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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are all day unless specifically noted.

Updated Mar. 19, 2015

North Park Library
8508 Franconia Rd.

Henrico, VA 23227-1213

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April 11, 2015

All Day Workship with JT Bock: Some Assembly Required — A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization

North Park Library
8508 Franconia Rd.
Henrico, VA

10:00am—Setup/Coffee Talk

10:15am—Meeting begins

Joss Whedon is one of the best contemporary storytellers. His characters–good and evil–are vivid and unforgettable. J.T. Bock present “Some Assembly Required: A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization,” a look into Joss Whedon’s techniques and how authors can use them in their stories. From superheroes to Shakespeare, Joss Whedon has created many of the most memorable characters on screen. Whether they’re supervillains whose entire story is told in 45 minutes, young adults whose character arcs take years to develop, or beloved existing characters seen in a new light, there’s something for every writer to learn from the complex characters Whedon has put on screen. In this all-day workshop, author J.T. Bock explores the techniques Whedon uses to create enduring stories and teaches writers how to make characters more three-dimensional, compelling, and Whedon-worthy. This full-day workshop is based on the popular presentation J.T. Bock and multi-published author Kate Johnson gave during the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans.

Bio: When J.T. Bock was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or a vampire hunter or Wonder Woman. Whatever brought her the most action, adventure and romance while play acting on her stage—otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Over the past few years, from a secret location outside of Washington, DC, J.T. has conjured pulse-pounding tales to share with kindred readers looking for an exciting escape. She’s written three novels and several short stories and is an active member of RWA and WRW. Her latest book, a superhero romance, A Surefire Way, was published in 2013. The second book in the series will be released in early 2015 along with a new short story in a paranormal romance anthology. When not speaking at conferences or blogging about writing life, her alternate identity enjoys spending time with her workaholic husband and their sidekick rescue dog, traveling to interesting locales (San Diego Comic-Con), and enjoying life to the fullest with an amazing group of family and friends and a good glass of wine.

Future Meetings

April 11th
All Day workshop with JT Bock--Some Assembly Required: A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization
North Park Library
8508 Franconia Rd.
Henrico, VA 23227-1213

May 9th
AM: How to Get the Media to Fall in Love With You (and Your Book) with Joyce Lamb
PM: Part 2: Everything I Know About Pitching I Learned at the Dog Show with Alleyne Dickens
L.E. Smoot Memorial Library
9533 Kings Highway
King George, VA 22485

June 13th
Still Being Planned


September 12th
AM: State of the Chapter Our own president, Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins the chapter’s year in review, what to expect over the next few months, and ideas for 2016.
PM: Professor Jane Friedman of UVA — Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests
Location TBA

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