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.

 

 

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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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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)

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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.

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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August 26th Writing Show: Writing Virginia into Your Fiction

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For our August Writing Show, James River Writers travels the Commonwealth in search of stories short and long.

Virginia has mountains, valleys, cities, small towns, beaches, rivers, and enough history to inspire any type of legendary character, not to mention the everyday places and people with which we interact. All this informs stories that range from the current Loving film detailing the fight for inter-racial marriage rights to every child’s favorite, Misty of Chincoteague–and that’s just the Eastern Shore. Add in novels such as Bridge to Teribithia, The Wettest County in the World, Roots, Flowers in the Attic, and Gods and Generals, best sellers that have all been adapted into hit films, and its clear that Virginia works as a setting for almost any type of fiction.

As playwrights, authors, and screenwriters, how do we write Virginia into our fiction?

How do Virginia locations influence our settings?

With travel and writing tips, our panelists share personal experiences about including the state in their research, production, and work.

Because Virginia is also for lovers of the written word.

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

Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm

Wednesday, August 26th

FIREHOUSE THEATRE

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

 

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March Writing Show – Life After Rejection: What To Do Before You Query Again

Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl. Even these authors have been rejected. So how do you pick up and get going again? And what rational steps should you take to reevaluate your rejectedwork and submissions before you query again?

Join panelists Lisa Hagan and David Morgan, and moderator Kris Spisak for discussions and Q&A. Stay for the second half when coach Sarah Beth Jones will help provide tangible ways to get reenergized and stay motivated.

Some questions the panel will address include

Does your query match the quality of your book?
• Are you querying the right agent or publisher?
• Does your book need to be edited?
• Is networking your missing component?
• At what point do you call in professional help?

 

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2015 Writing Show Season Announced

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The programming for 2015 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. (more…)

How to Lose an Agent in 10 Steps

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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…)

July Writing Show: Stretching the Limits of Young Adult Literature

July’s writing show welcomes the participation of the JRW Youth Advisory Board in discussing the limits or parameters of Young Adult literature.

Are there any topics in YA books that are taboo? Any lines in the sand that a YA author shouldn’t cross? If YA can tackle all manner of adult themes, then what differentiates it as young adult? Explore these topics and more with a panel of YA authors and members of JRW’s Youth Advisory Board.

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April Writing Show and Master Class Recaps: Mining for Stories with Carrie and John Gregory Brown

April Writing Show Recap
Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction
by Kris Spisak, KS Writing

Surrounded by the Broadberry’s chic chandeliers, stomachs happy from a sumptuous spread, April’s Writing Show audience had a night to remember. Author and JRW advisory board chair Virginia Pye moderated the evening, introducing us to veteran novelists and professors Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown, who discussed mining one’s own geographical and personal history as a writer.  (more…)