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Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 Months

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 months. Agile Writers combines the lessons of Myth, Storytelling, Psychology, and a little project management to create a 6-month program to finish your first draft. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 

Poetry Slam Workshop and Open Mic

Attending: 2: 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.

Monday Night Poetry Series

Monday, April 21 at 6:30 PM: Monday Night Poetry Series. In honor of National Poetry Month, we're keeping the momentum going this month with critique groups and workshops every Monday night in April. All sessions are completely free and open to poets of all experience levels. For critique dates, please bring a poem or two you have been working on, with a handful of copies to share around the table.  For workshop dates, check Facebook (http://bit.ly/tenthmu...) for any pre-assignment and come ready to write. Location/Dates as follows:

April 21-- Workshop: TBA, Urban Farmhouse Church Hill, 310 N. 33rd St. (Lava Lofts).
April 28-- Group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St.

Aimee Dufresne Discusses Keep Going: From Grief to Growth

Attending: 2: Aimee Dufresne Discusses Keep Going: From Grief to Growth. At Fountain Bookstore, 1312 East Cary Street.

Agile Writers Open Meeting

Attending: 3: Agile Writers Open Meeting. Write your first draft novel in 6 months. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 


JRW's Writing Show: Using What You Know and Where You

Attending: 3: JRW's The Writing Show: Coloring Between the Lines: Using What You Know and Where You’re From in Fiction, features veteran novelists and professors Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown. The husband-and-wife duo will talk about mining your own geographical and personal history as writers, as well as tools and techniques for finding out more about what you already think you know about your place—or places—in the world. Virginia Pye, author of River of Dust, will moderate the discussion about anchoring your writing through environment and experience. The second half welcomes questions from the audience. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. New Venue: At The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad Street. Ample parking available on street, across the street, and adjacent to the building. Register at The Writing Show.

Learning To See: A Master Class for Writers in the Art and Practice of Looking


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Learning To See: A Master Class for Writers in the Art and Practice of Looking. Award-winning authors Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown offer a shared presentation on writing and art: how art informs and inspires the writer, and how learning to “see” shapes and enriches writing. Participants will see how these two writers learn from the world of visual art. Short writing exercises and shared reading of those exercises will follow the presentations. From 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, not included. $60 for JRW members/$100 for non-members. Register at http://www.jamesriver... (Master Class link). Venue: St. John’s Church Parish Hall, 2401 East Broad Street. Ample free on-street parking is available

If the Truth Hurts: The Risks of Writing Memoir, with Jane Alison

Friday, April 25 at 7:00 PM: If the Truth Hurts: The Risks of Writing Memoir: a Literary Salon with Jane Alison. Author Jane Alison will discuss what happens when you need to write the truth—but you know that the truth will be painful, for you or for others. Alison will explore the risks you take when writing from personal experience and will share her own slow journey from fiction to memoir. Free and open to the public. At WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA (behind the Preston Avenue Bodo's), www.writerhouse.org, 434-296-1922, events@writerhouse.org.

Poetry Night @ taZa

Attending: 3: Poetry Night @ taZa. Open mic poetry in a  friendly coffee-shop setting. 4th Friday of every month. Cost: no cover. At taZa Coffee'n'Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

Book Signing with Children's Author Kate Samworth

Attending: 1: Charlottesville author and illustrator Kate Samworth signs copies of her beautiful new book for kids of all ages, Aviary Wonders Inc: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual. Free and open to the public. At Chop Suey Books, downstairs, 2913 W. Cary St, (804) 422-8066.

Poetry Slam Workshop and Open Mic

Attending: 1: 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.

American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

Attending: 1: Maryland-based author John Beckman reads from his acclaimed new work of history, American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. A book signing will follow. Free and open to the public. At Chop Suey Books, downstairs, 2913 W. Cary St, (804) 422-8066.

Poetry at (the) Crossroads: Ekphrastic Workshop & Open Mic

Attending: 1: Poetry at (the) Crossroads: Ekphrastic Workshop & Open Mic. A special National Poetry Month event! The art in Crossroads' labyrinthine galleries will be used as a basis for ekphrastic exercises to jumpstart the imagination. New in April: We'll also explore the idea of "reverse ekphrasis" (art from poetry) and consider other implications of this creative cross-pollination. Participants are encouraged to share their poems with the group at the end of the session in an intimate, friendly, round-table setting that will be open to the public. Cost: none. At Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road.

Lifesaving Labradors Presentation

Attending: 1: Learn About Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Diabetic Alert Dogs with Contributor Capri Smith and Her Working Dog. At Fountain Bookstore, 1312 East Cary Street.

