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September 13, Books & Brews

June 28th, 2014

Print Are you a Barley Literati?  A quaffer of malts as well as a writer of manuscripts? Do you enjoy a good beerloquium?  Have you formed a card catalogue cross-referencing every mention of blossom-infused brewed beverages from Gilgamesh to A Fan’s Notes and all through the Game of Thrones series?

If so, or even if you just enjoy a refreshing ale with friends, James River Writers has an event for you: our first Books & Brews bus tour of some of Central Virginia’s finest craft breweries.


Jennifer Drummond Talks About Her Volunteer Experience

June 12th, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Jennifer Drummond interviewed new, continuing, and outgoing volunteers about their experience with James River Writers, what they are reading, and their current writing projects.

Today, we turned the tables on Jennifer, a long-time and very busy JRW volunteer, as Executive Director Katharine Herndon asked her about her volunteerism.

Katharine: Tell us what your role was with JRW, how long you volunteered, and what that job was like.

Jennifer: I have been the newsletter editor and then I started doing only parts of the newsletter- Get Your Word On. That has been the bulk of my volunteer work at JRW since 2012. I have also volunteered for two Writers Conferences sponsored by JRW. I enjoyed working with the people. (more…)

July Writing Show Recap

June 12th, 2014

By Kellie Larsen Murphy

Stretching the Boundaries of Young Adult Literature

Kellie Larsen Murphy

Kellie Larsen Murphy

YA books are not just for kids anymore. It’s not only due to J.K. Rowling or The Hunger Games, but also the result of some incredible writing and great storytelling. July’s writing show introduced us to two of those authors, Kat Spears and Kristen-Paige Madonia.

Kat Spears has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three freeloading kids. Her first YA novel, Sway, will be published in September by St. Martin’s Griffin.


June Writing Show Recap

June 11th, 2014

by Kellie Larsen Murphy

Put Your Characters on the Couch: Psychoanalyze Your Fiction

The June Writing Show played to a nearly packed house at the Broadberry on a beautiful evening this June. Attendees were treated to a lively panel moderated by young adult author Gigi Amateau. The three panelists included Cleve Lamison, an actor, screenwriter, and novelist; Jon Sealy, a short story writer and novelist; and Ted Petrocci, a licensed mental health professional with over thirty years as a psychotherapist, trainer, and educator. (more…)

Four Members on Why They Volunteer

June 2nd, 2014

One of James River Writers’ busier volunteer members, Jennifer Drummond, took some time to ask other active members about their volunteer and reading/writing experiences.  Here are their responses.

When did you become a volunteer at JRW and how many hours per week or month will you be volunteering?

Janet Woolridge:  I am a new volunteer! I just took over co-editing GYWO from you! I am also doing the Literary Events Calendar since Cathy (Allen) moved on, too. I think Sheila said the time estimate was about 20 hrs. a month.

Cathy Short: I recently became a volunteer and will be working as a greeter at the Writing Shows.

Kellie Larsen Murphy

Kellie Larsen Murphy

Kellie Larsen Murphy:  I just recently became a volunteer in the last several weeks. My volunteering assignments currently are to recap the next Writing Show and do some editing/proofreading when necessary. I would say it’s only about 5-10 hours per month.

Erin Cundiff: I attended my first JRW conference in 2005 and began volunteering by collecting items for the totebags for the 2006 conference.  In January 2007, I was hired as a staff member of JRW serving as bookkeeper and conference registrar, assisting Anne Westrick with various JRW tasks and managing the ever-growing spreadsheet of JRW members.  As bookkeeper from 2007-2013, I had the privilege of working with and learning from writers serving as treasurer on JRW’s board, including Phaedra Hise, Gigi Amateau, Shawna Christos, and Lee Gimpel. (more…)