Grow your network: Connect with agents, editors, and published authors. Sign up for Agent Appointments and Pitchapalooza! Register for the October 18-19 JRW Conference! You were brave enough to self-publish your book. Now, prove it's the best. Enter JRW's inaugural Best Self-Published Novel Contest. Stretching the Boundaries of YA Lit: Find Out What Book are Grabbing the Interest of Today's Kids. Get your ticket for the July 31st Writing Show!

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Part-time Membership Coordinator Opportunity

July 23rd, 2014

James River Writers is hiring for a part-time Membership Coordinator to work closely with the Executive Director, Board Members (particularly the membership committee), and volunteers to ensure all aspects of membership outreach are implemented smoothly and professionally. Membership efforts would include monitoring expired memberships and creating an efficient system for renewal; implementing a substantive member benefit program that encourages engagement; creating and implementing a plan for diversifying our member base and reaching a wider segment of underserved or underrepresented populations; producing and sending a monthly members e-newsletter; and engaging in numerous community partnerships that both support other non-profits and bring JRW to the attention of new constituents. Good communication, administration, and organizational skills are a must. $7,800/year (lasting one year; job continuation planned but must be re-assessed). (more…)

James River Writers Conference 2014: Registration is Open!

July 10th, 2014

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Visit our 2014 James River Writers Conference Home Page to learn all about the engaging speakers, informative panels, and hands-on Master Classes coming your way October 17-19! Register early to get a one-on-one with a literary agent or book doctor, included in the conference cost. We can’t wait to see you in RVA!

Conference Fever: Meet our Conference Committee

July 7th, 2014

The James River Writers Conference Committee starts working in January to make sure all the details are in place by October. They do it for one reason: They love the conference. We asked our committee members to share their favorite part of the James River Writers Conference.

Lana Krumwiede

Lana Krumwiede


“Attending a writers conference was the first time I felt like a ‘real’ writer. The same thing happens every year—the conference is an affirming statement to myself that says, ‘This is who you are.’ I want every conference-goer to feel that way!”

Announcing the Inaugural Best Self-published Novel Contest

July 6th, 2014

bookJames River Writers recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors by creating The Best Self-Published Novel Contest, new in 2014. The contest will be conducted in alternating years with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

Contest Details

One first-prize winner will receive $500 and a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference. The winner will be announced in October 2014 at the James River Writers Conference. Press releases will also recognize the winner.

Two finalists each receive $200.


To submit an entry, the author must be a JRW member or a student at a Virginia college or university. Join JRW.

Submissions for the 2014 contest will be accepted from May 1 through July 18, 2014 (postmark deadline of Friday, July 18). *Deadline has been extended from June 30. (more…)

July Writing Show: Stretching the Limits of Young Adult Literature

July 5th, 2014

July’s writing show welcomes the participation of the JRW Youth Advisory Board in discussing the limits or parameters of Young Adult literature.

Are there any topics in YA books that are taboo? Any lines in the sand that a YA author shouldn’t cross? If YA can tackle all manner of adult themes, then what differentiates it as young adult? Explore these topics and more with a panel of YA authors and members of JRW’s Youth Advisory Board.

Kristen-Paige Madonia

Kristen-Paige Madonia


Emyl Jenkins Award Accepting Nominations

June 15th, 2014

Emyl Jenkins 1941-2010








To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who died in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an organization or person 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 her enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.

Award Details

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