The 17th annual James River Writers Conference was held from October 11 to October 13 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The conference featured pitch sessions with agents and editors and panel discussions for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The conference also offered preconference master classes on October 11. Participants included poets Jon Pineda and Pavana Reddy, fiction writers Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Padma Venkatraman, nonfiction writers Marita Golden and Roben Farzad, and literary agents Brenna English-Loeb (Transatlantic Agency), Anna Knutson Geller (Write View), Marie Lamba (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Beth Marshea (Ladderbird), Christina Morgan (Serendipity), and Eric Smith (P.S. Literary). The cost of the conference, which included some meals and a one-on-one meeting with an agent, was $355, or $195 for a single day. The cost of a master class was an additional $65. Discounts were available for students and James River Writers members. Registration was first come, first served. Lodging was available at area hotels. Visit the website for more information.
James River Writers Conference, 231 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223. (804) 433-3790. Annette Marquis, Program Director.