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Virtual Weekly Author Programs


Let's Talk About Historical Fiction!

Prefer to read or write stories about the past? You'll want to tune in for this virtual presentation. Meet our panel of local historical fiction writers as they discuss their books and journey as writers. 


  • Roger Bradbury, author of PEACE NOW!
  • Craig Bradley, author of Peter Polo and the Snow Beast of Hunza
  • Lorelei Brush, author of Chasing the American Dream
  • E.A. Dustin, author of Save Me Twice
  • Bill Lewers, author of Eighteen Days in New York: A Novel about the 1924 Democratic Convention
  • Diane McCauley, author of Grace Pointe
  • Jeremy Strozer, author of Threads of The War, Volume 4

Let's Talk About Children's Fiction!

Are you interested in reading or writing books for kids under the age of 12? Then don't miss this virtual presentation! Meet our panel of local children's book authors as they discuss their published works and journey as writers. 


reading to kidsLet's Talk About Children's Books!

Are you interested in reading or writing books for kids under the age of 12? Then don't miss this virtual presentation! Meet our panel of local children's book authors as they discuss their published works and journey as writers. 


Let's Talk About Mysteries, Thrillers and Horror!

Like spooky stories, intrigue and figuring out who done it? Meet our panel of local mystery, thriller and horror authors as they discuss their books and journey as writers. 


Let's Talk About Biographies and Memoirs!

Have an intriguing life story that you want to share with others? Meet our panel of local biography and memoir authors as they discuss their books and journey as writers. 



Let's Talk About Poetry!

Like savoring beautiful words and incredible images? Enjoy exploring the human condition? Meet our panel of local poets as they discuss their books and journey as writers.


Virtual Author Workshops

Writing About Your Hometown with Kasie Whitener 

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As impactful as setting can be on a short story, novel, memoir, or autobiography, the setting we know best is our hometown. It’s where we learned to ride a bike, where we made our first friends, the place we couldn’t wait to escape and the place we love to go back to. There’s a reason high schools and colleges call reunion weekends “homecoming” because where we grew up has a special place in our memory and hearts.

Working from the author’s perspective of her own novelization of Herndon, Virginia, Dr. Kasie Whitener explores the details authors include and the ones we leave out when writing about our hometown. Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 pm. Register.

About the Presenter

Dr. Kasie Whitener’s first novel, After December (2019), was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards and has been called “a breakthrough debut” and “outstanding fiction.” Her second novel, Before Pittsburgh (2021), won Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. She was honored by South Carolina Humanities in 2021 with the Governor’s Award Fresh Voices in the Humanities for her work as host of the weekly radio show Write On SC and as board member to the South Carolina Writers Association. Dr. Whitener is a business owner and instructor at the University of South Carolina. She is a 1995 graduate of Herndon High School and has presented for Bowling Green State University's Winter Wheat Literary Festival, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Fairfax County Public Library. 

Self-Publishing Workshop


Writers: have you always wanted to get your work published? Authors Shabnam Curtis and Vee James will share their expertise in a workshop to set you on a path to publish your own work. We will also provide information about self-publishing using Kindle Direct Publishing,, and other resources. Saturday, November 13, 1 p.m. Register.

About the Presenters 

Shabnam Curtis, the author of My Persian Paradox, was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project analyst by day and a passionate writer all other time. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and has been performing lectures to colleges and universities about her book and the concept of sharing stories: Shabnam Curtis website

Vee James is a local, self-published author of fantasy, scicence fiction, and comedy novels and short stories. A spinner of sly and clever fantasy, including the comic sci-fi tale The Little Ship of Horrors and his most recent work, the YA novel The Witch’s Cookbook. He writes and edits multiple projects at once, constantly moving forward to not only entertain his growing audience but to hone his skills. He is a member of several writers critique and feedback groups. 2021 will be his 10th year in a row participating in the National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"): Vee James website

Learn More About Our Authors!

Sarah Kain Gutowski is the author of Fabulous Beast: Poems (Texas Review Press), winner of the 14th annual National Indies Excellence Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in various print and online journals, including The Gettysburg Review, So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, The Threepenny Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Southern Review. 

Diana Haemer is an enthusiastic and introspective poet who has been writing since she was sixteen. A 2020 graduate of William & Mary, she hopes to combine her loves for marine science and English into a career as a science journalist and creative writer. Diana’s work has been published in many literary magazines (The Sucharnochee Review, Short Édition, and William & Mary’s The Gallery), and her poetry has been featured on Washington University in St. Louis's Life/Lines blog and in Local Gems Press's Tea-ku: Poems About Tea. Her first poetry collection The Sands of Time was published in December 2020 by Local Gems Press. Sensing, her second book, was published in June by Atmosphere Press and was met with critical acclaim by three editorial reviews.

Joseph Leo Hickey III is a prolific poet and the author of 14 poetry books including I Know Nothing but Miracles: Walt Whitman Speaks to the Modern World,  Americanborn:  Psalms of the Silent Nation,  and The Last Poem. He is the founder of Melodium House. His poetry books showcase a marriage between narrative and lyricism. 

