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July 2012 Writing Show: I Tweet, Therefore I Am: Building a Platform and Finding Your Voice

July 26th, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Pencil by Melanie Carter


The panelists will address:

  • How to build a platform that actually supports you and makes you a better writer
  • How to sustain interactive content
  • How to find the time to do all of this stuff AND write


New for 2012 Conference: The Marketplace

July 26th, 2012

Annual Conference vendors







In response to numerous requests from attendees over the years, JRW is planning a Conference Marketplace to provide a location for exhibitors and attendees to interact.  (more…)

Sponsor a JRW Conference Speaker

July 24th, 2012

Robert Goolrick and Constance Costas







At James River Writers’ 2011 conference, I had the honor of sponsoring author Robert Goolrick whose first novel, The Reliable Wife, had reached blockbuster status. JRW was test-driving the author sponsorship concept and I was their first donor-sponsor. Lucky me.


Pitchapalooza Winner Tells His Story

July 21st, 2012

Kevin Henrahan and his canine comrade in arms









In a recent blog post, Kevin Hanrahan shared how JRW’s 2011 conference played a role in his efforts to publish his book about dogs in the military. Kevin won Pitchapalooza, but that’s just part of the journey.

Five Writers Looking For a Group

July 20th, 2012

Writers Wednesday July 2012







We all must admit that life often gets in the way of our passions, despite our best intentions.  That special talent — like writing for example — gets smothered beneath the daily checklist of work, family, paying the bills, and making sure the boundaries of our lives haven’t changed.  At least, that’s what happens to me, despite making new resolutions to commit myself to my writing.

So I walked into a recent Writers Wednesday at the Capital Ale House in Midlothian feeling … well, like a penitent going to confession.  After my last WW, I had been determined to get a draft together and head out into the gauntlet of a new critique group.  But the months had passed swiftly without any action on my part.  Would my fellow writers sympathize with my false starts?


June 2012 Writing Show Recap: Many Paths to Publication: What Avenue is Right for You?

July 7th, 2012
Rosemary Rawlins, Dave Smitherman, and Robin Sullivan

Rosemary Rawlins, Dave Smitherman, and Robin Sullivan

In his recent commencement address to the University of the Arts, Neil Gaiman talked to students about the publishing world they would be facing. “No one knows what the landscape will look like two years from now, let alone a decade away,” he described. The situation was “on the one hand, intimidating and on the other, immensely liberating.”

A diverse group of panelists offered their view of the changing landscape for authors at The Writing Show on June 28. “Even though there are a finite number of publishing opportunities, no two writers’ journeys are the same,” moderator David Kazzie said in his opening remarks. (more…)