News and Events

Great Ways to Keep the Conference Magic Going . . .

October 18th, 2016

Had a blast at the conference and want to keep that momentum and inspiration alive?


Purchase a 2017 Season Pass for The Writing Show!

2017 Line-up*

  • January 25: Befriending the Scissors: Tightening Your Words & Cutting the Extraneous
  • February 22: The Professional Writer: Email Newsletters & Tapping Your Tribe
  • March 29: Fairytale Retellings & The Brothers Grimm
  • April 26: Finding Authenticity: Writing Outside Your Gender, Race, or Culture
  • May 31: The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Readers Captivated
  • June 28: Examining the Writing Marketplace: Micro to Mid-sized Publishers
  • July 26: The Art of the Start: Finding the Entry-point to your Story
  • August 30: Playing with Language: Tools & Techniques for Creative Play
  • September 27: Stepping Up to the Stage: Public Speaking for Writers

Two Great Ways to Save!

  • Purchase a Writing Show Membership for $125. It includes your traditional JRW membership and admittance to all nine shows of the 2017 season.
  • Or purchase a Writing Show Season Pass for $85. Membership is not included, but you still get nine shows and save over 20%!

*Topics are subject to change.
Click here to register today!


Literary Salon: Stories from the Shadows: Writing What Haunts Us

October 18th, 2016






During Stories from the Shadows: Writing What Haunts Us, the last literary salon of 2016, we will be serenaded by stories of Richmond’s dark past. Then, spooky writer extraordinaire, Julie Geen, will guide participants through prompts to write our own tales. Exercises are designed to tickle your genre of choice (we use the term “stories” loosely), and to push the borders of your comfort zone. Select participants will be invited to share their writings at the 2017 Poe Birthday Bash celebration in January.

Exorcise your macabre side on Thursday, October 20, from 7-9 PM at Patrick Henry Pub & Grille (in the upstairs salon, of course!), 2300 E. Broad St., RVA 23223.


Julie Geen writes for Richmond’s Style Weekly and had two columns in belle magazine, before she went to the print media graveyard. One of them won a Virginia Press Award and she got to eat chicken at a banquet. She has an essay in the anthology “Ask Me About My Divorce”, although she did not get a divorce. Julie is also published in the anthology “Tarnished:True Stories of Innocence Lost.” Her zombie short story titled “Damn Whore Shoes” is in “Richmond Macabre Volume II.”  Divorce, lost innocence and zombies.

Date and time

Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm


Patrick Henry Pub & Grille
2300 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23223
Admission is free.

About Literary Salons

James River Writers and The Poe Museum present

A new place to find inspiration this year

We’re bringing back the grand tradition of the literary salon, an intimate setting to meet & fraternize with local authors and artists, as they in turn guide you in your own writing practice. Whatever your genre, this is a great way to connect, to learn, and to philosophize.

Salons are organized by topic and are held on the second Thursday of every other month, February, April, June, August, and October. There is no cover charge for these events. We welcome writerly types of all experience levels and readers, thinkers, and artists of every sort. Be sure to bring your favorite writing implements.

For more information, visit Literary Salons.

Poetry Unhappy Hour in the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Gardens

October 14th, 2016
Poetry UnHappy Hour banner

October 15, 2016, James River Writers and the Poe Museum will co-host a special Poetry Unhappy Hour in the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Gardens from 6PM to 9PM.

The Poetry Unhappy Hour will feature readings by the acclaimed poets of the 14th Annual James River Writers Conference. Included in the evening’s lineup will be internationally known surgeon-poet Neal Hall; National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient Allison Seay; founder of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival Stan Galloway; and Zoa, winner of the 2016 Shann Palmer Poetry Prize, among others.

As in other “Unhappy Hour” events held in the Gardens, the Poe Museum buildings and exhibits will be open to explore. A cash bar with beer/wine will be available, and light hors d’oeuvres.

Register Now for the 2016 James River Writers Conference

September 6th, 2016
14th Annual James River Writers Conference Logo Click here to register today and take advantage of JRW member discounts!sponsor


General Sessions on Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2016
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA

Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday, October 14, 2016

Register before August 1st to take advantage of our early bird discount.
Starting at $220 for members ($275 for non-members).

On August 1st, prices will increase for members to $270 (non-members to $325).

Click on any of the images below to learn more about this year’s conference.

friday master classes Saturday and Sunday Sessions One-on-One Meetings with Literary Agents
Learn more about our award-winning speakers The Agent Dating Game with Jason Tesauro The First Pages Panel



Click here to register today!


Action and Reaction: Capturing Movement on the Page

September 1st, 2016

Fist fights, street chases, and scenes from our world’s war zones—action scenes can be tricky territory for writers. On one hand, it can be the culmination of built-up tension, the place where the author’s promise is delivered. On the other, a heightened sense of urgency can drive the reader to skim over a blow-by-blow description to get to the result. How much detail is too much? And how can an author keep the readers’ attention while staying true-to-life, in fiction and non-fiction? (Sponsorships available)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)


Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street


$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

Click here to register today!



Malik Hodari

Three photos of Malik_Hodari

Malik Hodari is a lawyer and a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, where he served from October 1966 to October 1967. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harris Stowe State Teachers University, a master’s from Michigan State University, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University. Hodari joined the Mighty Pen Project on the recommendation of his Veterans Affairs therapist and began to write about his memories, some of which were suppressed for many years. He found healing in the process and hopes his story will help others.

Erika Orloff

Erica Orloff headshotErica Orloff is the author of the popular Magickeepers series. She writes for YA and adult readers and has had over 25 novels published. She is also the author of the Pushcart-nominated “Choose Me.” Erica has worked in publishing since 1985 as a book editor, book doctor, ghostwriter, and book packager, and acts as a writing coach, as well as being an in-demand speaker.  Her most recent publication is a short story in the anthology River City Secrets. She co-owns Editing for Authors, and its sister-company (and publisher) Dragon Tree Books. She can be found at

Bill Blume

Bill Blume headshot

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. He’s the author of the young adult Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter series. The latest book in the series Gidion’s Blood was published by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He’s also a board member for James River Writers and served as the board’s chair in 2013. @BilltheWildcat


Kris Spisak

Kris Spisak headshotWith degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor; however, after six years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft was the driving force behind her book Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017). Kris is also pursuing the publication of her first novel.

Digital U: How to Gain Likes and Influence News Feeds

August 2nd, 2016

Digital marketing has taken center stage, but to be effective, you need the right strategies. To whom should you reach out to promote yourself? How often and what do you post? Which social media reaches your audience? Anne Moss Rogers, co-founder and creative director of Impression Marketing, shares her knowledge of branding, advertising and copywriting in the digital world.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)


Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street


$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

Click here to register today!




Melissa Scott Sinclair

Melissa Scott Sinclair profileMelissa Scott Sinclair spent seven years as a reporter for alt-weekly Style in Richmond, Va. and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She has written about communes, Confederates, mutant catfish and murderous houseguests, winning 21 awards from the Virginia Press Association. In 2012 she was honored with a Best in Show award for her work on an in-depth series examining the lingering legacy of Richmond’s role in the Civil War.


Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss ProfileAnne Moss Rogers is co-founder and creative director of Impression Marketing, a full-service, results-oriented marketing agency. As a branding, advertising and copywriting specialist, Anne Moss has focused her talents on digital marketing since 1995. Rogers is a columnist for Richmond Times Dispatch and American Marketing Association Health Services Magazine.