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Packing Power into your Writing

September 20-21, 2013

Westwood Club
6200 West Club Lane
Richmond, Virginia 23226



Keynote Speaker: Mary Miley Theobald is a historian and freelance writer. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary and taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University for 13 years. She has written nine nonfiction books, one novel, and nearly 200 articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers, most regularly for the Colonial Williamsburg Journal. Her most recent book, “First House: Two Centuries with Virginia’s First Families,” is the official bicentennial book for Virginia’s Governor’s Mansion. Last year, Mary won the national Mystery Writers of America competition for First Crime Novel with her Roaring Twenties murder mystery.

Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski is a humorist, freelance writer and author of “Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box,” which won an award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She has spoken on the humor panel at the annual conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors many times and was a faculty member and speaker at the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. She also speaks to business groups and has assisted many with her humorous and informative talks covering publicity, marketing, getting over the fear of public speaking, adding humor to your life and business, and many others.

Social Media, Digital Publishing and Ethics Guidelines: Jane Elizabeth is a Hampton Roads-based media consultant and a member of Old Dominion University’s adjunct journalism faculty. She began her career at Richmond Newspapers, first with The News-Leader and later with the Time-Dispatch.  Jane spent 10 years as an editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where she also taught journalism as a member of the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University adjunct faculties.  Jane returned to Virginia in 2004, serving as senior editor with the Virginian-Pilot, where she became the paper’s first director of Online News and established the Pilot’s online news department.  She most recently worked as deputy editor at the Washington Post, where she launched and directed PostLocal.com and the paper’s regional web product, washintonpost.com/regional.