Roanoke Regional Writers Conference

Roanoke Regional Writers Conference XII, 2019

It’s my honor to invite you to the 12th Annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference! This is the perfect event to learn, grow, and connect with other writers in the area. This event takes place on January 25-26, 2019, at Hollins University in Roanoke. The snow date is February 1-2, 2019. The cost of the conference is $65, including lunch on Saturday in the Hollins dining room.

I am so pleased to welcome award-winning R.S. Belcher as our keynote speaker. On Friday night, he’ll share the “Before and After” of his journey in the publishing industry, and how writing has always been a part of him. Long before the sales and contracts comes the love of writing, which gives us the ability to handle the climb and struggles in our personal and professional lives. Belcher discusses writing as a coping skill for the things and events in his life, and how that has led to his success.

The conference begins on Friday night with the welcome, introductions, and the keynote kickoff. We’ll have a “Couch Q&A” with a few of our presenters, which also includes an open forum, so bring plenty of questions! Saturday begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., with classes starting at 9 a.m. Make sure to bring pen and paper, as well as any writing samples you might want to share in particular classes.

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, something we like to call “Tribe Vibe.” Writing is a yearlong process and we’d love for you to join our Facebook group to promote discussion, critiques, and more. We look forward to growing our tribe and strengthening our friendships with such talented, hardworking writers!



Contact Liz Long, conference organizer, at