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Twitter Chat with Lana Krumwiede: James River Writers Essential Guide to Writers Conference

March 24th, 2014

Please join James River Writers on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET to participate in a Twitter chat with Lana Krumwiede to talk about getting the most out of a writers conference.

Here is how it will work:

  • You will need a Twitter account to talk with Lana during the Twitter chat.
  • Follow James River Writers (@JamesRvrWriters) and Lana Krumwiede (@LanaKrumwiede) before the Twitter chat so that you don’t miss anything.
  • Log into Twitter a few minutes before the chat and enter a search for #JRW14.
  • To start the chat, @JamesRvrWriters will post two or three questions for Lana to answer. At any time you can join the conversation and ask your own question; just be sure to include #JRW14 so your Tweets can be tracked and Lana can respond.
  • You may submit questions by starting them with @LanaKrumwiede, or simply ask your question as a status update in Twitter and include the hashtag #JRW14
Lana Krumwiede

Lana Krumwiede

More About Lana Krumwiede:

Lana Krumwiede serves as the Vice-Chair of James River Writers and is the Conference Chair for the 12th Annual James River Writers Conference. Lana began her writing career by creating stories and poems for publications such as Highlights, High Five, Spider, Babybug, The Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul. Her series The Psi Chronicles (Candlewick Press) tells the story of a boy who lives in a place where everyone has telekinetic powers. Lana has attempted telekinesis many times, particularly when it comes to household chores, but she could never make it work.



The Art of the Narrative: Master Class Series with David L. Robbins Back by Popular Demand

March 13th, 2014

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. Back by popular demand, so reserve your space now! David is generously donating 100% of the proceeds to James River Writers and The Podium Foundation.

Wednesday evenings, 8 sessions
April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30-9:15 p.m.
VCU Honors College, 701 W Grace St





The Hybrid Author: Combining Traditional and Self-publishing

March 13th, 2014

The publishing industry seems to have become split lately, with authors dividing into those that clamor self-publishing is the way of the future, and those that say quality can only be produced by traditional methods. But what if there was a middle way?

Husband-and-wife duo Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris, popular speakers at the 2013 James River Writers conference, are returning to Richmond for the Writing Show to examine the emerging “hybrid author,” adept at combining the flexibility of indie with the exposure of traditional publishing. Bill Blume, author of Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, will moderate the discussion about how writers can find this middle ground and leverage the benefits of both. The second half of the panel welcomes questions from the audience.

The Hybrid Author: Combining Traditional and Self-publishing
Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street (Lowe’s and the Camel have a parking sharing agreement).
$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students



Special Podcast: Plot Mechanics with Pip Ballantine
and Tee Morris

March 10th, 2014

Philippa Ballantine and Tee MorrisIn a few weeks, the husband-and-wife writing team of Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine will invade Richmond and share their writing wisdom. Of course, unless you go to our Writing Show on Thursday night and their Master Class on Friday, you’ll miss it.

Pip and Tee, co-writers of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, are no strangers to Richmond or James River Writers. They also spoke at our annual conference in 2013, and anyone who attended their panels knows they’re well worth the price of admission later this month.

Bill Blume, author of Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, moderated the dynamic steampunk duo on a panel about plot mechanics, and they had a blast. Bill will get a second crack at hosting a discussion with Pip and Tee at our Writing Show on Thursday, March 27th. They’ll be talking about the “Hybrid Author,” and how writers can combine traditional and indie publishing to improve their literary presence and income.

Still need more incentive to go? Well, fine. Here’s an audio sample of what Pip and Tee had to offer attendees at our 2013 conference. After that, go register for the March 27th Writing Show and the March 28th Master Class.


February Writing Show Recap: Storytelling through Filmmaking

March 6th, 2014

Why should you attend the Writing Show? Because we have amazing panelists who  ignite that creative spark.

On February 27, 2014, James River Writers partnered with the Richmond International Film Festival to host the Writing Show, “Behind the Screen: Storytelling through Filmmaking.” Julie Geen moderated a panel of noted screenplay writers and directors from L.A. and Singapore. Each panelist talked about their journey, process, and passion. They held the audience in the palm of their hand. (more…)

Announcing the Inaugural Best Self-published Novel Contest

March 6th, 2014

bookJames River Writers recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors by creating The Best Self-Published Novel Contest, new in 2014. The contest will be conducted in alternating years with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

Contest Details

One first-prize winner will receive $500 and a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference. The winner will be announced in October 2014 at the James River Writers Conference. Press releases will also recognize the winner.

Two finalists each receive $200.


To submit an entry, the author must be a JRW member or a student at a Virginia college or university. Join JRW.

Submissions for the 2014 contest will be accepted from May 1 through July 18, 2014 (postmark deadline of Friday, July 18). *Deadline has been extended from June 30. (more…)