2012 Annual Conference

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Saturday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
Pre-Conference Workshops on Friday, Oct. 19


Eleanor Brown
Kelly Cherry
Nancy Redd
Book Doctors

Thanks to those of who joined us in Richmond to pitch your project, learn how to improve your craft and meet fellow writers. Featured speakers include:

  • Tom Robbins, author of multiple bestsellers, including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume, and Still Life with Woodpecker
  • Eleanor Brown, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Weird Sisters
  • Kelly Cherry, former Poet Laureate of Virginia
  • Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Body Drama and Diet Drama
  • Jonathan Coleman, New York Times-bestselling author of West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life
  • Adam Ross, bestselling author of Mr. Peanut
  • The Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

Other noteworthy conference events included:

  • Library of Virginia Literary Awards Luncheon, featuring Tom Robbins
  • Pitchapalooza — Sharpen your pitching skills with national book marketing experts David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut
  • Hands-on workshops on first pages, voice, query letters, and platform
  • Panels led by national and regional leaders in publishing
  • One-on-one meetings with distinguished literary agents
  • Conference Marketplace filled with writing resources
  • Facilitated lunch discussions
  • Silent auction
  • 10th Anniversary Celebration

Conference Details

Information for Attendees

If you experience trouble paying for the conference online, please enter your information into the online form and mail a check to JRW at 320 Hull Street, #136, Richmond, VA 23224. Our registration system will code the date you entered info. Please email Anne Westrick with questions or concerns.

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