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Navigating Your Writing Life 2015 Symposium

  • 08/01/2015
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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  • This applies to those members who have attained lifetime status.
  • Presenters do not pay for the symposium
  • Must be an active student in middle school, high school, or college/university
  • High school, college or university level
  • Full registration starts after Early-Bird Special ends.

Registration is closed

In 2015, the VWC will host another Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium. This one-day symposium (the fifth in the series) takes place Saturday, August 1st, and will feature presentations and panels on several topics of interest to writers.   

The theme for the 2015 Symposium will be Navigating Your Writing Life:  Balancing  Craft and Business 

Keynote Speaker:  Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Bestselling Author

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders. Her Revolutionary War novel, King's Mountain was published in September 2013 by St. Martin's Press. Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past, a holiday Ballad novella, was published in October by Abingdon Press.

McCrumb, named a Virginia Woman of History by the Library of Virginia, was awarded the Mary Hobson Prize for Arts & Letters in 2014.

In addition to presenting programs at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US, McCrumb has taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King University in Tennessee, and at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.

McCrumb's great-grandfathers were circuit preachers in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains a hundred years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in a different community each week. It is from them, she says, that she gets her regard for books, her gift of storytelling and public speaking, and her love of the Appalachian Mountains.



Click on the "flyer" link above to view the presenter list and proposed schedule for this year's Symposium!

To learn more about the presenters, CLICK HERE for their bios

Click here to view the PRESS RELEASE



If interested in being a sponsor for the 2015 Symposium, please save, complete, and return the following form to kimba@kimdalferes.com






(Other sponsors will be listed here as we receive their logos and contact information.) 



Volunteers are needed to help pull off the 2015 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium. Please take a look at the tasks and sub-tasks shown on the following pdf link, and if you can assist in any way, contact First Vice President Maggie Duncan at phyllisduncan52@gmail.com or call her at (703)371-4396 (cell) or (540)256-7601 (home).

VWC Symposium Tasks.pdf





















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