September 2020 Writing Show ONLINE – Ask Us Anything (with JRW Staff) – FREE!
Join the JRW Staff – Katharine Herndon (Executive Director), Phil Hilliker (Membership Coordinator), and Brynn Markham (Program Director) for a special edition of the last Writing Show of the year! Come with any questions you may have about the craft of writing and/or the business side of things. Or, maybe you have burning questions about the JRW organization, or the 18th Annual James River Writers Conference coming up October 9-11. We look forward to hearing from our JRW Community!
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Location: Online, in the comfort of your own home. Via the Zoom Platform
Price: This special edition of the Writing Show is FREE!
Registration closes on September 29; your unique link to join the online Zoom program will be emailed to you the the morning of the Writing Show.
All participants must register online to ensure you receive the link to the Zoom platform. This includes all-inclusive members, Writing Show members, and individual members wishing to use one of their free passes.Register Now
Katharine Herndon - Executive Director
Katharine Herndon was a fan of James River Writers even before they hired her. She has attended all seventeen conferences and over a hundred Writing Shows, and she plans to keep improving on that number. She was on the board for several years in a variety of roles, including executive secretary, co-chair of the 2011 conference committee (with the wonderful Valley Haggard), 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 been published by RVA indie press Sink/Swim in The Great Richmond Zombie Book and appears in the anthology River Town, and the Richmond-based anthology River City Secrets. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Davidson College, and St. Catherine’s School. (@kaherndon)
Phil Hilliker - Membership Coordinator
Phillip Hilliker tinkered with writing for several years in private, huddled over his computer, not admitting to anyone beyond his wife that he wanted to be a writer. Before becoming JRW’s membership coordinator, he found James River Writers was the supportive community he needed to fully embrace the authorial side of his personality. Beyond writing, he has spent many years as a freelance illustrator and work-at-home dad while also teaching illustration courses at Visual Arts Center of Richmond. This combination of occupations means he spends a majority of his time thinking about monsters and robots. He lives in a demanding fixer-upper house with his wife and kid. (@PhilHilliker)
Brynn Markham - Program Director
Brynn Markham is an aspiring writer who has seen the impact of James River Writers through her work with Richmond’s PBS and NPR stations. In her communications and outreach role, she was thrilled to champion projects that connected public media audiences to national content through partnerships with Richmond’s nonprofit community. Prior to her tenure at WCVE PBS/NPR, Brynn worked with First Book, helping children in underserved areas gain access to books to tackle the literacy gap. Her love of writing and books began in high school when she penned a weekly column in her local newspaper and continued into adulthood when she dabbled in blogging. She is determined to see the countless note pads containing “the next big idea” that sit dutifully in her bedside table develop into an inspired work to be enjoyed beyond the confines of her home and immediate family.
The James River Writers Conference is an annual gathering in Richmond, Virginia, that attracts prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and literary agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. Since 2003, this multi-day event of 350 to 400 writers has been known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and hospitality. We hope you’ll join us this year. We have made the difficult decision to move this year’s conference online. But, rest assured that we will be including the same elements that have made this conference a successful, sold-out event for the writing community year after year. Look forward to The Agent Dating Game, First Pages, Master Classes, and more! In addition, we are building in opportunities for networking and fun engagement like morning Writing Prompts and Pre-Conference “Parties,” knowing that community is at the heart of everything we do.
For more, see our Conference Home Page.
We are thrilled to announce that MEG MEDINA and LINDA SUE PARK will be our keynote speakers this year!Register Now!
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, all in-person Writing Shows are cancelled until further notice. JRW is currently working to move some of this programming online.
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 – Cancelled
- 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.