James River Writers Conference

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Save the date for the Twelfth Annual James River Writers Conference

Saturday, October 18–Sunday, October 19, 2013
Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday, October 17


Registration and details will be live in the spring.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Richmond for the 2013 James River Writers Conference, held October 19-20 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Hundreds of literary devotees gathered to pitch their projects, improve their craft, and meet fellow writers. Speakers included award-winning book designer and author Chip KiddNational Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine, best-selling and award-winning author Christopher McDougall, award-winning authors Cece Bell, Lydia Netzer, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Philippa Ballantine, Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, founders of Pitchapalooza, and agents April Eberhardt, Deborah Grosvenor, Victoria Skurnick, and Paige Wheeler.

Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has been our organization’s signature event, and our most meaningful contribution to the literary community in central Virginia. Well-respected within the publishing industry, we have attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this two-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere.

What are other people saying?  Check out these conference testimonials.

Noteworthy Conference Offerings from the 2013 Conference


  • Pre-Conference Master Classes: $40 each
  • Early Registration (through August 31, 2013): $200
  • Regular Registration (beginning September 1, 2013): $240
  • One-Day-Only Registration (Saturday or Sunday): $170
  • A discounted rate is available for full-time students with proof of eligibility.  Please contact fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org for more details. 

Two-day registration includes the following:

  • Saturday and Sunday admission
  • Plated meal at Library of Virginia Literary Luncheon
  • Sandwich buffet on Sunday
  • Light breakfast, coffee, and tea on Saturday and Sunday
  • One-on-one pitch sessions with literary agents
  • Pitchapalooza!
  • First-pages critique

When you register, please tell us any dietary restrictions or other special needs of which we should be aware.

JRW Member Priority

Through August 16, 2013, JRW members receive priority registration for pre-conference master classes and the one-on-one meetings with literary agents; the Book Doctor, David Henry Sterry; and app developer Michael Portis. Not a member? Simply join when you register for the conference. 

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Conference Sponsorship Information

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making the 2013 James River Writers Conference possible. We truly appreciate your support.

Vendor Information

  • Participate in the Conference Marketplace. Half table: $100; Full table: $175; Deadline: October 7.
  • Share your literary services and successes in our popular tote bags. $100 stuffing fee. Deadline: September 30.


Written requests for refunds must be postmarked or emailed no later than October 1, 2013. A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed. No refunds will be provided after October 1.


Have a question about the James River Writers Conference? E-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org or give us a call at (804) 433-3790.

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