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Thanks to Everyone Who Made JRWC13 a Success!

October 29th, 2013

Over 325 writers converged in Richmond last weekend for three days of exploring the craft, business, and community of writing. Thank you to our speakers, moderators, vendors, and attendees for bringing to life the 2013 James River Writers Conference and continuing the 11-year tradition. We’re already processing your feedback to build the 2014 Conference! (more…)

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October 16th, 2013





As we prepare for the 11th Annual James River Writers Conference on October 19-20 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of hundreds of attendees and dozens of speakers, ready to exchange tips, confess struggles, and forge relationships that will fuel literary successes yet untold. We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered! To those of you still on the fence, check out what you risk missing: Chip Kidd, Christopher McDougall, Carey Albertine and other speakers on Saturday, First Pages Critiques and Pitchapalooza on Sunday, and a weekend full of inspiration and connection. Learn more and register.


Chip Kidd’s TED talk on book design has been viewed over 775,000 times and was called one of the funniest of 2012.  Meet the King of Covers in person at JRWC13. He will present “Fail Better,” in which he recounts examples from his career of over a quarter-century where he failed utterly and used those circumstances as an opportunity to do something better than he did in the first place. After the usual process of drinking and crying, of course.


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September 2013 Writing Show Recap: Unearthing the true story of the Hatfields and McCoys feud

October 5th, 2013

Moonshine—when not inspiring fist-fights and gunshots—can loosen a good story.

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, a jug of the notorious libation found its way from hand to hand on the stage of the Camel in Richmond, VA. Taking sips and swapping tales were Dean King, local bestselling author of The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story; Geoff Shandler, King’s editor from Little, Brown and Company in New York City, and Darrell Fetty, Hollywood producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning mini-series, The Hatfields & McCoys. “Warring Words, Endless Possibilities: The Hatfields & McCoys from Bookstore to Reality TV” was the last Writing Show of James River Writers’ 2013 season, and it was indeed a show-stopper.

King described his years of original research, including documents and interviews with relatives of both families. He unearthed anecdotes that shed new light and brought vivid detail to the tangled saga. (more…)