The 16th annual James River Writers Conference will be held from October 13 to October 14 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The conference features pitch sessions with agents and editors and panel discussions for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The conference will also offer pre-conference master classes on October 12 at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library. Participants include poets Tyree Daye and Pavana Reddy; fiction writers Xhenet Aliu and Mackenzi Lee; nonfiction writers David Coogan and Laurie Gwen Shapiro; literary agents Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary), Jessica Felleman (Foundry), Dara Kaye (Ross Yoon Agency), Chad Luibl (Janklow & Nesbit Associates), Beth Phelan (Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency), and Rebecca Scherer ( Jane Rotrosen Agency); and editor Latoya C. Smith (LCS Literary Services). The cost of the conference, which includes some meals and a one-on-one meeting with an agent, is $335, or $195 for a single day. The cost of a master class is an additional $65. Discounts are available for students and James River Writers members. Registration is first come, first served. Lodging is 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.