Agile Writers of Richmond

Local Conferences

JANUARY

Agile Writers Conference

This annual conference offers 20 seminars on the beginning, middle, and end of the process of writing a novel. The conference is divided up into 4 tracks of 5 presentations each. Attendees can go to one, two, or up to five different presentations. The material is "actionable." This means you'll get more than just a panel discussion, anecdotes, or opinions. You'll get actual information you can take action on that day. The event takes place at the Richmond Airport Holiday Inn at the end of January

MarsCon

Williamsburg, VA

MarsCon is a weekend party for people who enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy.

It’s a chance to get together, meet new friends and talk about SF, or Fantasy or whatever else you like to talk about.

If you are looking to game, we have lots of gaming. We have Japanese Animation. We have Special Music with Mikey Mason, Jonah Knight, Danny Birt, The Blibbering Humdingers, Griff’s Room Band and many others. We have the excellent comedy of Luna-C and the dance of Treasures in the Sand. We have Writers, Artists, and Costumers who discuss their trade. We have scientists from NASA. We have friendly GHOSTS! Yes people the Hotel is haunted. We have Marso the Martian! We have Panels and Workshops. We have a great Dealers Room and an excellent Art show. We feature programming for your Kids, so you can bring along the whole family, and they won’t get bored!

Add in the God Emperor of All Con Suites and you have a great recipe for a con. Basically, we are lots of fun for everyone.

FEBRUARY

Book 'Em NC

Lumberton, NC

The Book 'Em Foundation was founded by suspense author p.m.terrell and Waynesboro, Virginia Police Officer Mark Kearney as a partnership between authors and law enforcement. The mission of The Book 'Em Foundation is to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates.

The Book 'Em North Carolina annual event brings together at least 75 authors under one roof to speak on a variety of subjects and to sell their books. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event (a minimum of 40%) is given to the community - Robeson County and Lumberton, North Carolina - for the purpose of increasing literacy and reducing crime.

The event is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend. There will be authors with children's books as well as authors from a large variety of genres: mystery/suspense, romance, historical, non-fiction, and much more.

To see where the money goes from Book 'Em North Carolina, check out this page from our 2012 event.

Mysticon

Roanoke, VA

The original MystiCon, which took place over July 4th weekend in 1980 was considered a big party by most, but has recently been revived to take place in our favorite Roanoke, VA location, the Tanglewood Holiday Inn. The location and time of year that MystiCon takes place is one that fans, family and friends alike have come to rely on for an awesome weekend of SciFi, Fantasy and Pop Culture.

This convention was resurrected in 2010 by a collection of cool zany and passionate people that wanted to keep the family-friendly traditions of open gaming, enjoyment of different literature, arts, imaginations and camaraderie any Con-goer will surely enjoy!

MARCH

Virginia Festival of the Book

Charlottesville, VA

The mission of the Virginia Festival of the Book is to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture.

As the largest gathering of authors, writers, and readers in the Commonwealth, and, indeed, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Book Festival has become an integral part of the community and is presented in a unique partnership of contributors that includes the VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs in a wide range of topics set among a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

Along with the staff, almost every aspect of the Festival is organized and generated by Festival Committees consisting of community volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children's authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel to a discussion on running a book club; from a workshop on book-binding to a discussion on freelancer's rights. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.

Lex Allen Literary Festival

Roanoke, VA

Hollins hosted its first Literary Festival when the creative writing program began in 1960. It's now an annual spring event known as the Lex Allen Literary Festival, named in honor of the former Hollins English professor. Writers-in-residence take part, along with other guests, who over the years have included Elizabeth Janeway, William Styron, John Barth, James Dickey, Richard Wilbur, Maxine Kumin, Lisel Mueller, Doris Betts, Diane Wakoski, Elizabeth Spencer, and many others.

The daylong festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with check-in and refreshments. Participants may purchase lunch in the Moody Center dining room. The Literary Festival is free and open to the public. All readings and the panel discussion will be held in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium (Room 200).

Support for the Literary Festival is provided by the John Alexander and Mary Josephine Haynes Allen Literary Endowment, the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fund. The Lex Allen Literary Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.

