Use what you know and where you come from in fiction. Come to the April 24th Writing Show to learn how to Color Between the Lines. Writers, are you practicing the art of looking? Learn how to see at the April 25th Master Class with Carrie and John Gregory Brown! Back by Popular Demand! Register for David L. Robbins' Art of the Narrative Master Class series.

News and Events

Are You Our Next Program Director?

April 3rd, 2014

We are sad to share that our program director, Sheila Sheppard Lovelady, is stepping down as of May 31st due to a relocation and to focus on her own writing. Her recent move to the Eastern Shore will bring her the opportunity to achieve her dream of pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and we wish her well on this new leg of her journey! In the meantime, though, we are starting the job search right away so that our next program director can benefit from her expertise before she leaves us.

Please see the overview of this part-time position below as well as more detailed information that follows. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation (all in one email, please) to Katharine Herndon at by 5:00 on April 25.

Overview: A 25 hour/week position, the program director will work closely with the executive director, board members, and volunteers to ensure all aspects of programming are scheduled, publicized, staffed, and implemented smoothly and professionally. Good communication, administration, and organizational skills are a must. $22,000/year

Skills Needed: Candidates should have 3-5 years of experience in 1) event planning and management, 2) communicating and working well with an active board and membership, 3) utilizing a computer for word processing, spreadsheets, donor database access, and internet, 4) managing volunteers, and 5) writing and editing press releases and newsletters.

Additional Qualifications Desired:

  • Experience utilizing MailChimp, WordPress, Dropbox, and Google Docs
  • Familiarity with James River Writers programs
  • Exceptional writing skills


April Writing Show: Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction

April 7th, 2014

“Write about what you don’t know about what you know,” instructed Eudora Welty. But how exactly do you dig deep into the familiar to create an extraordinary experience for your readers?

Veteran novelists and professors—and husband and wife—Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown talk about mining your own geographical and personal history as writers, as well as tools and techniques for finding out more about what you already think you know about your place—or places—in the world.  

Virginia Pye, author of River of Dust, will moderate the discussion about anchoring your writing through environment and experience. The second half of the panel welcomes questions from the audience.

Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Broadberry (note the new location we’re trying out for April’s show!)
2729 W. Broad Street
Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students



Learning To See: A Master Class for Writers in the Art and Practice of Looking

April 7th, 2014

Award-winning authors Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown offer a shared presentation on writing and art: how art informs and inspires the writer, and how learning to “see” shapes and enriches writing. Participants will see how these two writers learn from the world of visual art. Short writing exercises and shared reading of those exercises will follow the presentations.

Friday, April 25, 2014
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, not included

St. John’s Church Parish Hall
2401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Ample free on-street parking is available

$60 for JRW members
$100 for non-members


Green Thumb, Open Heart: Interview with Debut Author Carol Wall

April 6th, 2014

James River Writers and the Junior League of Richmond partner once again to present an exclusive interview with a debut author, in town for the Junior League’s 69th Book and Author DinnerCarol Wall is the author of Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, a memoir about the unique bond she formed with Giles Owita and the lessons she learned about life and health. Bill Blume, author of Gideon’s Hunt, will guide the discussion about how Carol overcame her assumptions, her dread of flowers, and breast cancer to bring this powerful story of healing to the world.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014
11:00 a.m.
University of Richmond-Downtown
626 E. Broad St.
Free and open to the public, but registration is required

Register here!