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Location: Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, VA
Time: Sign in: 8:00-9:00 AM
Presentations: 9:00 AM to Noon (two each hour)
Noon – 1:00 PM catered lunch
Presentations: 1:00-2:00 PM (two per hour)
Keynote Presentation with George Guidall 2:00-3:30 PM (Open to all)
Meet the Authors and Book Signing: 3:30 PM -4:30 PM.
Fees: $80.00 PW Members $100.00 Non Members $90.00 Students 18+
Writing for Artists
Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in English (Teaching Writing and Literature) and MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University (GMU). In between earning those degrees, she worked as a corporate marketing communications specialist, public relations manager, creative writing workshop leader, and freelance writer and editor. Allen is an adjunct instructor of English at GMU, where she has taught Advanced Composition and Writing for Artists.
Using Psychology to Flesh Out Your Character’s Traits
Author of five novels and a poetry book, Patty Apostolides holds an MFA in Creative Writing Degree and is enrolled in a PhD program at University of the Cumberlands. She is the cofounder and director of the Hellenic Writers’ Group of Washington DC (HWGW) since 2014. She teaches monthly classes on the craft of writing and is working on a poetry anthology with HWGW. Two of her books have been translated into Greek. Visit her at www.pattyapostolides.com for more information.
New to Writing? What You Don’t Know About Writing and Publishing Can Hold You Back
Bobbi Carducci is published in multiple genre’s including book length creative nonfiction and fiction and as award winning book for young readers. She is a former newspaper columnist and professional book reviewer. Her work appears in multiple newspaper and magazine articles in print and on line. Bobbi is a frequent present at writers conferences and workshops. Bobbi is the current Vice President of Pennwriters. Titles of her books include: Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, Caregiver you are Not Alone, Pencil Dances, Storee Wryter Gets A Dog. Her short stories are published in multiple anthologies, including Short and Happy (or not), Abundant Grace, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and others. www.bobbicarducci.com
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – George Guidall – The Art and Artifice of Audiobook Narration
Widely recognized as the world’s most acclaimed and most prolific narrator of audiobooks, George Guidall has brought a consistent artistry to his readings, delighting listeners for over 20 years. His narrations of classics like Crime and Punishment, Frankenstein, The Iliad, Don Quixote, and Les Miserables, along with many popular best sellers, have set a standard for excellence recognized throughout the audiobook industry. His recordings have garnered uniformly excellent reviews from Audiofile, Kliatt, Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Times, and a variety of national newspapers and magazines. He has also received several Audie Awards—the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar— and holds the record for receiving the most Earphone Awards for excellence in narration given by Audiofile Magazine which has named him one of the original “Golden Voices” in the audiobook industry. He has been honored by the Audio Publishers Association with a life-time achievement award for his record of more than 1,300 unabridged narrations.
Along with his award-winning work as an audiobook narrator, Guidall has also enjoyed a career in the theatre, including starring roles on Broadway, an Obie award for best performance Off-Broadway, and has shared the stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Meryl Streep. In addition to TV dramas such as Law & Order, he has appeared on most of the daytime television series. www.georgeguidall.com
ArticleWriting – Give It A Try!
Diane Helentjaris, MD, MPH is a non-fiction writer whose articles frequently highlight unsung life stories. An Honors graduate with a BA cum laude in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State, she spent the middle years of her career as a clinical physician and public health administrator before returning to the humanities. https://dianehelentjaris.com
Poet as Writer Submitter and More!
Michael Lyle is retired from ordained ministry and lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Michael’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Canary, The Carolina Quarterly, Dappled Things, Euphony, Foliate Oak, The Hollins Critic, IthacaLit, Mudfish, The Opiate Magazine, Pilgrimage, Pinyon, River Poets Journal, Rock & Sling, Saint Katherine Review, The Windhover and other magazines and journals.His chapbook “The Everywhere of Light” (Plan B Press) was published in October, 2018.Michael’s essays “Feast” and “Enemy” were winners of The Buechner Narrative Writing Project and published in The Christian Century.
Researching for Success
The author of Juliet – From Slavery to Inspiration” resides in Clarke County, Virginia where his ancestors have lived since 1794. Born in 1949, he graduated from the Massanutten Military Academy in 1967. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and served for three years as a Biochemistry Research Lab Technician. In 1975, he graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in both Philosophy and Literature. He owned and operated several businesses in Berryville, Virginia and later spent 20 years with the Clarke County Planning Department before retiring in 2016. Jesse L. Russell has written historical articles for the local monthly journal as well as for the Clarke County Historical Association. He believes that history should be written not only as educational, but be equally entertaining and inspirational. Juliet – From Slavery to Inspiration is his first book.
Presentation 1: Compass Point Plotting, Presentation 2: Place as Character – Strong Settings
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House. Book #2, Until the Harvest, released May 2015. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.
A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC. https://sarahloudinthomas.com/Share this: