I cover DC, MD and VA this weekend. Saturday morning I take part in a program presented by the Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Writing Program and the American Independent Writers. The one day writer’s seminar, called “Pushing the Electronic Envelope Even Farther: Using Cyberspace to Advance Your Career,” will help writers take their personal brand to the next level. Our focus will be on online identity for writers of all types. In four sessions attendees will learn about social networking, social media, running a writing business in a Web 2.0 world, and pumping up their writer's websites.

I will be part of the first panel, “Building and Leveraging Your Social Network -- Facebook, LinkedIn, and More,” which begins at 9:15. The other panelists and I will discuss how social networks help a writing business and what writers can writers do leverage these tools. We’ll share some of the benefits, and downsides, of time spent on Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster and more. The seminar is in the Bernstein-Offit Building at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

After that I’ll race down I-95 to Waldenbooks in Virginia Center Commons. I’ll do a book signing there from 1 pm to 5 pm. You can find me there at 10101 Brook Rd, Glen Allen VA.

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