Executive Director


Katharine Herndon was a fan of James River Writers even before they hired her.  She has attended all ten conferences and over forty Writing Shows, and she plans to improve on that number in 2013.  She has been on the board for several years in a variety of roles, including executive secretary, chair of the 2011 conference committee, and membership chair.  Prior to becoming employed at JRW, Katharine taught middle school language arts for thirteen years.  Her favorite bits were Shakespeare and poetry, and she was in a minority in this.  Katharine’s work has won second place in the Style Magazine fiction contest and been published by local indie press Sink/Swim in The Great Richmond Zombie Book and Front Porch Fiction.  She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Davidson College, and St. Catherine’s School.

Program Director

Sheila Sheppard LoveladySheila Sheppard Lovelady is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she earned a BA in English by obsessing over Victorian fiction and modern American poetry. In her past life, Sheila served as the Executive Director of Partnership for Smarter Growth in Richmond and as part of the nonprofit team at the Historic Palace Theatre in Cape Charles. In 2011, James River Writers helped inspire her to plunge into a dream of pursuing literary bliss, and she has never looked back. When she’s not watering seedlings with Backyard Farmer, a business she co-owns, or fiddling around on her great-grandfather’s violin, she is allegedly working on a memoir of her 2012 Appalachian Trail thru-hike from Georgia to Maine.