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What I Learned at the JRW Conference: Day One

October 26th, 2012

I held my hands in front of me as if in prayer, waiting for the speaker’s next words, on my first morning at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. I wasn’t alone; the others in the conference room sat in the same reverent position.

In front of us, the poet Allan Wolf told us to imagine that our closed palms were the book that we would write or would eventually occur to us. “Now open it with me and gasp in wonder,” Wolf said.  All of us opened our hands in unison and gasped.  The moment was punctuated by embarrassed laughter and nervous smiles to the people around us.  But nonetheless, the 2012 James River Writers Conference began with a writer’s affirmation of faith in the act of creation.  (more…)

Post-Conference Buzz

October 24th, 2012

Scene from JRW 2012 Conference








For those who have attended James River Writers’ annual conference, you’ll be familiar with the buzz of inspiration and creativity that comes home with you … and hopefully sticks around for a while!

This year’s conference, which marked our 10th anniversary of connecting writers and readers, appears to have had the same effect on a number of attendees who have blogged about the event: (more…)

Day One in Pictures

October 21st, 2012

Here are some pictures from the first day of the 2012 JRW Annual Conference … if you snapped any today, leave a comment and we’ll add them to the mix! (more…)

2012 Virginia Literary Festival

October 18th, 2012

The James River Writers Conference has always attracted special guests and highlighted interesting events. But this year, JRW is fortunate to be a part of the Virginia Literary Festival, a weeklong celebration of Richmond’s writing community organized by the Library of Virginia.  Beginning Wednesday, October 17, the Festival will feature writing workshops, lectures, literary awards, and the JRW conference. (more…)

Conference Sneak Peek

October 18th, 2012

JRW Conference Flyer









It has been 10 years since James River Writers held its first conference to bring together writers and readers with literary professionals. To celebrate this milestone, conference organizers have found a new venue, planned many new events, and created new opportunities for attendees to connect.  (more…)

Jeri Watts

October 16th, 2012

What JRW Means to Me

Jeri Watts








Jeri Watts worked as a public school teacher for 27 years. She has written numerous short stories as well as the picture book Keepers. Kizzy Ann Stamps is her first middle-grade novel. She is currently an assistant professor at Lynchburg College.

Jeri will be a speaker at the 2012 JRW Annual Conference. She recently shared how this event contributed to her writing career. (more…)