November 19: Tell Your Story to Sell Your Story

Join us on November 19 when Jennifer Crawford from Social Media Rescue will share how indie authors can shine on social media by finding, connecting, and engaging with their specific audience. You don’t need a large following on social media, but you do need the help of some raving fans. Learn what it takes to turn a casual reader in a rabid fan by giving them more than just your book.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 19th November
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883

PRESENTER BIO

jensheadshot2015Jennifer Crawford is the co-owner of Social Media Rescue. Social Media Rescue is a boutique agency that works closely with small businesses and organizations on unique approaches to social media marketing, branding, new media, and business strategy. She specializes in using creativity, humor, and fun to inject unforgettable qualities into your marketing.


In addition to running a business, she is a podcaster, Founder of DC PodFest, and an improviser with The Improv Imps. She lives with her husband and three-legged rescue Pug in Fairfax, Virginia.

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October 29: Storytelling Techniques Aren’t Just for Memoirists

Essayists, journalists, screenwriters, poets, and documentarians all contribute techniques that can help you become a better storyteller, no matter which genre you choose. Yes, even fiction and memoir.

Join us October 29th as we discuss everything from back story to voice to scene-setting, and more.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 29th October
1:00-3:00 p.m.
John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 971-0010

PRESENTER BIO
dianne-hennessy-kingDianne Hennessy King co-authored, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More, which was published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in September 2016.

She is a cultural anthropologist who teaches classes on memoir writing at George Mason University’s Osher program, and is a guest lecturer on writing personal history across cultures.

Dianne is also a television producer for public television. Some of her programs have been on subjects as diverse as “Tolstoy: Creativity and Madness,” “Community Environmentalism,” and interviews of educators and authors such as the poet Grace Cavalieri. Dianne is a charter member, past president, and, for the past ten years, editor of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C.

Among other career byways, she was formerly a teacher of Humanities at the University of Minnesota, editor in chief for Pillsbury Publications, and a writer and editor for Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia.

September 24: Historical Research for Fiction Writers

Join us on September 24th for a presentation on historical research for fiction writers. Our presenter, Dorothy Spruzen, will provide answers to the following questions:

Do you really need to get it right?
How much is too much?
Where can you find it?
A reliable source? Maybe not.

Also … learn how to avoid pratfalls!

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 24th September
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Kingstowne Public Library
6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr,
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 339-4610

PRESENTER BIO
D.A. SpruzenD. A. Spruzen grew up near London, England, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and teaches writing when she’s not seeking her own muse. In another life she was Manager of Publications for a defense contractor. Her short stories and poems have appeared in many publications, and she is the author of The Blitz Business, set in WWII England, released on August 1 from Koehler Books. Her other books are: Long in the Tooth (poetry collection); The Flower Ladies series, of which Books 1 and 2 have been published: Not One of Us and Lily Takes the Field, and Crossroads; two novellas. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia, where she also teaches writing classes. Visit Dorothy’s website at www.daspruzen.com.

August 27th: Keeping Your Audience Engaged / Writers’ Roundtable

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

Your book is out. You have a list of followers on social media. How do you keep your followers engaged, or attract new followers without constantly saying, “Buy my book, buy my book” on every tweet?

Join us at the August 27th meeting for a presentation on keeping your target audience engaged with creative marketing initiatives without saying a word about your book.

At the conclusion of the presentation, we will also have a writers’ roundtable. Participants can bring in samples of their unfinished work to have critiqued by the group.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 27th August
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Sherwood Regional Library
2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
703-765-3645

PRESENTER INFO

Ayesha-l.-Shoulders

Ayesha Shoulders will share her advice and experience, gleaned from the marketing of her two novels, When it’s Time to Walk Away (2011) and When Love’s Knot Enough (2015).

Website: Ayeshashoulders.com
Facebook: 
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Follow Ayesha on Twitter
@ayeshashoulders

May 21st: Writers Round Table – Critiques

Join us on Saturday, May 21st for a writers round table discussion on critiques.

We will discuss all aspects of critiques, including how to find a critique group, how to form a critique group, where to find critique partners, the difference between critique groups and critique classes, what to expect from critiques, how to give critiques, how to use technology to sustain a critique group between in-person meetings, and best practices for critique groups.

We will also be discussing options for adding a regular critique circle to the Northern Virginia meeting roster.  If you’re interested in joining a critique group, please make the effort to be at this meeting.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 21st May
1:00-3:00 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-3800

April 23rd: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  Join us on Saturday, April 23rd for a celebration of poetry.

We will discuss some of the ways poetry can improve your prose.  You are welcome to bring a favorite poem (or two) to share with the group.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 23rd April
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Burke Center Library
5935 Freds Oak Rd
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 249-1520

March 26th: Scenes from our Favorite Books

Join us on Saturday, March 26th for a discussion on scenes from our favorite books.

Please bring a book from one of your favorite authors, annotated with a scene you would like to read and discuss. 

You will have the opportunity to read the scene aloud and share why you chose that particular scene.  We’ll follow with a short group discussion on where the scene succeeded and where it perhaps fell short.

The goal is to stimulate discussion and exchange ideas on this very basic block of writing in order to enhance our own writing.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 26th March
1:00-3:00 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-3800