• 02/13/2022 5:09 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Paul Schutte's play, "The Pirates of Chemo" is going to be performed in Bangkok, Thailand in May. It has previously been performed in 14 states in the US. Learn more at https://bangkokcommunitytheatre.com/shows/pirates-of-chemo-cast/

  • 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:  https://www.vabook.org/events/2022/03/uncertainty-within-literary-fiction/

    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 They will read aloud from anonymous submissions of the first 100 words of original, unpublished manuscripts, then discuss story elements that work, suggest story elements that could be improved, and answer questions from the audience.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 writestart700@gmail.com 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3lSj2K_iS0eXPUil35aspw. A video recording will also be available on VaBook.org/Watch 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.

  • 01/29/2022 1:03 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Sarah Collins Honenberger:   Won First Place, Novel Excerpt, SOUL KEATS LITERARY COMPETITION, National Pen Women, from her fourth novel, Minding Henry Lewis. Readings will be on YouTube after the March 27, 2022 Virtual Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

    Dawn Brotherton:  Will be on her Midwest Book Tour from March 5 - May 8, 2022. 

  • 01/29/2022 11:11 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

     VM Roberts:  Senator Stokes was released on 7/22/2021 by Amazon

     VM Roberts:  Searching for Lloyd was released on 12/14/2021 by Amazon

     VM Roberts:  Imprints of Her Decisions was released on 12/22/2021 by Amazon

     VM Roberts:  Nena St. George was released on 7/28/2021 by Amazon

     David Barudin:  People Around the Corner and Other Strangers was released on 1/24/2022, by Amazon (in ebook and paperback)


     Coe Sherrard:  The Other Side of Good was released on 1/18/2022, by Koehler Books

     Dawn Brotherton:  The Dragons of Silent Mountain will be released on 2/5/2022 by Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC

  • 01/02/2022 4:19 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Mary Elizabeth Ames:  Raephela was released on December 20, 2021 by Koehler Books

  • 01/02/2022 4:15 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    "Rivanna Review" is a new print quarterly for stories, essays, and book reviews. It is open to submissions and by subscription. For details, see rivannareview.com

  • 11/28/2021 12:38 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Irene Wittig has created a website to accompany her historical novel, All That Lingers, with historical, cultural, and gastronomic information, videos, and photographs about the Vienna of her novel. https://all-that-lingers.com

    Janice Hoffman participated in the Williamsburg Book Festival on October 2 and had a book signing at The Book Warehouse in Williamsburg on October 10. Her next reading was at the A-Ibanez Museum and Gallery in Kilmarnock on October 24. She shared again on Friday, November 5 at the Gloucester Arts Center and will be on the Neal Steele radio program, Xtra 99.1 FM on Tuesday, November 30. Her new children's book, Four Fairy Friends Celebrate Christmas, was recently released by High Tide Publishing just in time for the holidays. Visit her evolving website at jan-hoffman.com

    Elizabeth Spencer Spragins short fiction "Remembered" appears in Eucalyptus and Rose Literary Magazine, September 10, 2021.     Remembered (eucalyptusandroselitmag.com)                                     Spragins' 53-word stories "Mistaken Identity," "Deliverance," and "Unleashed" appear in "Borrowed Solace" Issue 4.2: Tamed (Fall 2021)   Elizabeth Spencer Spragins – Award-winning poet, writer, and celebrant of landscapes (wordpress.com) 

    C.E. Albanese's unpublished novel, Drone Kings, was selected as the 2021 Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition Grandmaster winner!  Congratulations!

    Write By the Rails held a Fall Workshop on November 13, 2021. Unfortunately for them, I did not get this posted in time for anyone to sign up. I apologize for that. To keep up with future events, go to their website at https://wbtr.org/ 

    Danielle Daynay had a book reading/signing on November 18, 2021 at the Witch's Brew Cafe.  

  • 11/28/2021 12:01 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Coe SherrardThe Other Side of Good is scheduled for publication on January 17, 2022, by Koehler Books in Virginia Beach. 

    (The image shown is a work-in-progress and may not represent the actual cover of the book.)

    Victoria Fletcher:  Happily in Evermore was released November 1, 2021, by Hoot Books Publishing.

  • 11/28/2021 10:55 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Charles Tabb:  Finding Twigs was released on July 20, 2021, by Gifted Time Books

    Janice Hoffman:  Four Fairy Friends Celebrate Christmas was released on September 27, 2021, by High Tide Publications, Inc.

    Kris Spisak: Kris's article, "When is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers," was published on September 24, 2021, in Writer's Digest.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cuy4pdPi-boY-cMXk5pR-rP83RKCNPn3UwDMBhJL6kU/edit#:~:text=https%3A//www.writersdigest.com/write%2Dbetter%2Dfiction/when%2Dis%2Dmy%2Dnovel%2Dready%2Dto%2Dread%2Dself%2Dediting%2Dprocesses%2Dfor%2Dwriters

    K.P. Robbins:   Thoughts and Prayers, a novel by Lee Anne Post,  was released October 26, 2021, by Milford House Press, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc.

    Patrice Wilkerson:  Wilkerson's article was featured in the book Dear God:  118 Devotional Prayers for Teens and Young Adults, published on November 1, 2021.

    William Tang:  The Chinese Slant was published on July 20, 2021, by History Publishing Co., LLC

    William Tang:  "Besieged by Songs" was published in History Magazine Quarterly on August 1, 2021.

  • 11/16/2021 1:19 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    This event will be at the New Event Center at the Colonnades Senior Living Community at 2600 Barracks Rd. 

    For more information CLICK HERE.

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