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HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/14/2014: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS

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Virginia Bch, VA
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HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/14/2014: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS

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Physical Address: Virginia Bch, VA 23456 
EIN: 26-2829390
Web URL: www.hamptonroadswriters.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A90 Arts Service Activities/Organizations
Ruling Year: 2009 
Top Funders: Gross receipts of admission to program events - $21,031
Member donations - $9,291


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Mission Statement

Hampton Roads Writers is a nonprofit, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based group of professional and aspiring writers, friends, and supporters of the arts who have joined together to promote the craft and passion of writing and the love of reading and literature in Virginia. We aim to encourage readers and writers of all ages and talents, as well as acknowledge and celebrate awareness of local and contemporary authors and their work. We serve as a resource to our community by creating and supporting literary events throughout the Hampton Roads area.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $30,335
Total Expenses $29,462

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Leadership

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Lauran Strait

Term:

Since Feb 2008

Profile:

n 2008, I established a 501c3 group--The Hampton Roads Writers--of which I am the president of the Board of Directors. My goals for this group include creation and implementation of affordable writing classes for Hampton Roads (Virginia) writers at all levels, promotion of local writers just starting out in the business, and establishment of a 2-plus-day annual, high quality writers' conference in Virginia Beach. These goals were met within HRW's first 2 years.

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Programs

Program: Annual Writers' Conference (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$25,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

A multi-day motivational and instructional literary festival designed for literary artists of all genres and experience levels and for everyone else desiring to meet and mingle with writers while learning about the craft of creating and selling literary art.

Program Long-Term Success:

Attendance at each conference has grown 10% year over year. 5th annual conference set for Sept 19-21, 2013 expected to draw between 175 - 200 people; conference length has grown from 1 day to 2.25 days.

Program Short-Term Success:

Moved 2013 conference to a more upscale venue from previous 4 conferences; attracted a Pulitzer prize winning author as part of the faculty

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Program Success Examples:

increased conference attendance year over year

Program: Traveling Pen Series of Writing Workshops (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$300
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Adults

Program Description:

2.5 hour writing craft and business of getting published workshops. $10 for HRW members, $20 nonmembers. Approximately 6 workshops a year.

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No similar literary arts group in Hampton Roads exists that serves writers of ALL genres and ages and offers the comprehensive services provided by HRW, including myriad networking opportunities, classes, workshops, writing conferences, opportunities to showcase work before the general public, and a website filled with resources for writers. Through implementation of our programs, HRW:  imparts craft skills to participants  fosters a sense of community among participating literary artists  showcases local literary artists and their work alongside nationally known artists  creates networking opportunities for literary artists  raises awareness about the literary arts  increases opportunities for local literary artists to achieve success with their art  assures that everyone interested in literary arts events has the opportunity to participate regardless of education, age, and/or financial circumstances
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