Conference Sponsorships

For corporate sponsors, recognition is available without tangible goods.

 Supporting Sponsorship • $15,000

Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; opportunity to distribute marketing materials in the conference tote bags; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org.  In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Back cover ad for the full-color conference program and name or logo inside program cover
  • Fifteen conference admissions
  • Verbal acknowledgment during the opening session at the conference
  • Introduction to marquee author and signed book from marquee author
  • Four invitations to the conference kickoff party

School Visit Sponsorship • $10,000

Help JRW bring one of our conference speakers to a local school for a keynote and/or classroom talk. JRW will work with you to identify a school you would like to support.

Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; opportunity to distribute marketing materials in the conference tote bags; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org.  In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Full-page ad in the full-color conference program and name or logo inside program cover
  • Eight student conference admissions and two adult admissions
  • Verbal acknowledgment during the opening session at the conference and the school visit
  • Two invitations to the conference kickoff party

Marquee Author Sponsorship • $5,000

Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; opportunity to distribute marketing materials in the conference tote bags; verbal acknowledgment at the conference; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org.  In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Half-page ad in the full-color conference program and name or logo inside program cover
  • Five conference admissions
  • Introduction to marquee author and signed book from marquee author
  • Verbal acknowledgment from the podium at the start of any panels the marquee author participates in
  • Invitation to conference kickoff party

Plenary Session Sponsorship • $1,000

In the past, plenary sessions have included the keynote (former keynotes by Marita Golden, Padman Venkatraman, Ellen Oh), our popular First Pages Panel, and The Agent Dating Game. This year’s plenary sessions will be posted online as they are confirmed. Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org. In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Quarter-page ad in the full-color conference program and name or logo inside program cover
  • One conference admission
  • Verbal acknowledgment from the podium before the plenary session
  • Room signage indicating sponsorship

Conference Speaker Sponsorship • $1,000 Level

Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org. In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Quarter-page ad in the full-color conference program
  • One conference admission
  • Verbal acknowledgment from the podium at the start of any panels or events the author or agent participates in
  • The chance to meet the author or agent
  • A signed book of the author’s (if applicable)

Shoptalk Sponsorship • $1,000-$2000, Level

James River Writers offers a consultation room as a conference add-on. Attendees who purchase access ($50 ticket) will have the chance to visit Shoptalk for a variety of advice. The room will be open for eight hours over the course of two days and will feature 25-30 literary professionals. In one hour, attendees might find someone to talk to about producing an audio book, self-publishing, marketing, book covers, and query letters. Then the next hour the professionals in the room and the topics will be different. Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org. In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

One Day of Shoptalk – $1,000

  • A table in Shoptalk for one full day (all sessions) to discuss your writing-related product or business
  • Quarter-page ad in the full-color conference program
  • Acknowledgement on Shoptalk page in program
  • One conference admission
  • Signage indicating sponsorship
  • The chance to have writing-related literature in our popular tote bags (see below)

Both Days of Shoptalk – $2,000

  • A table in Shoptalk for two full days (all sessions) to discuss your writing-related product or business
  • Half-page ad in the full-color conference program
  • Acknowledgement on Shoptalk page in program
  • Two conference admissions
  • Verbal acknowledgment in the opening session
  • Signage indicating sponsorship
  • The chance to have writing-related literature in our popular tote bags (see below)
  • Invitation to conference kickoff party

Master Class Sponsorship • $500 Level

The day before the conference, we offer six two-hour classes, with plenty of opportunity for attendees to gain mastery through exercises and instructor interaction. Base benefits: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org. In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Two class admissions
  • Verbal acknowledgment at the start of the class
  • The chance to meet the instructor

Conference Breakout Session or Intensive Sponsorship • $500 Level

Sponsor your choice of one of our many popular panels on the craft or business of writing. Alternately, sponsor one of our six intensives, 60 minute conference sessions that offer hands-on experience and actionable takeaways from experienced instructors.
Base benefits for panels or intensives: logo and acknowledgment in all event online and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org.  In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Acknowledgment in the conference guide, including logo if space allows
  • Verbal acknowledgement from the podium at the start of the breakout session. 

If you are interested in sponsoring more than one breakout or intensive, additional benefits such as conference tickets and/or advertising space are available.

By the Book: Conference Breakout Session Sponsorship • $500 Level ~ NEW~

Would you like to have your book’s name as a panel sponsor instead of your own? Have you been looking for an opportunity to sell your book in the conference bookstore? Sponsor your choice of one of our many popular panels on the craft or business of writing as your book title.
Base benefits: acknowledgment in online event schedule and on-site materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes; and hyperlink on jamesriverwriters.org. In addition, sponsors will receive these specific benefits:

  • Acknowledgment in the conference guide, including a small image of your book
  • Verbal acknowledgement from the podium at the start of the breakout session
  • Inclusion of your book title in the list of books for sale in the conference tote
  • Ability to sell one book title at the conference bookstore
  • Twenty minutes to sign one book title at conference signing table
  • Tote bag stuffing (see below)

Sponsors at this level must agree to the JRW book selling agreement, including donating 30% of sales to JRW to cover credit card fees and office administration.

Teacher/Student Scholarship • $250 Level

Provide the conference experience to an educator or deserving student on a tight budget. Benefits include acknowledgment in all event online materials; Facebook & Twitter acknowledgment; and gift acknowledgment in Get Your Word On, reaching 4500+ inboxes. In addition, sponsors will receive acknowledgment in the conference guide.

Tote Bag Stuffing

Do you have a stash of bookmarks, postcards, or flyers trumpeting a literary achievement or a service related to writing or reading? Send us 400 of your items, and we’ll put one in each conference tote bag. Check the box on your conference registration form to pay a $100 stuffing fee, and a volunteer will contact you to make delivery arrangements. Please, no business cards. Items must be received by no later than Monday, September 28, 2020.

Customized sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Please contact Katharine Herndon at execdirector (@) jamesriverwriters.org

or (804) 433-3790 for more information.

 

Thank you for supporting James River Writers, Federal Tax ID # 30-0161929.

JRW reserves the right to evaluate potential sponsorship opportunities for compliance with our Code of Conduct.