MWSA Annual
General Membership Conference

Charleston, SC

Thursday, November 8

9:45 AM- 2:45 PM

Pre conference: Veterans Affairs (VA) Writing Course – Focus is on beginning writers and the art of writing. Held at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

2:00 PM

Conference:  Conference Reception table opens in hotel lobby

4:00 PM

Board Meeting (Outgoing Board of Directors with incoming Board welcome to join)

6-8 PM

Ice Breakerin hotel – Included in conference fee 

Friday, November 9—Event Room

8:00  AM

Reception Desk opens in front  Event Room  

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome/Admin Remarks-- Posting of the colors by the Donaldson AFB Color Guard and welcoming remarks by Captain Kevin Byrne, USN, Deputy Commander of Joint Base Charleston

9:00 AM– 9:50 PM

What Are We Working On?: Attendees are offered the opportunity to introduce themselves and make brief comments, display their recent works, and identify any MWSA related issues they wish the board to address. - Bob Doerr

10:00 AM– 10:15 AM

Other Veteran Writing Forums – In addition to MWSA there are several other organizations that support veterans writing projects in a variety of ways. – Valerie Ormond

10:15 AM- 10:45 AM

Outreach Efforts: Past and current endeavors by MWSA, plus a brief description/discussion of our VA Writing Class – Bob Doerr and Valerie Ormond

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Finding audiences for your book presentations and other markets for your writing– An open discussion - Bob Doerr


Lunch included in conference fee and held in hotel

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Military Public Affairs Presentation - Military Public Affairs representatives will discuss how they can be contacted for research and will be answering questions

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Collecting Stories, Research, and the Bigger Picture - Karl Warner, US Army

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Collecting Stories, continued

4:00 PM– 4:50 PM

A Look at Publishing - Latest look at the plus and minuses of self-publishing and traditional publishing - Phil Keith

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM

Admin Remarks

5:15 PM

Open Microphone – Joe Epley moderator/Timer TBD



Saturday, November 10Event Room

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

General Membership Meeting – announce and introduce new Board.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

General Membership Meeting Continued

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Two Stars; Reflection of a military wife and mom over fifty years -Victoria Ventura


Lunch: Included with conference fee and held in hotel

1:00 PM– 1:50 PM

A Focus on Editing:  Presenter: Barbara Evenson

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

A focus on editing, cont., with John Cathcart and Bob Mustin

3:00 PM -

4:00 PM

Update on Book Review/Awards Program: John Cathcart

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Wrap Up

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Reviewers/new reviewers remain for discussions with John Cathcart, Awards Director

6:30 PM

Awards Banquet – Included in conference fee and held in hotel. Banquet attendance can also be paid separately for guests and those only attending the Banquet.         

Sunday September 11

9-11 AM

Voluntary Informal Discussions, Networking, and one more chance to talk to the Board.  This is not mandatory and people are free to leave whenever, but it is time attendees can take advantage of if they so desire.  Hopefully we’ll also have a YouTube or Skype feed from Jack London in France.

9:30 AM-

10:45 AM

Incoming Board Meeting