The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference enters its seventh year in 2014. The event opens Friday night with a wine reception and keynote address. Saturday’s workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. The schedule is here.
My class will be about social media, murder, timelines, and mind maps. The bios (by Dan Smith) of the 2014 presenters are here. Their presentation titles are between brackets.
This year’s key-note speaker is Sheri Reynolds from Virginia Beach. Her talk “Giggling Past the Funeral Home: A Look at What Makes Us Laugh” is followed up by her class “Dreamwork for Writers: Using Your Dreams to Deepen Your Stories” the next day. Sheri will be joined on opening night by novelists Carrie Brown and Rod Belcher.
Sheri is the author of the play, “Orabelle’s Wheelbarrow,” and the novels Bitterroot Landing, The Rapture of Canaan (an Oprah book club selection and New York Times bestseller), A Gracious Plenty, Firefly Cloak, The Sweet In-Between, and most recently The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb. A graduate of Davidson College and Virginia Commonwealth University, she teaches creative writing and literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, where she serves as the Ruth and Perry Morgan Chair of Southern Literature.
You may register online here. The conference costs $65 and includes nearly two dozen classes, lunch, wine reception, and coffee. Information is available at 540-556-8510.
I am very excited to be part of the conference. Hopefully I will meet many of you.
See you then!