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    WV Writers, Inc 2007 Summer Conference

     The 2007 Summer Conference

    In February of 2007, WV Writers officially turned 30 years old. This means the organization has gone through infancy, the terrible twos, elementary school, puberty followed by the awkward teenage years (junior high was just a nightmare), high school, two years of college, taking a year of to bum around Europe and ―experience life,‖ back

    to college to finish up (encouraged by parental threats), a brief flirtation with graduate school, moving to the big city, a series of entry level positions that just didn’t quite take,

    plenty of dream-chasing during off hours, heartbreak, triumph, the gaining of maturity (though not too much), settling down with marriage and family, making strides toward life-long goals, collecting a wide range of good friends (over 300 at last count), moving back to the small home town, where life really is better, and now, at age 30, finally starting to feel like it has gotten a bit of a handle on how life works, though still regretting that its butt doesn’t look as good in jeans as some of those younger writing

    organizations. All the while, though, this organization has had the guidance of its parentsthe original founding members. Some have moved away, others have stayed on, but they all have been instrumental in making WV Writers what it is today.

    As a 30 year old organization, it seemed only natural to make this year’s Summer thConference (our 29 such conference) into a celebration of the history of WV Writers. We hope to have as many of the remaining charter members of the organization as our guests of honor for this special year.


    WV Writers, Inc 2007 Summer Conference

    Our workshops committee (including Chris Freeburn, Karin and Geoff Fuller, Pam Hanson, Terry McNemar and Sherrell Wigal), has worked hard this year to provide an eclectic mix of workshops covering many genres. Some of the more popular workshops will be repeated, so if you want to attend two workshops that run at the same time, check to see if one is repeated at a later time. Also challenge yourself to attend workshops outside your normal range of interest. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn—and

    how your writing skills can growby learning about other genres.

    We also have great entertainment lined up for you, including charter member Kirk Judd, along with musician Danny Arthur and Tim Bing, presenting a mixture of Appalachian folk music and poetry, on Friday night. For Saturday, we have musician Pops Walker, who recently scored the Mountain Whispers audio adaptation of Lee Maynard’s Crum.

    Speaking of, Mr. Maynard himself will be on hand during the conference, leading workshops and participating in a panel about his novel’s adaptation.

    We will also have a special treat for members of WV Writers, Inc. Scott Hoffman, co-founder of Folio Literary Management, will be another guest of honor. In addition to two q&a sessions on the ins and outs of how writers can best gain literary representation, Scott will also be conducting 25 one on one sessions with our membership. The full details of the Scott Hoffman sessions will be revealed in our Spring newsletter and simultaneously online in mid-April. However, if you’re a member of WV Writers and

    you’re interested in securing one of these sessions, you can begin getting your synopses and sample pages in order (or a full proposal for nonfiction) now to have them ready to mail to us come April. We will soon be posting formatting details to help you out, so keep an eye out at our conference page (listed below) and our blog.

    Take a gander at what else is currently on tap in our workshop descriptions that follow and be sure to come back to check in on the workshops we are still in the process of adding and describing.

    You’ll find registration forms either attached to the email this came from or on our website, at

--eric fritzius

    President of WV Writers, Inc.



    WV Writers, Inc 2007 Summer Conference

    GENERAL INFORMATION thWest Virginia Writers, Inc. announces its 29 Annual State Writers Conference. The

    Conference will be held June 8 10, 2007 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley,



    All three days: $100 ($85 members)

    Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun only: $85 ($70 members)

    Friday only: $45

    Saturday only: $55

    Sunday only $40

    Students: 50% off adult prices

    WV Writers Membership: $20


    Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To pre-register, complete the registration form in full and send to WVW, Inc. with an advance deposit of $25 (plus $20, if you’ve requested a Scott Hoffman conference). If your registration form is postmarked before May 10, you may deduct $5 from your total due.




    Cedar Lakes Conference Center has reserved a limited number of rooms for WVW, Inc.

    Rooms available:

    Holt Lodge: This is a hotel-like lodge with daily maid service. Rooms are $65 per night for one or two guests (if two, Cedar Lakes will split the cost between the two upon request). If more than two guests are in the room, an additional $5.00 per person fee will be assessed. Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Handicapped rooms are available upon request.

