April Writing Show – The Author Website: Build it to Build a Following.

web design word cloudA great author website doesn’t have to be complicated. Find out how to build a website that can showcase your work to publishing professionals and help you connect with readers.

Topics our experts will discuss include

  • What are the must-haves for the author website
  • When to bring in a professional
  • Blog subscriptions versus newsletter email lists
  • How to fund your author website, or use it to find funding
  • Adding social media and blogs
  • Press packages, FAQ documents

When: Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 pm

Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)

Price: $12 for Members, $15 for non-Members, $5 for Students

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Best Unpublished Novel Contest

stack of manuscriptsJames River Writers runs the Best Unpublished Novel Contest in conjunction with Richmond magazine. (In even numbered years JRW and Richmond magazine run the Shann Palmer Best Poetry Contest.) Submissions are now closed. The deadline for postmarking your entry for the Best Unpublished Novel Contest was March 31, 2015. Entries will go through the judging process in April and May, and we will be contacting those who submitted in late June. Thank you to everyone who is participating! (more…)

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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Popular Master Class with David Robbins Returns!

David L. RobbinsNY Times bestselling author and professor of creative writing, David L. Robbins presents his popular Art of the Narrative Master Class for the third and final time. The class will go for eight sessions and focus on the structure of good story-telling. Robbins will guide students through the writing and workshopping of several short fiction pieces. Instructional emphasis will be on the actual craft, technique, and skills needed to tell each story.

The two prior master class groups have remarked that David’s classes are not only informative and eye-opening but fun and a little crazy as well! (more…)

Best Unpublished Novel Winner Now a Published Author!

Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, winner of the 2009 Best Unpublished Novel (BUN) Contest, credits the feedback she received from judge and author Susann Cokal for helping her elevate her winning entry into an acclaimed debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, published in November by Sky Pony Press.

Cokal describes Bright Coin Moon as “Anywhere But Here for a new decade. Lopresti hits all the high notes in a story that’s wrenching, ripping, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”

We caught up with Lopresti to learn more about her novel, talk about the impact of James River Writers, and highlight the power of contests for writers. (more…)

The Writing Show – Plotting The Hero’s Journey: Fiction, Myth and Script

cb221x_608x211February’s Writing Show celebrates our new partnership (and location) with Firehouse Theater by discussing one of the oldest plot devices in storytelling, The Hero’s Journey.

From Gilgamesh to Odysseus and Ivanhoe to Katniss Everdeen, the Hero faces tests of strength and character and bests overwhelming odds while meeting his or her doubts and fears. We relate to the Hero by assigning our daily struggles to the Hero’s mythical ones and receiving inspiration that we, too, can overcome our personal Lex Luther.

Our panel of Greg Smith and Connie Lapallo, moderated by Doug Jones, will discuss the book to screen transition and topics such as:

• The stages of the hero’s journey

• How archetypes are forged, and how voice must change for each character

• What books and resources writers can use for studying the hero’s journey

• The books, plays and movies best for understanding the hero’s journey

When: Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 pm

Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)

Price: $12 for Members; $15 for non-Members; Season passes available for $71 through February 25.

Click here to register today!

 

 

Thank you to the following sponsor for their generous support of the February Writing Show:

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Additionally, JRW programs are Funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CultureWorks Grant Program, championed by Altria.

Writers Farmhouse: New Day of the Week for 2015!

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Writers Farmhouse is moving to Thursdays! Looking for some motivation? A place with friendly faces who will encourage you in your craft? Come write with us!

Organized by board member Bill Blume, Writers Farmhouse welcomes members of JRW and other writing enthusiasts to the Midlothian Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe every Thursday (except 1/1/15, 11/16/2015 and 12/31/2015) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (more…)

Announcing the Winners of the Best Self-Published Novel Contest!

Jodi Lew-Smith

Jodi Lew-Smith, 2014 winner

James River Writers is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Best Self-published Novel Contest, an award created to recognize the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors. Contest chair Erica Orloff and head judge April Eberhardt selected a winner and two finalists from forty entries. Each entry was judged on writing quality, editing, layout, design, and formatting.

The two finalists identified were Connie Biewald for her book Digging to Indochina and Connie Lapallo for her book When the Moon Has No More Silver. Jodi Lew-Smith was the first place winner for her book The Clever Mill Horse. (more…)

Editing Master Class with Erica Orloff

Erica Orloff

On December 6, 2014, Erica Orloff will teach a Master Class that will help you take your work to the next level!

From the Drawer to Publication: The Recipe for Editing and Polishing Your Manuscript

You’re struggling through a seemingly endless edit. Perhaps you have one of those manuscripts “in a drawer” (or under the bed or stored on your old laptop), or maybe you have 50,000 unpolished words from a recent month of crazed novel writing. You want to do something with it—submit or indie publish—but you know it’s not quite “there” yet.

Then this is the Master Class for you.

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