The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - 18
RRWC Celebrates a Decade of Writers
The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference is ideal for writers of all ages and levels. Even the
most experienced writer can learn something new for the craft!
RRWC Students Attendees pay close
attention to their presenter's topics.
Returning Presenter Sarah Beth Jones speaks to the 2016 class about "The No BS Guide to
In the Classroom Questions and group
Freelance Writing." She will return in 2017 for another motivational session.
discussion are an important part of RRWC.
THE ROANOKE REGIONAL Writers Conference celebrates its 10th year in January. As co-director (a title shared
with conference creator Dan Smith), I'm excited about the
opportunities this conference holds each year for participants.
Whether you're an aspiring author, poet, journalist or established writer, we know there is always more to learn as
we perfect our craft. Plus, it's comforting to spend the day
with people as passionate about words as I am!
We're honored to have John Koehler, founder and publisher of Koehler Books Publishing, as our Friday-night keynote
and teacher this year, dishing out advice on the market and
how to help writers best understand their publishing options.
Kickoff begins Friday night with introductions, keynote
address and a forum panel on blogging. Saturday opens with
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registration at 8:30 a.m., with classes starting at 9 a.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring pen and paper, as well as
any writing samples they might want to share in particular classes.
I highly encourage our writers to
connect with others, something I
like to call "Tribe Vibe." Writing is
a yearlong process and we want
everyone to share, learn and
grow with one another.