Friday, October 13, 2017
at Richmond Public Library – Main Branch, 101 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2017
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA, 23219
Join us October 13-15, 2017 for our 15th annual conference
FIND OUT MORE AT 2017 JRW WRITERS CONFERENCE
This mini master class with five talented wordsmiths dives into a problem that can trouble any writer: where to begin a story. Each of of our panelists–including a fiction writer, a nonfiction writer and editor, a poet, a playwright, and a journalist–will take the stage for eight minutes each to elucidate on their strategies and tactics for finding the entry-point for a written project. Not all narratives are linear, and beginning in medias res is always a possibility–but what makes the most sense for your creative work? Attend July‘s Writing Show to help discover your answers.
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)
Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)
Louise Ricks is an award winning playwright, actress and artist. Louise has created work that inspires audiences to become active participants in the arts and in their communities. As an actress, Louise has performed all over the country and was even voted Best Actress by Style Weekly readers in 2014. As a photographer, Louise’s industry standard head shots have opened the door for actors to be recognized by national casting directors without breaking the bank. As a playwright, Louise has had over thirty plays produced nation wide. Louise’s shows tell relevant, empowering stories audiences of all ages have enjoyed.
In her personal mission to create quality youth and family entertainment, Louise founded The Whistle Stop Theatre Community in Ashland, Virginia. Now in its fifth season, Louise writes and produces all of their programming. In 2014, the Whistle Stop’s world premiere production, Cinderella: The Fairy Godmother’s Tale was selected by The New York Children’s Theatre Festival to be showcased in New York and in 2015 it was invited to participate in the Ruby Slipper Theatre Festival.
Brendan Wolfe is the editor of Encyclopedia Virginia, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. An Iowa native and graduate of the University of Iowa, he is the author of Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend and Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in 100 Objects. His work has appeared in The Morning News, Colorado Review, and VQR. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Website: brendanwolfe.c
Clifford Garstang is the author of the novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know, winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction, and the short story collection In an Uncharted Country. He is also the editor of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volumes I and II, anthologies of stories set around the world. His work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Los Angeles Review, Tampa Review, and elsewhere, and has received Distinguished Mention in the Best American Series. He is also the author of the popular literary blog Perpetual Folly, widely known for its annual ranking of literary magazines. In 2015 he received the Indiana Emerging Author Award from the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and international lawyer, Garstang earned an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. He lives near Staunton, Virginia. Website: cliffordgarsta
Mary Carroll-Hackett‘s poetry and fiction have appeared in more than a hundred journals including Carolina Quarterly, Clackamas Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, Reed, Superstition Review, Drunken Boat and The Prose-Poem Project, among others. Her awards include being named a North Carolina Blumenthal Writer and winner of the Willamette Award for Fiction. Her scripts have won or placed in numerous competitions, including Best Screenplay at Moondance, the Great Lakes Film Festival, Beaufort Film Festival, American Gem, Gimme Credit, the Page Awards, and Wildsound. The National Center for Film in Toronto staged a reading of her script OBX in 2008. She had an O Henry Recommended recognition for her story “Placing.”