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Upcoming events

    • 06/23/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


    • 07/28/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


    • 08/06/2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 08/08/2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Eleventh Annual Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium:

    Your Writing Journey: Shooting for the Stars!

    August 6, 7, & 8, 2021

    This year's Navigating Your Life Symposium will be online again. This year, we're stepping it up, offering twice as many workshops as last year. 

    We are excited to have Jane Friedman back as our keynote speaker. 

    Jane  has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.

    Jane’s newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.

    In addition to being a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com; her expertise has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, NPR, PBS, NBC, CBS, the National Press Club and many other outlets.

    2021 SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 6:

    7PM   Jane Friedman - Keynote Address

     SATURDAY:

    Virtual Event Opens: 9:30 for Welcome and Opening Comments from the President

    10AM -   SESSION 1 

    Jack Trammell – Non-Fiction Editing Techniques

    Elizabeth Spragins – Teaching Your Words to Dance (Poetry)   

    11AM -   SESSION 2

    Cass Morris – Choose, Don’t Presume: Level up your SFF Worldbuilding

              Rick Hodges – “Write Dialogue Like an Expert” he said.

    12Noon -   SESSION 3        

    James Cole – Literary Slapfighting

    Katherine Gotthardt, John Dutton, Rebecca Sosa, & Zach Tamer, with Jan Rayl as Facilitator – Writing & Marketing Your Children’s Book

    1PM -    SESSION 4     

    Pamela K Kinney – How You Engage and How Your Signing Table Looks Drives Sales for You

    Susan Williamson – Writing Side Gigs:  How to Finance Ink, Paper, and Submission Fees

    (Door prize drawing at end of day)

    SUNDAY:

    10AM -   SESSION 1

    David Kudler – The Power of Where: Place, Settings, and the Hero’s Adventure

    April Michelle Davis – Critiquing Your First Pages

    11AM -   SESSION 2

    Solveig Eggerz – Storytelling: Gateway into your Writing

    Betsy Ashton – Creating and Executing a Book Launch Plan

    12Noon -   SESSION 3        

    David Godwin – An Introduction to IngramSpark

    Jenna Harte – From Draft to Fab: 6 Fool-Proof Ways to Revise Your Manuscript

    1PM -   SESSION 4  

    Chris Register – Concise Syntax & Clear Prose

    David M Simms – Writing Thrillers – How to Twist High Concept Plots, Memorable Characters, and Settings into Page-Turners.

    (Door prize drawing at end of day)


    Early Bird Registration is from June 1 to June 30th.

    Early Bird price is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. 

    After July 1, prices will be $60 for members and $70 for non-members.

    How to Register:

    Please read the following instructions carefully to insure your spot is saved and that you have the proper set up to attend the symposium:

    1) Register for symposium through this page. You should receive a confirmation email or you can log into your VWC account to check on your registration.

    2) The event will be held online which will require you to have a computer with Internet access. You will have the option to phone in to listen, as well. More details on what you'll need and how to navigate the webinar platform will be sent prior to the event.

    3) You'll receive an email the last week of July with full instructions on how to attend the event online. 

    4) On the days of the event, you'll access the event through a link sent to you (see#3) at the allotted time. 



    • 08/07/2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/08/2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 27
    Register

    VWC Symposium Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

    Sponsoring the Virginia Writers Club 2021 Symposium

    The Virginia Writers Club (VWC), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the United States. Comprised of chapters throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Writers Club is dedicated to fostering the art, craft, business and advocacy of the literary arts.

    In 2021 VWC will host its tenth annual Navigating Your Writing Life: Your Writing Journey: Shoot for the Stars. This year, due to the continued concerns over the Cornonavirus, the event will be held online over two days, Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 2021, and feature sixteen workshops on topics related to the art, craft, and business of writing for writers of all levels.

    This year’s keynote speaker will be Jane Friedman who has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers.

    Sponsoring the symposium is a fun and impactful way to promote literacy in the Commonwealth as well as offer the attendees information about goods, services, and opportunities for writers and those interested in writing.