Monday Night Poetry Series

Monday, April 28 at 6:30 PM: Monday Night Poetry Series. In honor of National Poetry Month, we're keeping the momentum going this month with critique groups and workshops every Monday night in April. All sessions are completely free and open to poets of all experience levels. For critique dates, please bring a poem or two you have been working on, with a handful of copies to share around the table.  For workshop dates, check Facebook (http://bit.ly/tenthmu...) for any pre-assignment and come ready to write. Location/Dates as follows:

April 28-- Group critique, Urban Farmhouse Shockoe, 1217 E. Cary St.

Junior League Book and Author Dinner

Attending: 1: 69th Junior League Book and Author Dinner. For tickets and further information see http://www.jlrichmond.... Bookseller: Fountain Bookstore. At Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N Third St. 

Agile Writers Open Meeting

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Open Meeting. Write your first draft novel in 6 months. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 


Finding Your Muse (Over Wine and Cheese)

Attending: 1: Finding Your Muse (Over Wine and Cheese). Calling all poets, writers & artists! You are cordially invited to a discussion with like-minded "creatives", covering places to seek out inspiration in RVA, local & online resources for honing your craft and venues to showcase your talent. This is in partnership with exciting new startup Local Yum. We'll be sampling wine & nibbles while sharing experiences & advice round-table style. Seating is limited, so reserve your space at the table now! Online Reservations Required at www.localyum.me Cost: $8/person, includes wine, cheese, tax, & tip. At Union Market, 2306 Jefferson Ave.

Write Now! 2014

Attending: 1: Write Now! 2014. Sponsoring organization: Triangle Area Freelancers.
Keynote presenter: Joe Raiola, senior editor, MAD Magazine. Sessions: Three sessions for fiction writers (novel structure, collaboration, dialogue), one for aspiring screenwriters, three for nonfiction journalists. Fee: $69; $59 for students with ID and seniors 65+. Registration includes all conference activities, continental breakfast during morning registration, catered box lunch and beverages.  Location: Wake Technical Community College Northern Wake Campus, Building E, 6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh, NC. For more information, or to register via PayPal, please visit http://www.trianglear.... Contact: Donald Vaughan. Tel: 919-873-9833. Email: dvaughan@mindspring.com

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park

Attending: 1: Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park, a 2014 Saturday reading series. In this first reading event of the year, poets Ian Bodkin and Cheryl Pallant will each share their work over a half-hour long reading/performance, allowing time for meet & greet over coffee before and after. Reading to be held inside the Library in case of inclement weather. Tea for Two in 2014 will be held on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, and October. Cost: none. At Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 Months

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 months. Agile Writers combines the lessons of Myth, Storytelling, Psychology, and a little project management to create a 6-month program to finish your first draft. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 

My Dance With Grace Book Signing

Attending: 1: In My Dance With Grace, Weldon Bradshaw tells the harrowing story of his race to make it to his granddaughter's wedding before his own impending death from liver disease.  He looks forward to meeting readers and signing copies. At Book People, 563 Granite Avenue, 804-288-4346.

Clay McLeod Chapman Book Release Party

Attending: 1: Author, screenwriter, and former Richmonder Clay McLeod Chapman returns to RVA to read from The Tribe: Camp Cannibal, his brand new follow-up to last year's young adult novel The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters. If you've seen Clay read at Chop Suey before, you know this is sure to be a great and dynamic event! Free and open to the public. At Chop Suey Books, downstairs, 2913 W. Cary St, (804) 422-8066.

Agile Writers Open Meeting

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Open Meeting. Write your first draft novel in 6 months. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 


The Whiskey Baron Book Signing

Attending: 1: Local author Jon Sealy kicks off the book tour for his acclaimed debut novel, The Whiskey Baron, with a reading and signing. Free and open to the public. At Chop Suey Books, downstairs, 2913 W. Cary St, (804) 422-8066.

Seeking the Sacred in Poetry

Attending: 1: Seeking the Sacred in Poetry. In this workshop, turn your attention to the ordinary, daily experiences that hold beauty and significance, and capture them in short verse forms. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary. Bring a pen, a journal, and an open heart. Presented by Joan Garrabrant, LCSW. Location: Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Avenue. Cost: $20 Chrysalis Members/$30 Non-members/$10 Students.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Innsbrook, 4024-A Cox Rd.