APRIL

WCU Spring Literary Festival

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University's Tenth Annual Spring Literary Festival was a rousing success! Mark your calendars now for the Annual Festival, which will feature writers and poets from around the world.

Tidewater Community College Literary Festival

Norfolk, VA

The Literary Festival is a college-wide event that brings world-renowned speakers, authors, and poets to all four campuses of Tidewater Community College.

Ravencon

Williamsburg, VA

Science Fiction & Fantasy return to with RavenCon, a weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. (And as we’re playing the Edgar Allan Poe angle, we’re Mystery friendly, too!) Join our guests for panel discussions and workshops that can only happen at RavenCon! Workshops, Gaming Room open 24/3, an ever expanding list of Guests, Charity Auction, The FuMP, Groups and Organizations, lots of great stuff in the Dealer’s Room, Con Suite, spontaneous laughter and general merriment.

NC Writers Network

Greensboro, NC

A full day of workshops on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Small classes, top writing faculty, and intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, e-publishing, the arts for entrepreneurs, and the craft of bookmaking. Other features include faculty readings, on-site "lunch with an author," publisher exhibits, and an open mic for conference participants.

Conversations & Connections

Washington DC

Conversations and Connections provides a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, as well as editors and publishers. Our “speed dating with the editors” (one session is included in the registration fee, additional sessions available for $5) is a ten-minute meeting with an editor who will review the first two pages of a story, a novel synopsis, or a few poems, providing feedback on how you might improve your work or where you might consider sending it.

VA Comicon

Richmond, VA

Remember, the FREE Virginia Comicon graces Richmond, VA again. Based on pre-registration alone, we are expecting record attendance, and will be using an electronic on-site registration for anyone who does NOT pre-register and bring a pre-printed ticket. We DO expect there to be a longer than usual check-in process if you do not pre-register. Thank you for understanding.

Admission to ALL SHOWS is FREE if you register for the events HERE If you decide NOT to register, we ask for a small $5 donation to an on-site charity per person, per show.

MAY

Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg, MD

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

The event was conceived and introduced by Gaithersburg Council Member Jud Ashman, with the support of the May

or and City Council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The Festival is produced by a core committee comprised of city staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and talent.

Funded almost entirely by generous sponsors and supported by the City of Gaithersburg, the Festival is free to attend, offers free parking and is open to everyone.

Balticon

Baltimore, MD

Balticon is sponsored and produced by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (aka BSFS) BSFS is a §501(c)(3), non-profit, charitable, literary and educational organization, dedicated to the promotion of, and an appreciation for, science fiction in all of its many forms.

Anyone who is interested in any of the myriad forms of science fiction or fantasy (books, magazines, films, video, games, television, etc.) is invited to become a member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (otherwise known as BSFS). Dues are only $35 per year (our fiscal year is Oct 1 to Sep 30); this includes membership in Balticon with the understanding that BSFS members attending Balticon are expected to volunteer a bit of their time either preparing for the convention or at the convention.

JUNE

WV Writers Conference

Ripley, WV

The Annual WV Writers Spring Conference will take place at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV.

Registration forms for both the conference and Cedar Lakes lodging and meals will be posted soon, as well as information on the workshop presenters.

Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop

Roanoke, VA

Want to be a writer who makes people think, ponder, and listen? Then this is the place for you. The Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop is your opportunity to develop the writing skills you've always wanted in a one-week experience at Hollins University. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll be surrounded by peace, beauty, and inspiration as you discover your full potential as a creative writer. Choose one from nine workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and poetry — led by a remarkably talented faculty. With class sizes of no more than 12 students, you'll benefit from one-on-one interaction with your workshop leader along with in-depth class discussions. You can expect faculty and student readings, manuscript reviews, craft seminars, and a variety of other activities developed specifically for your workshop.

Prepare yourself for in-class critiques and find yourself immersed in lively discussions with fellow writers as your leader guides your conversation along. With such tranquility along with rousing discussion, the atmosphere at the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop is sure to bring out the best in your writing.

JULY

Con-Gregate

High Point, NC

ConGregate is a science fiction and fantasy convention, organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. The members of our committee have extensive experience working with a number of conventions, including RavenCon, ConCarolinas, StellarCon, Trinoc-coN and DragonCon.

