Making your writing life a reality and meeting your creative goals is sometimes easier said than done, but why shouldn’t 2018 be your year? A realistic plan is all you need, getting both your mental and physical spaces ready. At the first Writing Show of the season, bring your literary resolutions, and get ready for inspiration, organizational ideas, time-management strategies, self-motivation techniques, and instant takeaways.
Kristina Cotis Hamlett is a blogger and a writer. Her work has been published on sites such as kimberlyelse.com, foreverbemoved.com, mitchell-productions.com, lifein10minutes.com, The Churchill Newsletter and was a featured author on the RVA Lit Crawl 2017. She is married and lives with her husband and too many books in Henrico, VA. You can find her at www.kristinahamlett.com.
Considered an expert on the criminal justice system, Evans Hopkins is author of the acclaimed memoir, Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption (Simon&Schuster/Free Press,) hailed as an “exciting new memoir” by the Washington Post. From 1982 until 1997, he became nationally-known while writing for the Washington Post, the New Yorker magazine, and a host of other publications. His work has been anthologized in numerous books, including the Prentice College Reader. Hopkins’s story is chronicled as part of the Civil Rights Oral History Project of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian African-American History Museum.
As a writer and consultant with a background in communications, career coaching and workforce development, Michelle Mercurio uses creative, proven techniques to help clients plan their strategies, visualize and communicate their brands, strategize their social media and position themselves to achieve their goals. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs and professionals tell their authentic stories to get paid. You can reach Michelle at michellemercurio.com.
With degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor; however, after years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft was the driving force behind her book, Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), and the creation of her writing program, Grammartopia. Kris is on the JRW board and is also pursuing the publication of her first novel. You can find Kris at kris-spisak.com.
Karen A. Chase is an author and photographer, and owner of 224design, a branding and design studio. Now represented by Roger Williams Agency, she is seeking representation for two novels in two genres–historical fiction (Carrying Independence) and southern upmarket women’s fiction (Decoys). Her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, garnered seven independent publishing awards. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Karen is now chasing histories from Richmond, VA. You can find Karen at karenachase.com and on Twitter @KarenAChase.
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