James River Writers members talked and we listened. You wanted to spend more time with a publishing professional to learn about a particular topic in a small-group setting. So, we created the Master Classes series, debuting in 2012.
On Nov. 17, 2012, Katherine Neville’s highly acclaimed (and rarely offered) master class provided writers with a hands-on approach to skills that are not taught in creative writing classes and aren’t available in how-to books. In Plotting, Pacing, Planning and Producing, Neville offered a toolkit of little-known techniques that have been developed over the years by master writers in multiple genres, including great literature, movies, and popular fiction.
Katherine Neville is the New York Times bestselling author of The Eight, The Fire, The Magic Circle, and A Calculated Risk. Her award-winning books have been translated into 40 languages, have pleased tens of millions of readers, and remain on bestseller lists in 82 countries. Neville has appeared on the Today Show, Voice of America, NPR and PBS and served on the Monticello Cabinet of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Directors Circle of the National Museum of the American Indian. In 2010, she was the first author ever to be appointed to the board of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C.