Agile Writers Open Meeting

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Open Meeting. Write your first draft novel in 6 months. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 


Poetry & Jazz Tasting

Attending: 1: Poetry & Jazz Tasting. Third Thursdays every month. Cost: no cover. Local wordsmiths take the mic to give you a "taste" of what they do as  poets, plus live jazz by Randy Burton and co. All set off by C'est Le Vin's delicious wine and tapas. At C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.

Virginia Poetry Festival

Friday, May 16 at 12:30 PM: Virginia Poetry Festival, May 16-17, 2014. Includes: 4 Poetry Workshops, 2 Open Microphone Sessions, Readings by 5 Distinguished Poets, Banquet With Poetry. Co-Sponsors:  Poetry Society of Virginia and Williamsburg Regional Library. Main location: James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Norge. Reservations Required by May 9, 2014. For detailed schedule, venues, and costs, please visit www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org. Reservation Form: ewlull@verizon.net.

Virginia Poetry Festival

Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 AM: Virginia Poetry Festival, May 16-17, 2014. Includes: 4 Poetry Workshops, 2 Open Microphone Sessions, Readings by 5 Distinguished Poets, Banquet With Poetry. Co-Sponsors:  Poetry Society of Virginia and Williamsburg Regional Library. Main location: James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Norge. Reservations Required by May 9, 2014. For detailed schedule, venues, and costs, please visit www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org. Reservation Form: ewlull@verizon.net.

Gaithersburg Book Festival

Attending: 1: The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that is fast becoming one of the nation’s top literary events. More than 100 featured best-selling and award-winning authors – including Alice McDermott, Anthony Marra, Eric Jerome Dickey, Warren Brown, Miss Manners Judith Martin, James Swanson, Rachel Renee Russell, Tom Angleberger, Brian Floca, Raina  Telgemeier and Tad Hills and more – will participate in panel discussions and book signings at the festival. Other activities include free interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, a hall of local exhibiting authors, announcement of short story contest winners, exhibitors with literary wares, on-site new book sales by Politics & Prose.  Admission, parking and handicap-accessible shuttle buses are FREE. For information, visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org. At City Hall Grounds, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301-258-6350.

Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 Months

Attending: 1: Agile Writers Seminar: Novel in 6 months. Agile Writers combines the lessons of Myth, Storytelling, Psychology, and a little project management to create a 6-month program to finish your first draft. Free and open to the public. For more details see http://AgileWriters.c.... At Martin's Food Market, upstairs, 11361 Midlothian Turnpike. 

Love Is Air Presentation

Attending: 1: TeQuila Kelly returns to read poems from Love Is Air, her insightful work examining the impact of romantic relationships. She looks forward to discussing the book and signing copies. At Book People, 536 Granite Avenue, 804-288-4346.

The Men Who Lost America

Attending: 1: The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire” by Andrew O’Shaughnessy. Cosponsored with the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Virginia. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

Poetry Night @ taZa

Attending: 1: Poetry Night @ taZa. Open mic poetry in a  friendly coffee-shop setting. 4th Friday of every month. Cost: no cover. At taZa Coffee'n'Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

JRW's Writing Show

Attending: 1: Stay tuned for details about JRW's The Writing Show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. At The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Register at The Writing Show.

The 3rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday, May 30 at 12:00 PM: The 3rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair, featuring over 40 of the East Coast’s finest dealers in rare books, manuscripts and more. Items for every wallet and interest!  May 30, noon- 8 pm & May 31, 9am-2pm. Free and open to the public!

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park

Attending: 1: Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park, a 2014 Saturday reading series. In this first reading event of the year, poets Ian Bodkin and Cheryl Pallant will each share their work over a half-hour long reading/performance, allowing time for meet & greet over coffee before and after. Reading to be held inside the Library in case of inclement weather. Tea for Two in 2014 will be held on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, and October. Cost: none. At Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Innsbrook, 4024-A Cox Rd.

War Zone: World War II off the North Carolina Coast

Attending: 1: War Zone: World War II off the North Carolina Coast by Kevin P. Duffus. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting

Attending: 1: Poetry & Jazz Tasting. Third Thursdays every month. Cost: no cover. Local wordsmiths take the mic to give you a "taste" of what they do as  poets, plus live jazz by Randy Burton and co. All set off by C'est Le Vin's delicious wine and tapas. At C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.

Mid-Atlantic Food Writers Symposium

Attending: 1: Mid-Atlantic Food Writers Symposium. Friday sessions on food reviewing, cookbook authoring, food styling, food blogging and more will be at the Library of Virginia. Saturday sessions will be at Pasture restaurant nearby on Grace St. Sunday will feature an optional brunch at The Rogue Gentlemen. Come hear advice from writers, editors, authors, chefs and publishers, including James Beard finalist for 2014 Todd Kliman, Monica Bhide, Ramin Ganeshram, Matt Gross of Bon Appetit, Kendra Bailey Morris, John Shields, Patrick Evans-Hylton, Denise Vivaldo and Judy Pray from Artisan. Early bird registrations save $50 through April 15th. For exact times and venues please visit http://www.brownpaper....

Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause

Attending: 1: Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause by Heath Lee. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

JRW's Writing Show

Attending: 1: Stay tuned for details about JRW's The Writing Show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. At The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Register at The Writing Show.

Poetry Night @ taZa

Attending: 1: Poetry Night @ taZa. Open mic poetry in a  friendly coffee-shop setting. 4th Friday of every month. Cost: no cover. At taZa Coffee'n'Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Midlothian, 13831 Village Place Dr.

From a Richmond Streetcar: Life through the Lens of Harris Stilson

Attending: 1: From a Richmond Streetcar: Life through the Lens of Harris Stilson by Kitty Snow. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting

Attending: 1: Poetry & Jazz Tasting. Third Thursdays every month. Cost: no cover. Local wordsmiths take the mic to give you a "taste" of what they do as  poets, plus live jazz by Randy Burton and co. All set off by C'est Le Vin's delicious wine and tapas. At C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.

Poetry Night @ taZa

Attending: 1: Poetry Night @ taZa. Open mic poetry in a  friendly coffee-shop setting. 4th Friday of every month. Cost: no cover. At taZa Coffee'n'Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

JRW's Writing Show

Attending: 1: Stay tuned for details about JRW's The Writing Show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. At The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Register at The Writing Show.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Midlothian, 13831 Village Place Dr.

Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment

Attending: 1: Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia by Kathryn Shively Meier. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

Poetry & Jazz Tasting

Attending: 1: Poetry & Jazz Tasting. Third Thursdays every month. Cost: no cover. Local wordsmiths take the mic to give you a "taste" of what they do as  poets, plus live jazz by Randy Burton and co. All set off by C'est Le Vin's delicious wine and tapas. At C'est Le Vin, 15 N. 17th St.

Poetry Night @ taZa

Attending: 1: Poetry Night @ taZa. Open mic poetry in a  friendly coffee-shop setting. 4th Friday of every month. Cost: no cover. At taZa Coffee'n'Creme, 5047 Forest Hill Ave.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

JRW's Writing Show

Attending: 1: Stay tuned for details about JRW's The Writing Show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. At The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Register at The Writing Show.

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park

Attending: 1: Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park, a 2014 Saturday reading series. In this first reading event of the year, poets Ian Bodkin and Cheryl Pallant will each share their work over a half-hour long reading/performance, allowing time for meet & greet over coffee before and after. Reading to be held inside the Library in case of inclement weather. Tea for Two in 2014 will be held on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, and October. Cost: none. At Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Midlothian, 13831 Village Place Dr.

Defiant: American POWs in Vietnam’s Most Infamous Prison

Attending: 1: Defiant: American POWs in Vietnam’s Most Infamous Prison by Alvin Townley. Part of the Banner Lecture Series. Admission $6 Adults/$5 Seniors /$4 Children & Students/Free to VHS members. Free parking available. At Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, 804-358-4901.

JRW's Writing Show

Attending: 1: Stay tuned for details about JRW's The Writing Show. Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door/$5 students with valid ID. At The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Register at The Writing Show.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park

Attending: 1: Tea for Two: Poetry in Library Park, a 2014 Saturday reading series. In this first reading event of the year, poets Ian Bodkin and Cheryl Pallant will each share their work over a half-hour long reading/performance, allowing time for meet & greet over coffee before and after. Reading to be held inside the Library in case of inclement weather. Tea for Two in 2014 will be held on the first Saturdays of May, June, September, and October. Cost: none. At Richmond Public Library, Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Downtown, 623 East Main St.

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Downtown, 623 East Main St.

Virginia Screenwriters Forum

Attending: 1: 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: vsf@comcast.net, or www.virginiascreenwritersforum.org

Richmond Playwrights Forum

Attending: 1: The Richmond Playwrights Forum meets monthly at the Children's Theatre of Virginia Willow Lawn. Members share works and discuss playwriting. RPF is open to all and welcomes your participation as voice actors or active listeners. To learn more contact Margie Langston mailto: margie.langston@yahoo.com.

Writers Wednesday

Attending: 1: JRW hosts a casual meet and greet for writers of all genres every second Wednesday. This month's venue: Capital Ale House Downtown, 623 East Main St.


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