April 22: Ready to Publish? Let’s run the numbers

Join us on April 22 for an informative presentation on options for publishing based on timelines a writer should expect.  Based on personal and anecdotal experience, Betsy will discuss finding an agent, traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing to provide a general guide to what may be best for each writer.


Saturday, 22nd April
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Burke Center Library
5935 Freds Oak Rd
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 249-1520

Born in Washington, DC, Betsy Ashton was raised in Southern California where she ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. She earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her first MA at Keio University, Tokyo, and her second MA and doctorate at USC.

Her first mystery, Mad Max Unintended Consequences, was published in February 2013. The second in the series, Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery, came out in April 2015. Her third in the series, Unsafe Haven, is due out later in 2017. She is the past president of The Virginia Writers Club.

March 25: Plotter or Pantser or Something Else Entirely?

Pantsing is ‘writing by the seat of your pants’ and plotting ranges from a brief outline to detailed scene by scene summaries. There is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for writing your novel and every writer has to find their own way to “The End”. But it definitely helps to find out what other writers are doing – perhaps they’ve found a method that may work well for you, or one you haven’t tried yet.

What methods have you used? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you?

Join us on March 25 for a roundtable discussion on the writing process.


Saturday, 25th March
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883