CBW Luncheon Meeting, Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Speaker: Feather Schwartz Foster, Presidential Historian


Topic: “Understanding Your Audience”


11:30 AM at The Whaling Company Restaurant in Williamsburg



Advanced Reservations required by May 13th -

($21 for CBW members, $26 for non-members)


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Writing is only half an equation, similar to the old question, “If a tree falls in the forest….”  Reading is the other half.  A creative writer – one who chooses his/her own subject (as opposed to a journalist, who writes for a specific target audience) needs a reader at the other end.  How do you find them?  How do you reach them? How do you come to terms with the absolute fact that people read what they want to read.  Period.


Feather Schwartz Foster has been an independent writer of Presidential and First Ladies history for more than a decade. Her books include LADIES: A Conjecture of Personalities; Garfield’s Train, A Novel; The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, An Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America, and Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas and other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet.”  


She has made over 300 personal appearances, including lectures at the New Jersey State Historical Society, various city and state historical organizations in both NJ and Virginia, several Daughters of the American Revolution chapters, library organizations and private groups. She has been a featured speaker multiple times at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg. She has been interviewed on several nationwide NPR stations, and dozens of online sites, as well as repeated interviews on Virginia Currents (PBS). In 2013, she was featured on C-SPAN’s major two-year First Ladies Series, and is included in C-SPAN 's summary book on the subject, "FIRST LADIES: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women."


She is a former founding member of the New Jersey Writers Society, and is currently a member of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, the Virginia Writers Association, and Biographers International Organization.



Menu Selections:

Choice of (1) Deep-Fried Shrimp Tempura, (2) Baked Tilapia, or

 (3) Charbroiled Lemon Herb Chicken.

Vegetarians may call the restaurant at 757-229-0275 for a Vegan entree alternative. Ask for Vicky.


Meals served with vegetable du jour, red-skinned potatoes, bread and butter, coffee, hot or iced tea, and ice cream for dessert.


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If additional information needed, email CBWreply@gmail.com or call (804) 725-6163.


Directions to The Whaling Company, 494 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg 757-229-0275

From Interstate 64 East Or West:

Merge onto VA-199 W via Exit 242A toward Williamsburg/Jamestown. Merge onto US-60 E/ Pocahontas Trail toward Busch Gardens/Newport News, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto McLaws Circle. (If you reach Kingsmill Road, you’ve gone .3 miles too far.)

From Gloucester or Yorktown via Colonial Parkway:

Colonial Parkway to sign for VA-199/U.S. Navy Cheatham Annex, take ramp to right to Sanda Avenue. Turn left. Continue straight ahead 1.4 mi. (becomes Penniman Road Route 641). Continue straight onto VA-199 W. 1.9 mi. Merge onto US-60 E/Pocahontas Trail toward Busch Gardens/Newport News. Turn right onto McLaws Circle. 0.4 mi. (If you reach Kingsmill Road, you’ve gone .3 miles too far.)


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