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James River Writers Conference Registration Still Open!

August 26th, 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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Lunch and Learn

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.

To ensure the best experience for all attendees, JRW asks that everyone taking part in our conference abide by our Code of Conduct.


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* Panels and panelists are subject to change without notice.


Best Unpublished Novel Contest Winners Announced!

August 24th, 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Robin Williams, 1st Place Winner of the Best Unpublished Novel Contest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of Crozier, for The Key to the Quarter Pole, as the first place winner of the JRW and Richmond Magazine 2015 Best Unpublished Novel Contest.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The Best Unpublished Novel Contest, initially held in 2008 and now offered every other year, is at the heart of James River Writers’ mission of connecting and inspiring readers and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.


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…)

July Master Classes on Using Scrivener Writing Tools

May 10th, 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.