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Popular Master Class with David Robbins Returns!

February 10th, 2015

David L. RobbinsNY Times bestselling author and professor of creative writing, David L. Robbins presents his popular Art of the Narrative Master Class for the third and final time. The class will go for eight sessions and focus on the structure of good story-telling. Robbins will guide students through the writing and workshopping of several short fiction pieces. Instructional emphasis will be on the actual craft, technique, and skills needed to tell each story.

The two prior master class groups have remarked that David’s classes are not only informative and eye-opening but fun and a little crazy as well! (more…)

Best Unpublished Novel Winner Now a Published Author!

February 10th, 2015
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Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, winner of the 2009 Best Unpublished Novel (BUN) Contest, credits the feedback she received from judge and author Susann Cokal for helping her elevate her winning entry into an acclaimed debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, published in November by Sky Pony Press.

Cokal describes Bright Coin Moon as “Anywhere But Here for a new decade. Lopresti hits all the high notes in a story that’s wrenching, ripping, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”

We caught up with Lopresti to learn more about her novel, talk about the impact of James River Writers, and highlight the power of contests for writers. (more…)

The Writing Show – Plotting The Hero’s Journey: Fiction, Myth and Script

February 2nd, 2015

cb221x_608x211February’s Writing Show celebrates our new partnership (and location) with Firehouse Theater by discussing one of the oldest plot devices in storytelling, The Hero’s Journey.

From Gilgamesh to Odysseus and Ivanhoe to Katniss Everdeen, the Hero faces tests of strength and character and bests overwhelming odds while meeting his or her doubts and fears. We relate to the Hero by assigning our daily struggles to the Hero’s mythical ones and receiving inspiration that we, too, can overcome our personal Lex Luther.

Our panel of Greg Smith and Connie Lapallo, moderated by Doug Jones, will discuss the book to screen transition and topics such as:

• The stages of the hero’s journey

• How archetypes are forged, and how voice must change for each character

• What books and resources writers can use for studying the hero’s journey

• The books, plays and movies best for understanding the hero’s journey

When: Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 pm

Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)

Price: $12 for Members; $15 for non-Members; Season passes available for $71 through February 25.

Click here to register today!

 

 

Thank you to the following sponsor for their generous support of the February Writing Show:

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Additionally, JRW programs are Funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CultureWorks Grant Program, championed by Altria.

Writers Farmhouse: New Day of the Week for 2015!

December 29th, 2014

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Writers Farmhouse is moving to Thursdays! Looking for some motivation? A place with friendly faces who will encourage you in your craft? Come write with us!

Organized by board member Bill Blume, Writers Farmhouse welcomes members of JRW and other writing enthusiasts to the Midlothian Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe every Thursday (except 1/1/15, 11/16/2015 and 12/31/2015) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (more…)

2015 Writing Show Season Announced

December 23rd, 2014

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The programming for 2015 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.

Entertaining and interactive, The Writing Show has been described as:

  • Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list.
  • The Tonight Show meets the art of writing.

It’s inspiring. It’s fun. And it’s only happening live in Richmond. (more…)

The Writing Show Season Pass: Nine Shows for One Great Price!

October 18th, 2014

TWritingShow_logoColorIn 2015, James River Writers will once again bring you nine months of its popular, long-running program, The Writing Show. Held on the last Wednesday of every month from January through September, The Writing Show brings together published authors, literary professionals, aspiring writers, and book nerds to offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing.

Best described as Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list, The Writing Show is entertaining, interactive, inspiring, and fun. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge your commitment to your craft once a month, and attending a variety of Writing Shows is also a great way to become part of the James River Writers community! A season pass is $80, a savings of up to 30% off the “at the door” price. (more…)