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Remembering Emyl Jenkins

March 21st, 2013

Just Ten Days Left to Submit Emyl Jenkins Award Nominations

by Shawna Christos
JRW Board Member

Emyl Jenkins 1941-2010Being asked to write about Emyl Jenkins and the James River Writers award named for her has not been an easy task for me, many words have been written and many more deleted. These are the best ones I could find to try to explain the Emyl I knew, and why the JRW Award named for her is important.

She was so multi-faceted and involved in so many organizations and with so many people that I’m sure everyone thinks of her a bit differently. From her beloved garden, antiques, and work with several organizations, as well as her own writing and books, Emyl never seemed to slow down much. With all this, she also was never failing in her support and encouragement of other writers, no matter their age, no matter where they were in their writing skills or endeavors. (more…)

February 2013 Writing Show Recap: Beyond Hollywood

March 6th, 2013

201302WritShow01aFor February’s Writing Show, JRW partnered with the Richmond International Film Festival to present a panel of local and indie filmmakers: Imogene Drummond, Michael Gibrall, Brent Martz, Scott Mathias, and Ron Newcomb. Julie Geen moderated the discussion. Panelists tackled major topics like dialogue, plot and pacing and more film-specific questions about spec vs. shooting scripts. During the second half of the show, attendees had the opportunity to pitch their own script ideas to the panel. (more…)

March 2013 Writing Show: Killing Your Darlings: How to Handle Violence in Your Stories

March 3rd, 2013

The Writing Show

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Pencil by Sheila Sheppard Lovelady


When it comes to showing violence in your story, how much is too much? Whether you’re writing about a soldier on the battlefield or a shooting at a school, there’s a fine line between showing your reader what’s happening and being insensitive to those who suffer these experiences in the real world. At this month’s Writing Show, we’ll show you how to keep your story exciting without resorting to exploitation.

Some “Goodreads” from JRW

March 1st, 2013

GoodreadsLogo02One sure way to improve your writing is to read–a lot. You also need to read outside your comfort zone. If you plan to write fantasy, and fantasy is all you ever read, then your writing will never be more than a mirror.

Starting today, James River Writers will help you broaden your reading options with our first ever reading group on Each month we plan to select two books. One will be intended for adult readers with a second book focused on younger audiences. The books will feature some of our past and upcoming speakers from our annual Writers Conference and monthly Writing Show. Whenever possible, we plan to invite the writers and editors to join us in the discussion on the message boards. (more…)