March Master Class: Play Before You Write

Deepening Your Story & Escaping Writer’s Block through Pre-writing

with Solveig Eggerz

Solveig Eggerz profile picDiscover the meaning or “aboutness” of your story through pre-writing. Participants will experiment with several pre-writing methods focused on protagonist, place, and conflict, experiencing how each exercise deepens the meaning of the story and paves the way to a confident first draft. Participants will come away with an understanding of the pre-writing process as well as the beginnings of a good story.

A native of Iceland, Solveig Eggerz is the author of Seal Woman, an award-winning novel informed by the selkie legend. For many years she told folk and fairy tales in schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Using a blend of told and written story, she teaches writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD as well as “Sharing our Stories,” a writing program for individuals emerging from difficult circumstances. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Catholic University. Her writing has appeared in such places as The Northern Virginia Review, Delmarva Review, Palo Alto Review.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Visual Arts Center 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Price: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
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Thank you to the Visual Arts Center for partnering with us on this Master Class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Writing Show: Fairytales, Folklore & Stories that Endure

Fairytales and folklore are a part of our storytelling culture from our earliest days of childhood, yet these tales as old as time are still as relevant as ever. How can they teach us about writing stories that will endure over time? How can we borrow their themes, motifs, and characters and create them anew? How do they shed light upon who we are? This panel packed with award-winning literary talent will be sure to illuminate, educate, and inspire.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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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)

 

You might also be interested in the Thursday, March 30, Master Class with Solveig Eggerz

Play Before You Write: Deepening Your Story & Escaping Writer’s Block through Pre-writing

 

Click here to register today!

SPEAKERS

Susann Cokal
Susann Cokal profile picSusann Cokal is the author of the 2014 Printz Honor book, The Kingdom of the Little Wounds, which has been described as “Game of Thrones meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales.” She holds two PhD’s: one from Berkeley in comparative literature and one from Binghamton University in creative writing. Susann has published critical work on writers such as Jeanette Winterson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Georges Bataille and currently reviews fiction for The New York Times Book Review. She moved to Richmond in 2004 to teach creative writing and contemporary literature at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Harry Heckel
Harry Heckel profile picHarry Heckel started by writing pen and paper roleplaying games, notably for White Wolf Game Studio, before moving into novels. As Lee Lightner, he co-authored two Space Wolf novels set in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently half of the writing team of Jack Heckel, and under that name has written The Charming Tales series from Harper Voyager Impulse. His latest novel from Harper is The Dark Lord, a parody of epic fantasy, stuffed with geek references. He is currently writing the next book in the series, The Darker Lord, and preparing for The Darkest Lord, both scheduled for release in 2018. He also has a few independent novels under his own name and does freelance work for roleplaying, board game and miniature wargame companies. He lives in central Virginia with his wife, daughter and two cats. He can be found at www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com.

Solveig Eggerz

Solveig Eggerz profile picSolveig Eggerz, a native of Iceland, is the author of Seal Woman, an award-winning novel informed by the selkie legend. For many years she told folk and fairy tales in schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Using a blend of told and written story, she teaches writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD as well as “Sharing our Stories,” a writing program for individuals emerging from difficult circumstances. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Catholic University. Her writing has appeared in such places as The Northern Virginia Review, Delmarva Review, Palo Alto Review.

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Douglas Jones 
Douglas Jones profile picDouglas Jones has written and seen produced more than forty plays and screenplays. BBC’s Bernard Mayes cited Jones’s “ability to write in ways which are appealing to the general population without condescension, and focus on the essentials without sugaring the pill.” A Richmond News-Leader critic said Jones’s work for young audiences “has a fascination with the infinite expressiveness and flexibility of the English language that rivals Sesame Street.” And J. Christie noted that Jones’s plays combine “the rhythms of Gilbert and Sullivan, references and rhymes from countless familiar tales, and a bit of the late Jim Henson’s gift for finding the inner voices of children.”

Recent projects include a one-act play Frankenstein Lives!, which aired on Virginia’s PBS stations, and four films commissioned by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for its 400th Anniversary (currently playing at the Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center).

James River Writers is grateful for the following sponsorship for the March Writing Show

 

 

 

 

 

Great Ways to Keep the Conference Magic Going . . .

Had a blast at the conference and want to keep that momentum and inspiration alive?

HERE’S AN IDEA!

Purchase a 2017 Season Pass for The Writing Show!

2017 Line-up*

  • January 25: Befriending the Scissors: Cutting the Extraneous
  • February 22: The Professional Writer: Email Newsletters & Tapping Your Tribe
  • March 29: Fairytale Retellings & The Brothers Grimm
  • April 26: Finding Authenticity: Writing Outside Your Gender, Race, or Culture
  • May 31: The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Readers Captivated
  • June 28: Examining the Writing Marketplace: Micro to Mid-sized Publishers
  • July 26: The Art of the Start: Finding the Entry-point to your Story
  • August 30: Playing with Language: Tools & Techniques for Creative Play
  • September 27: Stepping Up to the Stage: Public Speaking for Writers

Two Great Ways to Save!

