The 12th Annual James River Writers Conference is October 17-19 with One-on-One Meets with Literary Agents, Pitchapalooza and Award-Winning Authors & Editors. Register Today! How to Lose an Agent in Ten Steps: Learn the Mistakes to Avoid When Hunting for a Literary Agent. Get your ticket for the August 28th Writing Show! Don't miss the bus! Be sure to get your ticket for JRW's first Books and Brews bus tour. Coming up on September 13th.

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How to Lose an Agent in 10 Steps

August 13th, 2014
John Cusick

John Cusick

Toeing the fine line between being charmingly persistent and annoyingly invasive can be tough to do, especially if you don’t really know where that line is.  To make it all a little tougher, each agent probably has a different definition and those definitions may change depending on who called before you did.

However, there are some behaviors that agents complain about among themselves.

Join New York literary agent John Cusick to learn how to avoid these mistakes at all costs. Kristi Tuck Austin will moderate the discussion about the ins and outs of building a strong relationship with your agent and how to make sure your book makes it to the top of the slush pile. (more…)

New This Year at the JRW Conference: RVA ♥ Writers!

July 12th, 2014

 

 

This year we’ll be sharing a portion of our conference with all of Richmond—and sharing Richmond with our conference goers. Saturday afternoon and evening hours are set aside for some of our speakers to give open presentations at various RVA locations. A rider board will be available at the conference for attendees who need transportation. (more…)

September 13, Books & Brews

July 11th, 2014

Print Are you a Barley Literati?  A quaffer of malts as well as a writer of manuscripts? Do you enjoy a good beerloquium?  Have you formed a card catalogue cross-referencing every mention of blossom-infused brewed beverages from Gilgamesh to A Fan’s Notes and all through the Game of Thrones series?

If so, or even if you just enjoy a refreshing ale with friends, James River Writers has an event for you: our first Books & Brews bus tour of some of Central Virginia’s finest craft breweries.

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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!

New at the 2014 James River Writers Conference: Critiques!

July 8th, 2014

One of the unique aspects of the James River Writers Conference is that it has something for everyone. No matter what the next step in your writing journey may be, you will find something helpful at the conference. Our job is to help you meet your writing goals. With this in mind, we’ve added a new opportunity to the conference this year: critiques.

Ann Rittenberg

Ann Rittenberg

Over the years, people have told us how much they love the chance to meet one-on-one with an agent or editor. Unlike other conferences, this meeting is offered to conference goers without any extra fee. The one-on-one appointments are designed to give writers an opportunity to pitch their latest manuscript to a publishing professional. However, we also know that some writers are not quite ready to pitch; they would rather work on their craft a bit more. That’s where critiques come in. (more…)

Conference Fever: JRWCon 2014 Ultimate Playlist

July 8th, 2014

Music makes everything better. Learning, working, socializing, healing—everything goes more smoothly with the right song. Why should the James River Writers Conference be any different? We’ve put together a playlist to help you get ready for the conference and you can listen to the JRWCon 2014 playlist on Spotify here:

Track 1: Madness (Muse)

You write because you can’t not write, and we get that. Spending a weekend with people who share this peculiar sort of madness will make you feel sane again (results may vary).

Track 2: A Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley)

Start off the weekend with our Friday hands-on Master Classes taught by top-notch Page1-3writing instructors and publishing professionals. For example, if you find that your writing needs a little less conversation and a little more action, Sheri Reynolds’s class on pacing can help you with that. (more…)