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)
Publishing a book has many pathways–it’s not simply a choice between self-publishing and pitching the Big 5 through a literary agent. There are well-established, award-winning imprints that aren’t in New York City; there are small, genre-specific niche publishers that only release small lists every year; there are multitudes of micro presses if we venture to look. How does an author know where to start, which presses are worth pursuing, or what publishing with a smaller publisher is like? The June Writing Show explores these questions and more.
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 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)
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Millions List, a leader in publishing, named her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press), one of the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2016. She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy. McMillan Cottom is also co-editor of two academic books: Digital Sociologies from Policy Press and For Profit U from Palgrave MacMillan. She speaks extensively, including recent invitations to The White House, South Africa, New Zealand, and Italy. Her public scholarship has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Atlantic to name a few. Website: tressiemc.com
Jean Huets is a co-founder of Circling Rivers (circlingrivers.com), an independent press dedicated to literary fiction and nonfiction set primarily in North America, and poetry. Their latest title is Loplop in a Red City, a collection of ekphrastic poetry by Kenneth Pobo. Jean is author of With Walt Whitman: Himself, acclaimed by poet Steve Scafidi as a “book of marvels.” Her writing on the U.S. Civil War era has appeared in The New York Times and Civil War Monitor. Other published works by Jean Huets include The Bones You have Cast Down, a young adult novel set in late medieval Italy, and The Cosmic Tarot book, based on the tarot deck by German visionary artist Norbert Loesche. Visit her at jeanhuets.com
Dana Louise Provo
Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion‘s Blood is now available from Diversion Books. His first novel, Gidion‘s Hunt was released in 2013. His short stories have been published in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his novels, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher and has done so for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he worked as a television news producer and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. To learn more about Bill and his writing, visit his website at www.billblume.net.