Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Notable events for writers looking to connect with other writers and hone their craft:

October 1: Leesburg First Friday (through the Writers Center), Leesburg, VA
Demystifying the Mystery: Tips on Writing Crime Fiction with Marcia Talley

Please join award winning mystery author Marcia Talley as she gives us practical tips on how to ratchet up the tension in our novels, whether they be mysteries or not.

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October 6 through October 16: Virginia Literary Festival, Richmond, VA

The Library of Virginia Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Virginia Literary Festival. Taking place from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 16 and anchored by the popular James Rivers Writers’ Conference and the elegant Virginia Literary Awards, the Virginia Literary Festival celebrates Virginia’s rich literary resources with a ten-day series of events taking place at venues throughout the metropolitan Richmond area.

The festival’s events are broad and geared to both readers and writers, with book talks, writers’ workshops and much more.

Click here to read the press release about the Virginia Literary Festival, and visit for the festival’s Web site.


October 16: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Rockville, MD

This annual conference “hosts workshops, salons, discussions and readings, and the presentation of the annual Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement.” Alice McDermott is this year’s honoree, and workshops include:

Flash Fiction, Kirk Nesset
Nonfiction: One Day in the Life of a Literary Agent, Shannon O’Neill
Narrative Nonfiction: How to do it and why it’s Important, David Rowell
Creative Fictional Characters with Skin, Stacy Barton
The Journey to Finish a Novel, Deanna Frei
From DIY to Independent Publisher: Mixing the Art & Commerce of the Poetry Book, Amy Holman
What does a Successful Article Query Look Like? Lisa Schroder
Fiction: Potomac Review Editors Speak: How to Get Out of the Slush Pile, Zachary Benavidez, Lynn Stearns, Will Grofic

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DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.