Deepening Your Story & Escaping Writer’s Block through Pre-writing
with Solveig Eggerz
Discover the meaning or “aboutness” of your story through pre-writing. Participants will experiment with several pre-writing methods focused on protagonist, place, and conflict, experiencing how each exercise deepens the meaning of the story and paves the way to a confident first draft. Participants will come away with an understanding of the pre-writing process as well as the beginnings of a good story.
A native of Iceland, Solveig Eggerz is the author of Seal Woman, an award-winning novel informed by the selkie legend. For many years she told folk and fairy tales in schools in Alexandria, Virginia. Using a blend of told and written story, she teaches writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as “Sharing our Stories,” a writing program for individuals emerging from difficult circumstances. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Catholic University. Her writing has appeared in such places as The Northern Virginia Review, Delmarva Review, and Palo Alto Review.
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Visual Arts Center 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Price: $55 for members; $70 for non-members
And make sure you don’t miss Solveig Eggerz the night before this Master Class on the stage of the March 29 Writing Show: Fairytales, Folklore & Stories that Endure.
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye has said “poems hide. [. . .] What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them.” Poems or stories may be hiding near you right now—in newspapers and magazines, or in historic documents a few clicks away. Whether you collage fragments from many documents to make a found poem, discover a poem floating up from a single source text, or use documents as a spark for a story, come prepared for creative play. After seeing how poems can emerge from documents, in this case, poems that tell the story of Richmond’s elusive Progressive-era philanthropist and educator, Grace Evelyn Arents (who bequeathed land to the city that’s now Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden), we’ll mine new work from creativity-inspiring documents related to River City history and then share what we’ve found or invented.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Patrick Henry Pub, 2300 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
Wendy DeGroat’s poetry has appeared in U.S. and U.K. publications, including Rust+Moth, Raleigh Review, and Mslexia. Her chapbook Beautiful Machinery (Headmistress Press, 2016) is available at Chop Suey Books and online. She is currently working on a poetry collection in the voices of Richmond philanthropist, Grace Evelyn Arents, and her life companion, Mary Garland Smith. She and her wife live in Richmond, where she works as a librarian, teaches workshops, mentors poets, and curates poetryriver.org.
Join JRW readers for the first RVA Lit Crawl on April 21, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 at St. John’s Parish Hall.
The RVA Lit Crawl, April 20 and 21, includes 16 readings featuring a wide range of Richmond-area authors at venues all around town. Visit rvalitcrawl.org for details about other readers and venues.
The Best Unpublished Novel Contest is a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine.
The contest is open for submissions January 1 through March 31, 2017
Writers may submit the first 50 pages of a previously unsubmitted novel and the $25 entry fee.
The first-prize winner receives $500, publication of an excerpt in the September issue of Richmond magazine, a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference, and feedback on the manuscript. Two finalists each receive $200.