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