At the monthly Writing Show, authors and other literary professionals offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing. The Writing Show, which runs the last Wednesday of every month from January through September, affords writers a chance to network, learn, and expand their writing horizons. The first half of the program is a panel format, where writing experts share thoughts and advice on the evening’s topic. Following intermission, the audience has the opportunity to participate in a Q&A.
For 2018, we the Writing Show will continue in its home at Firehouse Theatre, which is located at 1609 West Broad Street. Free parking is available across the Street from Firehouse in the Lowe’s parking lot.
The programming for 2018 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.
The 2018 Season
(Schedule subject to change due to speaker availability)
- January 31 – A 2018 Creative Plan: Scheduling, Motivating, & Organizing Your Writing Life
- February 28 – Time Travel: Managing Time Inside Sci-fi, Fantasy, Non-fiction, or Historical Fiction
- March 28 – Breaking into Anthologies
- April 25 – Building a Publishing Resume: How Authors Can Secure Fellowships, Awards, & Prizes
- May 30 – What I Wish I Knew Before My First Book
- June 27 – Writing Cross-Culturally: Getting Help Getting It Right
- July 25 – The Power of Word Choice: An Editorial Critique & Member Reading Opportunity
- August 29 – Tip Sheets: Why You Need to Build Your Own Sales & Marketing Plan
- September 26 – Hybrid Authorship: Traditional Publishing, Indie Publishing, and How They Can Work Together
Individual show tickets are $12/members and $15/non-members. Two free passes to the Writing Show are included with an Individual Membership. You can also purchase a Season Pass to receive all nine shows for $85, a 20% savings.
Last Wednesday of every month from January through September
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)
Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street
$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)
Sensitivity readers can help your characters better represent the voices of the oppressed or marginalized. Experts in specialized fields or illnesses may deepen and define details. Beta readers might help gauge the reaction of your audience or genre. By improving the nuances of your writing, your readers can better experience the cross-cultural truth (even in your fiction).
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)
Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)REGISTER NOW
Leah Henderson’s novel, One Shadow on the Wall, is an Africana Children’s Book Award notable book and a Bank Street “Best Book of 2017” starred for outstanding merit. Her short story “Warning: Color May Fade” is part of the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America and her debut picture book is entitled Mamie on the Mound. Leah mentors at-risk teens and her volunteer work has roots in Mali, West Africa. She attended Callaloo Writing Workshop at Oxford University, is on Highlights Foundation faculty, and volunteers with Kweli Journal and We Need Diverse Books. She received her MFA from Spalding University and lives in Washington, D.C. Website: www.leahhendersonbooks.com. Twitter: @LeahsMark
Rodney Lofton has been a voice and advocate for those living with HIV for almost 20 years. He has served as a keynote speaker and requested facilitator by the New Jersey World AIDS Day Celebration, the United States Conference on AIDS, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Conference among others. He served on the United States – Saratov Oblast HIV prevention partnership program, in the Saratov-Oblast region in Russia. He is a former freelance writer and public relations professional, having worked with Kool and the Gang and Mary Wilson of the legendary Supremes. He served as a columnist for the online website GBMNews. His column focused on issues around HIV/AIDS and African-American gay men. His debut novel, The Day I Stopped Being Pretty: A Memoir, along with his sophomore effort, No More Tomorrows: Two Lives, Two Stories, One Love were both nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. Rodney serves as Deputy Director of Diversity Richmond.
Michael Paul Williams
Michael Paul Williams is a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A graduate of Virginia Union University and Northwestern University, he won Virginia Press Association awards for column writing in 1992, 1994, 2007 and 2014. During 1999-2000, he was one of a dozen U.S. journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He was the 2010 recipient of the George Mason Award for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism, given by the Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. He has also received a 2012 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the 2014 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.