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April 2019

Awesome Con

April 26 - April 28
Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC, 20001 United States
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Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con! Awesome Con is a celebration of geek culture, bringing over 70,000 fans together with their favorite stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! And just like DC, we’re smart, family-friendly, and inclusive – as Awesome Con is home to: Future Con, an area of Awesome Con exploring where science and science fiction meet – created with the Smithsonian! Awesome Con Jr, an all-ages destination for the next generation of fans Pride…

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Spilled Ink – Open Readings at Jirani Coffee House

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Jirani Coffeehouse, 9425 West St.
Manassas, VA 20110
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SPILLED INK at Jirani Coffee House comes along every FOURTH Friday of the month from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.​ Spilled Ink is an open mic night that celebrates the written word. Join local authors, poets, and scribblers as they read their work. All are welcome to listen or read! Be brave!​ ***Please make sure you revise your work to a PG-13 rating!​ Plan on reading 8-10 minutes max. Thank you!  

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Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing

April 27
GMU Arlington campus, Founders Hall 3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22201
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Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference at the George Mason University campus in Arlington, Virginia that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past 12 years in Washington DC, and the past 5 in Pittsburgh. All proceeds go to participating small presses and literary magazines, and to Barrelhouse.

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Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Group Meeting

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Chinn Park Regional Library, 3065 Chinn Park Dr,
Woodbridge, VA
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free

This group meets on the 4th Saturday at Chinn Park Regional Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Note: It is unclear whether this group is affiliated with the national organization SCBWI.

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Manassas Reads

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Harris Pavilion Old Town Manassas, Virginia + Google Map

The Prince William County Public Library System, City of Manassas and Manassas City Public Schools joined together to host the first community-wide book festival in October 2014 at the Harris Pavilion. The annual event now takes place in the spring every year and continues to offer many events and giveaways, including LOTS of free books for all ages, prizes, special community guest readers, the chance to meet published and local authors, student presentations, live music and so much more!

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Hanover Book Festival 2019

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
RichmondTimes Dispatch Building, 8460 Times Dispatch blvd
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
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A not-for-profit community event presented by the Hanover Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, the Hanover Book Festival began in 2006 as a project to promote reading. In this age of television, movie, and computer screens, the written page is becoming an anachronism in many people's lives. To encourage and promote reading as an enjoyable experience, the Hanover Book Festival was born.

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DC Author Festival 2019

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0
James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
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free

The DC Author Festival, in partnership with the Library of Congress, is a gathering for local writers to participate in workshops, discussions, social activities and professional development. Check this page (https://www.dclibrary.org/dcauthorfest) soon for details about session topics and speakers.

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May 2019

WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series @ Arlington Arts: Grants

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
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$20

This is the 6th (and final) in a series of 6 weekly seminars. It is free for members of WALA, and $20 to the genera public. Covered in this session: Are you ready for funding? What kind of questions will they ask me and What do I need to apply? What kinds of grants are there and where should I look for them? Once I get funded, what are the requirements and how do I manage my grant? Additional Resources

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Shut Up and Write – YA Authors on Writing

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201
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Learn tips and tricks to writing Young Adult Literature from a panel of YA authors. We know the path to a finished book is fraught with peril – here’s your chance to learn from authors who have successfully made the journey. The authors take questions from the audience, and their books are available for signing after each discussion. Moderated by author Jon Skovron and organized by author Jessica Spotswood.

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Malice Domestic (Bethesda, MD)

May 3 - May 5

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence.

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Washington Writers Conference

May 10 - May 11

WHEN Friday, May 10 (beginning at 6 p.m.), and Saturday, May 11 (all day). WHERE NEW location! The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Steps from the White Flint Metro station. WHY Agents. Authors. Publishing pros. The centerpiece of our conference is one-on-one pitch sessions (six minutes apiece) with literary agents from New York, Boston, and the DC area. Sign up at the special Super-Early-Bird rate for a guaranteed four pitch sessions (versus three sessions after…

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WbtR Monthly Writer’s Enrichment: Write-in

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+0
Montclair Neighborhood Library, 5049 Waterway Drive
Dumfries, VA
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We're writers. Let's write! We'll be at the Montclair Community Library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. writing on select topics. We'll adjourn, head for coffee and share our writing. Don't miss this monthly meetup!

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Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm UTC+0
Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue
, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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free

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg. The event was conceived and introduced by Gaithersburg Mayor (then council member) Jud Ashman, with the support of the Mayor and City Council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The Festival is produced by a core committee comprised…

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Spilled Ink – Open Readings at Jirani Coffee House

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Jirani Coffeehouse, 9425 West St.
Manassas, VA 20110
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SPILLED INK at Jirani Coffee House comes along every FOURTH Friday of the month from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.​ Spilled Ink is an open mic night that celebrates the written word. Join local authors, poets, and scribblers as they read their work. All are welcome to listen or read! Be brave!​ ***Please make sure you revise your work to a PG-13 rating!​ Plan on reading 8-10 minutes max. Thank you!  

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June 2019

WbtR Monthly Writer’s Enrichment: Inspiration in Action

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am UTC+0
Jirani Coffeehouse, 9425 West St.
Manassas, VA 20110
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Join us for coffee, writing and networking at Jirani Coffeehouse! We'll spend some time hearing from a facilitator, then follow up with a writing session. Bring your notebooks, pens, laptops, or whatever you use to write and keep the inspiration going!

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