2011 spring conference Friday, April 1
Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
(see hotel info for parking if you are not staying overnight)
Pre-conference activities, Thursday, March 31
The cost of the tour, dinner and networking over wine and nibbles in the Executive Lounge is $30.
Please e-mail Cathy Jett at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to take the tour. Be sure to register for the dinner.
3:30 p.m. Walking Tour of historic downtown Fredericksburg. Meet in the lobby of the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center.
6 p.m. Kick back and relax in the Executive Lounge at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center. Go to dinner at 6:30 p.m. Laura Galke of the George Washington Foundation will present a more rounded picture of Mary Ball Washington. Orphaned as a child, Mary was later left a widow with a brood of young children to raise. Her eldest, George, became our first president. Her talk is based on the latest research.
Dinner will feature Chef Angela’s special chicken cordon bleu, roasted red potatoes, asparagus with lemon sauce and tiramisu. For vegetarians, there will be vegetarian lasagna. You can return following dinner.
Conference morning, Friday, April 1
8 a.m. Registration, foyer
Continental breakfast, Washington Room
8:30 a.m. Welcome, remarks by NFPW President Cynthia Price
Keynote speech by best-selling author Bill Hoffer, Washington Room
Making the Switch:
Who says you have to stick with a formula that’s been successful? Not Bill Hoffer. He and Marilyn Hoffer, his wife and co-author, burned out after writing best-selling non-fiction for more than 20 years. They took a 10-year hiatus, and then decided to try their hands at fiction. When their agent at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment told them he’d have a hard time marketing their first murder mystery, the couple took matters into their own hands. Bill will talk about their decision to publish “Luke Rules” using CreateSpace.com, a part of Amazon.com, and convert their manuscript into the format for e-readers.
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
Session I: Grammar Bowl, Jefferson Room
VPW Third Vice President and Grammar Guru Clara B. Cox will test our knowledge of pesky grammar rules. She wants to keep writers from making groan-worthy grammatical mistakes. There will be prizes!
Session II: Just the facts, ma’am
What do you do when the board of supervisors is hush-hush about a decision that should be made public, a school board won’t reveal a superintendent’s salary, or a university won’t reveal the number of rapes on campus? Why, you file a FOIA request, of course. Kirsten B. Mitchell, of the federal FOIA ombudsman agency, the Office of Government Information Services and Dick Hammerstrom, chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the Virginia Press Association, will cover strategies for using FOIA.
10:45 a.m. Purse raffle and auction, Washington Room
Networking, wine-and-cheese reception, lobby
Noon Awards banquet, Monroe Room
Luncheon speaker: John Hennessy, chief historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park--a unit of the National Park Service.
Hennessy is the principal author of “Holding the High Ground,” the document that helped shape the NPS’s direction in interpretation as the park service enters the Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration.
Presentation of Communications Contest awards. Debby Padgett and Tracy Perkins, directors of the contest will present the awards. Congratulations to all.
Add-On Professional Development Session
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Professional Development Session at the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Lab in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The fee is $20 and pre-registration is required.
VPW Secretary Tammy Poole, public affairs communications specialist at State Farm Insurance, will give a hands-on seminar on using Facebook and LinkedIn for work-related purposes.