Virginia Festival of the Book Events

02/10/2022 11:08 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

"Uncertainty Within: Literary Fiction," panel members, Sharon Harrigan (Half), Cliff Garstang (Oliver's Travels), and Lesley Wheeler (Unbecoming), will read from their novels and discuss their characters' unique self-discovery journeys. Jody Hobbs Hesler will moderate. March 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library.For more info:

The Moseley Writers will present The Write Start: Moseley Speed Critique for the sixteenth year in a row on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., virtually via Zoom, as part of this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. Panelists are published writers across a range of genres. They will read aloud from anonymous submissions of the first 100 words of original, unpublished manuscripts, then discuss story elements that work, suggest story elements that could be improved, and answer questions from the audience.

Submissions for critique must be sent via email to by Friday, March 11, 2022. Paste the entry into the body of the e-mail. No attachments, please. Nonfiction, horror and erotica will not be considered. Entries will be critiqued in the order in which they are received, so the earlier you send your entry, the more likely it is to be critiqued.

This event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To register, go to A video recording will also be available on after the event concludes.

The Write Start: Moseley Speed Critique is presented as part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.


Panel members:

            Meredith Cole started her career as a screenwriter and filmmaker. She was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition. Her first book, Posed for Murder(St. Martin’s Minotaur), was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Murder New York Style and Virginia is for Mystery, as well as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She teaches writing at WriterHouse.

            Jody Hobbs Hesler teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville and her work appears or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Arts & Letters, CRAFTThe Bangalore Review, Raleigh Review, Pithead Chapel, The Rumpus, The Georgia Review, Charlottesville Wine & Country Life, and elsewhere.

BettyJoyce Nash, a journalist and short story writer, co-edited a book of literary gun stories, Lock & Load: Armed Fiction (University of New Mexico Press, 2017). North Dakota Quarterly, Broad River Review, Across the Margin, and C-ville Weekly, among others, have published her fiction; in 2015, she won the F. Scott Fitzgerald prize. Her fiction has been recognized with fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and others.

            Deborah M. Prum’s award winning fiction has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Across the Margin and other publications. Her audio book, First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales, is a collection of essays, which have aired on NPR-member stations and have appeared in The Washington Post and many other publications. She’s written on writing for Writer Magazine, The Writer’s Handbook, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Magazine. She teaches at WriterHouse.    

            For more information, please contact Jody Hesler at 434-409-0902.

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