James River Writers is excited to announce that, beginning with our April 29 program, we will be moving The Writing Show online! We look forward to joining you for this popular JRW programming on the Zoom platform, as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis right alongside you. We will update you monthly, as details about the pandemic become available, to let you know about our scheduled programming after April. We are prepared to offer this programming online, or in-person, as the situation allows. Thank you for your patience. Note that the timing and pricing structure of the online class differs slightly from the in-person programming.
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 the presentation, the audience has the opportunity to participate in a Q&A.
Please note that, in order to participate in the online Writing Show, you must register for the program. This includes anyone that holds an all-inclusive membership, a Writing Show Membership, and those that wish to use their Writing Show passes that came with their regular membership. You will see an option on the registration page for each of these scenarios. This will ensure that you receive all communications regarding this programming, including an email that provides the link to access the program on the Zoom platform. In order to ensure that all registrants receive the link to participate, registration for the April Writing Show will close on April 27. Registrants will receive the email with the link to participate the day before the program begins.
The programming for 2020 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.
The 2020 Season
- January 29 – Finding the End in 2020
- February 26 – Marketing Beyond Social Media
- March 25 – Making a Scene (Cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns!)
- April 29 – Your Perspective Matters (Now on the online Zoom platform!)
- May 27 – The Long Haul with Meg Medina
- June 24 – Starting Strong
- July 29 – Maintaining Momentum
- August 26 – Sticking the Landing
- September 30 – Ask Us Anything . . . About Writing (featuring the JRW staff, free show)
*Topics above are subject to change.
Individual show tickets are $10/members and $12/non-members. Two free passes to the Writing Show are included with an Individual Membership. You can also purchase a Season Pass to receive eight shows for $80 (the ninth show is free for everyone).
Last Wednesday of every month from January through September
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Online, via the Zoom platform until further notice.
$10 – Members; $12 Non-members ($5 for students)
September 2020 Writing Show ONLINE – Ask Us Anything (with JRW Staff) – FREE!
Join the JRW Staff – Katharine Herndon (Executive Director), Phil Hilliker (Membership Coordinator), and Brynn Markham (Program Director) for a special edition of the last Writing Show of the year! Come with any questions you may have about the craft of writing and/or the business side of things. Or, maybe you have burning questions about the JRW organization, or the 18th Annual James River Writers Conference coming up October 9-11. We look forward to hearing from our JRW Community!
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Location: Online, in the comfort of your own home. Via the Zoom Platform
Price: This special edition of the Writing Show is FREE!
Registration closes on September 29; your unique link to join the online Zoom program will be emailed to you the the morning of the Writing Show.
All participants must register online to ensure you receive the link to the Zoom platform. This includes all-inclusive members, Writing Show members, and individual members wishing to use one of their free passes.Register Now
Katharine Herndon - Executive Director
Katharine Herndon was a fan of James River Writers even before they hired her. She has attended all seventeen conferences and over a hundred Writing Shows, and she plans to keep improving on that number. She was on the board for several years in a variety of roles, including executive secretary, co-chair of the 2011 conference committee (with the wonderful Valley Haggard), and membership chair. Prior to becoming employed at JRW, Katharine taught middle school language arts for thirteen years. Her favorite bits were Shakespeare and poetry, and she was in a minority in this. Katharine’s work has been published by RVA indie press Sink/Swim in The Great Richmond Zombie Book and appears in the anthology River Town, and the Richmond-based anthology River City Secrets. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Davidson College, and St. Catherine’s School. (@kaherndon)
Phil Hilliker - Membership Coordinator
Phillip Hilliker tinkered with writing for several years in private, huddled over his computer, not admitting to anyone beyond his wife that he wanted to be a writer. Before becoming JRW’s membership coordinator, he found James River Writers was the supportive community he needed to fully embrace the authorial side of his personality. Beyond writing, he has spent many years as a freelance illustrator and work-at-home dad while also teaching illustration courses at Visual Arts Center of Richmond. This combination of occupations means he spends a majority of his time thinking about monsters and robots. He lives in a demanding fixer-upper house with his wife and kid. (@PhilHilliker)
Brynn Markham - Program Director
Brynn Markham is an aspiring writer who has seen the impact of James River Writers through her work with Richmond’s PBS and NPR stations. In her communications and outreach role, she was thrilled to champion projects that connected public media audiences to national content through partnerships with Richmond’s nonprofit community. Prior to her tenure at WCVE PBS/NPR, Brynn worked with First Book, helping children in underserved areas gain access to books to tackle the literacy gap. Her love of writing and books began in high school when she penned a weekly column in her local newspaper and continued into adulthood when she dabbled in blogging. She is determined to see the countless note pads containing “the next big idea” that sit dutifully in her bedside table develop into an inspired work to be enjoyed beyond the confines of her home and immediate family.