2018 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium: Live, Breathe, Write

Changes to the VWC Annual Meeting and Symposium for 2018

November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding the Virginia Writers Club. To celebrate, the planning committee decided to join these two events together, with Annual Meeting being held Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5 pm until 9 pm, and Symposium on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:00 to 5:00. 

Both events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA. A block of rooms has been reserved for both Friday and Saturday for anyone who wants to stay the night while attending the events. 

Registration is Open Now!

You have three registration options depending on if you want to go to one event or the other, or both. Rates go up for all options on October 1, so register now!

1. Register for both the Annual Meeting on Nov. 2 and Symposium Nov. 3 - Registration to attend both meetings is $150 

2. Register for Annual Meeting Only - $65

3. Register for Symposium Only - $115

Registration is open until October 26, 2018.

We have reserved a block of rooms for both Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn (see map at the bottom of page). The conference room rate is:

  • King Bed $99
  • 2 Queen $109
To reserve a room, call 1-804-521-2900 and give them code: VWC18 

If you have any questions or issues when registering for the event or the hotel, please let me know at LeslieTruex@gmail.com.

Need more information before deciding? Details about both events are below.

Annual Meeting Keynote: JEANNE LARSEN

Jeanne’s keynote talk will be Out of the Caldera: Making Creativity Happen; she’ll share tips and insights into the creative process, aimed at helping you access the wild energy of your creativity.

Jeanne Larsen’s next book is What Penelope Chooses: Poems, winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award: it will be out in January. She has published three print novels (Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, Manchu Palaces, as well as an e-novel, Sally Paradiso. She’s also the author of two books of poetry (Why We Make Gardens [& Other Poems], and James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita), as well as a poem sequence in an art book (These Gardens) and two books of literary translations (Brocade River Poems, and Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China). Her work appears regularly in literary journals nationwide.

Jeanne has received grants and awards from the NEA, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Bread Loaf, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, AWP, the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and, in her student days, the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Roanoke County Virginia, and teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University. You can learn more by visiting Jeanne's website.

Other Annual Meeting Events include:

  • Centennial Celebration
  • Golden Nib Winner Awards
  • Board Member Elections
  • Dinner (including cash bar)
  • The opportunity to sell your books (you'll need to be a member registered for annual meeting to sell your books. Reserve your spot here.)
  • And more!
Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium: Live, Breathe, Write (Sat. Nov. 3)
This year for symposium we have put together a fabulous group of workshop instructors to cover poetry, writing craft, editing, publishing marketing and more!

Plus there will be a continental breakfast, lunch and a snack, along with book signings, and mingling with fellow writers.

Click here to see the full line up of symposium workshops and speakers. 

 November 2 - 3, 2018 at The Hilton Garden Inn, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 


Thank to Our 2018 Symposium Sponsors

Sponsor and Advertising Opportunities for the Symposium

We are once again seeking sponsors and advertisers to support this event. 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.

This year we’re offering several sponsorship levels and advertising options. We’d be honored if you were interested in supporting the Symposium. Click here to view all the sponsor and ad options.

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