Join us May 27th for Writing Virginia into Non-Fiction, 6pm at the Firehouse Theatre. Get your tickets now! Find JRW at the Arts & Culture Xpo June 27th Master Class: Perfecting your Non-Fiction Book Proposal with Howard Yoon

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July Master Classes on Using Scrivener Writing Tools

May 28th, 2015


Scrivener is a flexible word processor and project management tool geared toward helping writers plan, structure, compose, and revise long documents. Store and view research materials (including images, webpages, and PDFs) alongside your writing, or use the distraction-free mode to keep focused. Organize your work from a bird’s-eye view with the outliner or corkboard.


headshot_jhughesJennifer Hughes provides Q&A, customer tech support, and other odds and ends for Literature & Latte, developer of the popular writing software Scrivener and Scapple. She was the technical editor for Pearson’s Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide and contributed to editing Wiley’s Scrivener for Dummies. Outside of work, she uses Scrivener for everything from writing novels to organizing recipes.


July 29th

Time: 2-4:45 p.m.

St. John’s Parish Hall

This class will cover basics of the Scrivener software for beginners.

Topics will include:

  • Getting started with Scrivener
  • Structuring a project: working with files and folders, importing material
  • Working with the corkboard and outliner
  • Referencing project files and outside sources
  • Sharing projects between computers
  • Backing up your work
  • Your finished manuscript

Includes time for Q&A

Maximum of 20 participants

Everyone is encouraged to bring a laptop with Scrivener installed (a discount will be given to registrants/attendees after they’ve registered for the class/writing show)



July 30th

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

St. John’s Parish Hall

For those who already understand the Intro topics or who have taken the introductory class, this is an interactive class. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance and/or bring them to the class.

Jennifer will guide you through specific questions pertaining to your files, your own projects, and advanced tools within the software.

Includes specific instruction regarding using the software to export your work to self-publish it.

An interactive, hands-on working instruction

Maximum of 20 participants

Everyone must bring a laptop with Scrivener installed (a discount code will be given to registrants/attendees after they’ve registered for the class/writing show)

For non-members:

Intro: $30, Advanced: $60, Both: $80,

Both + Writing Show: $95

Both + Writing Show + Membership: $100

Master Class with Howard Yoon: Perfecting your Non-Fiction Book Proposal

April 28th, 2015

Howard-1Literary non-fiction agent Howard Yoon will conduct this Master Class about the publishing industry as it relates to what you’re writing and how you’re writing it.

Whether you are finishing up a non-fiction manuscript or just getting started on a new book, learn to fine-tune your ideas based on:

1 – Knowing what publishers want.

2 – Knowing what you do best as a writer.

You will be able to talk directly to Howard in an intimate group setting with plenty of one-on-one time.

Registration is limited to no more than 10 attendees

$65 for Members; $100 for Non-Members

May 27, 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

St. John’s Parish Hall, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Click here to register today! (more…)

May Writing Show – Writing Virginia into Non-Fiction

April 27th, 2015

Map_VirginiaMemoirs are made about growing up in Virginia. Documentaries are filmed about the people and places here. Numerous periodicals explore all aspects of life in our diverse state. We have big cities, small towns, swamps, beaches, mountains, and farms. Our stories are as varied as our history.

Explore how to make Virginia a part of a non-fiction work with literary agent Howard Yoon, photojournalist John Henley, and moderator Kristen Green. Topics will include:

  • How Virginia offers us landscapes and places with real-life stories
  • Ideas for exploring the stories, places, and people of Virginia
  • What writing close to home does for non-fiction
  • The forms of non-fiction we’ve seen in Virginia–journalism, documentaries, and more…

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students

Click here to register today!

March Writing Show Recap and Query Examples

April 7th, 2015

By Kellie Larsen Murphy

Life After Rejection: What To Do Before You Query Again

No matter how accomplished a writer is, he or she is bound to have experienced some rejection along the way. This month’s writing show, Life After Rejection, focused on query letter rejection and how to manage it, learn from it, and try, try again.

JRW’s Karen Chase opened the show with a story of one author’s path to success, littered with 61 rejections. Along the way, she heard, “There is no market for this tired writing.” After finally landing an agent (61 rejections later), her book was picked up by a publisher in only three weeks! That author was Kathryn Stockett and the book, The Help. (more…)

April Writing Show – The Author Website: Build it to Build a Following.

April 6th, 2015

web design word cloudA great author website doesn’t have to be complicated. Find out how to build a website that can showcase your work to publishing professionals and help you connect with readers.

Topics our experts will discuss include

  • What are the must-haves for the author website
  • When to bring in a professional
  • Blog subscriptions versus newsletter email lists
  • How to fund your author website, or use it to find funding
  • Adding social media and blogs
  • Press packages, FAQ documents

When: Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 pm

Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)

Price: $12 for Members, $15 for non-Members, $5 for Students

Click here to register today!


BUN Judges Only

April 5th, 2015

To access the online form, click here.