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Introducing . . . Michelle Brower

Our next speaker is the talented Michelle Brower. Like many agents, Michelle went into her field because of a PASSION for literature. We’re lucky to have her on panels at our fall 2011 conference. A little more on Michelle:

Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since.  During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers.  After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction.   In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction.  She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Julia Wertz, Todd Ritter, and Michele Young-Stone (one of our terrific speakers last year!) among many others.

Folks, we’re about a week away from early conference registration. So we hope we’re whetting your appetite for all things literary in RVA! In the meantime, if you just CAN’T WAIT until fall, why not join the James River Writers at Writers Wednesdays right here in Richmond. The second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., writers gather at Cafe Gutenberg. Never been before? It’s a friendly bunch and you’ll feel right at home.

In the meantime, come back to the blog and visit for more on our conference speakers and all sorts of JRW information.

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Exciting New Conference Details . . . .

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!

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