The roster of outstanding teachers for the 2011 Roanoke Regional Writers Conference is nearly complete with the addition of two literary agents, Joan Timberlake and George Oliver, responding to a chorus of requests from students over the past three years.
Timberlake and Oliver are veterans of the book wars and—as a sidelight—they’re looking for writers and books.
The keynote speaker for next year’s conference (which was recently part of a two-page spread in Writers Digest, focusing on four conferences in the entire country) is Cara Modisett, who recently left Blue Ridge Country magazine as its award-winning editor for the past 12 years. She will be joined on the opening-night podium by former Omni Magazine editor Keith Ferrell, editor of more than a dozen books and a broadly published magazine writer.
The roster this year includes a number of well-known regional writers, not the least of which are veteran editors Kurt Rheinheimer of the Roanoker Magazine and Dan Smith of Valley Business FRONT. Them will team up for a unique class, talking about their combined 80 years in the business and the lessons learned during that time.
The conference is scheduled Jan. 28-29 at Hollins University. A registration site will be available soon. the cost is only $50 for two days of conference, including 24 classes and a roundtable discussion.
Oliver and Timberlake will teach two classes, one following the other, titled, “Getting Agents To Look at Your Manuscript” and they will teach fiction and nonfiction angles. Oliver has degrees in German, English, and Linguistics, and has had a long career in teaching language and writing in varying venues, including 20 years at the University of Maryland. He keeps an irregular food blog and is compiling an anthology of his food writing. He handles non-fiction at Timberlake-Oliver Literary Services.
Timberlake has an M.A. in English Literature from Long Island University and a law degree from West Virginia University. She is founder of Timberlake-Oliver Literary Services. She has taught nonfiction disciplines including legal, business, technical, and grammar/editing and fiction disciplines including novel, short story, essay, mystery, and humorous writing at the Maryland University and Johns Hopkins University, has worked as a writer/editor in many large corporations.
The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference is one of four conferences across the U.S. featured in a two-page spread (pages 74 and 75) in the July/August issue of Writers Digest, a national magazine for writers. The online magazine is here and it is available at book stores.
The Roanoke conference, founded by Valley Business FRONT editor Dan Smith, goes into its fourth year January 28-28 at Hollins University and is part of a featured grouping of conferences held in Boston, Grapevine, Texas and online as a virtual conference.
"This is great exposure for a relatively small [15o students], new and little known--outside this region--conference and we're hoping it helps stir up even more interest than there has been," says Smith.
Chris McAdams and Ariel Clark of tba (the becher agency) in Roanoke will teach the final installment of the three-class course on editing photographs presented by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge at its monthly Writers Workshop Series Tuesday, july 20, 6 p.m. at Center in the Square.
McAdams’ work has been rewarded with 25 local and regional ADDYs and has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Artists, the Public Relations Society of America and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. He has served Ad 2 Roanoke as president for two consecutive years.
Clark is part of a team that works in design for tba. She is a graduate of Virginia Western Community College (communication design) and earned an ADDY Award for magazine design. She has been a designer at Leisure Publishing.
The final class is Photoshop, Advanced Methods and runs 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for non-members and $7 for members. Get in touch with Rhonda Hale (540-224-1205 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) at the arts council to reserve your spot.
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