JRW Hosts Twitter Chat with Hugh Howey

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7pm 

Please join James River Writers on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm ET to participate in a Twitter chat with Hugh Howey,to talk about the publishing industry and all things writing related.

Here is how it will work:

  1. You will need a Twitter account to talk with Virginia during the Twitter chat.
  2. Follow James River Writers (@JamesRvrWriters) and Hugh Howey (@HughHowey) before the Twitter chat so that you don’t miss anything.
  3. Log into Twitter a few minutes before the chat. Enter #JRW14 in the search box.
  4. To start the chat @JamesRvrWriters will post two or three questions for Hugh to answer. At any time you can join the conversation and ask your own question; just be sure to include #JRW14 so your Tweets can be tracked and Hugh can respond.
  5. You may submit questions by starting them with @HughHowey, or simply ask your question as a status update in Twitter and include the hashtag #JRW14.

More about Hugh Howey:

Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wool series. His works have been published in thirty languages and have sold over 2 million copies. He lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. Learn more at www.hughhowey.com.

Author Hugh Howey

Author Hugh Howey

How to Meet Your Public: Networking for Writers

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Thursday, September 25, 6:30 pm

Join James River Writers and Literary Agent Paige Wheeler for the September Writing Show— How to Meet Your Public: Networking for Writers.

Networking, online and in person, is more important than ever in the publishing industry. There are valuable opportunities to talk to authors and pitch agents at conferences. But what makes a good pitch, and can you launch it if you run into an agent in the bathroom? What if you are an introvert who really only feels comfortable with cats? Or an extrovert who inadvertently frightens people? Who are you online, and does it matter? Literary agent Paige Wheeler from Creative Media Agency Lit has the answers to these questions and will tell us the good, bad, and brilliant ways to behave ourselves in public and online. Whether you are just starting to write or are meeting an agent at the James River Writers Conference next month, this show will give you an edge.

Come early at 6:00 and have some snacks and show off your networking skills. Secret judges will be watching, and the best networker will have the opportunity to send an agent their first pages. (more…)

JRW T-shirts Are Back!

James_River_Writers_facebook (1)Have you been longing for the day when the James River Writers’ t-shirt campaign would return with new colors so that you could wear a different JRW tee almost every day of the week? Have you been wondering why you bought a white t-shirt or hoodie when you can’t seem to go an hour without putting your sleeve into something mysterious? Well, you’re in luck! (more…)

August Writing Show Recap

How to Lose an Agent in Ten Steps

by Kellie Larsen Murphy

Many writers either already have an agent or are actively seeking one. Generally, it’s the first step in selling your work to a publisher (large or small). To help, there are dozens of websites and blogs devoted to telling an author how to go about getting an agent but there are none who that can tell you how you can lose one—until now!

Kristi Tuck Austin

Kristi Tuck Austin

This month’s Writing Show, How to Lose an Agent in Ten Steps, could be renamed What NOT to do if you want to keep your agent! Moderated by Kristi Tuck Austin, the format for this month’s show was modeled after David Letterman’s Top Ten List—complete with a “House Band” to count down from #10 to #1. (more…)

New This Year at the JRW Conference: RVA ♥ Writers!



This year we’ll be sharing a portion of our conference with all of Richmond—and sharing Richmond with our conference goers. Saturday afternoon and evening hours are set aside for some of our speakers to give open presentations at various RVA locations. A rider board will be available at the conference for attendees who need transportation. (more…)

Conference Fever: JRWCon 2014 Ultimate Playlist

Music makes everything better. Learning, working, socializing, healing—everything goes more smoothly with the right song. Why should the James River Writers Conference be any different? We’ve put together a playlist to help you get ready for the conference and you can listen to the JRWCon 2014 playlist on Spotify here:

Track 1: Madness (Muse)

You write because you can’t not write, and we get that. Spending a weekend with people who share this peculiar sort of madness will make you feel sane again (results may vary).

Track 2: A Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley)

Start off the weekend with our Friday hands-on Master Classes taught by top-notch Page1-3writing instructors and publishing professionals. For example, if you find that your writing needs a little less conversation and a little more action, Sheri Reynolds’s class on pacing can help you with that. (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…)

Conference Fever: Meet our Conference Committee

The James River Writers Conference Committee starts working in January to make sure all the details are in place by October. They do it for one reason: They love the conference. We asked our committee members to share their favorite part of the James River Writers Conference.

Lana Krumwiede

Lana Krumwiede


“Attending a writers conference was the first time I felt like a ‘real’ writer. The same thing happens every year—the conference is an affirming statement to myself that says, ‘This is who you are.’ I want every conference-goer to feel that way!”

Emyl Jenkins Award Accepting Nominations

Emyl Jenkins 1941-2010








To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who died in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an organization or person who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.

An advocate for writers and their readers, Emyl had a knack for connecting both people and organizations. She shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered. She encouraged writers at all levels, especially fledglings trying to get those first words down on the page. Her generous spirit and her enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.

Award Details

Any Virginia individual or organization is eligible, except for members of the JRW board of directors or the advisory board.