Best Unpublished Novel Contest is open Wine Table Tuesday, a fundraiser to benefit James River Writers Fairytales, Folklore, and Stories That Endure A New Master Class: Play Before You Write Save Your gift builds community. Make a donation today.

News and Events

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.


July 2014 Writing Show: Stretching the Limits of Young Adult Literature

June 27th, 2014

July’s writing show welcomes the participation of the JRW Youth Advisory Board in discussing the limits or parameters of Young Adult literature.

Are there any topics in YA books that are taboo? Any lines in the sand that a YA author shouldn’t cross? If YA can tackle all manner of adult themes, then what differentiates it as young adult? Explore these topics and more with a panel of YA authors and members of JRW’s Youth Advisory Board.

Recap by Kellie Larsen Murphy


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 2014 Writing Show: Stretching the Limits of Young Adult Literature 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 2014 Writing Show: Put Your Characters on the Couch: Psychoanalyze Your Fiction Recap

June 11th, 2014

by Kellie Larsen Murphy

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…)

June 2014 Writing Show: Put Your Characters on the Couch: Psychoanalyze Your Fiction

June 9th, 2014

Writing Show Logo

Does your protagonist have multiple personalities when you only meant for them to have one? Is your novel full of cardboard cutouts being yanked around by a plot? Perhaps your villain is merely neurotic but you were trying for a sociopath. No matter your genre, your understanding of the human psyche is crucial to writing compelling fiction. Learn the art of writing authentic, complex characters that come alive for your reader with authors Jon Sealy and Cleve Lamison and psychoanalyst Ted Petrocci.

Recap by Kellie Larsen Murphy

June 26, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students