Valley Business FRONT Post – Roanoke Regional Writers Conference

From Dan Smith, Editor, Valley Business FRONT:

Registrations for the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, Janurary 23-24, 2009, started coming in this week and I guess it’s time to get pumped up again. The first conference, held this past January at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, was such a success that one writer wrote a poem about it. Others talked about it for weeks.

I was tickled by that because the intent was to get people who write for a living and people who want to do so talking to each other, sharing experiences, techniques and resources. During the Saturday session, you’d see pockets of writers talking rapidly and enthusiastically as if what they had to say was going to roll under the couch if they didn’t get it out. Lonely professions can cause people to be socially clumsy.

Word got out about the conference and Hollins University jumped in and made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. Hollins is a natural spot for gathering writers (it has produced about seven Pulitzer Prize winners) and these lovely people genuinely wanted us. The Jefferson Center was great. Hollins is perfect.

This year, we have 25 professional writers teaching 25 classes and it only costs $50 (including coffee, lunch, wine, etc.). If you’re a writer, join us by registering.  We’d love to have you and I think you’ll enjoy it.

The Valley Business FRONT Post is written by Dan Smith, Editor, Valley Business FRONT, a monthly magazine featuring the business communities of the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia. 

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