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James River Writers partners with Firehouse Theatre for new season of The Writing Show


james river writerJames River Writers proudly announces that the new season of The Writing Show will be held at the Firehouse Theatre beginning with the February 25 Show on Plotting a Hero’s Journey: Fiction, Myth and Scripts with The Richmond International Film Festival.

The January 28 Show on Writing Romance Like Jane Austen with the Jane Austen Society will be held at The Broadberry, where all the 2014 Writing Shows were held.

James River Writers Executive Director Katharine Herndon said, “We are very pleased to begin this partnership with Firehouse Theater. We look forward to more opportunities to partner with the creative community in central Virginia.”

The Writing Show, now entering its 16th year, has been described as “Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the NY Times Best Seller List.” The popular nine-month program brings together published authors, literary professionals, aspiring writers, and book nerds to offer an insider’s look at the craft and business of writing. The Writing Show is designed to be educational and entertaining for readers and writers, while providing an opportunity for networking among the central Virginia literary community.

As part of our new partnership, The Writing Show will now be held on the last Wednesday of each month to better align with other James River Writers events. More information on the speakers will be forthcoming and available at JamesRiverWriters.org

James River Writers is selling season passes that can save the purchaser 25% – 40% off the single-show prices. The pass makes an excellent gift for writers, readers and those who just want to know more about the creative process and the business of books.

When:     6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(networking: 6:00 p.m.; panelists, inspiration, and Q & A: 7:00 p.m.

Where:   January 28The Broadberry, 2729 West Broad Street

February – September – Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street

(parking for Firehouse is available on the street and in the Lowe’s parking lot)

Cost:       $12 Members; $15 non-Members

Season Pass:   $80 for all nine shows. Saves 25% – 40%.


The 2015 Lineup

January 28th Show

For novelists writing romance and readers who are Jane Austen fans, the January Writing Show discusses how to write romance like Jane Austen. Our panelists include UVA’s Dr. Catherine Ingrassia, Scott Southward, author of A Jane Austen Daydream, romance author Julia Kelly, and Richmond’s own Jane Austen Society member Leighton Powell. Topic discussion includes the elements for writing believable romantic scenes, Jane Austen’s influence in literature and the genre, and why men enjoy writing and reading romance.


January 28 – Writing Romance Like Jane Austen with the Jane Austen Society

February 25 – Plotting a Hero’s Journey: Fiction, Myth, and Scripts with the Richmond International Film Festival

March 25 – Life After Rejection: Publishing Advice to Go On

April 29 – Author Website: Build it to Build a Following

May 27 – Writing Virginia into Non-Fiction

June 24 – Writing For Girls with Girls of Summer and Richmond Young Writers

July 29 – Novel Ways To Organizing Research

August 26 – Writing Virginia into Fiction

September 30 – Self and Hybrid Publishing Step-by-step


James River Writers was established in 2002 by a group of local writers who saw the need to support the growth of the region’s literary community and builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia through educational events such as The Writing Show series, Master Classes, and our annual conference, as well as writing competitions such as the upcoming Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

For more information about The Writing Show and any other James River Writers activities, please contact Katharine Herndon at [email protected] or visit www.jamesriverwriters.org.



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