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 Wednesday 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 up to 30% off the “at the door” price. (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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2014 Emyl Jenkins Award Winner Announced

 Richmond, VA — James River Writers is pleased to announce that Denise Golinowski is the 2014 winner of the Emyl Jenkins Award.

Emyl Jenkins Award Chair Shauna Christos and 2014 Award Winner Denise Golinowski

Emyl Jenkins Award Chair Shawna Christos and 2014 Award Winner Denise Golinowski

The award honors the memory of the late Emyl Jenkins, passionate writing advocate and much-missed JRW member, by acknowledging those in Virginia who best represent her love of connecting and encouraging all writers.

Denise is a founding member of the RichWriters critique group and has been an active member of James River Writers and Virginia Romance Writers over the years. Additionally, she runs her own blog and contributes to a blog for local romance writers called Tea and Strumpets. In these capacities, she has earned a reputation for providing thoughtful and constructive criticism and support in a manner that improves her colleagues’ writing and is encouraging toward other writers. (more…)

Expanding the Writing Community: Phil Hilliker Joins JRW as Membership Coordinator

After moving to Richmond, Phil Hilliker was in need of a writing critique group. Now he not only shares his work with four other authors, he has joined James River Writers as the new Membership Coordinator.

Phil_smA freelance illustrator and a work-at-home dad, Phil has created illustrations for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror role-playing games, as well as middle-grade fiction. Phil and his wife moved from Tuscon for her new position as a biology professor at University of Richmond, and Phil has also been working on stories of his own. (more…)

Calling All Doodlers

Betty smBetty Plevney has an MBA from Ohio State University and an MA in Writing From the University of San Francisco. She travels the globe meeting with clients, who range from Fortune 500 corporations to governmental agencies and family foundations. What exactly does she do? Betty is a professionally trained and highly sought-after graphic facilitator. Using skills in deep listening, information synthesis, and intuitive visual processing, she creates visual maps that illuminate the collective wisdom of the group and foster understanding of complex data. In short, Betty is a professional doodler. And she’ll be doodling for all to see at the James River Writers Conference. (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…)

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…)

Order by 9/29! 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…)