Jerry Markowitz worked over 30 years in education and training. He teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, participates in the Thomas Jefferson Library Writers’ Group, and is writing a second book of poems.

Ethan T. Burroughs has dedicated much of the last two decades to exploring the Middle East and slowly unraveling its mysteries. His encounters have taken him to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories where he has studied the history, faith, cuisine, language, and culture of the lands which continue to grab our headlines as we search for an elusive peace. He has had the great pleasure of spending significant time with characters similar to those depicted in this account, including our unsung patriots in the Departments of State and Defense. He is a U.S. Army veteran, political consultant, and author.

Henry G. Brinton is an author and a Presbyterian pastor who has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post. A frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, he is the author of books ranging from City of Peace to The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality. Henry and his wife, Nancy Freeborne-Brinton, have two children, Sarah and Sam. An endurance athlete, Henry has completed a marathon, triathlon, or century bike ride a year since the year 2000.

John Molino is a native of Brooklyn, New York and the author of three suspense novels Murder Gets Even, Death in the Dune, and From a Distance. After retiring from the Army, John's professional life included stints in trade and non-profit organizations, the US Senate, and service as a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Joab Stieglitz lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an avid tabletop RPG player and game master. Joab channeled his role-playing experiences into The Utgarda Series, which are pulp adventure novels with Lovecraftian influences set in the 1920s.

John Adam Wasowicz has authored mysteries featuring Mo Katz, the fictional U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Wasowicz, an attorney, has resided in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County over 40 years. 

Roger Bradbury is the author of PEACE NOW!, a novel about the radical students who opposed the war in Vietnam and Kid Golly Speaks/Tales from the Felt, a tall tale about an itinerant poker shark. He is currently at work on the garage band musical, “Dir and the Howlers.”

Craig Bradley is an avid hiker and traveler who often chronicles his adventures for his family and friends. He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Intrigued by the tales of Marco Polo as a child, he often imagined what it might have been like to be Marco’s younger brother—and so Peter Polo was born. Craig currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons and travels whenever possible.

After writing hundreds of government reports, Lorelei Brush has stepped into the glorious freedom of fiction. Chasing The American Dream rolled from her pen following a six-month stint in the National Archives researching the role of her father in the Office of Strategic Services in World War II. He’d told his children exciting stories of his feats as a spy behind enemy lines, which turned out to be lies. She had to write about his quest to be a hero and how, when the war had not provided the opportunity, he might have used the 1950s to achieve his goal. 

E. A. Dustin is a computer scientist working in the greater Washington, DC area and the author and co-author of two novels, working on a third novel (a trilogy), in addition to six technical books, which have been translated into numerous languages, along with many technical white papers.

Bill Lewers was raised on Long Island in the 1950s and has been a political junkie for as long as he can remember. He holds a special fascination with the 1924 Democratic Convention which was one of the most bizarre events in American political history. This resulted in the writing of Eighteen Days in New York which tells the story of a young reporter and the adventures she has covering the convention. 

Diane McCauley was born in Washington DC and grew up in North Carolina. She is a US Navy Vietnam Era veteran and is retired from the Federal Government. She holds an MA in English, from Saint Louis University, and a PhD in Education, from The American University. She has lived and taught abroad. Diane lives in Virginia close to her family. Grace Pointe is her first novel; Diane is working on her second historical fiction book.

Raised in California, Jeremy Strozer moved to the Washington, D.C. area at the age of 18 to attend university. Through education and luck, he became a Fulbright Fellow, a Presidential Management Fellow, and found ways to live and work across vast swaths of the world. Professionally, Jeremy helped remove unexploded ordnance from war-ravaged countries; stem the flow of the world's most dangerous weapons; and potentially reduced the likelihood of war between a couple of the world’s most powerful countries. He lives in Ireland with his wife, son and daughter where he continues to work on preventing future war and warning the world about the human cost of violence. 

Sufiya Abdur-Rahman is author of the memoir Heir to the Crescent Moon, winner of the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. She is also creative nonfiction editor for Cherry Tree, a national literary journal, at Washington College, where she teaches creative writing and journalism. She lives in Annapolis, Md., with her family.

Asma Elgouacem was born and raised in Constantine, Ageria. She immigrated to the U.S. with her husband and three daughters, hoping to have a better future for them and find security. She was an ESL teacher in Algeria, France, and the U.S. for more than 30 years. In 2017, she retired from teaching and settled in Virginia, then moved to Maryland to be close to her daughters. At last, she has become a writer after a life filled with fluctuating stories.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is an author, speaker and columnist. His debut memoir, Can You See My Scars? is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, trauma and severe burns. His book is currently available for purchase on Amazon. He has been invited to share his story with audiences across the country and offers practical advice on how to overcome adversity. He has a degree in government and international politics and currently lives with his wife in Northern Virginia. For more, visit

Judith Mudd-Krijgelmans came of age during Jim Crow in Louisville, KY. Judith has a Catholic education; attended a historically black college; and was and Fulbright Scholar to India. Judith’s debut memoir, Flowers for Brother Mudd: One Woman's Path from Jim to Career Diplomat Crow to Career Diplomat, pays tribute to the hope and faith instilled by her family, community and father, "Brother Mudd."

