JRW Shoptalk Schedule

We supply the topics and the experts. You bring your questions!

James River Writers is pleased to announce a new opportunity at the 17th Annual JRW Conference to get face-to-face advice from professionals in the fields of writing, publishing, and promotion.

Attendees who buy a Shoptalk ticket will be able to drop-in to the Shoptalk room during any of the seven, one-hour periods the room will be open over the course of the two-day conference. Stay ten minutes or the whole hour chatting informally with writing professionals about your writing questions.

Each hour, seven professionals will be available to talk with you about a variety of topics from writing for kids and teens to creating a podcast and everything in between! (see schedule below).

Room monitors will be on hand to be sure no one table is overwhelmed and that Shoptalk attendees have a chance to chat with the professionals.
To participate in Shoptalk, you must be registered for the conference and purchase a $50 add-on ticket. Only a limited number of Shoptalk add-on tickets will be sold, so we cannot guarantee they’ll be available to purchase on-site. If you buy the add-on, your name badge will have a special stamp admitting you to the Shoptalk room.
All-inclusive members are automatically given Shoptalk access and do not need to sign up or pay extra.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Session 1: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Worldbuilding with Bill Blume
  • Entertainment Law with Joni Davis
  • Pitches with M. M. Finck
  • Writing for Kids and Teens with Lana Krumwiede
  • Personal Branding with Sharvettte Mitchell
  • Place & Setting with Patricia Smith
  • Forensics with Robert Toms

Session 2: Saturday, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Using YouTube to Build Your Non-fiction Audience with Kristi-Tuck Austin
  • Query Letters with M. M. Finck
  • Finding the Right Agent with Jeff Jackson
  • Talking about Memoir with Annette Marquis
  • Podcasting (Hosting your Own) with Sharvette Mitchell
  • Write What you Don’t Know with Tee Morris
  • Pitches with Erica Orloff

Session 3: Saturday, 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • Taking Poetry Public with Wendy DeGroat
  • Pitches with M. M. Finck
  • Paths to Publication with Melanie Hatter
  • Novel Ideas: Premise and Story with Bruce Holsinger
  • Web Design with Sharvettte Mitchell
  • Independent Publishers with Jenn Rossmann
  • School Talks with Anne Westrick

Session 4: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Novel Writing with Melanie Hatter
  • Blurbs & Blurbing with Alma Katsu
  • Flash Fiction with Nathan Long
  • Marketing & Promotion with Ginger McKnight-Chavers
  • Social Media for Authors with Sharvettte Mitchell
  • Query Letters with Melissa Sinclair
  • Writing Dialogue with Chris L. Terry

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Session 5: Sunday, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

  • NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with Jean Anderson
  • Action Scenes with Bill Blume
  • Prepping for Speaking Engagements with Kristen Green
  • Art of Rejection with Nathan Long
  • Strategies for Getting your Story on the Page with Rebecca Pierce
  • Having a Publishing LLC with Mark Slauter
  • Agent/Author Relationship Katarina Spears

Session 6: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Entertainment Law with Joni Davis
  • Book Cover Design with Phillip Hilliker
  • Troubleshooting First Draft Problems with Lana Krumwiede
  • Audiobooks with Julia McCauley
  • Grant Writing with Chris McDaniel
  • Forensics with Robert Toms
  • Creating a series bible with Julie Valerie

Session 7: Sunday, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • Online Writing Communities with Jean Anderson
  • Audiobooks with Julia McCauley
  • Grant Writing with Chris McDaniel
  • Picture Books with Brian Rock
  • How to Start Freelancing with Melissa Sinclair
  • Building a Platform before Publishing with Katarina Spears
  • Self-editing with Kris Spisak