A Home for Writers of All Levels

January 19-20, 2024


A Message from the Director

Welcome back! It’s my extreme honor to invite you to the 15th Annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference! This is the perfect event to learn, grow, and connect with other writers in the area. RRWC24 takes place on January 19-20, 2024, at Hollins University in Roanoke. The snow date is January 26-27. The cost of the conference is $75 including lunch in the dining hall on Saturday.

We are so lucky to live in an area with incredible writers of all experiences, genres, and backgrounds.  RRWC24 is the ideal place to learn, grow, and experience the excitement that comes with your love of writing. It’s time to make your writing dreams a reality, and we’re all here to help each other out!

The conference begins on Friday night at 7 p.m. with introductions, our scholarship presentation, and what I know will be an incredible keynote from premier guest Lee Hunsaker of “Hoot and Holler” fame. Saturday registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with classes starting at 9 a.m. Hunsaker will kick off the morning with a 2-hour workshop that will make your writer hearts sing! You’ll notice a variety of tracks during each hour throughout the day; it’s a good idea to have a backup class in mind should your first choice get filled before you can find a seat. Make sure to bring pen and paper or laptop, as well as any writing samples you might want to share in particular classes. Our presenters can’t wait to share knowledge and advice, and there’s no doubt you’ll leave the weekend buzzing with inspiration, motivation and new friendships!

Class topics vary from fiction and nonfiction, journalism, editing, publishing (traditional and self-publishing), poetry, and more. In addition, we’re proud to promote our writing community. I highly encourage our writers to connect with others! Writing is a yearlong process and we’d love for you to join our Facebook group to promote discussion, share in successes, and more. We look forward to sharing our processes, learning from each other, and strengthening our friendships with such talented, hardworking writers!


Liz Long

RRWC Director Liz Long is an editor, USA Today bestselling writer, dog lover, and self-proclaimed dessert expert from Roanoke, Virginia. She is the editor of The Roanoker and bridebook magazines and the Virginia Travel Guide, and indie author of over 20 published YA, fantasy and romance books, including her pen name. She is also the director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, held annually at Hollins, as well as a freelance fiction editor helping clients with their work. She is also a board member for the Jefferson Center and frequent patron at her favorite local restaurants and businesses! Learn more about her at lizlongeditor.com.

Liz can be reached at roanokewriters@gmail.com.

Our Partners

RRWC is proud to partner with local literary sponsors: Book No Further, War On Books, and Book City Roanoke!