2018 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium

Announcing the Centennial Meeting Keynote Speaker...

The Virginia Writers Club is very excited to announce that Jeanne Larsen will be the keynote speaker for the VWC Annual Meeting on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Details about Annual Meeting and Symposium are below.


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.

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 8:30 to 4:30. 

Early registration for members will start September 1, and regular registration on October 1st. 

You will have the option to register for one or the other events, or both combined. Registration fees will cover the event and food.

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

Stay tuned for more details on the event including schedule, workshops and more!

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


Thank you to last year's Symposium Sponsors



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

One of the Virginia Writers Club major events of the year is the annual symposium, which provides workshops, panels, and the chance to connect with writers of all levels to help them expand their knowledge and reach their writing goals. To pull off this popular event, we rely on the support of sponsors.

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.

To learn more about how you can support writers in Virginia, please review our sponsorship information packet.







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