Events

UPCOMING FREE TALKS

Washington Metro Area

Libraries, Community Centers, & Art Galleries

David Hazard walks you through a virtual book publishing committee meeting, telling you exactly what each member of a review committee, from the publisher to the promotions director, needs to hear to give the “thumbs-up” vote for your manuscript. Afterwards, he’ll field all your questions about agents, contracts, and e-book publishing.

  • Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm
    Purcellville Public Library, Purcellville VA
    Getting Publishers to Say 'Yes!' - What you need to know to land the contract
  • Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm
    Purcellville Public Library, Purcellville VA
    Turning Your Life into a Best-selling Memoir
  • Thursday, May 17, 7pm
    Rust Library, Leesburg VA
    Writing Your Book this Summer - How to prep for and make headway on your bestseller
  • Thursday, June 7, 7pm
    Rust Library, Leesburg VA
    Writing a Short Story that Blows Your Readers Away - Secrets of great storytelling

David Hazard's talks are always anticipated and appreciated by our library patrons. His practical advice, born of years of experience, has encouraged many local writers to hone their craft and work toward publication!

Bethany Richardson, Adult Services Librarian
Ashburn Library, Loudoun County Public Library

 

RETREAT

 

Adirondack Writing Sojourn

Old Forge, NY

A creative getaway to launch or advance your career in writing in the forever wild beauty of upstate New Yorks pristine mountains and lakes. Professional publishing consultants, writing coaches, and bestselling authors are on hand to guide you and provide constructive critiques in this powerful 6-night 5-day session.

Learn more and view costs and registration.

September 8-14, 2019

 

WORKSHOPS

 

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the Arts Center
Old Forge, New York

  • ART*ICULATION: Honing Your Powers of Expression: For Both Artists and Writers
    — with David Hazard and Becky Harblin

    Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Writing that is vivid, colorful, and rich in detail has power to hold reader interest - including art patrons as well as literary agents and publishers. This workshop teaches greater “eye-word coordination”, an invaluable skill for both writers and writers and visual artists who write about their work.

    Learn more about this unique workshop. Preregistration is required. Register by August 9, 2017

  • Writing Powerful People: Making Your Characters - Real and Fictional - Come to Life
    Sunday, September 10, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Character development is essential to certain types of writing, including memoirs and character-driven novels and short stories. Character revelation is tricky, and too often done in "information" or "backstory" dumps. Not very satisfying. ("Oh here it comes - the backstory....")

    This workshop will help you understand how to find or create the dynamic element within your people, real or imagined. If you want to improve your character skills, this workshop is for you.

    Preregistration is required. Register by August 19, 2017

  • Memoirs and Novels: The Secrets of Great Narrative Writing
    Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Great memoirs don't just happen -- there is a secret to writing them.

    Learn how to story-board your memoir from an expert writing coach. There is a "golden thread" of meaning in every life, and when you find it and write about it you connect with a broad audience of readers who will not be able to put your book down.

    There are no 'ordinary lives' -- not really. The extraordinary is always there, just beneath the surface. Find that thread in your life, and write about it.

    Preregistration is required. Register by September 17, 2017

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Anam Cara

Writing with Fire!Creating Works that Rivet Your Readers

The week will help you find or further explore your voice as a writer. Voice is the edge every acquisition editor and contest judge looks for, beneath the writer’s technical skill. Your voice your fire, if you will — is what gives your writing, from first to last, its true and lasting brilliance.
Great writers… successful writers… learn how to speak with “the voice of the soul, and the voice of the body.” Power is released into your writing when you open these energies. Whether creating a novel, a memoir, or essays, fresh, riveting voice is essential.
Learn more about Anam Cara: anamcararetreat.com

April 14 - May 21, 2018

For more information or to register: Contact us