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Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication

  • 08/03/2013
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 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 2013 and/or if you are on the roster of a VWC Chapter

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: July 26 (midnight) - for online registration. Mailed registrations need to be received by July 26.

Registration Closed


Navigating Your Writing Life – 2013

A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication

Featuring Kathleen Grissom New York Times Best-selling Author of The Kitchen House

Saturday, August 3, 2013
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

Click here for map.

Registration & Payment
The extended deadline was MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, JULY 28.*

$75 VWC & Chapter Members; $85 Nonmember; $60 College/University Student; $60 Teacher; $40 Teen (Middle/High School Student); $75 Affiliated Group (must have discount code); Presenter FREE

Fee includes Symposium Notebook (featuring handouts from all sessions), refreshments and box lunch.

Online registrations are processed via PAYPAL for payment by check or credit card. Only ONLINE PAYMENTS can be accepted for the extended deadline (no mailed checks).



8:30   Sign-in, Meet and Greet, Coffee, Tea & Pastries
9:00 - 10:00   SESSION ONE (Choice of One)

  • Publishing Modes (Panelists: Andy Straka, Becky Mushko, Jim Morrison. Moderator: Gary Kessler)
  • Websites, Blogs & Social Media (Panelists: Betsy Ashton, Cassandra Stish, Leslie Truex, Diana Williams. Moderator: Linda M. Layne)
  • Poetry and Its Market (Panelists: Heather Banks, Stan Galloway, Lesley Wheeler. Moderator: Sara Robinson)
10:15 - 11:15   SESSION TWO (Choice of One)

  • Nuts & Bolts of E-booking (Panelists: Matt Iden, Piper Nichole, Cherie Reich. Moderator: Becky Mushko)
  • Placing Nonfiction in Newspapers, Magazines and on Radio (Panelists: Rick Britton, Janis Jaquith, Deborah Prum. Moderator: Jack Trammell)
  • Join the Cool Crowd: Write Young Adult Fiction (Presented by Vanessa Barger)

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 - 1:15


Welcome by Betsy Ashton, VWC President & Keynote Address by Kathleen Grissom


1:30 - 2:30   SESSION THREE (Choice of One)

  • Self-Review and Preparing Submissions (Presented by Gary Kessler)
  • Publishing Scams to Avoid (Presented by Dave Kuzminski)
  • Contests & Submissions: Getting Your Work Out There (Panelists: Aimee Hunt, John Most, Sara Robinson. Moderator: Betsy Ashton)

2:45 - 4:30   NETWORKING LOCALLY & BEYOND (with refreshments, information tables, bookstore and signings by panelists and presenters)


Over the Moon Bookstore (Crozet, VA) is our official Symposium Bookseller.



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For more information about the Symposium, contact Sara M. Robinson, Symposium Chairperson.

For assistance with registration, contact Linda M. Layne, Treasurer.

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