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Guidelines for E-newsletter and Literary Events Calendar submissions

May 28th, 2013

Get Your Word On is the twice-monthly e-newsletter of James River Writers, co-edited by volunteer Jennifer Drummond and Program Director Sheila Sheppard Lovelady. Volunteer Cathy Allen edits the Literary Events Calendar. Please sign-up for Get Your Word On today if you haven’t already!

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River of Dust: The Gritty Truth About Editing

May 24th, 2013

The Writing Show

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Pencil by Kevin Yuan


Have you reached the point when you can’t look at your manuscript a moment longer? It may be time for a fresh pair of eyes—and not just anyone’s. But what does working with a professional editor entail, and how will you feel about the result?

The latest in James River Writer’s Writing Show series delves deep into the editing process that resulted in the publication of Virginia Pye’s debut novel. River of Dustselected as an Indie Next Pick and to be released on May 14, has been hailed by Annie Dillard as “terrific, tremendous, wonderful…a strong, beautiful, deep book.”

Pye, local to Richmond, and her editor, visiting award-winning author Nancy Zafris, a manuscript consultant and series editor for the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction, will share the details of their successful collaboration. Patty Smith, a short fiction and nonfiction writer and teacher, will moderate the discussion about what had to change and Pye’s 20-year writing journey.


8 Reasons to Come to JRW’s 8th Annual June on the James Soirée

May 23rd, 2013

On Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., friends and fans of James River Writers will once again gather at Dominion’s beautiful Riverfront Complex, 120 Tredegar Street to celebrate all things literary. We hope you’ll join us!

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Don’t miss the chance to…

1. Rub elbows with famous writers, past and present.

2. Have your fortune told by a literary muse.

3. Bid on unique items in our best-ever silent auction.

4. Enjoy tasty food and beverages.

5. Celebrate the winners of the Emyl Jenkins Award and the finalists of JRW’s Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

6. Watch artist Eugene Vango capture the scene on canvas.

7. Channel your next character with fun costume and photo opportunities by Mara Dovis Photography, and hear the sweet tunes of the Cary Street Ramblers.

8. Feel good knowing you are making JRW’s literary programs possible!


Reserve your space today!


We extend a special thanks to our event chair, Shann Palmer, and to our Hosts and Sponsors.