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A New Chapter For Anne Westrick

February 15th, 2013

A writer often faces a solo journey filled with uncertainty, self-doubt and even frustration. Sometimes the right words or necessary inspiration are not readily at her fingertips. Fortunately at James River Writers there are people who understand and are there to help, and one of those has been Anne Westrick. Anne has been an integral part of this organization for seven years. Her career at JRW went from volunteer to Conference Chair to her last role as Administrative Director, from which she resigned in January 2013.

Anne is a published author, wife, mother, and–as many people have testified–an invaluable contributor to this organization. “James River Writers has a great reputation in the Richmond community, and I think one of the reasons is because we have had Anne’s smiling face making each person who comes into contact with JRW feel valued and appreciated,” said Katharine Herndon, Executive Director of JRW.

During her lunch break, Anne graciously shared her thoughts about JRW and life in general. (more…)

Thinking about Attending the February Writing Show?

February 11th, 2013

Julie Geen
Moderator of the February Writing Show

How Screenwriting Helped My Novel

When I first started writing screenplays, I was pretty sure I was going to Hollywood.  It took me three scripts and a near miss with selling one of them to finally accept that perhaps it wasn’t going to happen. But I don’t regret one single, delusional minute of those years. (more…)

February 2013 Writing Show: Beyond Hollywood: Local and Indie Filmmakers Talk About Their Craft

February 8th, 2013

The Writing Show

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Pencil by Sheri Blume


Richmond International Film Festival partners with JRW to bring you an evening with screenwriters, directors and producers. Whether you’re a movie lover, aspiring screenwriter or a writer looking to recycle your unpublished novel, enjoy an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the business and craft of getting a script produced.

January 2013 Writing Show Recap: Bookstore Battle Plan

February 5th, 2013

JRW launched its 2013 season of the Writing Show by discussing ways writers can work with bookstores to better sell their work. “Bookstore Battle Plan” featured speakers Kat Spears from the Library of Virginia Bookshop, Elizabeth Gleichman, Assistant General Manager of Books-A-Million and JRW’s own Virginia “Ginny” Pye, whose debut novel comes out in May. JRW Chair Bill Blume moderated the discussion, which focused on what do to and not do when working with booksellers. (more…)

Making a Great Impression with Booksellers

February 1st, 2013

Fountain210Sad but true, the most difficult place to sell a book is in a bookstore. Your book is surrounded by its competition. The bookstore is the war zone, so to get your book noticed, you need a battle plan. More importantly, you need an ally like Fountain Bookstore owner Kelly Justice.

What does it take to work effectively with a bookstore and convince booksellers to want to work with you? Kelly has provided James River Writers and its members a list of the good, the bad and the brilliant things writers should keep in mind when working with booksellers.

Kelly’s Rules for Making a Great Impression as a Writer in Fountain Bookstore