    Motel Lodges: These are cabin-like rooms that include linen service. Rooms are $44 per night for one or two guests. (If two, Cedar Lakes will split the cost between the two upon request). Lodges available to WVW include Mountaineer Lodge, Cedars Lodge and Lake Lodge.

    Dorm Rooms: Dorm rooms include ten beds to a room. The guest needs to bring towels, washcloths, sheets and pillowcase. Cedar Lakes provides a pillow and a blanket. Linens are available for an additional $5 fee per night. Adult rate per dorm room per night is $13.20 and Youth is $11.

    Additionally, nearby Ripley has a Super 8 Motel, a Holiday Inn Express, a 77 Motor Inn and a Best Western.


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    All meals are available on-site and are served cafeteria-style. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. and costs $5.75. Lunch is served from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. and costs $6.75. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and costs $7.75. The Saturday night Awards Banquet will be a sit-down meal and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the banquet is $15.50. All meals must be paid for in advance. You will be given a meal ticket when you register with Cedar Lakes. DO NOT LOSE THIS TICKET. If you prefer to eat off-site, a number of restaurants are available in nearby Ripley, WV.


    (Updated 5/4/07)

    The Awards Banquet will be Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Our keynote speaker will by Dolly Withrow. Over $6000.00 in cash awards will be presented to the winners of the 2007 WVW Spring Competition. The menu for the Saturday night Awards Banquet is a choice of baked steak or stuffed boneless breast of chicken, mini-cheeseball with fruit (appetizer), tossed salad, baked potato, French-style green beans with almonds, rolls, coffee and iced tea and a choice of carrot cake or cheesecake for dessert.


    (Updated 5/14/07 with additions highlighted in YELLOW)

    The following workshops descriptions are numbered to correspond with the numbers on the schedule that will follow. Workshop Leader Bios will be presented after the schedule. Some of the workshops have been graded as being appropriate for beginner, intermediate or advanced level writers. This is simply a guide, and writers of all levels are welcome to participate. Those workshops not graded should apply to a wide range of experience levels.

1. A Poetic Harvest. Mary Lucille DeBerry An adventure into various approaches to

    writing, rewriting and polishing garden-related poetry along with exploring similarities between the arts of poetry writing and gardening as exemplified by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz in The Wild Braid. Participants should walk away with at least

    the beginning of a poem to nurture and cultivate into a finished work. This workshop is paired with but independent of Growing a Garden Poem.

2. Appalachian Literature: Its Evolution and Present Challenges. George Brosi

    This workshop is designed for readers, bearing in mind, of course, that ordinarily the best writers are the most voracious readers. We'll start with a short summary of regional writing/writers, with an emphasis on West Virginia, hopefully this will be a somewhat analytical overview which attempts to detect salient trends. Then we'll evolve into a free-ranging discussion of the challenges which face this tradition in the twenty-first Century. Beginner to intermediate.


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    3. Appalachian Story Traditions. Susanna ―Granny Sue‖ Holstein — Noted storyteller

    Granny Sue Holstein leads you through a workshop exploring the finer points of Appalachian stories. Beginner to intermediate.

4. A Writer's Journey From Inspiration to Publication (Slide show in Holt). Anna

    Egan Smucker A slide presentation showing the process this author goes through from her first ideas, through rough drafts, the illustrator’s pencil sketches and on to the published book. This presentation will emphasize that writing is revising and publishing entails numerous rejections. All Levels.

5. The Beginning, the End, and Conciseness Throughout. Jim Minick A non-

    fiction workshop on leads, conclusions, and conciseness. How do you write a "hooker" that won't let the reader go? How do you end an essay so that the reader says, "Yes." And how do you cut the clutter so that each word carries the piece forward? We'll explore these and other questions, so please bring short essays (1-3 pages) for in-class workshopping. (This session will repeat)

6. Brad Barkley Q&A with Brad Barkley, author of the novels Money, Love and

    Alison's Automotive Repair Manual.

7. Charter Members Panel Discussion A Q&A session featuring the attending

    charter members of West Virginia Writers. Learn the history of our organization straight from the mouths of the people who formed it. Hear anecdotes and tales of where the bodies are buried.

8. Collage Your Poem. Rob Merritt The best poems are loaded with precise images

    from haiku to Ezra Pound’s Cantos. In your poetry, try the collage method, a technique

    adapted from the visual arts or arranging various existing images so that they overlap or blend to create a whole. We shall look at visual and poetic examples and write. Bring a poem you have written if you wish. Intermediate.

