COST: $65 for members; $80 for non-members
DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2018
TIME: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: St. John’s Church Parish Hall in Church Hill. 2401 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
Focus: Structure for Stories both Big and Small
So, if you’re like me, you have twenty different ideas about a hundred different stories that have been told a million times. That said, whether in a long piece of fiction or a short personal essay, there are specific tools writers use to structure their story into a narrative. Likewise, the reader needs to follow you, and they, too, come to your story with their own ideas, stories, and past experiences, which they tell and re-tell in their own way however many times in however many voices in whatever order they want. So, we have a big task at hand: Tell your story to the reader in a way that is both organically your own and can connect with a stranger.
We will focus on various types of narrative structure through examples across all types of forms and genres. Specifically, we’ll look at three different models to see how they work, what is gained and what is lost, and how you can benefit by looking at your story through different narrative structures.
Patrick Dacey is the author of the novel, The Outer Cape, an Amazon Editor’s Pick, and the collection of stories, We’ve Already Gone This Far, selected by the American Bookseller’s Association as a Top Ten Debut. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and has taught writing at various schools, including the College of William and Mary. His stories have been featured in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and Guernica, among other publications.
Discoverability. That’s the key to securing book deals (fiction or nonfiction) and freelance gigs. That means making it super easy for agents, publishers, and editors to find you online and learn about what makes you marketable. We’ll discuss how and when to use branded platform materials, like TIP sheets, PR, and media kits. We’ll even provide a handout of suggested tips and outlines to help you get started, so new writers can build a plan of action beyond mere social media.
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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)REGISTER NOW
Angela Dominguez is the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time recipient of the American Library Association Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, hit the bookstores earlier this year. Angela is a proud member of SCBWI, PEN America, and represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. angeladominguezbooks.com @andominguez
Ellen Whitfield is a passionate reader and had more than seven years experience in print media with outlets as The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate (Baton Rouge and New Orleans) before switching to publicity with JKS Communications. Her experience with journalism and social media benefits authors in a variety of genres. A graduate of LSU, Ellen lives in Louisiana with her husband, a newspaper executive, her 1-year-old daughter, and (ever-growing) collection of 550 books. jkscommunications.com
Sarah Lapollo Beck
Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing.
More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and Southern hospitality.
Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, VA
Pre-Conference Master Classes
Friday, October 12, 2018
James River Writers kicks off our conference with Pre-Conference Master Classes. Absorb the wisdom of the experts and gain hands-on experience, whether you want to discover that perfect angle to get published or explore nuances of your craft.
To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, a generous advocate for writers and their readers, James River Writers presents an annual award to an outstanding Virginian who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education. If you know someone you’d like to see honored, nominate them for the 2018 Emyl Jenkins Award.
To make a nomination, complete this form. In no more than 500 words, explain how the nominee makes Virginia a better place for writers. For more information about Emyl Jenkins and the Emyl Jenkins award, visit Emyl Jenkins Award.
Nominations are open from May 1 through August 15.