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Writers Wednesday

April 27th, 2016

Writers Wednesdays

 

 

 

 

Held on the second Wednesday of every month, Writers Wednesdays is a casual meet and greet for both aspiring and published authors of every genre. We are currently meeting at Ardent Craft Ales in trendy Scott’s Addition, where we can mingle in a vibrant location that is easily accessible.

Spend some time with live characters, make connections, and find inspiration in a friendly, supportive environment.

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5:30-7:30 p.m., second Wednesday of every month

Locations for 2015:

Ardent Craft Ales: 3200 West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230 804-359-1605

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Free admission; just pay for your food and drinks

Update on the Best Self-Published Novel Contest!

April 6th, 2016

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James River Writers recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors by continuing The Best Self-Published Novel Contest, which we started in 2014.

The contest will be conducted in alternating (even) years with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.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 2016 at the James River Writers Conference. Press releases will also recognize the winner.

Two finalists each receive $200.

Rules

To pay the $25 entry fee with a credit card, use the “Register Today” button below. Once you have submitted payment, you will receive a receipt via email. Print your receipt and follow the guidelines below to mail in your submission. To pay with a check, follow the guidelines below.

Contest is currently closed. 

To submit an entry, the author must be a resident of Virginia, or a full-time student at a Virginia college or university, or a James River Writers member. (Out-of-state writers may enter the contest by becoming members. You may join at the same time as paying your entry fee by using the “Register Today” button above or by including an additional $40 in your check amount.) (more…)

May 2016 Writing Show: Editing for Emotional Impact

April 2nd, 2016

Editing for Emotional Impact graphic - a lightning bolt hitting a treeEditors and agents are looking for a book they can fall in love with. They want a character they care about and a story that makes them feel something. But how does an author accomplish that? May’s Writing Show is all about identifying important moments in your story and nailing them. We’ll talk about big issues like pacing and voice, and we’ll talk about zooming in on a scene and capitalizing on opportunities for surprise, humor, or emotional intensity. Published authors will share their secrets for tapping into emotions that will bring heart to any story.

 

 

SPEAKERS

Anne Blankman, Sadeqa Johnson, Ginger Moran, and Moderator Robin Farmer

Anne Blankman, Sadeqa Johnson, Ginger Moran, and Moderator Robin Farmer

 

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Date:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Time:
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)

 

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Location:
Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street

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Price:
$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

 

SPEAKERS’ BIOS

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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction. www.anneblankman.com

 

 

Sadeqa Johnson profile photoSadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction. Second House From the Corner is her second novel and was released on February 9th. She’s been living in Richmond for 11 months and so far she loves it, except when the schools close for an of inch of snow! www.sadeqajohnson.net

 

Ginger Moran profile photoGinger Moran is a teacher, published writer, and single mom of two boys. Her areas of expertise are in fiction and creative nonfiction writing, editing, and creative survival. With a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, Ginger teaches fiction and memoir writing at the university level and with private clients. She has published in Salon.com, Oxford American, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Feminist Studies among other journals and magazines. Her first novel, The Algebra of Snow, was nominated for a Pushcart Editor’s Choice Award.

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Robin Farmer profile photoRobin Farmer is a freelance professional writer, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, TheRoot.com, College of William and Mary Alumni Magazine, Richmond Magazine, and Black MBA Magazine. She has written thousands of stories as a reporter for the Hartford Courant and The Richmond Times Dispatch.  Her investigative projects and education coverage led to her selection as one of 12 American journalists chosen for a year of customized study and international travel as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. Robin has taught journalism and lectured at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a seasoned storyteller, she also enjoys writing screenplays and is a member of the Virginia Screenwriters Forum.

April 2016 Writing Show: Raising the Bard: What Every Writer Can Learn from William Shakespeare

April 1st, 2016

Characters we care about. Lively dialogue. Conspiracy. Murder. Politics. Love. Sex. Ghosts. No, we’re not talking about an editor’s wish list. April’s Writing Show is all about Shakespeare. The legendary playwright is now regarded as “refined” and “literary,” but we often forget that he wrote for the mass medium of his day. There’s a lot the bard can teach writers about storytelling, not to mention poetry.

Join us for a panel moderated by Rebekah L. Pierce and find out what you can learn from the world’s most beloved wordsmith.

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Date:
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Time:
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)

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Location:
Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street

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Price:
$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

Click here to register today!

 

 

SPEAKERS

Addie Barnhart, Education Director for the Quill Theatre

Addie Barnhart is a graduate of the M.F.A Acting program at Louisiana State University, where she had
Photo of Addie Barnhart the pleasure of working with Swine Palace as a resident ensemble member in the Shakespeare focused company. After receiving her B.F.A from Missouri State University, Addie worked across the U.S. as an actor, director, and teaching artist, specifically working with young people to build community, foster creativity and teach life skills while devising work and exploring the classics. Currently, she serves as the education director for Quill Theatre, where she recently directed the educational tour of Romeo and Juliet. She will be playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice this summer at Agecroft Hall. Before relocating to Richmond, Addie produced, wrote, and starred in her own solo show The Weight of Smoke, a play adapted from stories of eight characters from Greek Mythology.

Matt Davies, Actor, Director, Assistant Professor

Matt Davies is an Assistant Professor in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin and a professional actor and director of twenty years standing in the UK and the US. An associate director of renowned Shakespeare company Actors From The London Stage, Matt has been touring the States since 1999.

Photo of Matt DaviesHe began his graduate studies at UT Austin in 2004 and defended his Ph.D dissertation in the summer of 2012. Earning three fellowships and a graduate teaching award while at UT, Matt also continued working professionally in the city’s vibrant theater community. Alongside UK national acting awards for two new works, Our Boys and Misconceptions, Matt has received numerous B. Iden Payne and Critics Circle awards and nominations for his classical work for Texas theater companies Austin Shakespeare, Hidden Room, and the Chekhov-based Breaking String, of which he is a founding member. Matt has directed both the classics and new works in London, Glasgow, Houston, and Austin.

Moderator Rebekah L. Pierce

Photo of Rebekah L. Pierce  Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play,The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York. Rebekah is on the Board of James River Writers.