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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 23, 2015

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
7:10 p.m. Presentation of scholarship award
7:20 p.m. Introduction of teaching staff
7:35 p.m. Greg Trafidlo: A song for our conference
7:45 p.m. "Truth Is Always Stranger Than Fiction in My Neck of the Woods,"Anne Adams
8:00 p.m. "The Future of the Book," Roland Lazenby and Keith Ferrell

Saturday, January 24, 2015

All classes will be held in the Dana Science Building [#12 on the campus map]
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Roundtable discussion; Dan Smith, moderator
"Getting Into Print"
Babcock Auditorium
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Lindsey Narmour
"So I'm Writing a Love Scene: A Look at Sex in Writing"
Babcock Auditorium
Alice de Sturler
"True Crime Reporting: Blog to Business"
Room 102
Betsy Ashton
"Writers and Their Communities: A Fusion"
Room 114
Liz Long
"Social Media Marketing for Writers"
Room 142
11:00 - noon Sarah Beth Jones
"Kicking Fear in the Pants: Clearing the Path to Your Authentic Writing Voice"
Babcock Auditorium
Diane Fanning
"Interview Techniques for Fact or Fiction"
Room 102
Anita Firebaugh
"The Writer's Journal: Fleshing Out the Details"
Room 114
Rod Belcher
"Dreaming Big: Avoiding the SciFi/Fantasy Slush Pile"
Room 142
Noon Lunch, Hollins Dining Hall, Moody Center [#23 on the campus map]
Please remember to bring your meal ticket
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Ed Falco
"True Crime Fiction: Isn't That an Oxymoron?"
Babcock Auditorium
Brad Kelley
"Critical Thinking to Improve Writing"
Room 102
Greg Trafidlo
"Breaking Writers Block: Some Effective Techniques"
Room 114
Todd Ristau
"An Introduction to Adaptation: How to Turn Your Novel or Poem into a Stage Play"
Room 142
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Saundra Kelly
"Storytelling: Using the Story-Arc Format from the Ancient Oral Tradition"
Babcock Auditorium
Andrea Brunais
"Creating Greater Clarity in Your Work" (students encouraged to bring writing examples to class)
Room 102
Tim Thornton
"Getting the Last Word: Writing a Great Obituary for Yourself or Somebody Else"
Room 114
Carol Alexander
"Writing a Query Letter that Sells"
Room 142
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Karen Chase
"Building a Publishing Resume and Network"
Babcock Auditorium
Terri Leidich
"The Latest and Greatest Tools for Marketing Your Books”"
Room 102
Margo Oxendine
"Your Life is a Column — Write It"
Room 114
Keith Ferrell
"Being Taken Seriously in a World That Undervalues Writers"
Room 142

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Dan Casey
"Storytelling on LSD"
Babcock Auditorium
  Neil Sagebiel
"Researching Nonfiction"
Room 102
  Sharon Rapoport
"Channeling Voices: Ghostwriting, Copywriting, and Other Not-So-Scary Gigs"
Room 114
  Dan Radmacher
"Opinions Are Like Noses: Everyone Has One; How to Make Yours Count With Solid Research"

Room 142

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