2015 Writing Show Season Announced

TWritingShow_logoColorJames River Writers is shaking up The Writing Show with a new venue, a new day, and best of all, a new partner.

For 2015, in order to better align with our other programming, The Writing Show will be held on the last Wednesday of the month from January through September.

As part of a new partnership with Firehouse Theatre, The Writing Show will be held in the theatre space at 1609 West Broad Street beginning in February. This Partnership may lead to some new and exciting programs in the future.

For January, the Writing Romance Like Jane Austen program will be held at the Broadberry (2729 West Broad Street).

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The Writing Show Season Pass: Nine Shows for One Great Price!

TWritingShow_logoColorIn 2015, James River Writers will once again bring you nine months of its popular, long-running program, The Writing Show. Held on the last Wednesday of every month from January through September, The Writing Show brings together published authors, literary professionals, aspiring writers, and book nerds to offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing.

Best described as Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list, The Writing Show is entertaining, interactive, inspiring, and fun. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge your commitment to your craft once a month, and attending a variety of Writing Shows is also a great way to become part of the James River Writers community! A season pass is $80, a savings of up to 30% off the “at the door” price. (more…)

James River Writers Conference 2014: Thanks for Coming!

 

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Visit our 2014 James River Writers Conference Home Page to learn all about the engaging speakers, informative panels, and hands-on Master Classes we brought to Richmond October 17-19! Thanks to everyone who made 2014 such a wonderful event.

Stay tuned for 2015. We’re already planning a great 13th conference.

Pitching in the Big Leagues

Being ready with a pitch—a concise, compelling description of your book—is especially important at writing conferences because you will have opportunities, either spontaneous or scheduled, to talk about your book with publishing professionals. These opportunities might be casual; in fact, the best opportunities are always the organic ones. An editor might be sitting at your lunch table, or perhaps you meet an author who asks about your current project. Other opportunities are more formal, such as scheduled consultations. You might have a chance to pitch in a one-on-one appointment with a literary agent or editor, in a small-group setting, or in a large pitch contest.

"The Book Doctors" Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

“The Book Doctors” Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

At the James River Writers Conference, our pitch contest is called “Pitchapalooza.” It’s run by The Book Doctors, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, who do Pitchapalooza events all over the country.

Whatever the circumstances of your pitching moment, preparation empowers you to shine. (more…)

New at the 2014 James River Writers Conference: Critiques!

One of the unique aspects of the James River Writers Conference is that it has something for everyone. No matter what the next step in your writing journey may be, you will find something helpful at the conference. Our job is to help you meet your writing goals. With this in mind, we’ve added a new opportunity to the conference this year: critiques.

Ann Rittenberg

Ann Rittenberg

Over the years, people have told us how much they love the chance to meet one-on-one with an agent or editor. Unlike other conferences, this meeting is offered to conference goers without any extra fee. The one-on-one appointments are designed to give writers an opportunity to pitch their latest manuscript to a publishing professional. However, we also know that some writers are not quite ready to pitch; they would rather work on their craft a bit more. That’s where critiques come in. (more…)

How to Lose an Agent in 10 Steps

John Cusick

John Cusick

Toeing the fine line between being charmingly persistent and annoyingly invasive can be tough to do, especially if you don’t really know where that line is.  To make it all a little tougher, each agent probably has a different definition and those definitions may change depending on who called before you did.

However, there are some behaviors that agents complain about among themselves.

Join New York literary agent John Cusick to learn how to avoid these mistakes at all costs. Kristi Tuck Austin will moderate the discussion about the ins and outs of building a strong relationship with your agent and how to make sure your book makes it to the top of the slush pile. (more…)

September 13, Books & Brews

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.

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July Writing Show Recap

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.

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June Writing Show Recap

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…)