We plan to host a fair amount of interactive programming, in addition to traditional programming like panel discussions, gaming, concerts, a costume contest and a charity auction. This allows the fans an opportunity to interact directly with the guests and other fans.

Hunt Country Writers' Retreat

Middleburg, VA

Here's what you'll learn: How to get published; Everything you need to know about agents; Creating your writer's platform; Crafting the perfect first chapter; and eBook publishing.

You'll meet published authors and learn about their adventures in publishing. And you'll have an opportunity to pitch three of the the industry's top agents.

West Virginia Writers Workshop

Morgantown, VA

At the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, you will participate in an intimate workshop (in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting) in which your work will be critiqued gently and thoroughly by a nationally recognized writer as well as by your fellow workshop members. Absorb valuable lessons on writing in craft talks given by nationally known authors. Improve your writing through a series of exercises tailored to the craft talks. Hear dynamic readings by nationally recognized authors. Read your own work in front of a warm and enthusiastic audience of your peers. And (if you choose) speak to on-site publishers about your work.

FOR OVER 15 YEARS, THE WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP has featured some of the most innovative voices, including: Gail Galloway Adams, Steve Almond, Stephen Amidon, Erin Belieu, Pinckney Benedict, Mark Brazaitis, Peter Cameron, Nick Carbo, Joan Connor, Michael Czyzniejewski, Denise Duhamel, MaryBeth Fisher, James Harms, Patricia Henley, Brian Henry, Tony Hoagland, Ann Hood, John Hoppenthaler, Alison Joseph, Laura Kasischke, Gerry LaFeminia, Peter Makuck, Shara McCallum, Rebecca McClanahan, Paula McClain, John McKernan, Irene McKinney, Jane Mead, Kelly Moffett, Kevin Oderman, Robert Olmstead, Ann Pancake, Nancy Reisman, Sheri Reynolds, Mary Ann Samyn, Faith Shearin, Aleda Shirley, Ethel Morgan Smith, David St. John, Jane Varley, Cheryl Ware, Michael Waters, Michael C. White, Richard Wiley and others.

AUGUST

FantaSci

Chesapeake, VA

FantaSci is coming once again to Chesapeake Central Library, bringing artists, authors, vendors, tv personalities, and fan groups that you have come to know and love.

Artists' Alley will be teeming with talent, as usual! The authors will be selling and signing their books. The fan groups and clubs who attend bring fun and excitement to everyone. It is always such a thrill to see so many Klingons running around. The vendors bring a lot of cool, interesting merchandise from which to choose.

Hanover Book Festival

Mechanicsville, VA

An annual community event presented by the Hanover Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, the Hanover Book Festival began in 2006 as a project to promote reading. In this age of television, movie, and computer screens, the written page is becoming an anachronism in many people's lives. To encourage and promote reading as an enjoyable experience, the Hanover Book Festival was born.

Mission Statement: To raise community awareness of reading, promote reading, and educate about the processes related to writing books, and to encourage and support Virginia's authors.

A non-profit event, the Hanover Book Festival is dedicated to raising awareness of reading and books.

DragonCon

Atlanta, GA

We couldn’t begin to dive into the changes for this year without recapping the successes of our past. Since opening our doors in 1987 as an outgrowth/evolvement of a local SF and Gaming group, we have proudly grown from 1,400 fans to over 52,000 last year. We are currently listed by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau as the 6th largest convention in the City of Atlanta with the largest parade on Atlanta’s streets. 

We are proud to offer over 3,500 hours of non-stop programming, concerts, a film festival, the South’s largest costume contest, and the largest Art Show in all of fandom.  Each year we review the highs and lows of the past and make changes to help support the show. We are happy to share with you some of the planned changes for the 2013 convention, which is sure to be the biggest and best yet thanks to our amazing fans and volunteers.

SEPTEMBER

Hampton Roads Writers Conference

Virginia Beach

1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling keynoters, 2 first ten-lines critique sessions, 32 workshops/breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, and cash prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction, and poetry

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

Williamsburg Book Festival

Williamsburg, VA

The Festival is free & open to the public!

