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…)

Five Questions with Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown

Married novelists Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown have spent their working lives writing and teaching side by side in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Sweet Briar College, where John is the Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English and directs the College’s Creative Writing program. Carrie now serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at nearby Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Carrie and John have published ten books between them and raised three children on the campus at Sweet Briar. 

James River Writers recently spoke with Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown, who discussed “using what you know and where you’re from in fiction” at JRW’s Writing Show on Thursday, April 24. The couple also taught Learning to See: A Master Class for Writers in the Art and Practice of Looking on Friday, April 25.

Five Questions with Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown

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K: John, you wrote in the voice of a young girl (Meredith Eagen), a woman (Meredith’s stepmother Catherine), and a black man (Murphy Warrington) in your first novel, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, and you earned praise for creating authentic voices for these three characters. Writing in the voice of a person of another race can be risky, and you did not attempt to write Murphy’s dialogue the way a black New Orleans man of his time and class would have spoken. (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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The Hybrid Author: Combining Traditional and Self-publishing

The publishing industry seems to have become split lately, with authors dividing into those that clamor self-publishing is the way of the future, and those that say quality can only be produced by traditional methods. But what if there was a middle way?

Husband-and-wife duo Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris, popular speakers at the 2013 James River Writers conference, are returning to Richmond for the Writing Show to examine the emerging “hybrid author,” adept at combining the flexibility of indie with the exposure of traditional publishing. Bill Blume, author of Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, will moderate the discussion about how writers can find this middle ground and leverage the benefits of both. The second half of the panel welcomes questions from the audience.

The Hybrid Author: Combining Traditional and Self-publishing
Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street (Lowe’s and the Camel have a parking sharing agreement).
$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students

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February Writing Show — Behind the Screen: Storytelling through Filmmaking

Stories transcend time and place. Rina Goldberg, who passed away two weeks after her fifteenth birthday from Mitochondrial Disease, knew the truth behind the truism. Some of her final words to her mother were “promise to take care of my film.” Whether you want to sell a script or write a novel, you can draw inspiration from Rina and some of the most tenacious artists on the planet: filmmakers.

The latest in James River Writer’s Writing Show series, Behind the Screen: Storytelling through Filmmaking, on Thursday, February 27, at the Camel, brings together a selection of award-winning directors and screenwriters from the Richmond International Film Festival. Moderator Julie Geen, writer and teacher, will guide the discussion about navigating the changing industry, what makes a good story, and how to stay motivated. (more…)

January Writing Show – Great Expectations: The Realities of Self-publishing

Doing it yourself can bring big rewards and big challenges. Navigating both writing and publishing your book can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Learn from the experiences of self-published authors as they discuss what worked and what didn’t, including a realistic look at expectations.

The latest in James River Writer’s Writing Show series, Great Expectations: The Realities of Self-publishing, on Thursday, January 30, at the Camel, features three self-published authors.

David Kazzie’s debut novel, The Jackpot, has sold more than 11,000 copies since last January and spent nine days on Amazon’s Top 100 Kindle Bestseller List, peaking at No. 34. Rosemary Rawlins is the author of a memoir, Learning by Accident, which will be released in March. Leila Gaskin is the author of Hot Flashes and several short stories. Bill Blume, author of Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, will moderate. The second half of the panel will welcome questions from the audience.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street (Lowe’s and the Camel have a parking sharing agreement).

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students, or $80 Writing Show Season Pass (9 shows)

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September Writing Show:
Warring Words, Endless Possibilities

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street (Lowe’s and the Camel have a parking sharing agreement).

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The Feud book coverWhere will your story take you? History can be revealed in countless ways.

Best-selling author Dean King will bring his experience with his book The Feud to the stage of the Writing Show this month. He’ll be joined by his editor Geoff Shandler from Little, Brown and Company, and Darrell Fetty, producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning miniseries, The Hatfields & McCoys.

Dean and his panelists will discuss his manuscript’s many-legged journey. He’ll share the lessons he learned from the experience and how your stories might share the same success. (more…)