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WORKSHOP #1:  (Open to the general public at no charge.) 

10:30 - 11:30 AM 

​​Finish! How to Complete Your Novel 

Harry Heckel, author of multiple novels, short stories, and games, shares his advice on how to go from talking about being a writer to finishing your novel. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, but never seem to be able to do it, this presentation combines techniques with motivation to help bring your vision to completion.

WORKSHOP #2:  (Open to book expo participating authors at no charge. Other authors: $15)

2:15 - 3:30 PM

Tightening Your Prose Without Becoming Hemingway:  

Instructor:  Charles Tabb 

Everyone who writes is an editor, but is your editing the best it can be? Hemingway, one of those writers famous enough to be known by his last name, was also famous for eliminating everything he deemed “unnecessary,” but most of us also agree that he may have gone overboard sometimes. Still, he had a point. Eliminating what is unnecessary helps your prose flow more smoothly by eliminating redundancy. 
In this session, we will look at common words and phrases that are simply unnecessary as well as consider short pieces of prose that could use a bit of tightening. 

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Instructor Bios:

Harry Heckel Harry Heckel writes science-fiction and fantasy. His latest work is The Darkest Lord, the final novel in a comedic fantasy trilogy, which he co-authored as Jack Heckel. He has also written novels for Warhammer 40k, along with a number of roleplaying and tabletop games.
You can find him at both and Every November, he religiously participates in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). He lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a very excitable Yorkipoo.

Charles Tabb Charles Tabb is a retired teacher and an award-winning author. His novels have sold well over 100,000 copies, with his debut novel, Floating Twigs, having been read by over 70,000. His seventh novel, Gathering Twigs, the last book in the “Twigs” series to feature Jack Turner, was released July 1, 2022. The first two books in this series have been translated into Russian by AST Publishers. A number of his short stories have been published by various online literary journals. Charles lives with his wife, her two horses, and their two rescued dogs near Ashland, Virginia. He enjoys reading (of course), traveling, and spending time with family. His books can be found on and at Books, Beads, and More in Mechanicsville. You may find Charles, his blog, books, and other information on the web at