Monday, October 7, 2013

Eleventh Annual James River Writers Conference

A literary publicity firm

Marissa Curnutte

Eleventh Annual James River Writers Conference

Saturday, October 19–Sunday, October 20, 2013
Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday, October 18

Join us in Richmond for the 2013 James River Writers Conference to pitch your project, improve your craft, and meet fellow writers. Speakers include award-winning book designer and author Chip KiddNational Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine, best-selling and award-winning author Christopher McDougall, award-winning authors Cece Bell, Lydia Netzer, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Philippa Ballantine, Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, founders of Pitchapalooza, and agents April Eberhardt, Deborah Grosvenor, Victoria Skurnick, and Paige Wheeler.
Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has been our organization’s signature event, and our most meaningful contribution to the literary community in central Virginia. Well-respected within the publishing industry, we have attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this two-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere.
What are other people saying?  Check out these conference testimonials.


Noteworthy Conference Offerings 


  • Pre-Conference Master Classes: $40 each
  • Early Registration (through August 31, 2013): $200
  • Regular Registration (beginning September 1, 2013): $240
  • One-Day-Only Registration (Saturday or Sunday): $170
  • A discounted rate is available for full-time students with proof of eligibility.  Please contact for more details. 
Two-day registration includes the following:
  • Saturday and Sunday admission
  • Plated meal at Library of Virginia Literary Luncheon
  • Sandwich buffet on Sunday
  • Light breakfast, coffee, and tea on Saturday and Sunday
  • One-on-one pitch sessions with literary agents
  • Pitchapalooza!
  • First-pages critique
When you register, please tell us any dietary restrictions or other special needs of which we should be aware.

JRW Member Priority

Through August 16, 2013, JRW members receive priority registration for pre-conference master classes and the one-on-one meetings with literary agents; the Book Doctor, David Henry Sterry; and app developer Michael Portis. Not a member? Simply join when you register for the conference. 

Attendee Information

Conference Sponsorship Information

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making the 2013 James River Writers Conference possible. We truly appreciate your support.

Vendor Information

  • Participate in the Conference Marketplace. Half table: $100; Full table: $175; Deadline: October 7.
  • Share your literary services and successes in our popular tote bags. $100 stuffing fee. Deadline: September 30.


Written requests for refunds must be postmarked or emailed no later than October 1, 2013. A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed. No refunds will be provided after October 1.


Have a question about the James River Writers Conference? E-mail or give us a call at (804) 433-3790 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (804) 433-3790 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

More information

No comments: