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April 2015 Writing Show Recap – The Author Website: Build It To Build A Following

May 26th, 2015
Kellie Larsen Murphy

Kellie Larsen Murphy

By Kellie Larson Murphy

Somewhere along the line, every writer is told they need a platform. Along with that advice comes the knowledge that a platform includes social media and specifically, a website. The April Writers Show hosted a panel including an award-winning author, a publishing industry professional, and a web programmer (acting as moderator) to explain.

 

 

Justine Schofield is the development director of Pubslush, a pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order option to authors and publishers. Justine_Headshot smA writer at heart, Justine received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. A prominent voice in the publishing industry and an advocate for educating authors and publishers about crowdfunding, she is a regular contributor to The Future of Ink, Business Banter, and more.

 

 

A.B. (Anne) Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Viking 2013), winner of the AB Westrick sm2014 Jefferson Cup Award, the Housatonic Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Award, and the Notable Trade Book Award. Brotherhood also made the ALA’s 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. From 2006-2012, Anne was JRW’s Administrative Director. She lives near Richmond, VA, and blogs once a month about the craft of writing. www.abwestrick.com (more…)

July Master Classes on Using Scrivener Writing Tools

May 10th, 2015

INTRO CLASS TO SCRIVENER – July 29th

ADVANCED CLASS + SELF-PUBLISHING WITH SCRIVENER – July 30th

WHAT IS SCRIVENER?

Scrivener is a flexible word processor and project management tool geared toward helping writers plan, structure, compose, and revise long documents. Store and view research materials (including images, webpages, and PDFs) alongside your writing, or use the distraction-free mode to keep focused. Organize your work from a bird’s-eye view with the outliner or corkboard.

INSTRUCTOR:

headshot_jhughesJennifer Hughes provides Q&A, customer tech support, and other odds and ends for Literature & Latte, developer of the popular writing software Scrivener and Scapple. She was the technical editor for Pearson’s Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide and contributed to editing Wiley’s Scrivener for Dummies. Outside of work, she uses Scrivener for everything from writing novels to organizing recipes.

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Emyl Jenkins Award Nominations Still Open!

May 9th, 2015

Emyl Jenkins 1941-2010

To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who passed away in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an outstanding individual who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.

An advocate for writers and their readers, Emyl had a knack for connecting both people and organizations. She shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered. She encouraged writers at all levels, especially fledglings trying to get those first words down on the page. Her generous spirit and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and, like ripples in a pond, her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.

Award Details – Deadline Extended to September 1, 2016

Any Virginia individual is eligible, except for members of the JRW board of directors, the advisory board, or staff.

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