Best Unpublished Novel Contest Winners Announced!

Robin Williams, 1st Place Winner of the Best Unpublished Novel Contest

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James River Writers is pleased to announce Robin Traywick Williams of Crozier, for The Key to the Quarter Pole, as the first place winner of the JRW and Richmond Magazine 2015 Best Unpublished Novel Contest. Gail Giewont, and Vivian Lawry, both of Richmond, have been selected as finalists for Unguided and Nettie’s Books, respectively.

The Best Unpublished Novel Contest, initially held in 2008 and now offered every other year, is at the heart of James River Writers’ mission of connecting and inspiring readers and writers. In the alternating years, James River Writers offers the Shann Palmer Poetry Contest and Best Self-published Novel Contest, providing exposure and encouragement to a wide range of Virginia’s author talent.

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September Writing Show – Self and Hybrid Publishing & Step-by-Step Promotion

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James River Writers wraps up another great Writing Show season with a mini-seminar presented by Terri Leidich, author, and President and Publisher of BQB Publishing.

Market and Promote Your Indie Book offers details on methods for hybrid and self-publishing including tangible to do lists.

We will outline marketing options and planning for pre-book release, book launch, and post-release to best promote your book project.

All attendees will receive spreadsheets for planning and detailed “to-do” lists.

Click here to register today!

 

 

 

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students
Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm
Wednesday, September 30th
THE FIREHOUSE THEATRE

 

terri leidichTerri Ann Leidich, President and Publisher of BQB Publishing, started the company to fill a void she found when she started to try to publish her books.

Terri Ann has lived in the South most of her adult life and has traveled extensively both within the United States and internationally. She has visited every state in the United States except Maine and Alaska, and has traveled in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

She spent many years in corporate America in a variety of marketing positions. Then, with her background in marketing, for the last 20+ years, Terri Ann has been an entrepreneur and owner of several companies ranging from a small diner in Minnesota, to an event and travel organization for mid-life singles, to a hybrid publishing company.

She is the author of two nonfiction books: From a Grieving Mother’s Heart and For a Grieving Heart. Her debut novel, Family Inheritance, was released in October of 2014 by BQB Publishing.

The grief books were adapted from a journal she kept after the death of her son in 1991 from a vehicle accident, and she began writing her novel in the late 1980s when she had the idea for a short story about three sisters. She enjoyed the characters so much that the concept for the novel began coming together in her mind and in an outline on paper, then was stuck away in a file box for many years. The bulk of the story was developed in the early 1990s and then once again put into the file box and pulled out again in 2009 when serious editing and rewriting began. The characters have been with her for so long that she admits they feel like part of the family.

Terri Ann lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her husband Glenn. She loves reading, writing, good food, and travel, especially road trips.

Thanks for a Fantastic Writing Show!

Our Writing Show on Writing for Girls turned out to be one of our best shows of the year. Thanks to our partners Richmond Young Writers and Girls of Summer.

Special thanks to our panel, which included Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, along with Odessa Hott and M.E. Novak-Ellis, both from Richmond Young Writers. As always, our moderator Rebekah Pierce kept things fun and informative.

Here are some pictures from last night’s show. As you can see, we had a lot of fun.



Photos by Joe Kutchera

March Writing Show Recap and Query Examples

By Kellie Larsen Murphy

Life After Rejection: What To Do Before You Query Again

No matter how accomplished a writer is, he or she is bound to have experienced some rejection along the way. This month’s writing show, Life After Rejection, focused on query letter rejection and how to manage it, learn from it, and try, try again.

JRW’s Karen Chase opened the show with a story of one author’s path to success, littered with 61 rejections. Along the way, she heard, “There is no market for this tired writing.” After finally landing an agent (61 rejections later), her book was picked up by a publisher in only three weeks! That author was Kathryn Stockett and the book, The Help. (more…)

Emyl Jenkins Award Nominations Still Open!

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To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who passed away in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an outstanding individual 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 enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and, like ripples in a pond, her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.

Award Details – Deadline Extended to August 31, 2015

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

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July 29 Writing Show – Novel Ways to Organize your Research

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As you gather research for your novel, non-fiction work, article or short story, what are the methods for organizing it?

Our expert panel will discuss software, online and traditional paper storage, and offer tips to help you best access information for your project.

