Join us for the 15th Annual James River Writers Conference
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, 2017, with pre-conference Master Classes on Friday, Oct 13, 2017
Including a keynote presentation by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race and the 20th Virginia Literary Awards Celebration with Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, David Baldacci.
Introducing some of our 2017 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 15th annual conference, October 14-15, 2017.
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
Jessica Lahey @jesslahey 19 Oct 2016
Moe Ferrara @inthesestones 15 Oct 2016
Had a great time at #JRW16 today. Awesome panels and heard some great pitches too!
Amy Sue Nathan @AmySueNathan Oct 18 2015
Through Conference Surveys
“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.“