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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

Conference schedule

Campus map (PDF)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center [#41 on the campus map]
6:15 p.m. Networking
7:00 p.m. Welcome, Hollins President Nancy Oliver Gray
7:15 p.m. Introduction of teaching staff and Friday speakers and presentation of scholarship award, Dan Smith
7:30 p.m. "Perseverance," author Rod Belcher
7:45 p.m. "Solving Problems: Welcome to the Club," Carrie Brown, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins
8:00 p.m. "Giggling Past the Funeral Home: A Look at What Makes Us Laugh," Sheri Reynolds, keynote speaker

Saturday, January 25, 2014

All Classes will be held in the Dana Science Building [#12 on the campus map]
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Beth Macy, nonfiction author, journalist
"From Article to Book"
Babcock Auditorium
Judy Light Ayyildiz, author
"Oral History/Memoir: Unlocking the Words"
Room 102
Doug Cumming, Washington & Lee professor, author
"Writing for Magazines"
Room 114
Dan Casey, journalist, columnist, storyteller
"Telling Stories: The Greyhound Bus, the Swedish Gal, and the Flophouse in Seattle"
Room 142
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Sheri Reynolds, author, writing/literature professor, Old Dominion University
"Dreamwork for Writers: Using Your Dreams to Deepen Your Stories"
Babcock Auditorium
Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty University professor, author
"Memories Worthy of Your Memoir"
Room 102
Bonnie Cranmer, Sarah Beth Jones, small business owners, writers, bloggers
"Channeling Voices: Ghostwriting for Profit"
Room 114
Rod Belcher, author, freelance journalist
"Getting Your Book to Print With a Major Publisher"
Room 142
11:00 - noon Karen Chase, author, graphic designer, business owner
"Doing It Yourself"
Babcock Auditorium
Alice de Sturler, cold case consultant and true crime blogger, former college professor
"Using Social Media to Promote Your Writing"
Room 102
Mary Crockett Hill, author, poet, college professor
"What Makes a Young Adult Novel Work?"
Room 114
Bill Kovarik, author, Radford University professor
"Who Killed the American Newspaper and Where Do We Go from Here?"
Room 142
12:15 p.m. Lunch, Hollins Dining Hall, Moody Center [#23 on the campus map]
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Roland Lazenby, author, ESPN Radio executive
"Finding the Story"
Babcock Auditorium
Tiffany Trent, author, college professor
"Science Fiction and Fantasy in YA"
Room 102
Keith Finch, lawyer, Creekmore Law Firm
"Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities"
Room 114
Keith Ferrell, author, journalist
"Finding the Few Remaining Good Writing Jobs"
Room 142
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Terri Leidich, publisher, author
"Take Charge of Your Marketing No Matter How Your Book is Published"
Babcock Auditorium
Rob Jones, photographer, small business owner
"The No BS Guide to Photography for Freelance Writers"
Room 102
Liz Long, author, social media guru
"Using Social Media"
Room 114
Cara Ellen Modisett, journalist, author
"The Rebellious Essay"
Room 142
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Brooke McGlothlin, author
"How To Build a Platform and Market Your Self-Published Book"
Babcock Auditorium
Greg Trafidlo, musician
"Writing Funny Song Lyrics"
Room 102
Carrie Brown, novelist, short-story writer, Hollins professor
"Something Big This Way Comes: Building Dramatic Momentum in Fiction Through the Power of Image"
Room 142
4:40 - 5:30 p.m. Panel discussion
"Chasing Down the Right Literary Agent"

Babcock Auditorium

For more information, please contact the conference organizer, Dan Smith, at pampadansmith@gmail.com.