Literary Events Calendar

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Designing, Building and Managing Your Own Author Website

Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 AM: Building and running your own website can save time and money and facilitate endless creative marketing and publicity opportunities. You know it's important to do, but where do you start? What does it all mean? How can you avoid those "in-over-my-head" stumbling blocks in the site-building process? This workshop will shed light on the essentials of domain registration, site design principles and goals, do-it-yourself site-building platforms, search-engine optimization and more, for a relaxed, better understanding of the various components involved and how to easily and successfully pull them together to work for you. Be excited, not intimidated. It's just another art with cool new tools! Presented by Hampton Roads Writers. $10 for HRW members/$20 for non. Learn more.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Saturday, October 25 at 9:15 AM: The Virginia Screenwriters Forum, now in its 24th year, is comprised of award-winning screenwriters and aspiring writers from the Richmond area, along with the VSF Actors Ensemble.  Each meeting offers open discussion on writing for film, critique sessions for two member's scripts,  up to 30  pages, followed by the VSF Actors Ensemble table readings. VSF's new meeting location, day and time is at CenterStage on the 4th Saturday of each month from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., except December. Guests are welcome but seating is limited. Reservations are required  to attend. Contact:, or

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 AM: Sisters in Crime Central Virginia Chapter presents “Plotting the Cozy Mystery,” with author Carolyn Greene.  The meeting is free and open to the public, and takes place Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Tuckahoe Library from 11 am to 12 pm. All participants are invited to a "Dutch Treat" lunch at a local restaurant following the presentation. Please RSVP to by Friday, October 24th for set-up purposes. Website: http://sinc-centralva....

Book Signing: F.M. Johnson

.: Author F. M. Johnson will sign copies of her book,Tales of the Supernatural, the real life story of Johnson’s battle with demonic oppression and her transformative journey from terrifying fear to absolute faith.  Free and open to the public. For more information: http://www.fmjohnson....

Book Signing: Pamela Kinney

Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 PM: Pamela K. Kinney will be signing the fiction anthologies, Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness and Strangely Funny II  that have her stories included, plus her ghost books at Barnes and Noble at Chesterfield Town Center 11500 Midlothian Tnpk. For more information call 804-794-6640.

Poetry Slam Workshop and Open Mic

Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 PM: SlamRichmond's "Poetry Slam Workshop and Open Mic." Every Saturday night. Workshop begins 5:00 p.m.; Performers may sign up for the 8:30pm Open Mic from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At The Shop, 0 East 4th Street (brick building in the parking lot across from Artspace). For more details visit SlamRichmond., 804-399-0295.

Agile Writers: Write a Novel In A Month

Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 PM: Agile Writers is taking on the "Write a Novel in A Month" challenge and offering a series of free classes in October in anticipation of the November festivities. Every Saturday night at 7pm they'll present a seminar on using the Agile Writer Method to plot out your novel before sitting down to write your novel. (It's the same seminar every week so you only need to attend once). This will aid in plotting, pacing, and eliminate those dreaded mental road blocks. Then, get support writing a novel every Saturday in November at 1pm at a support meeting for  writers. Check out http://AgileWriters.o... and RSVP for a Free Seminar.

Workshop: Poetry & Bones: Mining Your Dark Places

Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 PM: Poetry has been an outlet for countless creatives to bring some of their deepest and darkest to light. The transformative power of its language can both illumine and heal. Depression, addiction, abuse; the gruesome; the gritty; the overly intense at any level: these and more have been fodder for poets and the inspiration for works both personal and well known. What skeletons do you have lying about that need to be fleshed out in words? And why should you go looking for them at all? We'll cover this and more in guided discussion, study up on a few well known examples, and hopefully sublimate some darkness into art at this three-hour Sunday afternoon session. This is to be a safe space for sharing and questioning. Come prepared to write! RSVP required (email $10/participant. Light refreshment provided.

An Afternoon In "The Room" with Greg Sestero

Greg had such a good time with us last time, he decided to come back!  Greg will be presenting his half hour documentary on the making of The Room. Join us at Balliceaux for this event in their private back room.  You may also purchase a brunch ticket and make an afternoon of it! There will also be a question and answer session and an interactive portion of the program, but that part is a secret and I can't tell you what it is." Learn more and reserve tickets.
: Sponsored by Fountain Bookstore: "Pre-paid tickets are required for this event.  No one will be let in that is not on the will-call list of ticket holders.

Monday Night Poetry Series: Critique Night

: River City Poets hosts a regular Monday night series for local poets. For critique dates, please bring a poem or two you have been working on, with a handful of copies to share around the table. Sessions are always completely free and open to all experience levels.

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