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Jeff Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9657
Roanoke, VA 24020-1657
(540) 362-6503
Fax: (540) 362-6500

Office location:
Cocke Memorial Building, Third Floor

Brittany Foutz
Special Programs Coordinator
(540) 362-6021

Office location:
Bradley Hall

Kathleen Grissom

Keith Ferrell


Roland Lazenby



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Roanoke Regional Writers Conference VII

Roanoke Regional Writers ConferenceThe 2015 Roanoke Regional Writers Conference VII will feature a wide range of topics in its 24 classes and roundtable discussion, including a keynote address on the future of the book from two noted writers, Roland Lazenby and Keith Ferrell. The conference will be held on January 23 and 24, 2015.

Lazenby and Ferrell have nearly 80 books between them and in the past few months Ferrell’s History Decoded was on The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller list and Lazenby’s Michael Jordan: The Life has been one of the hottest books in America and his personal best seller. Both are known throughout the region for their blunt assessments of the direction of the craft and for working with young writers.

They will be joined opening night by Anne Adams, publisher of The Recorder in Monterey, one of the most respected journalists in Virginia, who will talk about ethics.

The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference is primarily geared toward professional writers and its teachers are almost exclusively from this area, one rich with writing tradition and successful writers.

True crime will be a featured topic this year with three different classes—back-to-back—from noted true crime writers Ed Falco (Toughs), Alice de Sturler (the blog Defrosting Cold Cases), and Diane Fanning (Scandal in the Secret City and the Lt. Lucinda Pierce series).

Among the topics for classes will be storytelling, query letters, writers communities and networking, writer’s block, writer’s voice, interview techniques, being taken seriously, the journal, critical thinking, marketing, writing sex scenes, opinion writing, adapting to the stage, research, and writing obituaries.

For biographies of the teaching writers, class schedule, and registration, see below.

You may register online here. The conference costs $75 and includes two dozen classes, lunch, wine reception, and coffee. Information is available at 540-556-8510.





Contact Dan Smith at (540) 556-8510 or e-mail pampadansmith@gmail.com.

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