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No Longer a Writer Alone

March 30th, 2012

I am constantly lamenting a lack of writing groups in my town. Sure, I have a few trusted friends and former professors who hear me out on fledgling ideas or read the drafts that I hurriedly piece together. But I can’t seem to find a solid writing community that extends beyond the people I already know.

Nervous, yet eager for new perspectives, I worked up the courage to travel to the Capital Ale House in Innsbrook.  I had heard about the James River Writers-sponsored Writers Wednesdays for months now from their e-newsletter.  But I had never gone because I didn’t know what to expect — the idea of “networking” seemed too purposeful.  I’m not as deft in conversation as I am on paper.
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Andrew Jay Fox

March 29th, 2012

Andrew Fox photo by Ellen DatlowAndrew Jay Fox is author of Fat White Vampire Blues, published in 2003, Bride of Fat White Vampire, published in 2005, and The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501, published in, 2009. The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501, was selected by Booklist as one of the Ten Best SF/Fantasy Novels of the Year. Andrew was recently a panelist at The Writing Show on February 23, discussing “Sweet Indulgences: Writing Food, Drink, and Romance.” He was interviewed by V. Mark Covington, a novelist and JRW website contributor, in March 2012.

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March 2012 Writing Show: Rejections & Resilience: Fueling Creativity on an Empty Tank

March 29th, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recap

Pencil by Christina Trimarco

Moderator

Dr. Rashida GrayDr. Rashida Gray moved to Richmond five years ago from her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at VCU Hospital where her specialty areas include women’s mental health and psychiatric emergencies. More a reader than a writer, she loves novels that capture the complexities of human behavior and life experiences. One of her greatest accomplishments has been passing on her love for books to her two children.

Panelists

Noah ScalinNoah Scalin is the creator of the Webby award-winning art project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Mütter Museum Philadelphia and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Noah also founded the socially conscious design and consulting firm Another Limited Rebellion and frequently gives lectures & workshops on creativity for groups ranging from teens in NYC to designers at the CIA. His first book, Skulls, was honored as a “Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers” by the Young Adult Library Services Association, and was featured on The Martha Stewart Show.

Dr. Keyhill SheornDr. Keyhill Sheorn is a psychiatrist with a solo practice specializing in the long-term treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. No surprise to her that many writers and artists approach her for help, as the very nature of their work sometimes springs from wrenching heartache that can get unmasked through the creative process. Originally trained as a medical illustrator, Dr. Sheorn is also an accomplished still-life artist, working in oils. Her work is in private collections around the country.

Michael J. SullivanAfter more than two hundred rejections, Michael J. Sullivan published through a small press. When they lacked capital to produce his second book, he self-published his Riyria Revelations, selling more than 11,000 copies a month (70,000 total). His success led a big-six publisher (Orbit, the Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint at Hachette Book Group) to sign him to a three book, six-figure deal. His books have been on multiple Amazon Bestsellers’ Lists as well as eight “Best of 2011” lists including Library Journal and Barnes and Noble.

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Call for Synopses!

March 28th, 2012

How do you boil a manuscript down to a short synopsis? You’ll learn at the May 31, 2012 Writing Show. Email your synopsis of no more than 1,000 words to jrw.synopsis@gmail.com and let pros critique your synopsis and offer insights that will make your work stand out to agents and editors. (more…)

Pat Concodora

March 25th, 2012

20120325-000433.jpgPat Concodora has published feature articles, trade magazine profiles, and business content. She is currently working on a memoir titled Untethered and a mystery novel titled The Hour to Reap.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, chatted with Pat about her writing process in March 2012.

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February 2012 Writing Show Recap: Sweet Indulgences: Writing Food, Drink, and Romance

March 9th, 2012

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They are what they eat, literally. That was the general opinion of February’s The Writing Show guest authors Kit Wilkinson, Andrew Fox, and Michelle Young-Stone regarding their book characters.

The authors, along with host Maureen Egan, served up a multi-course meal for the February edition of JRW’s monthly event, The Writing Show, titled “Sweet Indulgences: Writing Food, Drink, and Romance” that focused on how region, culture, situations, personality quirks, habits, and health issues dictate what characters consume and the part food plays in their lives. (more…)