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Emyl Jenkins Award Nominations Still Open!

August 9th, 2015

Emyl Jenkins 1941-2010

To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who passed away in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an outstanding individual who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.

An advocate for writers and their readers, Emyl had a knack for connecting both people and organizations. She shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered. She encouraged writers at all levels, especially fledglings trying to get those first words down on the page. Her generous spirit and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and, like ripples in a pond, her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.

Award Details – Deadline Extended to August 31, 2015

Any Virginia individual is eligible, except for members of the JRW board of directors, the advisory board, or staff.

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August 26th Writing Show: Writing Virginia into Your Fiction

August 6th, 2015

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For our August Writing Show, James River Writers travels the Commonwealth in search of stories short and long.

Virginia has mountains, valleys, cities, small towns, beaches, rivers, and enough history to inspire any type of legendary character, not to mention the everyday places and people with which we interact. All this informs stories that range from the current Loving film detailing the fight for inter-racial marriage rights to every child’s favorite, Misty of Chincoteague–and that’s just the Eastern Shore. Add in novels such as Bridge to Teribithia, The Wettest County in the World, Roots, Flowers in the Attic, and Gods and Generals, best sellers that have all been adapted into hit films, and its clear that Virginia works as a setting for almost any type of fiction.

As playwrights, authors, and screenwriters, how do we write Virginia into our fiction?

How do Virginia locations influence our settings?

With travel and writing tips, our panelists share personal experiences about including the state in their research, production, and work.

Because Virginia is also for lovers of the written word.

Click here to register today!

 

 

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

Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm

Wednesday, August 26th

FIREHOUSE THEATRE

1609 West Broad Street (free parking at Lowe’s)

 

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Registration Opens for the 2015 James River Writers Conference!

August 1st, 2015
Logo for the 13th Annual James River Writers Conference on October 16-18, 2015 Click here to register today and take advantage of JRW member discounts!sponsor

 

General Sessions on Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18, 2015
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA

Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday, October 16, 2015

Registration Starting at $215

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Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and Southern hospitality.

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Thanks for a Fantastic Writing Show!

June 25th, 2015

Our Writing Show on Writing for Girls turned out to be one of our best shows of the year. Thanks to our partners Richmond Young Writers and Girls of Summer.

Special thanks to our panel, which included Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, along with Odessa Hott and M.E. Novak-Ellis, both from Richmond Young Writers. As always, our moderator Rebekah Pierce kept things fun and informative.

Here are some pictures from last night’s show. As you can see, we had a lot of fun.



Photos by Joe Kutchera

Throwback Thursday: May Writing Show

June 4th, 2015

We wanted to share some pictures from this past month’s Writing Show. Thanks to Richard Bailey for taking them for us.


Be sure to also join us for our June Writing Show when we team up with Richmond Young Writers and the Girls of Summer to present Writing for Girls.

Rebekah Pierce will moderate the discussion. JRW is excited to welcome Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, to the stage and to introduce Odessa Hott, who is a Richmond Young Writer.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Photographs provided by:
Richard Bailey,
Author of Thus to Innocence
Click here to view the book trailer to Thus to Innocence

March Writing Show Recap and Query Examples

June 1st, 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…)