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Event Archive

Below is a list of events hosted by WNBA/Washington dating back to 1998. For more information about upcoming WNBA programs or to get involved in planning WNBA programs, contact WNBAeventsDC [at]

2015-2016 Events

September 2015
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

October 2015
National Reading Group Month Event at Kramerbooks

December 2015
Meet and greet with author B.A. Shapiro at Busboys & Poets

January 2016
Post-Holiday Party at The Colonnade

February 2016
Author event at Kramerbooks with Amber Sparks, author of "An UnFinished Life," including an exclusive meet-and-greet for WNBA members.

May 2016
Poetry Event with Amy King and Maureen Thorson at Upshur Street Books

June 2016
Annual Spring Brunch


2014-2015 Events

July 2014
Summer Planning Meeting

October 2014
Annual Fall Brunch
National Reading Group Month Event at the MLK Jr. Library

January 2015
Post-Holiday Party at The Colonnade

April 2015
National Poetry Month Event: Haiku at the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

May 2015
Annual Spring Brunch

2013-2014 Events

July 2013
Summer Planning Meeting

September 2013
Annual Fall Brunch

October 2013
National Reading Group Month Event at The Press Club
National Museum of Women in the Art Tour and lunch

January 2014
Post-Holiday Party at The Colonnade

May 2014
Biography: From Ask to Task

June 2014
Annual Spring Networking Brunch

2012-2013 Events

September 2012
Fall Networking Brunch

October 2012
National Reading Group Month Panel co-sponsored with the Arts Club of Washington

January 2013
After-the-Holidays Party

April 2013
Poetry Panel: Poets vs. the Culture of Rape and the War on Women

May 2013
Spring Networking Brunch



2011-2012 Events

September 2011
Fall Networking Brunch, with special guest WNBA National Vice-President/President-Elect Valerie Tomaselli.

October 2011
Meet and Greet with Students from GWU's Master's in Publishing program.
Celebrate National Reading Group Month with WNBA/Washington: An Author Panel with authors Jane Bradley and Sarah Pekkanan, moderated by WNBA/Washington member Jada Bradley.

December 2011
Annual WNBA Holiday Parkty

February 2012
Co-sponsored panel discussion with Washington Book Publishers: What Makes Effective Design?

March 2012
Of Wine and Words

Celebrate National Poetry Month: Panel Discussion and Open Mic Night

Annual Spring Networking Brunch

2010-2011 Events

September 2010
Fall Networking Brunch, with special guest WNBA National President Mary Grey James.

October 2010
Celebrate National Reading Group Month with WNBA/Washington: A Panel Discussion with authors Joyce Hinnefield and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, moderated by author Shireen Dobson.

November 2010
Author Terry McMillan will discuss and sign Getting to Happy.
In Between the Panels: DC's Emergence on the Graphic Novel Scene

December 2010
Annual Holiday Party

February 2011
What's Eating You, D.C.? A panel discussion on eating for good health.

March 2011
Of Wine and Words

April 2011
National Poetry Month at Busboys & Poets: Panel discussion on the poetic art form Haiku, followed by Open Mic

May 2011
Annual Spring Networking Brunch

2009-2010 Events

September 2009
Fall for the Book 2009 Preview Event
Fall Networking Brunch
Fall for the Book 2009
The Art of Reading
2009 National Book Festival

December 2009
WNBA Holiday Party

February 2010
Panel Discussion: Book Reviews in a Changing World

March 2010
Of Wine and Words
Farewell dinner for outgoing WNBA/Washington President
WNBA/Washington Celebrates Women's History Month

April 2010
Celebrate Poetry Month

May 2010
Spring Brunch

2008-2009 Events

September 2008
WNBA/Washington Fall Networking Brunch
D.C. Public Library's 5th Annual Adult Literacy Volunteer Fair
Three Book Festivals to Choose From

October 2008
A Book Event for All Ages: Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury Visit DC
Book Group Panel Discussion

November 2008
Books & Brew

December 2008
WNBA Holiday Party

January 2009
Query Letter Workshop

February 2009
Blogging Basics

March 2009
Of Wine and Words

May 2009
Spring Brunch

2007-2008 Events

May 2008
WNBA/Washington Spring Brunch

April 2008
The Ins and Outs of Copyright, by member Joy Butler (

March 2008
Electric Grace-Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women: Reception and Reading

February 2008
What Washington is Reading

January 2008
Publicity and Promotion Today with Lauren Cerand ( and Imal Wagner (

December 2007
WNBA/Washington Holiday Party

October 2007
The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing

September 2007
WNBA/Washington Fall Networking Brunch

2006-2007 Events

March 2007
Tax and Financial Tips for Writers, Filmmakers, Actors and Other Creative People, at Henninger Media Services in Arlington, Virginia. Cosponsored with Women in Film and Video.

