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Meet Literary Agent April Eberhardt

August 27th, 2013

april eberhardt

Recently, JRW Board Member Robin Farmer had a chance to chat with April Eberhardt. Eberhardt is a self-described “literary change agent” who is not wedded to the old model of publishing. She will share her forward-thinking ideas about agenting at the James River Writers Conference when she joins us this October. (more…)

Meet Literary Agent Deborah Grosvenor

August 13th, 2013

Literary Agent Deborah Grosvenor

Want to pitch to the literary agent who discovered Tom Clancy? Deborah Grosvenor saw The Hunt for Red October long before it hit the bookstores shelves. Maybe she’s destined to find her next big client at the James River Writers Conference when she joins us this October. Deborah will be taking pitches and sitting on panels throughout the two-day conference. We were honored when she took a moment to chat with us about the publishing world. (more…)

August 2013 Writing Show: Interviewing Skills: Crime and Punishment Style

August 7th, 2013

The Writing Show

Thursday, August 29, 2013


What do writers get wrong about the justice system from the street cop to solving the case? And how can a writer research for books in the crime and thriller genre?

No matter what you write–memoir, fiction, or non fiction–chances are you will need to interview someone to fill in the gaps in your research.

Recap by Kathleen Sams Flippen


July 2013 Writing Show Recap: Hearts and Minds: Exploring YA Fiction at the Source

August 5th, 2013

Moderator Valley Haggard with panelists Lana Krumwiede and Lucinda WhitehurstIn its second turn at The Camel, the JRW Writing Show this past Thursday, July 25th, featured a two-part look at the booming YA genre. Panelists Lana Krumwiede, author of the middle grade award-winning novel Freakling; and Lucinda Whitehurst, lower school librarian for St. Christopher’s School both offered their unique insights into YA literature. Valley Haggard moderated the discussion.

The panelists tackled the definition of Young Adult, or YA. Lana commented that the label can mean different things depending on location, e.g. library vs. bookstore. Lucinda and Lana offered a guideline of YA as being for ages 12 and up and middle grade ages 7-11, though Lucinda added that the lines between them are fluid. Lana and Lucinda both discussed the age of the protagonist and how that influences the age of the audience.