June 24: Meet the Authors

Five local authors will share their publishing journeys in this moderated panel. From indie publishing, to contests, to small publishers, to large traditional publishing houses, the authors will discuss how they did it, why they did it, and share their insights into the publishing process.

MEETING DETAILS
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday June 24
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-3800

MODERATOR

Linda Ensign.  Linda writes long and short fiction in multiple genres including mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. She is president of the Northern Virginia Writers Club and a member of Sisters in Crime. Her short story, The Storm in The Teacup appears in the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes 7: Storm Warning published by Wildside Press in 2016.

 

AUTHOR BIOS

Dorothy Spruzen.  Dorothy’s 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.

Ayesha Shoulders.  Ayesha is the author of two novels, When it’s Time to Walk Away (2011) and When Love’s Knot Enough (2015).

 

 

Dianne Hennessy King.  Dianne 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.

 

Michelle McBeth.  Michelle started writing fiction during the 2012 NaNoWriMo contest, on a dare. She has published two books from her series, “The Sphere Saga” and is working on the remaining three. She has a smattering of short stories and is thrilled that one was chosen for publication in 2018 centennial anthology of The Virginia Writers Club.

 

Tonya B Hunter.  Tonya is a certified natural health professional and the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books.

May 20: Moderated Critique Roundtable

Bring your writing in progress or completed and join us tomorrow for a moderated roundtable critique session. Each writer will have 5-10 minutes (depending on number of critiques) to read their work and ask the audience specific questions about it.

Please be prepared to ask specific questions about your writing – asking ‘what do you think’ usually does NOT get you the answers you need or want.

Linda will moderate the critique session to ensure that everyone focuses on the writing.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday 20 May
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Lorton Public Library
9520 Richmond Hwy
Lorton, VA 22079

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.

MEETING DETAILS

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

PRESENTER BIO
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.

MEETING DETAILS

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

February 25: Roundtable Readings

Join us on February 25 for readings from our members published works*.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 25 February
1:00-3:00 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-3800

*Interested in a 5-minute reading from your work?  Sign up below.  Readers will be finalized and notified by February 21.

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January 28: General Meeting

Join us Saturday, January 28th for our annual general meeting, election of officers, and a special referendum on club activities.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 28th January
1:00-2:00 p.m.  General Meeting
2:00-3:00 p.m. Officers Meeting*
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-3800

* Officers, please be prepared to stay until 3 p.m.

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.