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News and Events

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

May 31st, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Pencil by Melanie Carter and Charles Gerena


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?


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.


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.