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To Make a Long Story Short: Writing a Synopsis that Sells

May 31st, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Recap

Pencil by Melanie Carter and Charles Gerena

Description

The panelists will address:

  • What is a synopsis?
  • How is it different from a pitch, query, outline, or proposal?
  • How should it be formatted?
  • What are common mistakes and how can they be avoided?

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Celebrating Creative Spirits: 2012 Jenkins Award Recipients

May 30th, 2012

“Give back to your community and your industry.  Become a mentor or an intern sponsor … Never forget to credit those who helped you become the artist and the person you are today. Give back and you too will receive.”

Creative consultant Mary Virginia Swanson used these sentences to end a piece called “A Brief List of Self-Assignments for Artists.” While this may seem like easy advice to follow, sometimes it is equally instructive to learn from another’s example.  James River Writers nurtures a similar creative spirit by hosting Writers Wednesdays, organizing yearly conferences, and finding myriad opportunities to bring writers together in central Virginia.  But an honor like the Emyl Jenkins Award allows an organization like JRW to recognize the individuals and organizations that also strengthen the local writing community.

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Stuart Goldman

May 25th, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

Stuart Goldman

 

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of the 10th anniversary of James River Writers, we’ve asked our members, “What does JRW mean to you?”

Stuart Goldman, author of Nomohan, 1939, shares what belonging to our organization has meant to his writing career.
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Lula Belle

May 20th, 2012

Lula BelleLula Belle wears many hats.  She is a mom, a writer and property manager. Her debut novel Expecting tells a thought-provoking story of a young woman’s challenges when Roe vs. Wade is revoked.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, interviewed Lula about balancing her budding career with the rest of her life in May 2012.

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Cynthia Baldini

May 18th, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

Cynthia Baldini
 

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of the 10th anniversary of James River Writers, we’ve asked our members, “What does JRW mean to you?”

Cynthia Baldini shares her novel-publishing struggles and her feelings about JRW in the following poem, “Unpublished Writer.”
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First Master Class with Henry Hart Rated Big Success

May 8th, 2012
Master Class with Henry Hart

Frances B. Crutchfield and Henry Hart

James River Writers impressed the library staff at Virginia Commonwealth University by getting 15 aspiring poets to show up at the James Branch Cabell Library at 9:30 on a Saturday morning, a half-hour prior to the library’s opening. The draw was the first Master Class offered by JRW this year, and John E. Ulmschneider, University Librarian, was on hand to greet the group.

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