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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are all day unless specifically noted.

Updated Aug. 9, 2015

Northside Library
705 West Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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September 12

State of the Chapter Annual Meeting & Professor Jane Friedman

Northside Library
705 West Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

10:00 am
Coffee Talk & Set Up

10:30 am

State of the Chapter
Our own president, Stephanie Gurnsey-Higgins, will discuss the chapter’s year in review, what to expect over the next few months, and ideas for 2016.

2:00 pm

Professor Jane Friedman of UVA — Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests
If you’ve written your query like a pro, and you send it to the right people, then you should be getting requests for your manuscript about 30-50% of the time. Learn the 5 key elements of every query, what it means to sell the sizzle, and how to avoid problems that plague (and sabotage) queries. Bring a draft of your query along, and be prepared for a little public and impromptu critiquing! We'll also cover the basics of writing a good synopsis, how to successfully pitch at writing conferences, and what good follow-up looks like after you send the query.

About Jane


Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer’s Digest, where she ultimately became publisher and editorial director of the $10-million multimedia brand. Jane specializes in educating writers about the publishing industry (without drama or hype) to help them make the best long-term decisions for their careers. Since 2001, she has spoken at hundreds of writing conferences around the world, and is known for thought-provoking talks on the future of authorship. She teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia and maintains an award-winning blog for writers at

The query is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript. For some writers, it represents a completely different way of thinking about your book—it means thinking about your work as a marketable commodity.


Future Meetings

October 10th
AM: Romance Novel Marketing 101 with Valerie Bowman
PM: Mini Break-Out Sessions — Query, Synopsis, and Marketing practice sessions
Location TBA

November 14th
All Day workshop with Mary Buckham
Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108
Midlothian, VA 23113

December 12th
Holiday Party with guest speaker Cathy Maxwell
Twin Hickory Recreation Center
5011 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

January 9th, 2016
All Day workshop with Laura Stone, Senior Editor with Entangled Publishing
AM: Q & A session about Entangled with Laura Stone
PM: Laura Stone will take 10 individual 10-minute pitches. Advanced registration is required. Contact VP, Programs to secure a time and spot.
Location: TBA