  • Purchase a Writing Show Membership for $125. It includes your traditional JRW membership and admittance to all nine shows of the 2017 season.
  • Or purchase a Writing Show Season Pass for $85. Membership is not included, but you still get nine shows and save over 20%!

*Topics are subject to change.
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Literary Salon: Stories from the Shadows: Writing What Haunts Us

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During Stories from the Shadows: Writing What Haunts Us, the last literary salon of 2016, we will be serenaded by stories of Richmond’s dark past. Then, spooky writer extraordinaire, Julie Geen, will guide participants through prompts to write our own tales. Exercises are designed to tickle your genre of choice (we use the term “stories” loosely), and to push the borders of your comfort zone. Select participants will be invited to share their writings at the 2017 Poe Birthday Bash celebration in January.

Exorcise your macabre side on Thursday, October 20, from 7-9 PM at Patrick Henry Pub & Grille (in the upstairs salon, of course!), 2300 E. Broad St., RVA 23223.

SPEAKER

Julie Geen writes for Richmond’s Style Weekly and had two columns in belle magazine, before she went to the print media graveyard. One of them won a Virginia Press Award and she got to eat chicken at a banquet. She has an essay in the anthology “Ask Me About My Divorce”, although she did not get a divorce. Julie is also published in the anthology “Tarnished:True Stories of Innocence Lost.” Her zombie short story titled “Damn Whore Shoes” is in “Richmond Macabre Volume II.”  Divorce, lost innocence and zombies.

Date and time

Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location

Patrick Henry Pub & Grille
2300 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23223
Admission is free.

About Literary Salons

James River Writers and The Poe Museum present

A new place to find inspiration this year

We’re bringing back the grand tradition of the literary salon, an intimate setting to meet & fraternize with local authors and artists, as they in turn guide you in your own writing practice. Whatever your genre, this is a great way to connect, to learn, and to philosophize.

Salons are organized by topic and are held on the second Thursday of every other month, February, April, June, August, and October. There is no cover charge for these events. We welcome writerly types of all experience levels and readers, thinkers, and artists of every sort. Be sure to bring your favorite writing implements.

For more information, visit Literary Salons.

Poetry Unhappy Hour in the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Gardens

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October 15, 2016, James River Writers and the Poe Museum will co-host a special Poetry Unhappy Hour in the Poe Museum’s Enchanted Gardens from 6PM to 9PM.

The Poetry Unhappy Hour will feature readings by the acclaimed poets of the 14th Annual James River Writers Conference. Included in the evening’s lineup will be internationally known surgeon-poet Neal Hall; National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient Allison Seay; founder of the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival Stan Galloway; and Zoa, winner of the 2016 Shann Palmer Poetry Prize, among others.

As in other “Unhappy Hour” events held in the Gardens, the Poe Museum buildings and exhibits will be open to explore. A cash bar with beer/wine will be available, and light hors d’oeuvres.

Register Now for the 2016 James River Writers Conference

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General Sessions on Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2016
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA

Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday, October 14, 2016

Register before August 1st to take advantage of our early bird discount.
Starting at $220 for members ($275 for non-members).

On August 1st, prices will increase for members to $270 (non-members to $325).

Click on any of the images below to learn more about this year’s conference.

friday master classes Saturday and Sunday Sessions One-on-One Meetings with Literary Agents
Learn more about our award-winning speakers The Agent Dating Game with Jason Tesauro The First Pages Panel

 

 

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September 2016 Writing Show: Action and Reaction: Capturing Movement on the Page

Fist fights, street chases, and scenes from our world’s war zones—action scenes can be tricky territory for writers. On one hand, it can be the culmination of built-up tension, the place where the author’s promise is delivered. On the other, a heightened sense of urgency can drive the reader to skim over a blow-by-blow description to get to the result. How much detail is too much? And how can an author keep the readers’ attention while staying true-to-life, in fiction and non-fiction? (Sponsorships available)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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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)

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SPEAKERS

Malik Hodari

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Malik Hodari is a lawyer and a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, where he served from October 1966 to October 1967. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harris Stowe State Teachers University, a master’s from Michigan State University, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University. Hodari joined the Mighty Pen Project on the recommendation of his Veterans Affairs therapist and began to write about his memories, some of which were suppressed for many years. He found healing in the process and hopes his story will help others.

Erika Orloff

Erica Orloff headshotErica Orloff is the author of the popular Magickeepers series. She writes for YA and adult readers and has had over 25 novels published. She is also the author of the Pushcart-nominated “Choose Me.” Erica has worked in publishing since 1985 as a book editor, book doctor, ghostwriter, and book packager, and acts as a writing coach, as well as being an in-demand speaker.  Her most recent publication is a short story in the anthology River City Secrets. She co-owns Editing for Authors, and its sister-company (and publisher) Dragon Tree Books. She can be found at www.ericaorloff.com.

