Annual Conference

JRW’s signature event connects Central Virginia’s growing literary community with nationally recognized authors, editors, agents, bloggers and other players in the publishing world. The Annual Writers Conference, held in mid-October in Richmond, is the best way to improve your craft, stay abreast of what’s happening in the publishing industry, and make connections with others to support your writing journey. More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known, since 2003, for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and Southern hospitality.

The Writing Show

At the monthly Writing Show, authors and other literary professionals offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing. The Writing Show, which runs the last Wednesday of every month from January through September, affords writers a chance to network, learn, and expand their writing horizons.

Master Classes

Master Classes, where skilled publishing professionals share their knowledge and experience with a small group of writers, are offered at different times and on various topics throughout the year.

Writers Wednesdays

This casual meet and greet, held the second Wednesday of every month, brings together writers of every genre in a casual atmosphere to connect, laugh, and revel in a well-deserved break from keyboards and screens.

Writers Farmhouse

Writers Farmhouse welcomes members of JRW and other writing enthusiasts to the Midlothian Urban Farmhouse Market & Café every Thursday evening. Bring your laptop or other writing paraphernalia, hang out, get a cup of coffee, get some words written, set your writing goals for the week, and, when needed, find a sympathetic ear!

Literary Salons

In partnership with Poe Museum, a few times each year, we recreate the grand tradition of the literary salon, an intimate setting to meet & fraternize with local authors and artists, as they in turn guide you in your own writing practice. Literary Salons are held at the Patrick Henry Pub in historic Church Hill, in February, April, June, August, and November, and are free and open to the public.

Contests and Awards

James River Writers proudly sponsors three writing contests, The Shann Palmer Poetry Contest, The Best Unpublished Novel Contest, and the Best Self-Published Novel Contest, and the annual Emyl Jenkins Award, which recognizes to an organization or person who, as Emyl Jenkins did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia. The contests are offered on a bi-annual basis in alternating years.