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)
August 2020 Writing Show ONLINE – Sticking the Landing
You nailed the beginning, you got through the muddle of a middle, and now you’re ready to tie all the threads and themes into one pretty package. How do you include everything you need? Are there any rules for ending on a cliffhanger? Our panelists will share best practices for ending strong.
Panelists: S.A. Cosby (Shawn), Paula Gillison, Sharon Harrigan | Moderator: Bill Blume
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 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: $10 – Members; $12 Non-members ($5 for students)
Registration closes on August 25; 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
for the sponsorship of this program by
Shawn S.A. Cosby
Shawn S. A. Cosby is an award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His story, “The Grass Beneath My Feet” was awarded the 2019 Anthony award for best crime or mystery short story. His latest novel Blacktop Wasteland was released in July to international acclaim. When not writing, he is an avid whiskey connoisseur and movie fan.
Paula Michelle Gillison
Paula Michelle Gillison is a Richmond performance artist & writer. Her work has been published by The Billie Holiday Theater & YHMAB. She’s a member of The Writer’s Den, Tuesday Verses, Slam Richmond and teaches at Life in Ten Minutes. Her blog “For Lack Of Better Words” is read internationally. The author of “Under” and “Parables & The Gold Plated Things,” she is currently completing a book of short stories & a self-help guide entitled So Shall You Slay.
Sharon Harrigan is the author of the new novel Half. In a starred review, Booklist said, “Fans of Jeffrey Eugenides, Andre Dubus III, and Jane Smiley will adore Harrigan’s suspenseful, lyrical, and consuming exploration of two difficult lives, intertwined… Raw and powerful, Half will stay with you.” Publisher’s Weekly said, “Harrigan’s bold stylistic choices and memorable voice lend the novel a sense of mystery and magic, well suited to the themes of childhood fears and adult disillusionment. Riveting and inventive, this is a cut above the average coming of age tale.” Foreword Reviews called Half “gripping” and New York Journal of Books calls Half’s point of view “astonishingly effective.” Sharon is also the author of the memoir Playing with Dynamite. She teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her family.
Bill Blume’s love for the written word started in high school with an addiction to comic books that was later hijacked by novels such as Frankenstein and Dragonflight. His short stories have been published in many fantasy anthologies and ezines. He’s the author of the Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter series. Like the father figure in his novels, he’s worked as a 911 dispatcher for more than 15 years.