The 18th annual James River Writers Conference was held online from October 9 to October 11. The conference featured pitch sessions with agents and panel discussions for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The conference also offered pre-conference master classes on October 9. The keynote featured fiction writers Linda Sue Park and Meg Medina in conversation. Participants included poets Athena Dixon and Porsha Olayiwola; fiction writers Heath Hardage Lee, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Ran Walker; nonfiction writer Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan; and literary agents Lauren Bieker (FinePrint Literary), Michael Carr (Veritas), April Eberhardt (April Eberhardt Literary), Cherise Fisher (Wendy Sherman Associates), Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency), Eric Smith (P.S. Literary), and Saba Sulaiman (Talcott Notch Literary Services). The cost of the conference, which included a virtual one-on-one meeting with an agent, was $295. Single-day tickets were also available starting at $145. The cost of a master class was an additional $65. Registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
James River Writers Conference, 2319 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223. (804) 433-3790. Brynn Markham, Program Director.