Roanoke Regional Writers Conference

Roanoke Regional Writers Conference XI, 2018

It’s my honor to invite you to the 11th 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 19-20, 2018, at Hollins University in Roanoke. The snow date is January 26-27, 2018. The cost of the conference is $65, including lunch on Saturday in the Hollins dining room.

I am so pleased to welcome Jane Friedman as our keynote presenter. Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, is a previous Writer’s Digest writer and current Publishers Weekly columnist, and is an award-winning blogger. She’ll not only be speaking on “The Competitive Creative” but also “The Art and Business of the Author Platform.” This will appeal to writers of all levels and genres, and Friedman is such a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that I know writers will leave inspired!

This year’s conference will begin Friday night with registration and introductions, and the keynote kickoff from Jane Friedman. 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 9:00 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