Bill Blume

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Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. He’s the author of the young adult Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter series. The latest book in the series Gidion’s Blood was published by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He’s also a board member for James River Writers and served as the board’s chair in 2013. @BilltheWildcat

MODERATOR

Kris Spisak

Kris Spisak headshotWith degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor; however, after six years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft was the driving force behind her book Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017). Kris is also pursuing the publication of her first novel.

August 2016 Writing Show: Digital U: How to Gain Likes and Influence News Feeds

Digital marketing has taken center stage, but to be effective, you need the right strategies. To whom should you reach out to promote yourself? How often and what do you post? Which social media reaches your audience? Anne Moss Rogers, co-founder and creative director of Impression Marketing, shares her knowledge of branding, advertising and copywriting in the digital world.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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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)

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MODERATOR

Melissa Scott Sinclair

Melissa Scott Sinclair profileMelissa Scott Sinclair spent seven years as a reporter for alt-weekly Style in Richmond, Va. and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She has written about communes, Confederates, mutant catfish and murderous houseguests, winning 21 awards from the Virginia Press Association. In 2012 she was honored with a Best in Show award for her work on an in-depth series examining the lingering legacy of Richmond’s role in the Civil War.

SPEAKER

Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss ProfileAnne Moss Rogers is co-founder and creative director of Impression Marketing, a full-service, results-oriented marketing agency. As a branding, advertising and copywriting specialist, Anne Moss has focused her talents on digital marketing since 1995. Rogers is a columnist for Richmond Times Dispatch and American Marketing Association Health Services Magazine.

 

 

July 2016 Writing Show: The Local Pub, Writing Advice from Richmond Editors

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Phaedra Hise

The Writing Show LogoRichmond is a winning combo for writers: Fantastic vibe plus terrific local publications. Phaedra Hise, freelance writer and Contributing Food Editor at Virginia Living, moderates a panel of editors from a cross section of Richmond publications, Jessica Haddad, Richmond Magazine, Karen Schwarzkopf, Richmond Family Magazine, and Matt Dewald, University of Richmond Magazine.

Our experts will talk about their submission process, advice for breaking in, and insider tips for freelancers. Don’t miss local pub night!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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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)

 

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MODERATOR

Phaedra Hise

Phaedra-Hise-2015 Profile picAs a freelance writer and editor, Phaedra Hise explores the trends and drama inherent in entrepreneurship, business, adventure, food and drink. She is the author of five nonfiction books. She is a former Contributor to CNN Money, former Staff Writer for Inc. and current Food Editor for Virginia Living. Phaedra has been the online editor for Inc., Senior Editor for Colloquy and Executive Editor for Edible Richmond.

Her award-winning work has been anthologized and published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Salon, Forbes, Popular Mechanics and Smithsonian. Her most recent book is The Secret Life of Hoarders.

Phaedra has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera America, CNBC and national radio as an expert commentator, and speaks regularly at conferences and universities about writing. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, a former chef. Her social media feed is full of food photographs.

Twitter and Instagram @HiPhaedra
Web: virginialiving.com
Web: www.aerobat.com

SPEAKERS

Jessica Ronky Haddad

Jessica Haddad profileJessica Haddad is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience writing, editing and project-managing print and digital content. She is a versatile writer who delivers clear, concise and engaging copy on nearly any topic. Her specialties include feature writing, web development and content management, writing for the web, project management, e-mail marketing, integrated communications strategy, social media, internal communications, copy editing, and AP style.
Twitter: RHomeMagazine
Web: richmondmagazine.com/home/r-home

Karen Schwarzkopf

Schwartzkopf_Karen profile photoKaren Schwartzkopf has her dream job as managing editor of RFM. Wife, mother, arts and sports lover, she lives and works in the West End with her family: husband Scott, who not coincidentally is RFM’s creative director, and their daughters—Sam, Robin, and Lindsey. You can read Karen’s take on parenting in the Editor’s Voice.
Twitter: RFMToday
Web: richmondfamilymagazine.com

Matt Dewald

Matt Dewald profile photoMatt Dewald is Editor, University of Richmond Magazine, the alumni magazine and the law school alumni magazine at University of Richmond in Virginia. Prior to that, he was director Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the country’s largest humor and human-interest writers’ workshop, hosted every two years at the University of Dayton, the alma mater of Erma Bombeck. He also served as Associate director, communications at the University of Dayton and Editor of University of Dayton Magazine, editor of Dayton Educator magazine, writer and editor for variety of other print and online publications.
Twitter: mdewaldRVA
Web: Magazine.richmond.edu