Join us for the 16th Annual James River Writers Conference

Richmond, Virginia

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, 2018

Pre-conference Master Classes on Friday, Oct 12, 2018

The conference will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The 2017 Conference sold out so make sure you secure your seat for 2018.

NEW FOR 2018: On both Saturday and Sunday this year, we will be able to choose one of three 1-hour intensive workshops, all with specific take-aways to deepen your writing skills and business knowledge. See the 2018 Schedule at 12:45 – 1:45 for details.

A full PDF of the conference guide is now available for download!


For all of our fabulous 2018 speakers, visit 2018 Conference Speakers

About the Conference

Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted award-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about the craft and business of writing and publishing.

More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere, and Southern hospitality. We hope you’ll join us for our 16th annual conference, October 13-14, 2018.

Not convinced? Read what some of our past attendees have said:

In Blog Posts 

Let me say up front that the absolutely worst thing about JRWC is that I couldn’t attend every session.Vivian Lawry

27 Things I Learned about Writing at the James River Writers Conference by Heather Weidner

“. . . one of our favorite writers conferences in the whole world, pound for pound possibly the best, James River Writers Conference.  If you want to learn about writing, if you want to meet writers and agents and publishers and have a great time, this is the conference for you.The Book Doctors

On Twitter

Esi Sogah @esisogah (Esi Sogah is Senior Editor at Kensington Books)
A conference first: got a pitch that actually moved me to tears. Literally. #requested #jrw17

Had a blast at ! Learned some stuff, met some people and now I’m even more excited to get back to writing.

Meredith Stoddard ‏ @M_R_Stoddard
Another great year at #jrw17. Leaving thoughtful, inspired & fired up for another year of writing & selling books

Through Conference Surveys

“The sense of community and open dialogue is key to this conference . . . it absolutely propels it.”

“This is an event that can inspire even the most casual of writers. There are so many ideas and concepts shared freely that everyone can learn.”

“Immersing myself in a community of writers motivates and inspires me. The JRW community is the best I’ve known.”

Great speakers, terrific opportunities to network, incredible energy! Writers at every stage can learn new things and get new ideas.

Thank you for the best weekend of my life!! Learned so much and met so many wonderful people . . . can’t wait for next year!

My time at the JRW conference is magical. The energy from the speakers and participants permeates the air and infuses it with possibilities and promise. It’s a Disney World for writers!

The James River Writer Conference was life-altering, both personally and professionally. As a teacher, I gleaned information about process, editing, and publishing to teach my students so that they can look at literature from the perspective of a writer; furthermore, as a writer, I grew thanks to seminars and panel discussions giving insight into character and world building, editing, and professional expectations.