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!

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

September 20th, 2014

 

 

This year we’ll be sharing a portion of our conference with all of Richmond—and sharing Richmond with our conference goers. Saturday, October 18, afternoon and evening hours are set aside for some of our speakers to give open presentations at various RVA locations.

 

RVA ♥ Writers will include free presentations from

Kwame Alexander, T. R. Simon, and Stacy Whitman on Multicultural Books: The Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature.  At Art180, 114 West Marshall St – 4:00 p.m.

Bruce Holsinger, Sarah MacLean, and Kelly O’Connor McNees on Taking Liberties: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Historical Fiction. VCU Globe Building, 817 West Franklin St – 4:00 p.m.

Hugh Howey on Rapid Fire: Self-Publishing and the Changing Climate for Writers and Readers. UR Downtown. 626 east Broad St – 4:00 p.m.

Brian Jay Jones on Not Just Muppets: Jim Henson’s Cultural Influence. St. Christopher’s School, 711 St. Christophers Rd, in the Playhouse Auditorium located in the Luck Leadership Center – 5:30 p.m.

No registration is required for these events and all RVA Loves Writers events are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family.

Please see below for additional information on these fun and informative panels. (more…)

James River Writers Conference 2014: Register Now!

September 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!

2014 Emyl Jenkins Award Winner Announced

August 23rd, 2014

 Richmond, VA — James River Writers is pleased to announce that Denise Golinowski is the 2014 winner of the Emyl Jenkins Award.

Emyl Jenkins Award Chair Shauna Christos and 2014 Award Winner Denise Golinowski

Emyl Jenkins Award Chair Shawna Christos and 2014 Award Winner Denise Golinowski

The award honors the memory of the late Emyl Jenkins, passionate writing advocate and much-missed JRW member, by acknowledging those in Virginia who best represent her love of connecting and encouraging all writers.

Denise is a founding member of the RichWriters critique group and has been an active member of James River Writers and Virginia Romance Writers over the years. Additionally, she runs her own blog and contributes to a blog for local romance writers called Tea and Strumpets. In these capacities, she has earned a reputation for providing thoughtful and constructive criticism and support in a manner that improves her colleagues’ writing and is encouraging toward other writers. (more…)

Expanding the Writing Community: Phil Hilliker Joins JRW as Membership Coordinator

August 21st, 2014

After moving to Richmond, Phil Hilliker was in need of a writing critique group. Now he not only shares his work with four other authors, he has joined James River Writers as the new Membership Coordinator.

Phil_smA freelance illustrator and a work-at-home dad, Phil has created illustrations for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror role-playing games, as well as middle-grade fiction. Phil and his wife moved from Tuscon for her new position as a biology professor at University of Richmond, and Phil has also been working on stories of his own. (more…)

Calling All Doodlers

August 21st, 2014

Betty smBetty Plevney has an MBA from Ohio State University and an MA in Writing From the University of San Francisco. She travels the globe meeting with clients, who range from Fortune 500 corporations to governmental agencies and family foundations. What exactly does she do? Betty is a professionally trained and highly sought-after graphic facilitator. Using skills in deep listening, information synthesis, and intuitive visual processing, she creates visual maps that illuminate the collective wisdom of the group and foster understanding of complex data. In short, Betty is a professional doodler. And she’ll be doodling for all to see at the James River Writers Conference. (more…)

Pitching in the Big Leagues

August 17th, 2014

Being ready with a pitch—a concise, compelling description of your book—is especially important at writing conferences because you will have opportunities, either spontaneous or scheduled, to talk about your book with publishing professionals. These opportunities might be casual; in fact, the best opportunities are always the organic ones. An editor might be sitting at your lunch table, or perhaps you meet an author who asks about your current project. Other opportunities are more formal, such as scheduled consultations. You might have a chance to pitch in a one-on-one appointment with a literary agent or editor, in a small-group setting, or in a large pitch contest.

"The Book Doctors" Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

“The Book Doctors” Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

At the James River Writers Conference, our pitch contest is called “Pitchapalooza.” It’s run by The Book Doctors, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, who do Pitchapalooza events all over the country.

Whatever the circumstances of your pitching moment, preparation empowers you to shine. (more…)