February Writing Show: Author Newsletters & Tapping Your Digital Tribe

Feb 2017 Writing Show Speakers

For better or for worse, writers have the opportunity to connect with their readers like never before in history. And when authors are smart, they can transform their readership into a true community, where the connections are genuine and an army of support is ready to spread the word of new projects. Sure, growing your digital tribe is part of your author platform, but it is so much more than a data point. It is your opportunity to thrive in a new era of publishing. At this Writing Show, attendees will learn best practices with author newsletters, new and outdated tech trends, and tangible steps to hit the ground running.

And in the spirit of community, all attendees with newsletters will have the opportunity to grow their own digital tribe with an open newsletter sign-up time during intermission.

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Wednesday, February 22, 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)

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Speakers

Tim Asimos is a recognized B2B marketing thought leader, providing keen insights on modern Tim Asimos Headshotmarketing principles and an uncommon perspective gleaned from nearly 15 years of experience working on both the client-side and agency-side of the business. As Vice President and Director of Digital Innovation at circle S studio, a strategic marketing agency, Tim focuses on helping B2B firms grow in today’s increasingly competitive and digital landscape. He leads the digital team to develop innovative strategies in website development, content marketing, and online lead generation.

Tim is a syndicated blogger and a national speaker on various marketing topics including content marketing, branding, web design, online marketing and technology. His expertise has been featured in numerous publications, blogs, webinars, programs, and conferences across the country. He’s also a member of the American Marketing Association and is Immediate Past President of the Richmond, Virginia chapter. He holds a B.S. in Communication Studies and an M.B.A. from Liberty University.

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, including Murder at the Book Maggie King Author PhotoGroup and Murder at the Moonshine Inn. Her short stories, “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies. “Wine, Women, and Wrong” is included in 50 Shade of Cabernet: A Mysterious Anthology.

Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She belongs to James River Writers, the American Association of University Women, and is a founding member of the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia chapter. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, customer service supervisor, web designer, and non-profit administrator. Maggie has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Glen and cats Morris and Olive. All her jobs, schools, and residences have gifted her with story ideas for years to come.

Rebecca Joines Schinsky Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product & e-commerce at Riot rebecca schinsky headshotNew Media Group, which runs Book Riot, the largest independent community for book lovers in North America. She is the co-host of the Book Riot Podcast and All the Books, a weekly show about the best new book releases. Rebecca has been writing and speaking about books and the publishing industry since 2008.

 

 

 

Samantha Willis is a writer and Arts & Entertainment Editor at Richmond magazine. Formerly, she was digital content manager in the ABC 8News newsroom. With a writing, editing and social media Samantha Willis Headshotmanagement career spanning nearly 10 years, Samantha most recently created #UnmaskingRVA, a three-part community learning series designed to examine, discuss and learn from Richmond’s deep racial history and its continuing impact. Samantha’s also a civil rights advocate, a children’s book author, a pianist, a loving wife and a proud mom.

 

 

 

Moderator

Award-winning author Mary Chris Escobar writes women’s fiction. Her debut novel, Neverending Beginnings was published in 2012 and released in paperback in Author Mary Chris Escobar2015. Subsequent works include Delayed, How to be Alive and her latest, How to Fall, published in December 2014. How to be Alive was the winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the Chick Lit category. In addition to her weekly blog, her personal essays have appeared in the The Write Lifestyle magazine (Issue 2, Issue 11), on Women Writers, Women[‘s] Books, the Kobo Writing Life blog, and USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog.

January 2017 Writing Show: Befriending the Editing Scissors

Ever use ten words when five will do? Ever fear you’re being long-winded? Writers working across many forms and genres understand that editing should go far beyond dotting i’s and crossing t’s. Knowing when to pull out the editing scissors often makes the difference between writing that is okay and writing that is so sharp it cuts straight to the heart.

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Date:
Wednesday, January 25, 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)

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SPEAKERS

Nathan Richardson profile postNathan M. Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author.  His published collections are “Likeness of Being” and “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts”.  Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and is the Head Coach of the Hampton Roads Youth Poets a division of the youth empowerment organization – Teens with a Purpose.

Nathan is preparing for his 3rd year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour, in which he delivers a remarkable portrayal of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  A short list of Nathan’s other affiliations include the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, and the Suffolk Arts League.

 


Gretchen Comba profile picGretchen Comba‘s fiction has appeared in a number of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The North American Review. She is a recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Prize for Short Fiction and the Yemassee Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Magazine. She received her MFA in Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

 

 

 

Larand Lancaster profile picLarand Lancaster is President for the Richmond chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She has experience in strategic communication, print publication management, web site management, branding and identity campaigns and graphic design for internal and external audiences. Currently, Larand works at a state government agency where she is responsible for employee communication, the intranet, and digital signage.

 

 

MODERATOR

Picture of Editor Kris SpisakWith 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 and is the co-founder of Midlothian Web Solutions.

 

 

 

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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Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street

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$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
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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

June 2016 Writing Show – Writer with a Capital W: Treating Yourself as a Professional

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Your dabbling days are behind you. Your work as a writer is a source of satisfaction, pride, and potential income. If you expect others to take you seriously as a writer, you must to be the first to do so.