Michelle Layer Rahal is a writing coach, a published educational consultant, and former news radio reporter. The Indie award-winning author enjoys collecting "God-sighting" stories and publishes a monthly blog on providence and perseverance. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theater Arts and a graduate degree in Education. Michelle lives in northern Virginia with her fun-loving husband, Greg. 

S.A. Snyder has been a writer for 30 years. She has worn hats as a newspaper columnist and reporter, writing instructor, communications manager and consultant, blogger, and book author. With humor and insight, she inspires others through the telling of her own experiences to examine what it means to live a meaningful life. She currently blogs about self-care and random commentary on contemporary life.

Corrinne Callins is a communications professional who lives in the DC Metro area. She is a former educator and Air Force Veteran, and she loves writing creative nonfiction for children and about her faith. She is currently working on a a new children's book and a short film.

Gary Garner grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he enjoyed skin diving, golf, and flying. He later moved to Virginia to work for the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. where he had the opportunity to work on advanced projects involving futuristic intelligence devices and their impact on Federal financial systems. His first children’s book starring Ollie and Molly got him involved with puppies and small animals and they began to share their stores as seen through their eyes. 

Beverly Harris is a children's book author, dedicated to creating fun, self-affirming, confidence-building books and products for children. Her books are aimed at growing empowerment by encouraging children's beliefs in their own abilities, and potential for positive growth. Book titles: Jumbo Preschool Workbook; Zoe-Maries Wait and See, Breathe, Dream Soar Affirmation Coloring Book, and My Life Writing and Drawing Journal. For more information and to purchase books please visit:

Evelyn Amelia Huckleberry is the author’s pen name representing her two grandmothers. Both were joyful, adventurous, exuberant, and inspiring, just like the character of Picklepenny!  Originally from Hummelstown, PA, Evelyn A. Huckleberry currently lives in Northern VA and will soon release more children’s poetry of Picklepenny’s playful curiosities. 

Dr. Diana Karczmarczyk received her PhD in Education with a minor in Public Health and a specialization in International Education from George Mason University. She obtained her MPH in Community Health Education from UNC Greensboro. Dr. K has 20 years of teaching experience in higher education and holds a certificate as a Master Health Education Specialist (MCHES). She is the co-author of the It's GREAT to be book series focusing on positive mental health and inclusion.

Janet Macreery is the author of A Little Noble, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award winner and a Reader's Favorite Reviewers' Choice Award winner, and of the award-winning A Little Wicked. She combines her passions for travel and history to create historical fiction adventures. She explores the United States, Scotland, and other parts of Europe for inspiration and research as well as her quest to find the ultimate hot chocolate.

Kelly Miller is an author and Applied Positive Psychology expert. It is Kelly's mission to inform as many parents as possible that resilience is a teachable mindset and skillset that can be taught to children. She believes that through education, positive mental health is possible for all ages. 

Kamakshi P. Murti is Professor Emerita of German at Middlebury College. She has published extensively on German and European colonialism and imperialism, minorities discourse, and second- and foreign-language education. She is the author of India: The Seductive and Seduced 'Other' of German Orientalism (Praeger, 2001), and To Veil or not to Veil: Europe's Shape-Shifting 'Other’ (Peter Lang, 2013). Since retirement in 2008, she has turned to writing fiction: Murders Most Matronly (Juggernaut Books, 2017), Lalli’s Window (Austin Macauley, 2017), Murders in the Ivory Tower ((Pegasus, UK), and Bandilanka’s Forgotten Lives (publication date November 3, 2021 by Leadstart Publishers, India).

Etaine Raphael is the author-illustrator of The Rhyme-Time Twins series, which just debuted last summer! She was born and raised in Washington, D.C, and currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Northern Virginia. She loves telling stories with her daughters, and she feels constantly inspired by their experiences. She especially enjoys story topics of inclusion, friendship, kindness, empathy, time in nature, and family togetherness. Her debut children’s picture book, A Blueberry Day, was released in March 2020.   

Lawanda D. Warthen, PhD, is the author He Looks Like Me. This children’s book, written from the perspective of a little girl named Sonja, tells the story of the first African American Secretary of Defense, Lloyd James Austin, III. Mr. Austin is a superb role model for both military and civilian Americans, and his life serves as an outstanding example for future generations. His story represents the melting pot of individuals from different races, backgrounds, and cultures who make up the Department of Defense and the protection of our freedoms. This important book helps know that with hard work and a commitment to doing the right thing, they too are destined for greatness. He Looks Like Me introduces the world to a great soldier, a hero, and a man of peace who proved to be an exemplary leader. Mr. Austin is a humble servant leader who has remained focused on people while leading from the front. He treats others like he wants to be treated—with dignity and respect. This book was created for all children. 

Charlotte Yakovleff is a freelancer in the television industry for the broadcast networks. When not in studio or out in the field she substitute teaches. She is also a certified yoga instructor and sign language interpreter. Her hobbies include playing soccer, sailing, photography and fad diets. She splits her time in Virginia and her hometown in upstate New York. This is her first book and hopes to have it published in two other languages by the end of the year.

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