Saturday, November 9, 2019. 9:00am – 5:00pm


Purcellville Baptist Church, 601 Yaxley Drive, Purcellville, VA 20132 Map and Directions.

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Keynote Speaker

Lisa Carter, Writing From Deep Places

Lisa will also present a general session writing craft workshop,

Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers — Crafting Great Opening and Closing Lines

Lisa Carter Author

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of multiple romantic suspense novels, historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series.The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

Faculty & Workshops

Lori Altebaumer, Seasoning Your Story with Setting & Description

Lisa Betz, Seven Story Blunders & the Story World Secrets to Avoid Them

Michele Chynoweth, The Importance of Self-Editing

Hannah R. Conway, The Algomist: Pointers, Not Potions, for Navigating Facebook & Instagram’s New Algorithms

Hannah R. Conway & Sara R. Turnquist, We’re Engaged! With Our Readers

Heather Gray, Meme-Making Made Easy: A Hands-on Canva Workshop

Zoe M. McCarthy, Help Your Readers Commit Identity Theft: Learning to Write in Deep POV

JP Robinson, Create 3D Characters

Sarah R. Turnquist, Say What? Using Dialogue to Enhance Your Story

Click here to see faculty bios, course descriptions, and the conference schedule.

Registration & Pricing:

Registration payment is processed by PayPal. Payment forms accepted: Credit card, debit card, Echeck (no physical checks, no cash). Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, beverages, Keynote and instructional sessions by award-winning author, Lisa Carter, plus your choice of 9 additional workshops, and access to our special guests for appointments. Registration opens September 9, 2019. Click here to register.

Early Bird Registration (September 9 – October 21):

  • Virginia Chapter members: $60
  • ACFW National members: $75
  • General public: $85

Regular Registration (October 22 – November 8):

  • Virginia Chapter members: $70
  • ACFW National members: $85
  • General public: $95

Conference Appointments**

Mentor Appointments

We are pleased to offer the following author mentor appointments. To schedule an appointment, please click on the faculty member’s name below.

Lisa Carter, multi-published, traditional author

Michele Chynoweth, multi-published author and writing coach

Zoe M. McCarthy, multi-published, traditional author

Heather Gray, hybrid author and marketing coach

JP Robinson, multi-published author

Conference Photographer

We are pleased to once again offer head shot appointments with our conference photographer, Amy Berringer. Click here to schedule an appointment.

**Additional Agent/Editor/Mentor appointments are still being confirmed. Please check back here later for an updated list.