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Phaedra Hise

September 27th, 2012

What JRW  Means to Me

Phaedra Hise







Phaedra Hise, a founding member of James River Writers,  is the senior editor for COLLOQUY. Previously, she was a contributor to Fortune Small Business, a staff writer for Inc., and a contributing editor for Virginia Living. Her award-winning work has been anthologized and published in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Salon, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, and Smithsonian Air & Space. She has written five books, most recently The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter, published in 2011. (more…)

Michele J. Rolle

September 25th, 2012

Michele J. Rolle is a mammography health care specialist in Richmond and has been compassionately committed for more than 25 years to educating and mentoring women in the value of breast health. Her article “The Power of Caring for Others” on domestic violence was recently published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch weekly feature “In her Shoes.”

In her debut memoir, Invisible WarriorMichele provides a valuable, historical account of growing up as an African American in New York’s failed housing experiment from the early 1960s until the late 1970s. Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, caught up with Michele on the eve of her book launch in September 2012.  (more…)

Upcoming Twitter Chats with Conference Speakers

September 25th, 2012

2012 Conference Twitter Chats





Can’t wait for James River Writers’ 10th annual conference? Join us for the next series of fun and fast-paced Twitter chats with five of the conference panelists.


Jason Tesauro

September 22nd, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

Jason Tesauro







Jason Tesauro co-authored with Phineas Mollod The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice; The Modern Lover: A Playbook for Suitors, Spouses & Ringless Carousers; and The Modern Gentleman Second Edition. As contributor to The New York Times and Sommelier Journal, Jason is also an award-winning journalist and his lifestyle columns have appeared in Men’s Health, Maxim, The Sunday Paper in Atlanta, and Richmond Magazine. He’s also a guest expert on the TBS show Trends With Benefits.

For his testimonial, Jason waxes poetic about James River Writers and the value of literary arts in Richmond:

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JRW Wins Amazing Raise Incentive … Thank You!

September 21st, 2012

Amazing Raise 2012








The Amazing Raise, GiveRichmond’s 36-hour give-a-thon, is over. Thanks to our supporters, we raised $2,100. We were also among the first 20 organizations that received 25 new donations this afternoon, earning us an extra $1,000!

This is the second year for The Amazing Raise, an online event that provides an opportunity for people who care about the Greater Richmond region to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in less than two days. More than $1 million was raised this year … Richmonders are a generous bunch!

Robert Hartley

September 12th, 2012

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In a deep hole I had been living 12 years. And I had climbed up out of that hole, and it was a long way upward, that climb. Looking back is scary:  the depth of that hole. We’ll be nice and call it the “cave.”

By 2008, when brain damage had finally been diagnosed and treated, I regained my focus to finish the manuscript of a book begun many years before.

I learned to send an e-mail, and even an attachment, and this constituted my social contact with the world. Then Sarah and I heard about a writers’ group in Richmond called James River Writers. (more…)