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Best Unpublished Novel Contest Winners Announced!

September 2nd, 2015

Robin Williams, 1st Place Winner of the Best Unpublished Novel Contest

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James River Writers is pleased to announce Robin Traywick Williams of Crozier, for The Key to the Quarter Pole, as the first place winner of the JRW and Richmond Magazine 2015 Best Unpublished Novel Contest. Gail Giewont, and Vivian Lawry, both of Richmond, have been selected as finalists for Unguided and Nettie’s Books, respectively.

The Best Unpublished Novel Contest, initially held in 2008 and now offered every other year, is at the heart of James River Writers’ mission of connecting and inspiring readers and writers. In the alternating years, James River Writers offers the Shann Palmer Poetry Contest and Best Self-published Novel Contest, providing exposure and encouragement to a wide range of Virginia’s author talent.


September Writing Show – Self and Hybrid Publishing & Step-by-Step Promotion

September 1st, 2015


James River Writers wraps up another great Writing Show season with a mini-seminar presented by Terri Leidich, author, and President and Publisher of BQB Publishing.

Market and Promote Your Indie Book offers details on methods for hybrid and self-publishing including tangible to do lists.

We will outline marketing options and planning for pre-book release, book launch, and post-release to best promote your book project.

All attendees will receive spreadsheets for planning and detailed “to-do” lists.

Click here to register today!




$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students
Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm
Wednesday, September 30th


terri leidichTerri Ann Leidich, President and Publisher of BQB Publishing, started the company to fill a void she found when she started to try to publish her books.

Terri Ann has lived in the South most of her adult life and has traveled extensively both within the United States and internationally. She has visited every state in the United States except Maine and Alaska, and has traveled in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

She spent many years in corporate America in a variety of marketing positions. Then, with her background in marketing, for the last 20+ years, Terri Ann has been an entrepreneur and owner of several companies ranging from a small diner in Minnesota, to an event and travel organization for mid-life singles, to a hybrid publishing company.

She is the author of two nonfiction books: From a Grieving Mother’s Heart and For a Grieving Heart. Her debut novel, Family Inheritance, was released in October of 2014 by BQB Publishing.

The grief books were adapted from a journal she kept after the death of her son in 1991 from a vehicle accident, and she began writing her novel in the late 1980s when she had the idea for a short story about three sisters. She enjoyed the characters so much that the concept for the novel began coming together in her mind and in an outline on paper, then was stuck away in a file box for many years. The bulk of the story was developed in the early 1990s and then once again put into the file box and pulled out again in 2009 when serious editing and rewriting began. The characters have been with her for so long that she admits they feel like part of the family.

Terri Ann lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her husband Glenn. She loves reading, writing, good food, and travel, especially road trips.

Order by 9/20! JRW T-shirts Are Back!

August 25th, 2015

Have you been longing for the day when the James River Writers’ t-shirt campaign would return with new colors so that you could wear a different JRW tee every day of the week? Have you been hoping for someone to take conference dresscode decision-making completely out of your hands? Well, you’re in luck! (more…)

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.


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