★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

Join Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) on Saturday, February 10, at 2 PM for a staged reading of three original ten-minute plays by area youth. Selected in the Write Stuff! competition, the winning plays are:          ★ Job Switch by Mikayla Parker          ★ Auditions by By Caroline Westphalen          ★ Little Sacrifices by… Continue reading ★ Youth playwrights selected for Write Stuff! readings

★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10

  Congratulations Bryan Hancock and the Soul Sessions team for four years of creating a supportive space for new voices. Get some background on Soul Sessions in this 2017 post, or far better, head out to Theater 3 on Saturday, 2/10, to the anniversary show. Soul Sessions IV: The Love Movement- will feature musical guest… Continue reading ★ Celebrate four years of Soul Sessions Saturday, 2/10

★ Treat yourself: Primland offers author’s weekend Feb. 23-25

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… Continue reading ★ Treat yourself: Primland offers author’s weekend Feb. 23-25

★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

Have you made your plans attend the Virginia Festival of the Book March 21-25? As always there will be a well-curated wealth of sessions, authors and books of importance to readers across Virginia. And you can aways find a few with particular note for BOOK CITY residents. Here are some at an early glance. Christiansburg… Continue reading ★ Virginia Festival of the Book rolls out speaker roster

★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

Write Now, a writing group, meets on third Thursdays in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts. Group member Coby Pieterman says , "There's absolutely no criticism, but some helpful comments may be offered for those who read their work." The group fosters sharing and encouragement for beginners to experienced writers. Write Now meets… Continue reading ★ Write Now monthly writing group at Bedford’s Bower Center

★ Register for the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference (JAN 19-20)

The 11th annual Roanoke Regional Writers Conference will be held on January 19 and 20 at Hollins University. The Friday evening keynote presenter will be Jane Friedman. Friedman, an award winning blogger, has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, is a previous Writer’s Digest writer and a current Publishers Weekly columnist. Saturday's day-long agenda… Continue reading ★ Register for the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference (JAN 19-20)

★ Have a 2018 reading goal?

Have you taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? Online tools such as Goodreads and Library Thing are good ways to track reading goals, and that measurement makes a difference. I've slowly increased over the years and this year met my goal of 60 books. In 2017, more than 3 million Goodreads members read an… Continue reading ★ Have a 2018 reading goal?