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Saturday, June 14, 2014

WV Writers Annual Writing Contest Winners List 2014

The winners of the 2014 West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Contest were announced during our Annual Awards Banquet at the WVW Summer Conference, June 14. 

You can now download the 2014 WINNERS LIST

Keep in mind this is the preliminary winners list and does not yet include the winners of the Writers Wall and People's Choice contests from the conference itself.  Check back mid-week for those.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest this year. It was a pleasure to have served as contest coordinator.

--eric fritzius

Friday, June 13, 2014

WV Writers 2014 Conference is ON!

The WV Writers 2014 Summer Conference is THIS WEEKEND, June 13-15, 2014, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, W.Va. 

Walk-in attendees are welcome!  You can find out information about the conference, including workshop descriptions and presenter bios. 

Monday, June 02, 2014

WV Writers Conference Schedule

The following is the current schedule for the WV Writers Summer Conference
Friday, June 13, 2014
2:00-3:00 p.m.
1)     Renee Nicholson - Break Dance: Discovery How Line Break Works (or Doesn’t) in Your Poems –
2)     Rhonda Browning White – Short Stories: She May be Little, but She’s Tough;
3)     Marilyn Shank – Kids, Tweens, and Teens: Developmental Stages;
4)     Michael Knost – Flashbacks and Backstory;
5)     Kambri Crews – Publicity & Marketing: Sell Yourself .
3:15-4:45 p.m. (90 minute session)
1)     Kirk Judd – Journey to the Center of Your Mind;
2)     Laura Bentley – Writing Your First Novel: The Journey of a Hybrid Writer;
3)     Danny Boyd – Building Blocks (of good stories for screen and graphic novels);
4)     Sam Holdren – Screenwriting;
5)     Andrew Wheeler – False Memories/Confessions Created by Erroneous Forensic Analysis (60 min)
6:00-7:00 p.m.
1)     People’s Choice – Prose competition;
2)     Dave McCormick – Songwriting;
3)     Belinda Anderson – The Wounded Hero and Other Archetypes: Writing Middle-Grade Characters with Depth;
4)     Joey Madia – Selecting and Reading Your Work;
5)     Sandy Tritt – Writing the Story Only You Can Tell (Memoir)
7:15-8:15 p.m.
1)     People’s Choice - Poetry competition;
2)     Pam Hanson – Writing for the Inspirational Market;
3)     Dave McCormick – Creative Writing Basics;
4)     Natalie Sypolt – Whose Story is it?: Exploring Perspective and Narrative Distance in Fiction;
5)     Author Readings: Laura Treacy Bentley, Daleen Berry, Geoff Fuller
8:30 p.m.
Entertainment – Kambri Crews; The Fearless Fools
Bonfire (weather permitting)
Saturday, June 14, 2014 
8:30-9:30 a.m.
1)   Maggie Anderson – Writing Groups of Related Poems
2)    Natalie Sypolt – It’s Not Your Grandpa’s Mountain Story: What is Today’s Appalachian Literature?
3)    Belinda Anderson – Manuscript Checklist
4)    Patricia Wiles – Awaken the Child Within
5)    Naomi Sloan – Memoir and Imagination: Creative Non-fiction from Blog Posts to Personal Essays
9:45-10:45 a.m.
1)     People’s Choice – Prose competition;
2)     Maggie Anderson – Gathering the Storm: Putting Together a Poetry Manuscript;
3)     David and Naomi Sloan – How to Write with a Significant Other (and Survive);
4)     Sandy Tritt – Pass the Tissues;
5)     Rhonda Browning White – Beginnings and Endings: Hit ‘Em Coming and Going;
11:00-12:00 noon
1)     People’s Choice – Poetry competition;
2)     Pam Hanson – How to Write a Romance Novel
3)     Joey Madia – The Art of the Knights and Dragons Style Fantasy Genre
4)     Marilyn Shank – Coping with Grief and Trauma: It’s Not the Same for Children and Adolescents
5)     Kambri Crews - Publicity & Marketing: Sell Yourself (Repeat)
6)     People’s Choice – Youth competition
1:15-2:45 p.m. (90 minute session)
1)     Laura Treacy Bentley – Writing Your First Novel: The Journey of a Hybrid Writer (Repeat)
2)     Steve Goff – Improv Your Creativity, Improv Your Writing
3)     David Sloan –How to Deal with Complexity in Plots
4)     Andrew Wheeler – Crime Scene Reconstruction and the Investigative Process
5)     Kambri Crews – Non-Fiction Book Proposal (60 min)
3:00-4:00 p.m.
1)     Renee Nicholson – From Your Page to Their Page: Publishing Your Poems
2)     Daleen Berry & Geoff Fuller – Panel Discussion: Their book The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese: The Truth Behind the Headlines
3)     Mountain State Press Reception: New publications by Belinda Anderson & Kirk Judd
4)     Patricia Wiles – Children’s Writer’s Journey
5)     Rhonda Browning White – Cut It, Cut It, Cut It! Self-Editing for Writers
4:10-5:00 p.m.
Authors reading/signing - various presenters
Natalie Sypolt – Learn to do book reviews (tentative)
6:15 p.m.
Banquet with keynote speaker, Marilyn Shank, winner of the 2013 Christy Award
Presentation of contest awards
8:30 p.m.
Entertainment by:
Maggie Anderson and Renee Nicholson, poetry presentations
Music by singer/songwriter Dave McCormick
Bonfire (weather permitting)
 Sunday, June 15, 2014
9:00-10:00 a.m.
1)     Andrew Wheeler – Trial Review: A WV Murder Trial in Review
2)     Belinda Anderson – The Wounded Hero and Other Archetypes: Writing Middle-Grade Characters with Depth (Repeat)
3)     Podcasting Panel with Natalie Sypolt, Renee Nicholson, Eric Fritizus
4)     Michael Knost – Outlining Your Novel
10:15-11:15 a.m.
1)     Kirk Judd – Spoken Word Spoken Here
2)     Sam Holdren – Advanced Screenwriting
3)     Danny Boyd – Graphic Novels
4)     Joey Madia – Creating Strong Character to Tell Your Story (a subset of his broader workshops on playwriting)
11:30-11:50 a.m.
Farewell, drawings, conference feedback
1:15 – Board Meeting – All members welcome!