Lamar Giles, a nationally known and accomplished Young Adult author, will talk about his journey in becoming a Writer. He’ll discuss the both the internal and the external transformation and what you can do now to facilitate the process.

 

 

Internal Transformation

  • Discover why becoming a Writer with a capital W has to start from inside
  • Debunk fears that may hold us back
  • Learn how to nurture the right mind set
  • Take pride in your work

External Transformation

  • Treat your writing as a business
  • Schedule writing appointments and show up ready to work
  • Follow the steps you can’t skip: write, finish your projects, get your work out to readers
  • Value your work so others will do the same

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can invest in yourself as a business, show up for work ready to produce, and place value on yourself and your work.

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Date:
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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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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SPEAKER

Lamar Giles profile photoLamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee FAKE ID, a second YA thriller ENDANGERED, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel OVERTURNED from Scholastic Press. Lamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife.

 

 

 


We’re delighted to announce that this show is sponsored by O’Hagan LLC. We are so appreciative for their support of our community and the literary arts.

 

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May 2016 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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Date:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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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)

 

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.

April 2016 Writing Show: Raising the Bard: What Every Writer Can Learn from William Shakespeare

Characters we care about. Lively dialogue. Conspiracy. Murder. Politics. Love. Sex. Ghosts. No, we’re not talking about an editor’s wish list. April’s Writing Show is all about Shakespeare. The legendary playwright is now regarded as “refined” and “literary,” but we often forget that he wrote for the mass medium of his day. There’s a lot the bard can teach writers about storytelling, not to mention poetry.

Join us for a panel moderated by Rebekah L. Pierce and find out what you can learn from the world’s most beloved wordsmith.

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Date:
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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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

Addie Barnhart, Education Director for the Quill Theatre

Addie Barnhart is a graduate of the M.F.A Acting program at Louisiana State University, where she had
Photo of Addie Barnhart the pleasure of working with Swine Palace as a resident ensemble member in the Shakespeare focused company. After receiving her B.F.A from Missouri State University, Addie worked across the U.S. as an actor, director, and teaching artist, specifically working with young people to build community, foster creativity and teach life skills while devising work and exploring the classics. Currently, she serves as the education director for Quill Theatre, where she recently directed the educational tour of Romeo and Juliet. She will be playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice this summer at Agecroft Hall. Before relocating to Richmond, Addie produced, wrote, and starred in her own solo show The Weight of Smoke, a play adapted from stories of eight characters from Greek Mythology.

Matt Davies, Actor, Director, Assistant Professor

Matt Davies is an Assistant Professor in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin and a professional actor and director of twenty years standing in the UK and the US. An associate director of renowned Shakespeare company Actors From The London Stage, Matt has been touring the States since 1999.

Photo of Matt DaviesHe began his graduate studies at UT Austin in 2004 and defended his Ph.D dissertation in the summer of 2012. Earning three fellowships and a graduate teaching award while at UT, Matt also continued working professionally in the city’s vibrant theater community. Alongside UK national acting awards for two new works, Our Boys and Misconceptions, Matt has received numerous B. Iden Payne and Critics Circle awards and nominations for his classical work for Texas theater companies Austin Shakespeare, Hidden Room, and the Chekhov-based Breaking String, of which he is a founding member. Matt has directed both the classics and new works in London, Glasgow, Houston, and Austin.

Moderator Rebekah L. Pierce

Photo of Rebekah L. Pierce  Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play,The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York. Rebekah is on the Board of James River Writers.

March 2016 Writing Show: Blogging in 2016

Laptop with coffee cup nearbyWhat should you be doing to grow your blog or website? Or not doing? Is blogging even a thing anymore? Join us at the March Writing Show, Blogging in 2016, as we sort through the latest trends in blogging evolution.

Find out what makes blogging in 2016 different and what the future looks like. Shannon Nemer, author of the popular book review blog River City Reading, will take the stage to answer all your questions, including:

  • How and why should authors connect with book bloggers?
  • When you go to an author’s blog/website, what makes a good impression? What makes a bad impression?
  • How can blogging help authors before they’re published? How can it help them after they’re published? Is it worth the time and effort?
  • How would an author’s approach to blogging be different for fiction vs. nonfiction? What about authors who write for adults vs. those who write for children? Or literary fiction vs. genre fiction?

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Date
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Time:
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Location:
Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street

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

 

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Speakers

Photo of Shannon NemerShannon Nemer of River City Reading presents this edition of The Writing Show. Shannon is an educator and book blogger who shares her love for adult literary fiction and historical fiction at River City Reading. Big, sweeping family dramas that take place over several decades and continents are her weakness, along with weird stories and dark Southern fiction. She also loves nonfiction that gets her stuck in a Wikipedia worm hole, especially if it ties into history, education, or social justice. In addition to her River City Reading blog, Shannon’s book reviews appear frequently on RVAnews.com and other sites such as The Nerdy Book Club and Readerly. You can follow her on twitter @rivercityreading or keep up with bookish news through River City Reading’s Facebook page.

Bill-Blume-Headshot-295Moderator 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 earlier this year 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.