We had a great time November 4 at the WV Writers one day Fall Conference 2017.   This is something we'd like to continue doing and in different parts of the state.

Keep watching this space for word about potential 2018 Fall Conference dates and presenters.

2017 Workshops included:

Laura Treacey Bentley: Poetry - The First Five Words: Seducing the Reader.  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust.    In this intermediate poetry workshop, we'll discuss the importance of first impressions and how to engage readers and invite them to take a short poetic journey.  Participants will write with "new eyes" during this workshop and leave with a new draft of a poem and solid ideas for others. Please bring a journal or notebook and pen or pencil.

AJ Delauder: Playwriting - Desire and Subtext in Dialogue: Bridging the Gap Between Wants and Needs.  This class will focus primarily on getting your characters what they need through surface desires and misdirection. We’ll also examine what it means to write dialogue that is “on the nose,” how to avoid clichés, how to create realistic language, and how to edit dialogue so that a scene doesn’t languish. And of course, we’ll play and perform!

Cat Pleska:  As Above, So Below -deepening personal narrative inspired by natural phenomenon.  Recently, part of the United States experienced a not too common total eclipse of the sun. During this time, many writers refreshed their acquaintance with Annie Dillard’s Total Eclipse. One way we can expand our thinking about personal narrative is to place it within the context of a phenomenal event or within nature. In this workshop, we will write about our own experiences with eclipses, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, deep snow and other dramatic weather. But also, we can write our narratives inspired by gentle summer rain, softly drifting snow, golden autumn sunlight, crisp spring air. How do we deepen our personal experience within the latitudes of natural phenomenon and nature? Come to this workshop and learn how.

Marie Manilla: Plotting the Novel - Imbedding Secrets and Mysteries. Regardless of genre, most novels contain secrets and mysteries that keep readers turning pages. It’s not just the intrigue of what happens plot-wise, but why characters behave the way they do. Authors must determine when and how to leave breadcrumbs that not only build intrigue, but offer clues for readers to gather along the way. This workshop will explore the timing and placement of those breadcrumbs. It will also allow time for participants to consider what secrets and mysteries they might want to imbed in their own novels.

Audrey Stanton Smith: Writing Nonfiction for Regional Magazines.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss magazine editors’ pet peeves and preferences, writing query letters, how to turn your ideas into articles and columns, and how to get them published. Presented by Audrey Stanton-Smith, regular contributor and former editor of West Virginia South magazine.

Don Stansberry: Young Adult - Better Characters=Better Story.  In this workshop, young adult writers will learn how good, dynamic characters can make the difference in a Y.A. story and that, ultimately, these characters may help you write a better story.

Sandy Tritt: Breathing Life into Characters.  Characters are the lifeblood of fiction, and the ability to create well-rounded, memorable characters is more craft than art. This workshop discusses how to breathe the breath of life into a limp, two-dimensional character so he jumps off the page and into the reader's heart.  We start with a seed—the conception of a character.  We germinate that seed, slowly bringing it to life by giving our character wants and fears.  We continue to grow our character, taking him through the tumultuous teen years by exploring his emotions and learning more about him. As our character matures, we add more layers, exploring different aspects of his or her personality and history.  Because this workshop includes exclusive tips on adding personality to even the most lifeless character, it is as useful to the accomplished writer as it is for the novice. Handouts include character trait charts, character growth charts, and personality components checklists.


The cost for the full day of workshops, networking, and honing your craft is only $50 per person for WV Writers' members, and $60 for non-members. You may register online at www.wvwriters.org, you can mail a check or money order to PO Box 212, Scott Depot, WV 25560.  Be sure to include a note with your name and contact information.

WV Writers is excited to return this popular fall workshop to the lineup of events. Don’t miss this chance to charge your writing batteries for your winter of writing ahead!