    See our sponsorship opportunities below. You can get your sponsor space reserved using the Buy Now button through PayPal, or contact LeslieTruex@gmail.com if you'd like to mail a check.

    SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

    See logo and ad specs in advertising section below.

    Bronze Level ($100):

    • Sponsor name/logo with link featured on the VWC Symposium website and Facebook
    • Logo placement in the digital Symposium booklet given to all participants (and archived online along with the 2021 symposium workshops)
    • ¼ page advertisement in the symposium booklet
    • Logo included on VWC Sponsors slide video played between workshops

    Silver Level ($200): 

    • Sponsor name/logo with link featured on the VWC Symposium website and Facebook
    • Logo placement in the digital Symposium booklet given to all participants (and archived online along with the 2020 symposium workshops)
    • ½ page advertisement in the Symposium booklet
    • Display your logo or other information on your own slide in the interim video played between workshops (one slide)

    Gold Level ($300+): 

    • Sponsor name/logo with link featured on the VWC Symposium website and Facebook
    • Logo placement in the digital Symposium booklet given to all participants (and archived online along with the 2020 symposium workshops)
    • Full-page advertisement in the Symposium booklet
    • Display your logo or other information in the interim video played between workshops
    • 30-second video “commercial” of your business or book(s) played in between workshops (note that you’ll need to provide the video).

    Additional sponsorship opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

    • Provision of door prizes
    • Financial support to offset the symposium costs, such as sponsorship specific workshops

    VWC is also open to additional suggestions for support that sponsors may suggest.

    To discuss symposium sponsorship opportunities,

    contact Leslie Truex at LeslieTruex[at]gmail.com


    ADVERTISING OPTIONS

    Place your ad in the symposium book that includes all speaker materials and is given to every participant.  

    Quarter page: $25

    Half page: $50 

    Whole page: $75


    To advertise in the digital Symposium Book, given to all attendees and presenters, contact Leslie Truex at LeslieTruex[at]gmail.com

    DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2021

     

