The Writing Show Season Pass: Nine Shows for One Great Price!

TWritingShow_logoColorIn 2015, James River Writers will once again bring you nine months of its popular, long-running program, The Writing Show. Held on the last Thursday of every month from January through September, The Writing Show brings together published authors, literary professionals, aspiring writers, and book nerds to offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing.

Best described as Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list, The Writing Show is entertaining, interactive, inspiring, and fun. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge your commitment to your craft once a month, and attending a variety of Writing Shows is also a great way to become part of the James River Writers community! A season pass is $80, a savings of over 25% off the “at the door” price. (more…)

How to Lose an Agent in 10 Steps

John Cusick

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
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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…)

June Writing Show: Put Your Characters on the Couch: Psychoanalyze Your Fiction

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Does your protagonist have multiple personalities when you only meant for them to have one? Is your novel full of cardboard cutouts being yanked around by a plot? Perhaps your villain is merely neurotic but you were trying for a sociopath. No matter your genre, your understanding of the human psyche is crucial to writing compelling fiction. Learn the art of writing authentic, complex characters that come alive for your reader with authors Jon Sealy and Cleve Lamison and psychoanalyst Ted Petrocci.

June 26, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students

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April Writing Show: Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction

“Write about what you don’t know about what you know,” instructed Eudora Welty. But how exactly do you dig deep into the familiar to create an extraordinary experience for your readers?

Veteran novelists and professors—and husband and wife—Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown talk about mining your own geographical and personal history as writers, as well as tools and techniques for finding out more about what you already think you know about your place—or places—in the world.  

Virginia Pye, author of River of Dust, will moderate the discussion about anchoring your writing through environment and experience. The second half of the panel welcomes questions from the audience.

Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Broadberry (note the new location we’re trying out for April’s show!)
2729 W. Broad Street
Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students

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May Writing Show: Book Trailers 101: Find the Hook for your Book

Whether you are traditionally published, self-published or waiting to be published, a book trailer can bring your book to life using the same channels as established authors and publishers. But what kind of book trailer? What are the pros and cons of each type? And should you do it yourself or call the experts?

The producers at Fraga Studios will give you the information you need to navigate this powerful marketing tool and reach your intended audience in a new way.

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Book Trailers 101: Find the Hook for Your Book
Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Children’s Museum parking lot across the street, on street, and in the lot adjacent to the Broadberry

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students

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March Writing Show Recap: The Hybrid Author

photoYou’re ready for the world to read your book. Should you self-publish and seek out your own audience? Or go the traditional route and entrust your work to a traditional publisher? There’s a third option: Do both. At the March 27, 2014 Writing Show, husband-and-wife team Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris (pictured left with moderator Bill Blume) showed us how.

“Many streams make a river,” counseled Ballantine, author of steampunk and fantasy fiction. While Ballantine has a long list of traditionally published fiction, she has also self-published work such as her novel Weather Child, which her agent said wouldn’t sell in the United States because it takes place in Ballantine’s native New Zealand.   (more…)

February Writing Show Recap: Storytelling through Filmmaking

Why should you attend the Writing Show? Because we have amazing panelists who  ignite that creative spark.

On February 27, 2014, James River Writers partnered with the Richmond International Film Festival to host the Writing Show, “Behind the Screen: Storytelling through Filmmaking.” Julie Geen moderated a panel of noted screenplay writers and directors from L.A. and Singapore. Each panelist talked about their journey, process, and passion. They held the audience in the palm of their hand. (more…)