 

 

Topics Include

  • Scrivener Writing & Aeon Timeline software.
  • Online storage methods.
  • Paper trail: filing or printing it out.
  • Filing by chapters, projects or topics.
$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students
Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm
Wednesday, July 29th
THE FIREHOUSE THEATRE
1609 West Broad Street (free parking at Lowe’s)

Click here to register today!

 

 

Speakers

headshot_jhughesJennifer Hughes provides QA, customer tech support, and other odds and ends for Literature & Latte, developer of the popular writing software Scrivener and Scapple. She was the technical editor for Pearson’s Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide and contributed to editing Wiley’s Scrivener for Dummies. Outside of work, she uses Scrivener for everything from writing novels to organizing recipes.

Check out her Master Classes Here.

 

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 Bert Ashe is the author of Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles (Agate, 2015), which explores issues of black male identity, black vernacular culture, and black hair by narrating the journey of locking his hair while also exploring the history and cultural resonances of the dreadlock hairstyle in America. He teaches and writes about contemporary American culture, primarily post-Civil Rights Movement African American literature and culture (often referred to as “post-blackness” or the “post-soul aesthetic”), as well as the black vernacular triumvirate of black hair, basketball, and jazz.

FletcherPicHarrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of Descanso For My Father: Fragments Of A Life(University of Nebraska Press 2012), winner of the Colorado Book Award and International Book Award for Best New Nonfiction. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including New Letters, Fourth Genreand The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. A native New Mexican, he teaches nonfiction in the Virginia Commonwealth University MFA in Writing Program.

 

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Moderator J.T. Glover has published short fiction in The Children of Old Leech, FungiUnderground Voices, and Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction, among other venues. He is a member of the board of directors of James River Writers. By day he is an academic research librarian specializing in the humanities, and he pursues research agendas involving creative writers’ research practices, librarianship, and the digital humanities. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and a not inconsiderable number of fur-bearing friends.

 

June 24th Writing Show – Writing for Girls

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For our June Writing Show, James River Writers is teaming up with Richmond Young Writers and the Girls of Summer to present Writing for Girls. We will discuss what it means to write for girls–both young and not-so-young.

  • Does it mean your protagonist is only female?
  • Does it mean your readers can’t be boys?
  • How do diversity and gender roles play into developing children’s and YA (Young Adult) fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that resonates with today’s girls?

Rebekah Pierce will moderate the discussion. JRW is excited to welcome Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, to the stage and to introduce Odessa Hott, who is a Richmond Young Writer.

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students

Social: 6pm | Show: 6:45pm

Wednesday, June 24th

FIREHOUSE THEATRE

1609 West Broad Street (free parking at Lowe’s)

Click here to register today!

The Girls of Summer is a summer reading list focused on stories for strong girls, curated by Meg Medina and Gigi Amateau.

Richmond Young Writers was founded in the summer of 2009 at Chop Suey Bookstore with the intention of introducing young people to the joy of creative writing through workshops taught by professional writers in the community.

Master Class with Howard Yoon: Perfecting your Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Howard-1Literary non-fiction agent Howard Yoon will conduct this Master Class about the publishing industry as it relates to what you’re writing and how you’re writing it.

Whether you are finishing up a non-fiction manuscript or just getting started on a new book, learn to fine-tune your ideas based on:

1 – Knowing what publishers want.

2 – Knowing what you do best as a writer.

You will be able to talk directly to Howard in an intimate group setting with plenty of one-on-one time.

Registration is limited to no more than 10 attendees

$65 for Members; $100 for Non-Members

May 27, 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

St. John’s Parish Hall, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223

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May Writing Show – Writing Virginia into Non-Fiction

Map_VirginiaMemoirs are made about growing up in Virginia. Documentaries are filmed about the people and places here. Numerous periodicals explore all aspects of life in our diverse state. We have big cities, small towns, swamps, beaches, mountains, and farms. Our stories are as varied as our history.

Explore how to make Virginia a part of a non-fiction work with literary agent Howard Yoon, photojournalist John Henley, and moderator Kristen Green. Topics will include:

  • How Virginia offers us landscapes and places with real-life stories
  • Ideas for exploring the stories, places, and people of Virginia
  • What writing close to home does for non-fiction
  • The forms of non-fiction we’ve seen in Virginia–journalism, documentaries, and more…

$12 members | $15 non-members | $5 students

Click here to register today!
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