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Annual Writers Conference

36th annual conference designed to improve writing skills and bring together both published and aspiring authors.

  Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Christopher Newport University’s Lifelong Learning Society will present the 36th Annual Writers Conference May 5–6, 2017. The two-day event will take place at the Freeman Center, and is designed to improve writing skills and bring together both published and aspiring authors. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Jonathan White, associate professor of American studies and award-winning author of seven books, and Bonnie Bader, former associate publisher/editor-in-chief at Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Young Readers.

Conference workshops will include the following:

  • Conducting Historical Research
  • What a Character! The Ins and Outs of Creating Memorable Characters
  • What's So Hard About Screenwriting?
  • Memoir and Remembering – Pull the Memory Trigger!
  • It's Not All About You: Finding the Universal Subject of Your Memoir
  • Writing About Trauma
  • The Pros and Cons of Prose Poetry
  • Robots, Wizards and Zombies, Oh My!
  • Rewriting: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Writing for Children in the 21st Century
  • The Art and Craft of the Narrative
  • Powerful Pitch

The conference will also feature an open mic session, book sales, pitch sessions, panel discussions, a writing contest and more. For complete conference details and to register, visit

The LifeLong Learning Society of Christopher Newport University is a membership organization dedicated to people of retirement age who seek opportunities for learning in an environment of sharing and fellowship. To request a catalog or for more information, call (757) 269–4368 or visit

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