My Adventures in Virginia at the Christopher Newport University Writers Conference... - Writer's Digest

My Adventures in Virginia at the Christopher Newport University Writers Conference...

Spent the weekend in Newport News, Va., on the coast, at the CNU Writers Conference. The moment I landed, it was a joy to feel 65 degree weather for a change. (Ohio is still in the 40s right now.) The conference went very well. It was held on the campus of Christopher Newport University, a college where every building is made with bright red bricks, giving it a modern colonial feel. To Virginians, this is nothing notable, but I enjoyed it.
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Spent the weekend in Newport News, VA, on the coast, at the 2008 CNU Writers Conference. The moment I landed, it was a joy to feel 65 degree weather for a change. (Ohio is still in the forties right now.)

The conference went very well. It was held on the campus of Christopher Newport University, a college where every building is made with bright red bricks, giving it a modern colonial feel. To Virginians, this is nothing notable, but I enjoyed it.


Attendees read a little of their
work aloud at the start of the
conference to get the ball rolling.

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I gave one speech on agents and sat on a panel about publishing. Michelle Andelman was the only agent in attendance and I don't envy her, as she was deluged in pitches and meetings. I'm betting her brain was mush by the end of Saturday. Speaking of Michelle, she gave a good presentation on query letters and I will post more about that soon.


The publishing panel, with me,
romance novelist Michelle Willingham,
and romance novelist Marla Cordle.

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The conference happens every year, so consider it for 2009 if you're in the area.

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