9. Conventional and Non-Conventional Publishing. This panel will feature our

    publishing staff Michael Wayne (Spotlight Publishing), Cathy Teets (Headline Books), Chris Kuell (Mountain Voices) and Geoff Fuller. They will speak on the area of both

    traditional and non-traditional publishing, which includes self-publishing, print on demand, vanity, and small press.

10. Crum audio adaptation panel discussion. Lee Maynard / Ross Ballard / Pops

    Walker / Rhonda White We have a unique opportunity, this year, to explore how an audio adaptation is created from the very people who compiled the recent adaptation of Crum. Original author Lee Maynard, Mountain Whispers’ own Ross Ballard and musician Pops Walker will be on hand to explain it all. All levels.

11. Dressing Your Manuscript for Success. Patsy Pittman Will discuss and provide

    copies for proper manuscript format, both for publication and for the future WV Writers contest submissions. (This session will repeat)


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12. Act One: The Playwright in Search of a Plot. Jean Battlo In this part

    lecture/part discussion scripting workshop session, playwright Jean Battlo will explore plotting and characterization to show participants what sort of elements should be in a given play to attract interest from potential director and an overall audience. If you want "your play" to be "their thing" this is a workshop for you. Intermediate.

13. Faith Love & Murder. Chris Freeburn / Pam Hanson Genre trends in the

    inspirational, romance and mystery markets. How to write to a niche and stand out in the current market. Beginner to Intermediate.

14. Final drafts and other editing woes. Sandy Tritt This discusses what to do

    before sending that manuscript out the door. This workshop presents the editor’s perspectivewhat an editor will look for, how to ensure your manuscript is as good as it can be, and a few hints that could mean the difference between having your masterpiece accepted or tossed away forever.

15. From Written Words to Spoken Words. Ross Ballard II Audiobooks presents Ross Ballard II, a national award winning actor/producer discussing the advantages of having your work produced on CD for the growing crowd of audiobook listeners. As a long standing member of the Audio Publishers Association, and he will discuss brief look at the industry before moving on to distribution channels and the growing number of independent author based websites used for e-commerce. Everyone is getting on board with this exciting new media. Bring your questions. Free audiobooks will be given to the first 30 attendees.

16. Getting Ideas and Staying on Track with Them. Pam Hanson / Karin Fuller This

    workshop will show you how to get ideas for all kinds of writing, from columns to novels and how to stay on track once you get them. Beginner to Intermediate.

17. Growing a Garden Poem. Mary Lucille DeBerry A hands-on writing session

    addressing such elements as description, imagery, comparison, contrast, rhythm and form with attention to what poetry writing has in common with gardening and how the two art forms can be intertwined. Writers with other key interests will be inspired to adapt these ideas and techniques to their particular subject matter.

18. Humor workshop. Karin Fuller / Terry McNemar Beginner to Intermediate.

19. How One Editor Evaluates Writing about Appalachia. George Brosi This will

    be a very informal workshop with plenty of chances to interrupt and ask questions. The emphasis will be on how one particular editor evaluates manuscripts. Participants should come away with some real concrete points to keep in mind before starting and after the first draft and before sending a piece to an editor. (Saturday Afternoon)


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    20. Act Two: Plotting and Characterization. Jean Battlo Say you have an

    overwhelming story and fantastic characters to inhabit it; what are they going to do and say? This part lecture/part discussion will bring to the table what works and what doesn’t when it comes to dramatic plotting and characterization. It will also consider the changes in arts and culture in 21st Century as they impact comedy and drama. Intermediate.

21. Just For The Sound Of It. Kirk Judd An approach to creating poetry for the

    sound of it, understanding the premise that poetry is a spoken word art. Interactive tips and techniques for writing poetry from an acoustic perspective. All Levels.

22. Lee Maynard Presents, W. Somerset Maugham’s Rules for Writing a Novel. Lee

    Maynard An expansion of Maynard's workshop "Writing from Your Gut," this

    workshop brings into play the basic rules of writing a novel, according to Maugham, Frey, Maynard and workshop participants. (This session will repeat)

    23. Lee Maynard Presents, Write a Novel in an Hour (Well, maybe a thousand hours . . .) Lee Maynard Workshop participants write the first sentence of their next novel, and then piece together the basics of a novel in a single hour.

