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June 2011 Writing Show: He Said, She Said: Mastering Dialogue for the Screen, Stage & Page

June 30th, 2011

The Writing Show

Thursday, June 30, 2011



PencilWTVR-TV interview with Artisia Green


David RobbinsDavid L. Robbins was born in Richmond and received his undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the College of William & Mary. He has taught creative writing at W&M and VCU, and has published nine novels, including his most recent, Broken Jewel, released in November 2009. He is a founding co-chair of James River Writers. At present, David is at work on his tenth, The Devil’s Waters, a novel about Somali piracy. He is also the co-founder of The Podium Foundation, working in partnership with Richmond Public Schools to support and advocate the teaching and practice of writing skills in the city’s high schools, and to create city-wide platforms of expression for RPS students.


Helene WagnerHelene Wagner is an accomplished, award-winning screenwriter and film teacher who, for a number of years, worked as a Writer’s Guild Literary Agent. Major Hollywood production companies optioned five of her screenplays, and her thriller, The Tenth Day, was in pre-production as a CBS movie of the week. She is also the founder and director of the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum, now in its 21st year. Helene and her husband, Tom, working closely with the Virginia Film Office, created the Virginia Film Tours program, “Where Hollywood Meets History,” to introduce visitors to Virginia’s exciting history as a movie location. This fall, Helene is teaching a six-week Introduction to Screenwriting course and a Film Analysis Series at the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies. The Film Analysis series is an excellent tool for the aspiring or advanced screenwriter, filmmaker, novelist, or playwright who wants to take their craft to a higher level, or for the cinema buff who loves to analyze and discuss great American movies.

Artisia GreenArtisia Victoria Green, an Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, is an artist-activist whose creative conduits include directing, dramaturgy and writing. Her stage direction has been noted at ETA Creative Arts Foundation (Levee James, The Man Who Saved New Orleans), Chicago State University (227, Crowns, Yard Gal), Lehman College (…So Goes a Nation), Primary Stages – 45th Street Theatre (Harmonies of a Soul), Live Arts (Etchings of Soul Woman), Morgan State University (In the Blood), the SPARC/Theatre IV’s New Voices for the Theatre Festival, and the African-American Repertory Theatre (Hey Little Walter). Artisia was commissioned by Theatre IV to write A Woman Named Truth, a play about the life of Sojourner Truth. The work toured schools nationally from 2002-2004. She also wrote Me7 which was produced by Chicago State University Theatre. Recent dramaturgical credits include ETA Creative Arts Foundation’s productions of Herbert III and Contributions by Ted Shine and Daniel Beaty’s Tearing Down the Walls. She is an active member of the Black Theatre Network.

V. Mark CovingtonV. Mark Covington is the author of two novels, Bullfish and Heavenly Pleasure. His third novel, 2012 Montezuma’s Revenge, will be released this summer. His play Shakespeare in the Trailer Park debuted at the Barnstormers Theater in Philadelphia in April to glowing reviews. He holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Behavior and a Masters degree in Industrial Psychology. Mark has worked as a banker, a college professor, a management consultant, an ice cream truck driver, a cemetery plot salesman, a state government bureaucrat and an information systems project manager. Mark lives in Richmond’s Museum District where he writes novels exploring the cosmically comical nature of the universe, the purpose of which is to create someone who lives in Richmond’s Museum District and writes novels exploring the cosmically comical nature of the universe.

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A First for Two: 2011 Jenkins Award Recipients

June 15th, 2011

Congratulations to Jean Anderson and WriterHouse for receiving the first Emyl Jenkins Awards. Anderson is Richmond liaison for National Novel Writing Month and WriterHouse is a nonprofit writers’ community in Charlottesville.

Here is more about the winners:

Jean Anderson
Nominated by Kristi Austin Tuck

Jean Anderson visiting a school in Hampton Roads to introduce NaNoWriMo to students During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writers around the
world each try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year, more than 200,000 writers participated — 366 in Richmond wrote 7,865,382 words — including Anderson, a science fiction writer also known as “LuckyJean” among NaNoWriMo participants. The judges cited Anderson for encouraging writers, especially fledglings, to get words down on the page, something Jenkins did with infectious enthusiasm.

Nominated by Heather K. Michon

WriterHouse Since 2008, WriterHouse has served writers at all levels by offering work space, writing classes, seminars, critique groups, readings and events. Michon nominated the group for the way it builds a community for writers in the Charlottesville area. In WriterHouse, the judges saw the reflection of Emyl Jenkins’ knack for connecting people.

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June on the James, June 2011

June 6th, 2011

(L-R) Mistress of Ceremonies Lisa Schaffner, Wells Fargo representative Kristy Marshall, Emyl Jenkins Award Winner Jean Anderson, and Robert M. SextonNearly 100 guests gathered at Dominion’s Tredegar St. Complex Saturday for June on the James, JRW’s sixth annual literary fundraiser.

The riverfront event celebrated local writers whose work uplifts readers and inspires a more literate and culturally dynamic Richmond. Attendees laughed with mistress of ceremonies Lisa Schaffner, applauded spoken word artist Daniel José Custódio, congratulated Emyl Jenkins Award winners and Best Unpublished Novel Contest finalists, and generously donated to James River Writers.

After expenses, the event’s ticket sales, donations and silent auction proceeds netted $11,000, which will be used to support JRW’s annual conference, the Writing Show and enrichment programs that encourage Richmond’s youngest writers to hone their skills.

We extend our sincere appreciation to corporate sponsors, Dominion and Wells Fargo, and our many hosts, patrons and attendees for making the evening a success. Their generous support ensures that James River Writers will continue to bring beauty, energy, character and culture to our region.

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