Conference scholarship winner Elizabeth Markham (left center) surrounded by (from left) Hollins President Nancy Gray, previous winner Elizabeth Jones and Dan Smith.
Elizabeth Markham gave a touching acceptance speech. Keynote speakers Cara Modisett and Keith Ferrell are to the left of her.
Conference scholarship winners Elizabeth Jones, Elizabeth Markham and April Drummond, who taught a class at this year's conference.
Jill Elswick (foreground) asks a question of a panel moderated by FRONT publisher Tom Field (standing) and (from left) Bill Kovarik of Radford University, author Keith Ferrell, weekly newspaper editor Meg Hibbert, Dan Smith, Lizetta Staplefoote of Rackspace in Blacksburg and Darrell Laurant of the News & Advance in Lynchburg.
Founder Dan Smith with Chris Powell of Hollins, the conference's MVP, and Mitzi Hartwell, who helped in a number of ways with her boundless energy.
One of the most useful classes is always Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore attorney Dave Cohan's on protecting yourself as a writer.
Dan Smith (baseball cap) and Kurt Rheinheimer (right) taught a class as two old white men who've written for a long time.
Literary agents Joan Timberlake (with her Come to Jesus gesture) and George Oliver in a heavily-attended double session.
The Roanoke Regional Writers Conference continued on its record pace this year, selling out two days early and actually overbooking before the sellout was noticed.
The popular conference at Hollins presented its $1,500 scholarship to Elizabeth Markham, a Horizon student in a writing discipline and Elizabeth was joined at the conference by previous winners Elizabeth Jones (who made the presentation) and April Drummond, who taught a class. April is finishing her first movie and has had several of her plays produced and she hasn't yet graduated. She was the first scholarship winner. She is the single mother of seven children and is in her early 40s.
The conference featured a wide range of topics of interest to amateur and professional writers.
(Photos by Erin Pope, Mitzi Hartwell, Dan Smith.)