• History • Ghosts • Biographies/Memoirs • How-To • Poetry • Cookbooks • Mystery • Romance • Fiction • Adventure • Children's • Self-Improvement • Young Adult • Non-Fiction • Science Fiction • Fantasy • Military • Suspense • Travel •

The Book Fair in the main section of the Williamsburg Community Building has area authors discussing and signing their books. The College of William & Mary Bookstore is the official book seller of the Festival. Spend the day browsing the Book Fair or attending a presentation, panel discussion or workshop held throughout the Festival.

The Williamsburg Book Festival is part of Williamsburg's Arts Month. The theme this year is "Art Inspires..." to highlight how art affects all aspects of our lives.

Bring your paper and pen for a writing exercise where you will create a flash story inspired by a piece of artwork. Open mic follows to read your work!

Fall For The Book

Fairfax, VA

What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.

Each year, the festival:

Advances children’s education by hosting specially tailored writing workshops or readings for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels and by publishing an annual anthology of student writing in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion.

Makes literature fun by showcasing literary events in an active, engaging atmosphere that includes skits, dance, storytelling and more, and by introducing young people to living authors whose work they’re reading in the classroom.

Connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers and hear behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing.

Builds community by connecting with senior centers, book clubs, special interest community groups, libraries, bookstores and many others.

Encourages cultural diversity by combining common points of cultural reference with forums for discussion of our shared stories.

Gives sponsors a chance to support regional programs, and attracts the broadest possible cross-section of families and individuals throughout the area.

Fall for the Book, an IRS-recognized non-profit corporation, is governed by a board of directors that meets throughout the year.

Events take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the festival’s base, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Library of Congress National Book Festival

Washington, DC

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. It was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the suggestion of Mrs. Bush, who had created the Texas Book Festival.

Over its 15-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The first festival was Sept. 8, 2001. Mrs. Bush served as honorary chair of the festival through 2008. President and Mrs. Obama have served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the present.

The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy. Since 2010, National Book Festival Board Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein has been the festival’s lead benefactor and has pledged funding for the festival for five more years.

Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

OCTOBER

Southern Writers Symposium

Fayettesville, NC

Created in 1982, the Methodist University Southern Writers Symposium is designed to encourage scholarship on southern literature and culture, as well as to celebrate the writings of contemporary southern authors.

JRW Conference

Richmond, VA

Join us in Richmond for the James River Writers Conference to pitch your project, improve your craft, and meet fellow writers.

Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has been our organization’s signature event, and our most meaningful contribution to the literary community in central Virginia. Well-respected within the publishing industry, we have attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this two-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere.

Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Washington, DC

The Washington DCJCC presents the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Festival includes 15 events, with celebrated authors and scholars.

West Virginia Book Festival

Charleston, WV

The West Virginia Book Festival brings people and books together in a two-day event that celebrates the Mountain State’s writers and brings authors from across the nation to Charleston. Each year the festival offers something for book lovers of all ages and interests: authors, publishers, book vendors, the Festival Marketplace, a special section just for children, a used book sale, meet the author events, workshops and panel discussions.

Emory & Henry College Literary Festival

Emory, VA

Each year, Emory & Henry features close to 100 concerts, lectures, theatre and dance performances, films, exhibits, and poetry readings that help to complete your academic experience. The vast majority of these events are part of the college's popular Lyceum program. In addition, we host a literary festival and several endowed lecture series.

NOVEMBER

NC Writers Network

Greensboro, NC

A full day of workshops on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Small classes, top writing faculty, and intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, e-publishing, the arts for entrepreneurs, and the craft of bookmaking. Other features include faculty readings, on-site "lunch with an author," publisher exhibits, and an open mic for conference participants.

Philcon

Cherry Hill, NJ

Join us for the 76th anniversary of the world's first and longest-running conference on science fiction, fantasy, and horror!

Started in 1936, Philcon features cutting-edge programming about literature, art, television, film, anime, comics, science, gaming, costuming and cosplay, music, and other topics of interest to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. We will also have many other attractions, such as our awesome Art Show and Auction; a Vendors' Room full of unique merchandise; a full slate of Children's/Family programming; our Writer's Workshop (featuring professional authors and editors); Concerts; the Time Traveler's Masquerade Ball, our Masquerade/Costume Competition, and more!

DECEMBER


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