|Plot, pacing, character arcs; follow this track to learn about the fundamental elements that comprise writing a novel from the first word to “the end.”|
|Diversity in Writing||Over the past eighteen months, the issue of diversity in writing for kids and teens has blown up on Twitter with the #WNDB (We Need Diverse Books) hashtag. It brought the discussion of diversity in our world and our writing front and center in publishing. Follow this track if you’re interested in writing—and reading—diverse books.|
|Poetry||James River Writers welcomes the poets among us. Whether you write haiku, slam, or write sonnets, we welcome you. And if you don’t usually write poetry, but filled journal books with your poems years ago, maybe now is the time to get inspired, dust them off, and reconnect with the preciseness of language that is the world of poetry.|
|If you’re interested in writing for kids, from picture books on up to complex novels for older adolescents, this track will take you through the ins and outs of writing for this special audience.|
as Career 2.0
|Write what you know! Follow this track if you’re considering—or are writing—as a second career. Take your life experiences—and use them to make your work richer and fuller. Hear about persistence and those who didn’t give up, which makes success this time around all the more thrilling.|
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|Saturday, October 17th, 2015|
|8:00 am – 8:45 am||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:45 am – 9:15 am||Opening & Welcome|
|9:15 am – 9:45 am||TBD
|10:00 am – 11:00 am||Ellen Oh and I.W. Gregorio: A hashtag, a call for diversity, and what happens when publishing goes viral||You Got This: Speaking, Networking, and Promoting Your Writing (even for the introverted writer)||Your Life or TMI?: Writing Your Personal Story||Preparing for the Stage and the Page: Written versus Spoken Word|
|11:15 am – Noon||The Anatomy of a Thriller||Is It Really Dead? The Power and Relevance of Poetry in the 21st Century||Writing for Career 2.0: Using Your Life Experiences in Launching and Expanding Your Writing||How to Interview: Point/
|12:15 pm – 1:45 pm||Library of Virginia’s Literary Awards Luncheon
The Library of Virginia’s annual Literary Luncheon features medal announcements for all 2015 Library of Virginia Literary Award finalists and their Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
|2:15 pm – 3:15 pm||Library of Virginia Literary Awards Finalists: Fiction||Library of Virginia Literary Awards Finalists: Non-Fiction||Library of Virginia Literary Awards Finalists: Poetry||Finding Your Inner Child: Writing for Kids and Young Adults with Authenticity|
|3:30 pm – 4:30 pm||How To Locate, Lure, and Land the Right Agent||To MFA or Not to MFA: Virtues and Vices of the Academic Route||Writing Diversity into Your Fiction: Representing the Larger World in Fiction, the How and Why||50 Shades of Red: Writing Erotica|
|Sunday, October 18th, 2015|
|8:00 am – 8:45 am||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:45 am – 9:00 am||Opening & Welcome for Day Two|
|9:00 am – 10:00 am||First Pages
Two agents and an editor will listen to and critique first pages read aloud (anonymously) by one of our “semi-professional” readers—and then offer comments on the spot. Do the pages grab the reader? Do they establish the voice, mood, and scene? Do they align with the genre in which they would be shelved? Is the character intriguing? Do those pages wow us?Listen as three experts give us insights into how they think. Those insights will lead to ah-ha moments—and who knows? Your first pages just may be read—will your pages quiet the room into silence and awe? Will we laugh at the right places? And gasp at the hook?
|10:15 am – 11:15 am||Traditional, Independent/ Small House, Self-Publish? Or Hybrid?||Making Every Word Count||Capturing a Sense of Time and Place||Raising the Stakes: Writing Conflict in Your Fiction|
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm||Writing the Nonfiction Proposal: How to craft the perfect proposal to hook an agent or land a deal||Overcoming Rejection and Career Ups and Downs: Persistence, Patience and Tenacity in Your Writing Life||A Fine Romance||ABCs of Picture Books for Kids|
|1:45 pm – 2:30 pm||If You Write It, They Will Come (and Read): Promo and Social Media in the New Publishing Climate||Writing the Perfect Query||Can You Go There: Serious themes in YA||Creating Memorable Characters: Writing the Characters Readers Hold in the Hearts|
|2:45 pm – 4:30 pm||PITCHAPALOOZA!
Pitchapalooza returns to the James River Writers Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to be selected at random to pitch their book to the Book Doctors and literary agent Rebecca Podos. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute! Many writers have gone from talented amateurs to professionally published authors as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza.
|4:30 pm – 4:45 pm||Awards and Closing
Join us in celebrating the winners of the Best Unpublished Novel Contest, the Emyl Jenkins Award, and Pitchapalooza.