The 18th Annual James River Writers Conference will be
October 9-11, 2020
James River Writers is excited to be back at Firehouse Theatre for the 2020 season of The Writing Show. Held the last Wednesday of the month, January through September, The Writing Show offers a panel of experts focused on topics geared to help writers with both their craft and navigating the fast-changing business of writing. There are plenty of opportunities for socializing and networking with other central Virginia writers, too.
- January 29 – Finding the End in 2020
- February 26 – Marketing Beyond Social Media
- March 25 – Making a Scene
- April 29 – Your Perspective Matters
- May 27 – The Long Haul with Meg Medina
- June 24 – Starting Strong
- July 29 – Maintaining Momentum
- August 26 – Sticking the Landing
- September 30 – Ask Us Anything . . . About Writing (featuring the JRW staff, free show)
*Topics above are subject to change.
Purchase a Writing Show Season Pass or Writing Show Membership and Save!
A Writing Show Season Pass is just $80. You get all eight shows (the ninth is free for everyone) and save almost 20%. For $125 you can get a Writing Show Membership, which includes all eight shows and membership.
Do you have a completed unpublished novel that’s ready for recognition? Submit it to the Best Unpublished Novel Contest! The contest is open for submissions January 5 through March 15, 2020. Entries must be postmarked by March 15.
The Best Unpublished Novel Contest is a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine.
For submission, rules, and other contest information, visit Best Unpublished Novel Contest.
Do you have grand aspirations for your writing that you never quite seem to accomplish? Is it hard to begin and even harder to find your way through the middle? Join our accomplished panelists for advice on finishing your projects in 2020 as well as some insight into what might be holding you back.
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00; meet & greet 6:00-6:45; program starts at 6:45)
Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)
Dr. Laura E. Knouse
Dr. Laura E. Knouse is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond and a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with Attention-Deficit/
Julie Valerie writes upmarket women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the fictional Village of Primm. Her debut novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, was released in December 2019 with Lake Union Publishing. Julie founded the 85K Writing Challenge (85K90.com), providing writers with a supportive, enriching forum to pen 85,000 words in 90 days followed by 12 months of writing, editing, prepping to pub, and publishing support. Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and enjoys testing her knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style. Learn more at julievalerie.com. (@Julie_Valerie)
Patricia Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones Books), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her short fiction has appeared most recently in the Masters Review, and her nonfiction has appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines. Twice nominated for a Pushcart, she has been awarded writing fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Row-land Writers Retreat. She teaches at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, VA. @pattysmith711