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Navigating Your Writing Life 2012

  • 08/04/2012
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Piedmont Va Community College - Charlottesville, VA 22902
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  • If you are not a current member of the Virginia Writers Club.
  • Please use this Event Type only if you are an invited presenter for the symposium.
  • Please be sure to fill out the supplemental information at the bottom of the registration form if you are a teen writer.
  • If you are a dues-paying member of the Virginia Writers Club in good standing as of 2012.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Late registrations will be acccepted via online registration only (no mailed registrations) thru noon August 3. Registrations at the door will also be accepted by cash or check only. Session and lunch choices may be limited for late registrations.


Navigating Your Writing Life – 2012

A Symposium for Writers of All Ages & All Stages


New York Times Bestselling Author of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life and Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center
Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA  22902 

Click here for map.

Registration & Payment
Please register online by clicking the button to the left. The deadline is July 30, 2012.*

Online registrations are processed via PAYPAL for payment by check or credit card. 

* IMPORTANT NOTE: After July 30, LATE registrations will be acccepted via online registration only (no mailed registrations) thru noon August 3. Registrations at the door will also be accepted by cash or check only. Session and lunch choices may be limited for late registrations.

If payment via mailed check is preferred*, you should receive an invoice by email after registering with your balance due. Please print this invoice and send it, along with your payment, to:

Betsy Ashton
202 Minton Circle
Moneta, VA 21421

Please click here for a list of our speakers, their biographies, and a short bibliography for each.


8:30 - 9:30   Registration, Meet and Greet, Coffee, Tea & Danishes
9:30   Opening Remarks: June Forte, president, VWC
10:00 - 10:45   SESSION ONE (Choice of One)

  • Show AND Tell - Presented by Clifford Garstang
  • Writing Mysteries - Presented by Alan Orloff
  • Contemporary Women Poets - Presented by Sara Robinson

11:00 - 11:45   SESSION TWO (Choice of One)

  • From Page to Screen: Turning Your Book into a Movie - Presented by John Gilstrap
  • Charming the Gatekeeper: How to land that perfect agent and why you still need to -Presented by Brad Parks
  • Why We Chose E-Book Publishing - A panel discussion on going "e" over traditional publishing – Brooke McGlothlin, Bill Blume and Wayne L. White

12:00 - 12:45  

Lunch and book giveaway


1:00 - 1:45   SESSION THREE (Choice of One)

  • Publication’s First Heartbeat: Critique Groups - Presented by Tracy S. Deitz
  • A Way With Words: Prose and Poetry: Hook Your Reader with the First 100 Words: A panel discussion led by Blue Ridge Chapter Members Lauvonda Lynn Young and Linda Levokove
  • eBook Marketing: Strategies and More: What Works Best: -- Presented by Mary Montague Sikes

Followed by Closing Remarks
3:00 - 4:00   Bookstore and Signings by Presenters

VWC Chapter members need to be members of the statewide VWC to receive the discount.

Please note: Teen attendees MUST fill out and return a waiver (available here) along with their payment in order to attend. After July 30 mailed registrations will not be guaranteed. Instead, register online and/or bring forms and payment on the day of the event.

Anyone needing additional assistance, please contact: Linda M. Layne, VWC Exec. Dir.

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