Anica Lewis (anicalewis) wrote,
Anica Lewis

  • Mood:

James River Writers' Show

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.

  • It's Like Festivus Came Early!

    This afternoon, my first box of review copies arrived from No Flying No Tights! Glorious, glorious graphic novels. Readery has commenced already,…

  • Goings-On! And Thesis!

    It's thesis time! By which I mean it is my last semester, and I'm having oodles of fun working on my thesis, which is a study to try and determine…

  • A Fantastic Quiz

    For my Popular Materials class, a partner and I presented on the fantasy genre. To kick off our presentation, I handed out a quiz I'd written - not…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded