Welcome to the inaugural post for the James River Writers Fall 2011 conference. Over the next couple of weeks, here at the blog we will be profiling some of the amazing speakers for the conference to whet your writerly appetite. We’ll also be blogging about our silent auction to support the James River Writers mission, as well as posts on why conferences can be such a great source of networking and inspiration.
First, if you are not familiar with the James River Writers and our mission to help make the literary arts come alive in Central Virginia, visit us here.
Our conference this year will again be at the beautiful Library of Virginia in Richmond, Friday and Saturday, October 7-8 (with workshops on Thursday, October 6). If you aren’t from Richmond and would travel from out of town, there is no shortage of fabulous places to stay and enjoy some Southern hospitality.
The quality of our speakers this year is fantastic–this is going to be the conference for everything from how to use social media to promote your work to hearing from great writers of every genre how they broke in to writing, how they find their “voice,” why they write and what makes them tick. Expect to be inspired, enlightened, enriched, and definitely to network with agents, authors, and editors.
The first speaker we want to introduce is Michael Parker. We’re not sure how much more we can say when none other than the New York Times Book Review has this to comment on his work: “What makes Mr. Parker so satisfying a writer: his bone-deep affection for his characters; his love of clear, crisp, pungent language. . . his confidence in the possibility of redemption.”—Frederick Busch
MICHAEL PARKER is the author of five novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don’t Make Me Stop Now. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Idaho Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner, and Runner’s World. He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South, and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Hope to see you at our fall conference! And check back here at the blog for more news on our speakers, more talk on how conferences work and what to expect . . . link to us and stay informed!