Use what you know and where you come from in fiction. Come to the April 24th Writing Show to learn how to Color Between the Lines. Writers, are you practicing the art of looking? Learn how to see at the April 25th Master Class with Carrie and John Gregory Brown! You were brave enough to self-publish your book. Now, prove it's the best. Enter JRW's inaugural Best Self-Published Novel Contest.

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Twitter Chat with Kristen-Paige Madonia on September 5

August 30th, 2012

Kristen-Paige Madonia







On Wednesday, Sept. 5 from noon to 1:00 PM EDT, author Kristen-Paige Madonia will be available through Twitter to answer questions about writing and her recently-released novel, Fingerprints of You. This is the fourth in a series of Twitter chats with publishing professionals who will participate in James River Writers’ 10th annual conference on Oct. 20-21. (more…)

Howard Owen

August 30th, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

Howard Owen







Howard Owen is the author of 10 novels and is the business editor of The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg.  His first novel, Littlejohn, was written in 1989 when he was 40 and published in 1992. His latest novel, Oregon Hill, was published in July 2012.


The Elements of Edits: From Rough Draft to Published

August 30th, 2012

The Writing Show

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Pencil by Melanie Carter

Video and PDF

Pencil Aimee Agresti Shows Red Ink Behind Debut Novel


The panelists will discuss:

  • The editing process of a debut novel from rough draft to published book, and
  • Editing techniques and how to avoid common mistakes.