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! Back by Popular Demand! Register for David L. Robbins' Art of the Narrative Master Class series.

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Short Story Structure and Brainstorming with Nancy Zafris

April 26th, 2013

Nancy Zafras for webAward-winning author, series editor for the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction, and manuscript consultant, Nancy Zafris will offer a fun and challenging workshop examining short story structure and using in-class prompts to generate new work. Over 40 stories written in Nancy’s workshops from her unique prompts have been published in print and online journals, including The Kenyon ReviewThe JournalMid-American ReviewStoryQuarterly, and many others.

Friday, May 31
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Note the location change:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Weinstein Room
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Free parking available both behind the building and on the street


The Art of the Narrative with David L. Robbins

April 26th, 2013

David Robbins

Best-selling and award-winning author, professor of creative writing, and co-founder of James River Writers and The Podium Foundation, David L. Robbins will conduct a series of eight short fiction workshops weekly for advanced adult writers. The focus will be on craft, self-editing, and the structural components of good storytelling.

Wednesday evenings, June 12–August 7, 2013
(Class will not meet June 19.)
6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
VCU Honors College
Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 5  (more…)

Road to Publication: Meet Debut Novelist Rhonda Riley

April 18th, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
11:00-12:00 p.m.
Free admission, please register
The University of Richmond Downtown

James River Writers is proud to partner with The Junior League of Richmond to present debut novelist Rhonda Riley to discuss her work, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel, to be published by Harper Collins on April 23, 2013. Author and JRW Chair Bill Blume will moderate a discussion about how Riley sold the novel, the process of finding an agent, and her work with her editor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch calls The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope an “unforgettable novel… filled with memorable characters and passages of startling beauty” (see review). (more…)