer at CBN.

Workshop Description:
Who doesn't like to be encouraged and inspired by a quick devotion reading? Learn the four major elements of devotion writing and how to write devotions from material God gives you every day. You will leave the workshop with the best devotion you can come up with in the time allotted and some valuable feedback.

Presenter Bio:
Beth Patch manages CBN.com's Spiritual Life channel, one of five magazine-style sections of the award-winning Christian website. She holds a Journalism Master’s from Regent University and a Communication Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. She acquires, reviews, and approves all devotions, Spiritual Life-themed articles, and online Bible courses on CBN.com. She publishes the approved content on the site, as well as, promotes each post via subscription emails and social media. Beth also manages Christian Courses, Bible in a Year, and Daily Devotion reading plans. On occasion, she interviews best-selling Christian authors and writes movie reviews for CBN.com's Entertainment section.


April 18, 2020--Publishing an Audiobook, presented by Author, Malcom Massey.

Workshop Description:
Are you ready to publish your book on audio?

The market for audiobooks is huge, and growing daily! Learn the critical steps to success, including costs, preparing your manuscript, narration options, contract rights overview, and more from an HRW member author who has successfully navigated this process. Accessing audiobook markets of Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, among others, will be discussed.

Presenter Bio:
Malcom Massey is a local author active in the Hampton Roads writing community, a member of Hampton Roads Writers and a teacher at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. Malcom is inspired to share lessons learned publishing 7 novels in order to help other writers reach their writing goals.


May 16, 2020--The Joy of Story Plotting, presented by Rick Eley.

Workshop Description:
Do you have a story idea, but you’re not sure how to turn it into a written work? Maybe you're uncertain about what should happen next in your manuscript? Or perhaps you want to avoid the many common problems arising from not having a working template.

This workshop will help! We'll explore core story requirements, ensuring you have what you need to tell a good tale. We'll discuss several plotting methods, all of which guide you in creating a story template. And, as a bonus, you'll find out why there's no such thing as "Writer's Block."

All writers of all genres benefit from knowing what to write on that next blank page. Join us and discover how these topics can help you become a more productive writer.

Presenter Bio:
Rick Eley, a graduate of the Push Comedy Theater Improv program, has performed both short-form and long-form improv with multiple groups over the last few years. He is a Tidewater native, an IT professional, and an author of several fine sentences. He writes sci-fi, horror, fantasy, as well as creative and instructional nonfiction. His work is featured in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Issues in Science and Technology magazine, HRW newsletters, and he'll be featured in an upcoming Fahrenheit Books sci-fi anthology and Owl Creek Press horror anthology. Four of his short stories have won prizes in multiple writing contests. Rick has also presented writing craft seminars for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, at Hampton Roads Writers annual conferences, and for HRW's Traveling Pen series. In his spare time, he organizes the Tidewater Writers critique group and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers board of directors. Sometimes he even finds a few minutes to work on his concurrent projects: a book on the craft of modern writing, a collection of memoir short stories, and multiple sci-fi novels.


June 20, 2020--Building the Business Behind the Book, presented by Jim Howard.

Workshop Description:
A book is way more than just words on paper to be read. It's an opportunity to inspire, encourage and change the way people look at life. Step one is to create the Perfect Identity for your book so it's properly positioned to grab attention. Step two is to create a pathway for deeper discussion with the reader and Step three is all about getting the word out. Learn how to do this right way so your book will perform better than you ever imagined.

Presenter Bio:
Jim Howard has spent over 30 years in commercial print, branding and publishing. Jim has dedicated much of his life to helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners skyrocket their business through the power of authoring, customer service and branding. Spending more than a decade in the book publishing industry working with authors makes him an industry insider you want to work with.

Through his consulting with Morgan James Publishing, Jim has personally worked with well over 2,300 authors including many New York Times best selling authors such as Jay Conrad Levinson, Joel Comm, Brendon Burchard, Jeff Walker, Russell Brunson, Col. Rick Searfoss, and many more.

The bulk of his business efforts is focused through Renegade Author, through which he helps entrepreneurs and authors get the most out of their business and books.

Jim understands business, he understands publishing and he is ready to help you leverage your book to become the Authority and dominate your market. Whether you hear him speaking at an outside event or his own, Jim is always motivational and easy to understand while he pulls back the curtain and reveals in a no nonsense, tell it like it is kind of way what you need to do in order to be truly successful as an author.


July 18, 2020--WRITING DIALOGUE: Creating effective dialogue in order to bring your stories to life, presented by Kerry McNamara

Workshop Description:
In Creative Nonfiction, dialogue is an essential element to enhance character development and effectively bring stories to life. A writer’s ability to capture a character’s voice is critical and incorporating dialogue is an easy and useful way to develop voice in writing. Dialogue also helps to further engage readers and effectively move the narrative forward. During this workshop writers will discuss the obligation of truth in nonfiction (particularly when using dialogue) and examine various nonfiction texts in order to use them as guides to inform their own writing. Writers will also learn practical techniques to enrich their writing skills through the use of dialogue and expand the lived experiences of the characters in their own stories. Bring a pen, paper and be ready to write!

Presenter Bio:
Kerry McNamara is a Canadian citizen who lives in Chesapeake, VA with her family. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Old Dominion University and teaches College Composition through the Dual Enrollment program at Grassfield High School and Tidewater Community College. Kerry spends lots of time writing and has taught creative writing workshops at the MUSE writing center in Norfolk. She is currently working on publishing her hybrid memoir/bio about her father’s life as a Catholic missionary in Guyana in the 1950s. Her work has been published in The Sun, Blue River Journal, Plaid Horse, Equus Magazine, and The Font, and she has two podcasts recorded on WHRO.


Aug 15, 2020-- Sell Your Book to Me and Everyone Else: Writing Engaging Cover Descriptions, presented by Christine Tate

Workshop Description:
With 48.5 million books available on Amazon alone, the competition to earn the attention of readers for your book is fierce! Engaging and effective cover descriptions are a key tool in the successful authors arsenal to make their book stand out above the rest. Join us in this seminar and learn how to supercharge your cover description to attract the attention of readers in your target market and stand out above the rest. Participants are welcome to bring a copy of their own cover descriptions to work on in this class.

Presenter Bio:
Christine Tate, originally a Midwest native, grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. The only child of a successful floor trader and an Indiana farm girl, she was strongly influenced by conservative, “Bible Belt” Christian philosophies. She started college at the age of fifteen and graduated from USC with honors at nineteen earning a degree in Cinema-Television. After various career experiences and many years living on the West Coast, she met and married the love of her life, Rick Tate. From there, she embarked on the travels and adventures that come with being a military spouse while homeschooling their daughter.

Christine is actively involved with church life and spends much of her time keeping up with family activities, producing the annual Virginia Beach Christian Readers and Authors Festival, mentoring other Christian authors, speaking at various events, and writing Christian books. More information about the Christian Readers and Authors Festival, can be found at https://christianauthorsfestival.webstarts.com. Information about new and upcoming releases from Christine Tate can be found at https://christinetate.webstarts.com.




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