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 2019, 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 Writing Show runs from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 for Meet & Greet; program starts at 6:45)
The programming for 2019 was designed with your comments and suggestions in mind and is adapting to meet your writing craft and business needs.
The 2019 Season
(Schedule subject to change due to speaker availability)
- January 30 – Balancing Writing and Life: Inspiration and Practical Strategies
- February 27 – How to Permanently Banish Writer’s Block
- March 20 – Writing a Killer Synopsis (Note the date change! This is the THIRD Wednesday, this month only.)
- April 24 – How to Sell the Heck Out of Your Book
- May 29 – Making Freelance Writing Financially Rewarding
- June 26 – Building Relationships with Bookstore Owners and Librarians
- July 31 – Defining and Finding Your Audience
- August 28 – I Finished My Book (Poem, Screenplay)—Now What? (Path to Publication Part I)
- September 25 – People Skills for Writers (Path to Publication Part II)
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)
You’re ready to start shopping your book to agents – but then you see the terrifying words: “Include a one-page synopsis.” Why is writing a synopsis so hard? Are you really supposed to give away all your plot twists? How can you capture an agent’s attention and entice them to read more? Our panel has the answers.
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 NOTE: DATE CHANGE FROM REGULAR SCHEDULE
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00; meet & greet 6:00-6:45; program starts at 6:45)
Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)
Eric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary and a Young Adult author. He’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, and is actively looking for projects across categories and genres, primarily young adult fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction (memoir, cookbooks, pop culture, history), and select sci-fi and fantasy. When he isn’t busy working on books, he writes his own. His next books include Reclaim the Sun, a novel due out with Inkyard Press in 2020, and a story in Color Outside the Lines, an anthology being published with Soho Teen this November. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, and Corgi.
Register for a Master Class: Crafting and Workshopping the Synopsis with Eric Smith on Thursday, March 21, 2019, following The Writing Show.
Lisa Hagan began her literary career in NYC in 1995. She has shepherded many books to the New York Times Bestseller list, among other notable lists. Her clients include scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields of health, groundbreaking science, climate change, and environmental issues. She also represents non-fiction properties such as self-help, spirituality, travel and business titles. She grew up in Richmond, VA.
A veteran of the armed forces, Rebekah Pierce is a member of several local writers’ groups for both fiction and drama where her work has been widely received and supported. She is a lover of mystery novels that feature protagonists who have their own demons to fight as they save the day, so to speak. She is the author of Murder on Second Street and The Secret Life of Lucy Bosman.