24. Creating Lightning -- Poetry Session. Barbara Smith Someone has said that

    poetry is lightning striking the heart. In this workshop we’ll explore the meaning of that

    metaphor. We’ll talk about what makes poetry poetry and how to create lightning. We’ll

    examine a few examples thereof, and we’ll develop a few of our own.

25. Magic Realism in Fiction. Belinda Anderson Consider the enduring classics of

    literature, and you'll find many of them containing magic realism, from D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" to One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. It’s a technique that treats an utterly impossibility as part of the normal world

    it’s fun for the writer and a pleasure for the reader. Join author Belinda Anderson, who uses magic realism in her own books, as she discusses how writers sprinkle magical elements into realistic settings. Learn how to make magic realism seem a natural extension of your narrative.

26. Magic Realism 2: The Magic Continues. Belinda Anderson Consider ―Horses

    drowned.‖ So far, a typical description of a flood. Then Alice Hoffman begins spinning the web of magic realism in her novel The River King: ‖ Bobcats showed up on back

    porches, mewing and desperate for milk; several were found beside babies in their cradles, sucking from bottles and purring as though they were house cats let in through front doors.‖ We’ll review the principles of magic realism from the previous session and further explore this tool for intensifying fiction. All skill levels


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    27. Marketing Your Book, Before and After It’s Written. Michael Wayne The

    hardest part of writing a book comes after it’s written. Marketing your book, however,

    starts before you type The End. This workshop will show participants when exactly to

    begin the process, when and how to ―kick it up a notch,‖ and why you need to take control of your own publicity no matter who your publisher may be. This workshop leans heavily on the question all writers eventually ask. ―Should I hire a publicist?‖ Exercises and numerous opportunities for audience feedback and participation are included in the workshop.

28. People’s Choice PoetryWe’ll have two sessions of People’s Choice Poetry,

    wherein participants have 4 minutes to read an original poem which will then be judged by the vote of their People’s Choice Session Peers. Awards will be given at the Saturday Awards Banquet for first, second and third places. (This session will repeat)

29. People’s Choice Prose—We’ll have two sessions of People’s Choice Prose, wherein

    participants have 4 minutes to read an original short piece of prose which will then be judged by the vote of their People’s Choice Session Peers. Awards will be given at the Saturday Awards Banquet for first, second and third places. (This session will repeat)

30. People’s Choice Youth—Bring a poem, short story, book excerpt, or nonfiction

    piece to read aloud to other participants. Each piece is limited to 4 minutes, and each person is limited to one piece. After everyone reads, the participants votes for their favorites. Awards will be given at the Saturday Awards Banquet for first, second and third places. This session is reserved for young writers 18 years old and under.

31. Playing with Words. Jim Minick What poetry can teach the non-fiction writer

    about metaphors and word play. Whatever the genre, metaphors sweeten the writing, making an ordinary scoop of a sentence into a deluxe banana split. How do you play with language to find original metaphors? How do you see the world anew? These will be the central questions we playfully tackle in hopes of finding metaphors wherever we look, metaphors that like a forked tree, tune the wind. Please bring a page of prose or poetry for in-class workshopping.

32. Poetry for Teens. Sarah Kezman - Bring your words. Be heard. Optional: Bring

    favorite photos and copies of your poetry/stories/words or quotes/favorite poems by other famous poets to aid you in creating Word Art. This workshop will also examine some current trends in poetry. This workshop is for all teens.

33. Preparing Query Letters and Off To Market. Robert W. Walker Focus is on

    preparation, organization and creating the most important short fiction of your career

    the story about your story: the sales letter and query, outline, synopsis and first chapters. What to market and when to market your work and HOW to market your work. Advanced. (This session will repeat)


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    34. Prose Poems Revisited. Rob Merritt A continuation of a workshop offered in

    2006, with some new examples and techniques for this different way of writing poetry. Participants will leave thinking about the genre in a new way and will have created ―something.‖ Beginner to Intermediate.

