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VCLA’s Rebrand: Let’s Party Like it’s 1455

New name. Same organization. Only more so. The Virginia Center for Literary Arts (VCLA) is now 1455. Who? Why? What? How? Where? Let me tell you a story. I'm a lifelong and very proud native son of The Old Dominion, and as such the original name Virginia Center for...

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1455’s Summer Literary Festival

The 1455 Summer Literary Festival is a celebration of writers, readers, creativity, and community, over three days: July 18-20. 1455's first literary festival will take place July 18-20 in downtown Winchester, VA. The primary programming will occur at the Bright Box...

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Author Series First Open Mic Night

The Virginia Center for Literary Arts Author Series at Handley Regional Library continues with a special Open Mic at the Winchester Book Gallery. Local writer Jessi Lewis will read from her novel-in-progress. Her essays, short stories and poems have been...

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VCLA at Virginia Festival of the Book

Having spent more than a decade of my professional career attending the annual CES in Las Vegas, I know a thing or two about large conferences (and CES, one of the world's biggest, definitely includes the good, bad, and especially ugly that come with any big...

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Around the (Publishing) World in 480 Minutes

10-10:55 am Opening statement & Why We Write workshop- Sean Murphy Most writers come to understand, usually early on, that this craft is not a shortcut to fame and fortune. In fact, in an increasingly digital market, even non-fiction writers may find...

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