Scene Weekend: Writers Conference & Workshop

June 4 / 16

Hey there! It’s been awhile since Shadowbox has put anything on literature, but I always find something in that department.

(cred: AWP)

Hampton Roads Writers Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

HRW’s Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference, which takes place Sept. 15 – 17, 2016 at the Virginia Beach/Norfolk Conference center, Holiday Inn Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, offers outstanding opportunities to network, improve your craft and marketing skills, and pitch work to agents.

1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling key notes, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 50 workshops during 10 breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, NO-FEE, cash-prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry, FREE 90-minute networking social with food and drink, and evening 2-hr open mic session. Optional conference features include: first 10-pages manuscript review.

Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and the business of getting published. A book shop, book signings, and many networking opportunities will be available.

Vendor tables available.

Tuition includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, all-day beverage service both days, 90-minute networking social on Friday evening that features food, cash bar, and silent auctions, and Open Mic following the social.

Contest submission deadline July 8; 9 cash prizes totaling over $2,000

Optional 1st eight pages manuscript evaluation submission deadline July 8

1st ten lines for critique submission deadline Aug 19

AWP members may register at the HRW member rate


Featured Writers Include:

Best selling authors Robert J. Crane & Mary Burton will headline the conference, each delivering keynote addresses and leading several writing workshop, breakout sessions.

Other Faculty includes:

Fiction authors — John Robert Mack, Bria Quinlan, Jeannie Lin, Rick Eley, Ginger Marcinkowski, and others

Poets: Bunny Goodjohn and Luisa Igloria

Technical Specialists: Sgt. Mike Lovely. John Robert Mack, and Rick Eley

Literary Agents: Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency, Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary, and Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Nonfiction writer — TBD



Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Virginia Beach/Norfolk Conference center, Holiday Inn Hotel
5655 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach
Virginia, United States

SEP 15 SEP 17, 2016


TUITION / COST:Early bird until Jun 10 — $220 HRW members, $255 non-members; Jun 11 – Sept 8, $255 members, $290 non-members; Sept 9 to start of conf. $310 members & nonmembers; $150 Student (with proof of FULL TIME enrollment); $160 Fri only; $150 Sat only, $50 Thur
Partial and full scholarships are available but are need-based only and require documentation of need. Feel free to email HRW at for details.





Summer Writing Workshop

July 24 – 29, 2016 / St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota

2016 visiting faculty:

Creative nonfiction with Sven Birkerts

Fiction with Chinelo Okparanta

Poetry with Rebecca Lindenberg

Join us on Wednesday, July 27, for a special publishing pan with Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press and Joey McGarvey of Milkweed Editions.

Space is limited. Register today.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be blessed!

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