Learning To See: A Master Class for Writers in the Art and Practice of Looking

Award-winning authors Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown offer a shared presentation on writing and art: how art informs and inspires the writer, and how learning to “see” shapes and enriches writing. Participants will see how these two writers learn from the world of visual art. Short writing exercises and shared reading of those exercises will follow the presentations.

Friday, April 25, 2014
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, not included

St. John’s Church Parish Hall
2401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Ample free on-street parking is available

$60 for JRW members
$100 for non-members

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The Art of the Narrative: Master Class Series with David L. Robbins Back by Popular Demand

David Robbins

Best-selling and award-winning author, professor of creative writing, and co-founder of James River Writers and The Podium Foundation, David L. Robbins will conduct a series of eight short fiction workshops weekly for advanced adult writers. The focus will be on craft, self-editing, and the structural components of good storytelling. Back by popular demand, so reserve your space now! David is generously donating 100% of the proceeds to James River Writers and The Podium Foundation.

Wednesday evenings, 8 sessions
April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30-9:15 p.m.
VCU Honors College, 701 W Grace St

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Short Story Structure and Brainstorming with Nancy Zafris

Nancy Zafras for webAward-winning author, series editor for the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction, and manuscript consultant, Nancy Zafris will offer a fun and challenging workshop examining short story structure and using in-class prompts to generate new work. Over 40 stories written in Nancy’s workshops from her unique prompts have been published in print and online journals, including The Kenyon ReviewThe JournalMid-American ReviewStoryQuarterly, and many others.

Friday, May 31
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Note the location change:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Weinstein Room
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Free parking available both behind the building and on the street

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The Art of the Narrative with David L. Robbins

David Robbins

Best-selling and award-winning author, professor of creative writing, and co-founder of James River Writers and The Podium Foundation, David L. Robbins will conduct a series of eight short fiction workshops weekly for advanced adult writers. The focus will be on craft, self-editing, and the structural components of good storytelling.

Wednesday evenings, June 12–August 7, 2013
(Class will not meet June 19.)
6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
VCU Honors College
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Neville Leads Second Master Class on Fiction

Katherine Neville

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, Nov. 17, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Neville shared her toolkit of creative writing techniques to an eager group of aspiring authors. The Library of Virginia provided the venue for the day-long workshop titled “Plotting, Pacing, Planning and Producing,” the second in a series of Master Classes offered by James River Writers in 2012.  (more…)

First Master Class with Henry Hart Rated Big Success

Master Class with Henry Hart

Frances B. Crutchfield and Henry Hart

James River Writers impressed the library staff at Virginia Commonwealth University by getting 15 aspiring poets to show up at the James Branch Cabell Library at 9:30 on a Saturday morning, a half-hour prior to the library’s opening. The draw was the first Master Class offered by JRW this year, and John E. Ulmschneider, University Librarian, was on hand to greet the group.

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