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David Robbins Master Class

January 16th, 2015

The third Art of the Narrative Master Class is being offered by NY Times bestselling author and professor of creative writing, David L. Robbins. The class will go for eight sessions, and focus on the structure of good story-telling. David RobbinsRobbins will guide students through the writing and workshopping of several short fiction pieces. Instructional emphasis will not be on the imagination – the finding of the story inside the author – but on the actual craft, technique and skills needed to tell each story.
The two prior master class groups have remarked that David’s classes are not only informative and eye-opening but fun and a little crazy as well!

Admission is limited to only 12 spots. The class fee is $500 ($550 for non-JRW members) and may be tax deductible as the entire amount will be donated to The Podium Foundation and James River Writers. (Please consult your tax advisor to be certain.) A non-refundable $250 deposit is due by March; remainder due by April 23. (Deposit will be refunded only if the minimum number of 8 seats is not filled.)

Dates: Thursdays, March 19 -May 14
Times: 6:30 – 9:15pm
Location: VCU Honors College, 700 W. Grace St., RVA

David L. Robbins is the author of twelve successful novels. His work has been published around the world, and at the conclusion of this workshop, he will jet off to Vietnam in pursuit of his thirteenth. He has won awards for screenwriting, essays, and his novels, and his second stage play, Sam & Carol, will be produced in Richmond this April by Henley Street Theatre. In addition to serving as co-founder for James River Writers and The Podium Foundation, David has partnered with the Virginia War Memorial to found The Mighty Pen Project, a writing program for veterans and military family members. His website is

Click here to register today!

January 2015 Writing Show: Writing Romance Like Jane Austen

January 8th, 2015

James River Writers and The Jane Austen Society of North America Central Virginia Region kick off the 2015 Writing Show with “Writing Romance like Jane Austen.”

Geared for readers and writers, this panel discussion will tackle Jane Austen’s influence on modern romantic fiction authors’ style and work. The panelists will review romantic genres, discuss writing believable romantic scenes, and explain why writing and reading romance is popular with both men and women.