Two-day event features workshops, inspiration for up and coming writers
RICHMOND, Va. – Writers, mark your calendars. The James River Writers Conference is celebrating its 11th
year as one of the most prestigious gatherings of published authors, literary agents and editors in the country
with a two-day event that will inspire and educate writers on the rise.
The James River Writers Conference returns to Richmond on October 19 and 20 with an impressive lineup of
literary professionals, writing workshops and opportunities for aspiring writers to pitch their book ideas, hone
their skills and connect with nationally recognized authors and publishers.
This year’s conference features an extensive list of esteemed guests and speakers including award-winning book
designer and writer Chip Kidd, National Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine and best-selling, award-winning
author Christopher McDougall. Also making appearances at the conference are award-winning
authors Cece Bell, Lydia Netzer, Megan Mayhew Bergman and Philippa Ballantine. Book Doctors and
Pitchapalooza founders Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry will be on hand, and don’t forget to make time
for agents including April Eberhardt, Deborah Grosvenor, Victoria Skurnick and Paige Wheeler.
Year after year, the conference is lauded for its remarkable programs and its noteworthy influence on the writing
community. It’s no wonder why hundreds of people have been flocking to central Virginia each fall since 2003.
“The James River Writers Conference [is] one of the best writers’ conferences in America,” says David
Henry Sterry, of The Book Doctors. “If you’re a writer, do yourself a favor, get yourself to Richmond, Va.,
and go to this conference. It’s filled with warm, generous, talented writers, editors and agents.”
Registration for the annual conference is open, and writing sessions are already filling up. Find more details and
a full list of programs at JamesRiverWriters.org.
The 2013 conference is supported by BrownGreer, VCU Libraries, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Fraga Studios,
CultureWorks, Dominion, Hunton & Williams, Art Works, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
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