May 25 Writing Show: Editing for Emotional Impact

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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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)

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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.

MODERATOR

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.

Bearing Witness: Art as Social Justice

Bearing Witness: Art as Social Justice

 

We do not write in isolation. The personal stories we tell can impact our community and add to the connected-ness of a wider society. In this guided writing session, discussion and Q&A, learn the story behind the stories of Writing Our Way Out, and of how the simple act of picking up a pen and putting down words can effect social change.

Speakers

David Coogan and co-authors of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail

David Coogan in front of Richmond City JailDavid Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches courses in writing and the teaching of writing. He is the founder and co-director of Open Minds: Shared Inquiries, Shared Hope, a program that enables college students and prisoners at the Richmond City Jail to take courses in the Humanities together. His essays on writing, teaching and social change have appeared in the journals College Composition and Communication, College English, and Community Literacy, and in the book, Active Voices, (edited by Patty Malesh and Sharon Stetson). He is the co-editor with John Ackerman of The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen Scholars and Civic Engagement. And he is a frequent speaker at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the National Communication Association.

Date and time

June 9, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm

This event is free. No ticket is required.

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.

2016 Conference Dates Announced!

JRWC_2015_5Hold the dates! The 14th annual James River Writers Conference will be October 14-16, 2016.

Master Classes on October 14

General Sessions at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on October 15 & 16

Registration opens in early summer. Be sure to sign up for Get Your Word On, our e-newsletter, to get all the updates!

 

2016 Writing Show Season Announced

TWritingShow_logoColorThe 2015 Writing Show season was a success with good attendance, great knowledge and a fantastic venue with our partner Firehouse Theatre.

For 2016, we are staying at Firehouse Theatre and sticking with our last Wednesday of the month from January through September schedule. All the new JRW membership options offer some passes to the Writing Show. If you are a frequent attendee, check with Phil Hilliker at membership@jamesriverwriters.org about renewing your membership before the season begins.

Firehouse Theatre, is located at 1609 West Broad Street beginning in February. Free parking is available across the Street from Firehouse in the Lowe’s parking lot.

The programming for 2016 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.

Entertaining and interactive, The Writing Show has been described as:

  • Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list.
  • The Tonight Show meets the art of writing.

It’s inspiring. It’s fun. And it’s only happening live in Richmond.

Click on the button below for season pass options.

 

Click here to register today!

 


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Time:
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Location:
Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street

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


 

The 2016 Lineup

(Schedule subject to change due to speaker availability)

January 27 – Surprising Ways to Boost Your Creativity

February 24 – Love at First Line: How to Grab an Agent’s Attention on Page One

March 30 – Blogging in 2016

April 27 – Raising the Bard: What Every Writer Can Learn from William Shakespeare

May 25 – Editing for Emotional Impact

June 29 – Writing for Young Adults

July 27 – The Secret Mind of an Author: How to think, read, and act like a writer.

August 31 – Strategies for Getting What You Want (i.e. a paycheck) Out of Writing

September 28 – The Power of Imagery: Show, Don’t Tell

Individual show tickets are $12/members and $15/non-members. Two free passes to the Writing Show are included with Traditional Membership or upgrade to the Writing Show Membership to receive a Season Pass for a savings of $47 a year. Already have a membership or want to give the Season Pass as a gift? Nine months of exceptional writing education are available for just $85.

Throwback Thursday: May Writing Show

We wanted to share some pictures from this past month’s Writing Show. Thanks to Richard Bailey for taking them for us.


Be sure to also join us for our June Writing Show when we team up with Richmond Young Writers and the Girls of Summer to present Writing for Girls.

Rebekah Pierce will moderate the discussion. JRW is excited to welcome Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, to the stage and to introduce Odessa Hott, who is a Richmond Young Writer.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Photographs provided by:
Richard Bailey,
Author of Thus to Innocence
Click here to view the book trailer to Thus to Innocence

July Master Classes on Using Scrivener Writing Tools

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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June 24th Writing Show – Writing for Girls

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For our June Writing Show, James River Writers is teaming up with Richmond Young Writers and the Girls of Summer to present Writing for Girls. We will discuss what it means to write for girls–both young and not-so-young.

  • Does it mean your protagonist is only female?
  • Does it mean your readers can’t be boys?
  • How do diversity and gender roles play into developing children’s and YA (Young Adult) fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that resonates with today’s girls?

Rebekah Pierce will moderate the discussion. JRW is excited to welcome Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, to the stage and to introduce Odessa Hott, who is a Richmond Young Writer.

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students

Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm

Wednesday, June 24th

FIREHOUSE THEATRE

1609 West Broad Street (free parking at Lowe’s)

Click here to register today!

The Girls of Summer is a summer reading list focused on stories for strong girls, curated by Meg Medina and Gigi Amateau.

Richmond Young Writers was founded in the summer of 2009 at Chop Suey Bookstore with the intention of introducing young people to the joy of creative writing through workshops taught by professional writers in the community.

Master Class with Howard Yoon: Perfecting your Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Howard-1Literary non-fiction agent Howard Yoon will conduct this Master Class about the publishing industry as it relates to what you’re writing and how you’re writing it.

Whether you are finishing up a non-fiction manuscript or just getting started on a new book, learn to fine-tune your ideas based on:

1 – Knowing what publishers want.

2 – Knowing what you do best as a writer.

You will be able to talk directly to Howard in an intimate group setting with plenty of one-on-one time.

Registration is limited to no more than 10 attendees

$65 for Members; $100 for Non-Members

May 27, 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

St. John’s Parish Hall, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223

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May Writing Show – Writing Virginia into Non-Fiction

Map_VirginiaMemoirs are made about growing up in Virginia. Documentaries are filmed about the people and places here. Numerous periodicals explore all aspects of life in our diverse state. We have big cities, small towns, swamps, beaches, mountains, and farms. Our stories are as varied as our history.

Explore how to make Virginia a part of a non-fiction work with literary agent Howard Yoon, photojournalist John Henley, and moderator Kristen Green. Topics will include:

  • How Virginia offers us landscapes and places with real-life stories
  • Ideas for exploring the stories, places, and people of Virginia
  • What writing close to home does for non-fiction
  • The forms of non-fiction we’ve seen in Virginia–journalism, documentaries, and more…

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students

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