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    Prepare Ye! Prepare Ye!

    NaNoWriMo is nigh! Seriously, are you ready for NaNoWriMo? If not, there is still hope. Here’s what you need: Log-in or Register (if you haven’t already) to NaNoWriMo.org – Get yourself

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    James River Writers Conference is this weekend!!!!

    (sorry got carried away by the exclamation points) The weekend of October 17-19 is the James River Writers conference. What is this you ask?  The James River Writing conference is

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    Richmond Hearts Writers

    This year at the James River Writers Conference we are trying something new. We are sharing our conference experience with the #RVA. Why? Because James River Writers loves Richmond and Richmond

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Post Conference Funk


Last weekend was the 2014 James River Writers Conference. My brain is still a-buzz with the people I met and the things I learned.

First, allow me to indulge in a SQUEE moment!  I met Hugh Howey, Iris Bolling, Kwame Alexander, Scott W Berg, Stacy Whitman, Brian Jay Jones, Kelly O’Connor McNees, Lamar Giles (just to name a few). My inner fan-girl was reigned in tight as to not alarm the guests, agents, or my fellow writers. But, she was a whooping and a hollering.

My brain was filled to overflowing. The weekend was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.

Here is a visual summary of the opening session:


Stacy Whitman opened up our TED inspired first session.

Brian Jay Jones finish setting the conference tone with his remarks.

Brian Jay Jones finish setting the conference tone with his remarks.

The biggest conference take away is – WRITE like no one is reading, REVISE to clarify your vision, EDIT so others can read your project.  Then, Revise and Edit some more.


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