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The Writing Show: Writing Romance Like Jane Austen

January 8th, 2015

James River Writers and The Jane Austen Society of North America Central Virginia Region kick off the 2015 Writing Show with “Writing Romance like Jane Austen.”

Geared for readers and writers, this panel discussion will tackle Jane Austen’s influence on modern romantic fiction authors’ style and work. The panelists will review romantic genres, discuss writing believable romantic scenes, and explain why writing and reading romance is popular with both men and women.

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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

TWritingShow_logoColorJames River Writers is shaking up The Writing Show with a new venue, a new day, and best of all, a new partner.

For 2015, in order to better align with our other programming, The Writing Show will be held on the last Wednesday of the month from January through September.

As part of a new partnership with Firehouse Theatre, The Writing Show will be held in the theatre space at 1609 West Broad Street beginning in February. This Partnership may lead to some new and exciting programs in the future.

For January, the Writing Romance Like Jane Austen program will be held at the Broadberry (2729 West Broad Street).

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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…)

Announcing the Winners of the Best Self-Published Novel Contest!

October 16th, 2014
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Jodi Lew-Smith, 2014 winner

James River Writers is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Best Self-published Novel Contest, an award created to recognize the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors. Contest chair Erica Orloff and head judge April Eberhardt selected a winner and two finalists from forty entries. Each entry was judged on writing quality, editing, layout, design, and formatting.

The two finalists identified were Connie Biewald for her book Digging to Indochina and Connie Lapallo for her book When the Moon Has No More Silver. Jodi Lew-Smith was the first place winner for her book The Clever Mill Horse. (more…)

Editing Master Class with Erica Orloff

September 10th, 2014

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On December 6, 2014, Erica Orloff will teach a Master Class that will help you take your work to the next level!

From the Drawer to Publication: The Recipe for Editing and Polishing Your Manuscript

You’re struggling through a seemingly endless edit. Perhaps you have one of those manuscripts “in a drawer” (or under the bed or stored on your old laptop), or maybe you have 50,000 unpolished words from a recent month of crazed novel writing. You want to do something with it—submit or indie publish—but you know it’s not quite “there” yet.

Then this is the Master Class for you.

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