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 2017, 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 2017 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.
The 2017 Lineup
(Schedule subject to change due to speaker availability)
- January 25: Befriending the Scissors: Cutting the Extraneous
- February 22: The Professional Writer: Author Newsletters & Tapping Your Tribe
- March 29: Fairytales, Folklore & Stories that Endure
- April 26: Finding Authenticity: Writing Outside Your Gender, Race or Culture
- May 31: The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Readers Captivated
- June 28: Examining the Writing Marketplace: Micro to Mid-sized Publishers
- July 26: The Art of the Start: Finding the Entry-point to your Story
- August 30: Playing with Language: Tools & Techniques for Creative Play
- September 27: Stepping Up to the Stage: Public Speaking for Writers
Individual show tickets are $12/members and $15/non-members. Two free passes to the Writing Show are included with an Individual Membership or upgrade to the Writing Show Membership to receive nine months of shows for a savings of $47.
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)
You’ve hooked them from the start. You know where you’re going. But how on earth are you going to get there? Sometimes the middle is a bit squishy. This panel with talented writers across multiple genres will discuss outlining and writing by the seat of your pants, techniques for moving forward, and how to know when something is working and when it’s not.
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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)
Jane Alison was born in 1961 in Canberra, Australia, and until she was eleven grew up in the Australian and U.S. foreign services. She went to public schools in Washington, D.C., and studied classics at Princeton and Brown universities and creative writing at Columbia. Before writing fiction, she worked for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington City Paper, the Miami New Times, and Tulane University; she has also been a freelance editor and illustrator.
Her first novel, The Love-Artist, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by The Marriage of the Sea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003; Natives and Exotics; and a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes. She has collaborated with composer Thomas Sleeper on a mini-opera and a song cycle based on her books, and her short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, TriQuarterly, Seed, Five Points, The Germanic Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlottesville and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.
So far, Kahil Dotay has been involved in over 150 films working almost all departments and on both sides of the camera—from super low budget films to mega-million dollar blockbusters. Kahil has written 22 screenplays, 9 which have been produced into films, one unproduced stage play, two unpublished books, countless commercials, and has won some awards in the process. Throughout the years, he has assembled a team of hard-working, award-winning, and people-friendly filmmakers for his production company INTEGfilms. Kahil is an active board member of the Virginia Production Alliance, the business organization for the Virginia film industry. From 2009-2011 he served as their Vice-President and from 2011-2013 President. Last year, he was the locations manager for the Netflix film, Burning Sands which premiered at Sundance. He is currently in post-production on a feature film he wrote, Vampires in Virginia. He currently lives in Midlothian, VA
Mary Ann Marlowe lives in central Virginia where she works as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. Mary Ann is the author of Some Kind of Magic and A Crazy Kind of Love, from Kensington Publishing.
Erica Orloff is the author of twenty-five books for adults and young adults and, as Erica Kirov, the award-winning Magickeepers series for middle-grade readers. She is one of the founders of Editing for Authors and its sister company Dragon Tree Books. She has worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor for over two decades. An in-demand speaker, she gives workshops on writing, editing, and finding your voice, and is a Pushcart-nominated essayist. A native New Yorker, she roots for the Yankees and her beloved minor league team. She lives in Virginia with her family, where she chases dust bunnies, plays her Ibanez guitar (very badly), and tries not to drop any of the myriad plates ever-spinning in her multitasking life. Follow her on Twitter (@ericaorloff).