March Master Class: Play Before You Write

Deepening Your Story & Escaping Writer’s Block through Pre-writing

with Solveig Eggerz

Solveig Eggerz profile picDiscover the meaning or “aboutness” of your story through pre-writing. Participants will experiment with several pre-writing methods focused on protagonist, place, and conflict, experiencing how each exercise deepens the meaning of the story and paves the way to a confident first draft. Participants will come away with an understanding of the pre-writing process as well as the beginnings of a good story.

A native of Iceland, Solveig Eggerz is the author of Seal Woman, an award-winning novel informed by the selkie legend. For many years she told folk and fairy tales in schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Using a blend of told and written story, she teaches writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD as well as “Sharing our Stories,” a writing program for individuals emerging from difficult circumstances. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Catholic University. Her writing has appeared in such places as The Northern Virginia Review, Delmarva Review, Palo Alto Review.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Visual Arts Center 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Price: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
Click here to register today!

Thank you to the Visual Arts Center for partnering with us on this Master Class.







2017 Annual Writers Conference – Oct 14-15, 2017

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Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing.

More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and Southern hospitality.

General Sessions
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2017
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA
Pre-Conference Master Classes
Friday, October 13, 2017
James River Writers kicks off our conference with Pre-Conference Master Classes. Absorb the wisdom of the experts and gain hands-on experience, whether you want to discover that perfect angle to get published or explore nuances of your craft.



Join us October 14-15, 2017 for our 15th annual conference.
Early-bird registration will open soon.



Click here to view pictures from some of our previous James River Writers Conferences