Roger connor

Interpretive Writing of historical and Technical Content for General Audiences.

February 28, 7:00 PM, 2024

Roger Connor, the curator of the  Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum, will discuss technical writing with us.

This will be a Zoom Presentation. CBW Members will receive the Zoom invite prior to the date. Non-members, please fill out this form to receive an invitation to the Zoom presentation. 

Dr. Roger Connor curates the museum’s vertical flight collection (helicopters, gyroplanes, and vertical takeoff and landing aircraft), Army ground force aircraft, remotely piloted and autonomous aircraft systems, ground effect vehicles, along with aircraft instruments and avionics, bombsights and gun sights, air navigation, air traffic control, as well as infrastructure, airports, and ground support equipment. Roger curated the aviation and modern military components of the exhibit, Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There. He is currently helping develop multiple new exhibits.

Roger received his BA from Virginia Tech and holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, an MA in American History from George Mason University, and a PhD in American History from George Mason University.

Roger is an experienced fixed wing commercial pilot with over 4,000 hours of flight time, including over 3,000 hours in dual instruction given. He has held flight instructor certificates in the United States and United Kingdom and served as a designated private pilot examiner for the UK CAA. He also holds a seaplane rating and has nearly completed the requirements for a private pilot's helicopter rating.

He was awarded Associate Fellow status by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his work in support of the American Helicopter Society's history endeavors. He co-authored In the Cockpit II: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II and a book on Virginia Aviation. His doctoral dissertation, “Rooftops to Rice Paddies: Aerial Utopianism, Helicopters, and the Creation of the National Security State” addressed the U.S. government’s technological stewardship in the development of rotary wing flight and its social implications. His other research projects include a history of aerial smuggling before World War II.

Open Mic - March 9, 2024

Open mic mar 2024
Paul aron
Creative Non-Fiction:
Tips and Techniques 
April 3, Luncheon.
11:30 social, 12:00 food, 12:30 presentation
Location: Rocco's Smokehouse Grill, 207 Bypass Rd. Williamsburg, 23185

Presentation and Discussion

Paul will explore questions like what literary/fictional techniques work for non-fiction and what ethics apply, and also offer some editorial tips.

Paul was an editor at Doubleday and executive editor at Simon & Schuster, acquiring and editing more than 150 books. He was director of publications for Colonial Williamsburg until a few years ago, and he's now an editor and writer for Colonial Williamsburg. He's the author of, among other books, Unsolved Mysteries of American History (Wiley), Count the Ways (McGraw Hill), Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot? (Wiley), We Hold These Truths (Rowman and Littlefield), Founding Feuds (Sourcebooks), and American Stories (Lyons).

Leslie eva tayloe

Leslie Eva Tayloe, What I Learned from Marketing My Books. 

June 5, 2024, Luncheon

11:30 social, 12:00 food, 12:30 presentation

Rocco's, 207 Bypass Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185

Leslie Eva Tayloe is a children’s picture book author. She’s the author of I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today (Austin Macauley Publishers, 2022), Save the Trees (Brandylane Publishers, Releasing April 11, 2024) Illustrator, Lintang Panda Pratiwi, and Eduardo’s Attic Door (Doodle and Peck Publishing, Winter 2024), and an article titled, Marketing Group Helps Writers (Children’s Book Insider, April 2023). Leslie is a former analyst with the federal government, and a substitute teacher for elementary school-aged children. Leslie lives with her partner, Michael, in Virginia. When Leslie isn’t writing, she loves to read, craft anything, and take long walks with her dog, Frankie.
Leslie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Managment from the University of Maryland. She is a member of SCBWI, CBI/WriteForKids, Inked Voices, and the 12X12 Picture Book Community. Also, Leslie was instrumental in forming Kidlit At Heart Marketing Group. You can subscribe at
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Writer/photographers/videographers Phil and Susie Audibert focus their lenses, microphone and pen on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from local history and the environment to the centuries-old tradition of mounted foxhunting.


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