    • 08/25/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


    • 08/25/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


    • 09/22/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


    • 10/27/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

    Fourth Wednesday 7-9 PM EST

    ALL WELCOME - ALL Ages, Genders, Skin Tones

    Email patasuncion96@gmail.com


Past events

05/26/2021 Globel/Virtual Open Mic
04/28/2021 GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC
03/24/2021 GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC
02/24/2021 GLOBAL/VIRTUAL OPEN MIC
02/06/2021 Board of Governors meeting
11/07/2020 VWC Annual Meeting 2020
08/01/2020 2020 Symposium Sponsorship
05/02/2020 VWC 2nd Quarter 2020 BOG Meeting
02/01/2020 1st Board of Governors Meeting of 2020
11/24/2019 Solveig Eggerz at Book People
11/16/2019 Northern Virginia Chapter NaNoWriMo Write-in
11/02/2019 Annual Meeting 2019 Registration
06/01/2019 2nd Quarter BOG Meeting
04/27/2019 Hanover Book Festival 2019
02/02/2019 Board of Governors 1st Quarter Meeting
11/03/2018 Registration: Symposium
11/02/2018 Registration: Annual Meeting Guest Only
11/02/2018 Registration: Annual Meeting
11/02/2018 2018 Annual Meeting & Symposium Registration
11/02/2018 2018 Annual Meeting & Symposium Speaker Registration
10/27/2018 Blue Ridge Writers Book Fair - SOLD OUT!
09/08/2018 Board of Governors Meeting
05/18/2018 Writing as Art, Editing and Publishing - Free Workshop
05/17/2018 Writing as Art, Editing and Publishing - Free Workshop
05/17/2018 A Rockfish Valley Poet and His Camera - A Book Signing and Discussion
05/05/2018 Board of Governors Meeting
04/28/2018 Hanover Book Festival
03/21/2018 2018 VA Festival of the Book
02/13/2018 2018 College Scholarship Application Period Now Open
02/03/2018 Board of Governors Meeting
11/18/2017 Charlottesville Book Fair
11/04/2017 2017 Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony & Centennial Launch
10/15/2017 2018 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest
10/14/2017 2-in-1 Writing Workshop in Luray, VA
10/14/2017 7th Annual Parade of Prose
10/09/2017 Feature-Writing Workshop
08/05/2017 2017 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium
06/21/2017 [WRITER'S RETREAT] "Finding Esse: Nurturing the Soul of the Writer"
06/17/2017 [Guest Speaker] Bryan Nowak, Paranormal Suspense Author - "My Experiences Writing & Publishing Genre Fiction"
05/24/2017 Brad Parks and Domnica Radulescu at Ox-Eye Vineyards
05/15/2017 2017 Golden Nib Writing Contest
05/13/2017 May 13, 2017 Board of Governors Meeting
04/29/2017 Mapping Your Writing Journey
04/22/2017 Hanover Book Festival 2017
04/15/2017 Tips & Steps to Take When Freelancing the Nonfiction Article
03/22/2017 2017 VA Festival of the Book
02/25/2017 TEEN WRITERS - New Fredericksburg Group
02/11/2017 Inaugural Meeting - Skyline Writers' Circle
02/04/2017 February 2017 BoG Meeting
12/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/05/2016 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/08/2016 6th Annual Parade of Prose
09/17/2016 VWC September 2016 Board of Governors Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
09/16/2016 2016 TEEN GOLDEN NIB CONTEST
09/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/06/2016 Navigating Your Writing Life 2016 Symposium
07/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Diane Fanning
06/10/2016 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
06/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Kathleen Grissom
05/31/2016 Lake Writers Present Sharyn McCrumb
05/12/2016 Lake Writers Present James Nagy
05/07/2016 Board of Governors Meeting
05/01/2016 2016 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
03/16/2016 #VAWriters at 2016 VA Festival of the Book
03/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/16/2016 2016 Golden Nib contest
02/13/2016 VWC College Scholarship Competition
01/28/2016 VWC February 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
12/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Winter Edition
12/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/07/2015 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/11/2015 In the Company of Laureates: Oct 11 "Poets Laureate Day" Prince William County
09/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Fall Edition
09/12/2015 VWC September 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
09/09/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/01/2015 Navigating Your Writing Life 2015 Symposium
06/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition
06/12/2015 Appalachian Writers Heritage Symposium
06/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
05/17/2015 2015 Teen Golden Nib contest
05/02/2015 VWC May 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
03/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Spring Edition
03/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/07/2015 VWC February 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
11/01/2014 Annual Meeting
09/11/2014 FALL FOR THE BOOK
09/06/2014 Sept. BOG Meeting
08/09/2014 HANOVER BOOK FESTIVAL 2014
08/02/2014 Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
05/03/2014 May 3rd BOG Meeting
05/01/2014 2014 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
05/01/2014 2014 Golden Nib contest
04/12/2014 12th Annual Celebration of Poetry
03/23/2014 - A VITAL FUSION - The Writer and the Community
03/19/2014 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book
02/08/2014 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
11/02/2013 2013 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/26/2013 Fall for the Book - "What's Cooking?"
09/02/2013 CANCELLED: VWC Board of Governors Meeting
08/10/2013 HANOVER BOOK FESTIVAL
08/03/2013 Kathleen Grissom, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Kitchen House
08/03/2013 Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication
06/14/2013 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/01/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
04/20/2013 Getting Your Book or Manuscript Ready for Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing
04/13/2013 11th Annual Celebration of Poetry
04/12/2013 2013 Golden Nib contest
03/20/2013 Virginia Festival of the Book
03/20/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
03/01/2013 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest Deadline
02/23/2013 Playwriting Workshop
11/03/2012 2012 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/29/2012 Screenwriting with Richard Krevolin - Fall for the Book
09/29/2012 Self-publishing panel - Fall for the Book
09/08/2012 VWC 3rd Qtr. Board of Governors Meeting
08/04/2012 Navigating Your Writing Life 2012
05/01/2012 2012 Young Writers Golden Nib Contest
04/27/2012 2012 Virginia Writers Club College Scholarship
01/24/2012 2012 Innaugural Testing Phase
11/12/2011 2011 Annual Meeting
07/23/2011 Some Kind of Make Believe!
01/02/2011 Spring Shorts Contest
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