The staff of Primland has put together a winning lineup for the luxury resort’s inaugural Author’s Weekend. Writers and readers will convene in Patrick County from February 23 to 25 to discuss craft and publishing with talented, successful authors working in nonfiction and fiction.
Participating writers include Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Martin Clark (Plain Heathen Mischief), Beth Macy (Truevine and Factory Man), and Ellen Horan (21 Bond Street).
Day packages include lunch and are available for $135. Room packages include the manager’s reception, a screening of Big Fish with Daniel Wallace, a day of seminars, workshops, and signings as well as dinner in Elements featuring a special menu.
General Manager Ted Horan answered some questions to fill us in on the event.
Book City Roanoke: What will guests experience at the Primland Author’s Weekend?
General Manager Ted Horan: Guests can expect to learn about the writer’s process, creativity, editing, and publishing. You’ll hear from a diverse set of authors on their experiences, writing, publishing and building their portfolio. Additionally, guests can present a small sample of their writing during one of the workshops for feedback from our writers. In addition to the workshops, guests can experience the beauty of Primland, and take part in other activities. We’ll be showing Tim Burton’s film of Big Fish, and author Daniel Wallace will discuss it. The weekend will also include a dinner with a special menu and wine pairings with great conversation.
BCR: How many guests do you expect to participate?
TH: We expect to welcome between 25 and 100 guests for the event. It will be personalized and a lot of fun. It’s the first time we’ve done this, and we’re doing other special event weekends throughout the year to highlight food, wine, spirits, outdoor activities, and culture.
BCR: What are your favorite reading nooks on the property?
TH: In the lodge, they include the fireplaces in the Great Hall, on the terrace overlooking the golf course and mountains, and, of course, the library.
BCR: What Primland activities do you recommend guests take part in to complement their experience this time of year?
TH: Try stargazing in our observatory, shooting the sporting clays, RTV tours, spa treatments, wine or moonshine tastings, the chef’s table, and cooking classes.
BCR: There’s a lot to do. That should give folks plenty to write about, if perhaps not the time to write it! ★