Area 7s First Mini Conference A Success

Runway bannerOn March 28, 2015 Area 7 hosted its first mini conference at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia. Titled Writers Project Runway – Fashioning Your Story. The full day conference was offered to serve Pennwriters in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area and to increase awareness of Pennwriters within the community. I’m happy to say it seemed to have done both and we have a few new Pennwriters as a result. Credit for that goes to the speakers and the workshops they presented. My wonderful planning team (indicated by a *) and I are already thinking about next year’s event.

: Dixiane Hallaj *                  Don Helin                     Hana Haatainen-Caye,      Kathy Jo Shea      Linda Sittig *

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Ramona Long                               Marc Leepson            Pat DiCesare                            Val Muller

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Click on the link to view the conference schedule and workshop descriptions. Schedule -writers project runway

I also want to thank Mike Carducci** who worked tirelessly throughout the planning and the event itself in support of Writers Project Runway – Fashioning Your Story. He carried books, made coffee, worked with the event location staff to overcome a lot of IT problems and so much more.

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Bobbi Carducci, Area 7 Representative


Area 7 News

Good news for Baltimore, Maryland area Pennwriters. Pennwriter Secretary and Area 7 member, Jessica Williams, has stepped up to become the Area 7 Baltimore Group Leader. Jessica will be announcing the details of where and when meetings and events will be held early in 2012. I lead the Area 7 Blue Ridge Group meeting twice month in Purcellville, VA. Anyone interested in participating in these groups is encouraged to contact me for more information at I would like to see all Area 7 members benefit from regular interaction with other writers in their local area no matter where they live. Anyone interested in leading a group, please contact me directly. If you have a place to meet and a desire to spend time with fellow writers it is possible to host a group.

Coming in March – Area 7 (Baltimore Group) led by Jessica Williams will hold its first event, a workshop and new member drive. Description of Event: Self Editing with Ramona Long. Attendees can submit first three. double spaced pages, of their work for review by Ramona. Ramona is also offering to do longer critiques (20 pages) from the first ten participants, at a special rate of $30. Space will be limited. Sign up as soon as possible.
Location: Baltimore County Library. Date: March 24, 2012. Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM ( lunch on your own). To register and for more information contact Jessica Williams at