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May. 1st, 2009 | 11:48 am
mood: pleasedpleased

Yesterday evening, I went to the James River Writers' Show! I'd been to the JRW annual conference several times, but this was my first Writing Show. Excellent fun.

There was a social first, and another one halfway through. These are great at writers' conferences because you have a built-in conversation-starter: "What do you write?" And the variety of the answers is fascinating. I talked with a fellow who does technical writing for businesses but is trying to get into creative nonfiction, a retired librarian who's writing a novel for a class at VCU, a man from Turkey who writes stories from "the old country" in both English and Turkish, a woman who writes sci-fi and horror, and another woman who writes alternate-world fantasy.

This month's show had a broad enough topic to interest everyone, and I think the panel addressed it admirably. Of course, there's only so much you can say in an hour and a half, but they addressed Creative Writing MFAs, publishing novels and short stories, writers' conferences and retreats, and more. I especially appreciated some specifics they mentioned, like the websites NewPages and Duotrope, which let you search for fiction and poetry publications. Very useful.

I also got to say hi to Professor Robbins and meet some of the other people who run James River Writers. It's a great group. If you're a writer and anywhere near Richmond, you might check it out.

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The happy phantom

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from: miss_maxine
date: May. 1st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)

You hadn't known about Duotrope? Oh, gosh, I would have told you. That's how I've found all the markets I've sold stuff to (and all the cool markets that continue to reject me but with which I hope to place my work someday).

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Anica Lewis

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from: anicalewis
date: May. 8th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)

It's an awesome search engine! So, is there anything else you've been assuming I knew about? :)

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