About Us

Our Mission

James River Writers builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.

Our Past

JRW was established in 2002 by a group of local writers who saw the need to support the growth of the region’s literary community. Our first annual writers conference was held in October 2003.

Read a timeline of JRW’s history. Or, hear our three co-founders — Phaedra Hise, Dean King, and David L. Robbins — talk about how JRW started and what it has become:

Our Present

Today, JRW has grown into multi-faceted non-profit organization that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub and a welcoming home for anyone who loves the written word. Aspiring and professional writers and passionate readers in all genres benefit from a variety of programs, services, and events, often presented in partnership with other cultural organizations. We are supported by government grants, foundations, corporate partners, and the generosity of our members.

To find out more about JRW, read our latest annual report and tax return filed with the IRS. We also have an FAQ about our activities.