2005-2006 Events

October 2006
After the Zoom Zone, What Next? How Longevity Is Changing Our Lives
A talk by Abigail Trafford, Washington Post columnist and author of My Time

September 2006
6th Annual National Book Festival

Annual Fall Networking Brunch

June 2006
Annual Spring Networking Brunch

VA BookFest
WNBA - DC member volunteers staff chapter booth at Virginia Book Festival in Charlottesville, VA, on March 25th. Pictured: Gayle Floyd, Carla Danziger, Liliane Willens, Claire Emory, and Gail Griffith. (Not pictured Sue Westrate and Kristie Miller.)

March 2006
Women Who Dared to Follow Their Dreams
Click here to read a description of the event excerpted from Signature

Taking the Plunge
See list of panelists

Virginia BookFest

February 2006
2006 Book Hits Panel
Click here to read a description of the event excerpted from Signature

2004-2005 Events

December 2005
WNBA Celebrates the Holidays

November 2005
From the Stacks to the Web: The Future of our Libraries

October 2005
Fall Networking Brunch

Past Event Audio Archive
Tuesday, October 25, 2005: An Evening With Azar Nafisi On The Importance Of Reading

WNBA is pleased to present an on-stage interview with Azar Nafisi, the of the best-selling READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A MEMOIR IN BOOKS, by NPR personality Jacki Lyden on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm, at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC. Reservations required! RSVP to Program Chair Patricia Leslie at patricialeslie at no later than October 17. Members free, guests $10.

This event has passed, however, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins ( has provided the following audio files.

 Click here to listen to the event.
 Click here to listen to the Q&A.

Check the SAIS website ( soon for video footage of the event.

May 2005
Spring Networking Brunch

April 2005
Panel Discussion on Women, Writing, and Fostering Creativity

February 2005
From Writer to Reader: Current Trends in Publishing and Bookselling

January 2005
WNBA Award Reception for Nancy Pearl

December 2004
WNBA Holiday Gathering and Author Showcase

November 2004
An Evening With Cartoonist Ann Telnaes

October 2004
Grace And Gravity: Fiction By Washington Area Women

September 2004
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

2003-2004 Events

May 2004
Annual Spring Networking Brunch, with Officer Elections

April 2004
Members-Only Tour of "Book as Art XV" Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)

March 2004
Writing Empowers: A Literary Experience for Young Writers, hosted by the Sewall-Belmont House

February 2004
Biography: Looking In, Looking Out

January 2004
From Idea to Ending: Writers, Editors, and Agents Discuss the Publishing Process, co-sponsored by the Writer's Center

December 2003
Holiday Gathering & Author Showcase

November 2003
Cornucopia of Food Authors

October 2003
Dirda Reading at the Library of Congress

October 2003
Library of Congress National Book Festival

September 2003
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

2002-2003 Events

May 2003
Annual Spring Networking Brunch and 25th Anniversary Celebration

April 2003
Haiku Program and Workshop

March 2003
Writing Empowers: A Literary Experience for Young Writers, hosted by the Sewall-Belmont House

February 2003
Evolution of a Book Cover, co-sponsored by Washington Book Publishers

December 2002
Holiday Happy Hour

November 2002
Expanding the Boundaries: The Travel Memoir

October 2002
Library of Congress National Book Festival

September 2002
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

2001-2002 Events

May 2002
Annual Spring Networking Brunch (actually held June 2)

April 2002
100 One-Night Reads at the Library of Congress

March 2002
Women Writing About the Arts, hosted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts

January 2002
How I Got Started

December 2001
Holiday Happy Hour

October 2001
Journals and Diaries: A Workshop for Writers and Others

September 2001
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

2000-2001 Events

July 2001
The Story of a Book (rescheduled from February due to a snow storm)

May 2001
Annual Spring Networking Brunch

April 2001
WNBA Award Ceremony Honoring Patricia Schroeder

March 2001
What Washington Is Writing

January 2001
Showcase Your Work Networking Event

December 2000
Holiday Happy Hour

November 2000
Mapping Washington's Literary Heritage: The Unveiling of WNBA's Literary Map at the Library of Congress

September 2000
Annual Fall Networking Brunch

1999-2000 Events

(More information about this section to come)

May 2000
Annual Networking Brunch

March 2000
Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children's Books

September 1999
Annual Networking Brunch

1998-1999 Events

May 1999
Annual Networking Brunch

April 1999
How Books Become Must-Reads

March 1999
Children's Books - The Write Stuff

February 1999
Beyond a Traditional Résumé: Creating a Professional Identification Profile

January 1999
Taming the Wild Web: A Web Site's a Place, Not a Thing!

December 1998
Holiday Party in the Salon Tradition

November 1998
20 Years of Making Connections in WNBA/Washington: A 20-Second Strategy for Improving Your Connections

October 1998
Space Travel, Bodice Rippers, and the Body in the Library: Writing Sci Fi, Romance, and Mystery for Today's Market

September 1998
Annual Networking Brunch

Last updated: 8/29/16