35. Public Speaking, A Critical Publicity Tool for Writers. Pam Cable Writers

    tremble at the thought of speaking in public, many times turning down teaching opportunities, book readings, and other appearances that could increase their visibility and bolster their careers. Public Speaking, A Critical Publicity Tool for Writers

    confronts the fears writers harbor toward public speaking and teaches tips on projecting poise and confidence, no matter what the stomach butterflies are doing. Public speaking continues to rank as one of the top fears of American adults. Emphasis will be on speaking on what you know, developing a speech related to your book, where and how to book speaking engagements to boost your book sales. Books stores (on and off-line) are not the only venues to sell books anymore. We’ll talk about making quick connections with an audience, and learning to overcome fear through a combination of techniques that are simple to learn and easy to implement. The workshop will show participants the benefits of being able to speak in public, how to improve their own skills, and will encourage attendees to find instances in their own life and work where they may incorporate the techniques spelled out in the workshop. Numerous opportunities for audience feedback and participation are included in the workshop.

36. Publishing Markets for Youth. Sarah Kezman A workshop for youth on finding

    venues where their work may be heard, publishing markets, and creating their own zines. This workshop is geared for children and teens.

37. Rolling Your Own. Ross Ballard II How affordable audiobook self production

    has become. ―How much?! But, I paid that for new car!‖ Ah, the days of audio production sticker shock, while still here for expensive novel length full voiced productions, has become surprisingly affordable in today’s audio book self publishing world. Plunging prices for home studio equipment have allowed upstart writers, actors and small market publishers the ability to get in the game. Ross Ballard II of Audiobooks will present the latest innovations, pricing, and movement in a merging of the written word and the spoken word. Some of the latest equipment will be reviewed along with techniques for driving down the investment even further by using alternative sources such as eBay and

38. Scott Hoffman Q&A session Literary agent Scott Hoffman will hold two hour and

    a half Q&A sessions in the main auditorium. These will be geared toward writers who want to learn what agents look for in new writers. (This session will repeat)

39. Scene of the Crime A double-sized workshop in which we will have an officer

    from the WV State Police lead workshop participants through a typical crime scene investigation. This is a great workshop for mystery writers or any writer looking to see how detailed police investigation works.


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    40. Screenwriting. Robert Tinnell The screenwriting workshop will examine ways to

    avoid common traps screenwriters fall into - particularly as regards studio development executives. It’s hard enough to get a film made - our goal is try and remove some of the

    easy reasons we give those executives to say ―no.‖ All levels. (This session will repeat)

41. The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing. Sandy Tritt This workshop explores

    common writing snafus that can suck the life out of prose. This workshop is appropriate for both fiction and nonfiction writers. The ―deadly sins‖ discussed are poor grammar

    and spelling, telling not showing, passive voice, purple prose, redundancy, point of view breaches and lack of persistence. Beginner to Intermediate.

42. Story Starters. Brad Barkley Brad Barkley returns for the first time since 2005

    with an update of his extremely useful short story starter workshop. Beginniner to Intermediate.

43. Storytelling 101. Susanna ―Granny Sue‖ Holstein — Noted storyteller Granny Sue

    Holstein leads you through a workshop exploring the mechanics of live storytelling, from editing to voice to style. Beginner to intermediate.

44. Tones, Timbres and Tunes. Pops Walker A songwriting workshop revised

    specifically for authors (vs. songwriters), in which Pops Walker discusses his approach to the craft. Topics include: Which comes frist, the music or the lyrics?; Simplicity vs. Complexity; Tones and timbresmatching the moods of the music and the lyrics.

    Intermediate Level. (This session will repeat)

45. Using Collage as a Tool for Nonfiction. Rob Merritt Ever get tired of telling

    your story in a straight line, or having to put in all of those details, events and transitions just to get to the parts you really care about? Try the collage method, a technique adapted from the visual arts of arranging various existing images so that they overlap or blend to create a whole. We shall look at examples of and try our own. Bring some nonfiction you have written, if you wish. Intermediate.

    46. The Voice of a Woman, A Workshop for Women Writers (or Men writing from a woman’s point of view). Pam Cable Voice is pivotal in your development as a

    writer. Learning the craft is not enough. Where does voice come from? How does a writer develop and strengthen their voice in the fiction they write? This workshop will help writers not only develop their voice and style, but also strengthen it in their narrative and dialogue. We’ll discuss the importance in maintaining your voice in the development of high stakes, larger-than-life characters, and the theme or message of your work. In the process, we’ll not only reaffirm your knowledge of the craft of writing but your ability as a storyteller, as both are equally important. Your voice as a writer is as important as the voice of a professional singer. A great writing voice will help to establish you in the industry, as well as develop your career as a Breakout Novelist. We will also talk about using your voice in pitching your work to agents and editors.


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