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2017 Early Bird Conference Registration

Thank you for registering early for the 2017 James River Writers Conference. Early bird registration is open through July 31, 2017. Two-day ticket rates go up $50 on August 1.

Are you a current JRW Member?
Join JRW now and get a reduced rate on your registration!

As a JRW Member, you will receive a discount on conference registration ($230 for members vs. $285 for non-members), plus discounts on Master Classes, the monthly Writing Show, and other JRW events throughout the year. In addition, you'll be helping to build a strong community of writers in Central Virginia. We hope you'll join us and then go ahead and register using member rates. For more information about the various types of memberships, visit,

Unsure your JRW membership is active?

If you're unsure about whether your JRW membership is active, please complete a Contact Us Form so we can verify your membership BEFORE completing this form and registering for the conference at member rates. Thanks. 

The two-day rates include all conference events on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct 14 and 15, 2017; the one day Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 rates include the Library of Virginia Literary Award Luncheon; the one day Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 rates include a buffet lunch. Note: Student rate only applies to students who are full-time high school students or enrolled in an accredited college or university as full-time students at the time of the conference in October, 2017.

Please submit a copy of current-year transcript, your student ID, or a letter from your school's office verifying that you are a full-time student at the time of the conference in October 2017.
Pre-conference Master Classes

Master Classes are offered on Friday, Oct 13, 2017 in three time-slots. You can register for up to three Master Classes. Master Classes are not included in your conference registration and do not include lunch. Master Class Descriptions

One-on-one meeting with an agent/editor

A meeting with a literary agent/editor is optional and is included in your one-day or two-day conference registration. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots are full. Please research the agents and editors at One-on-Ones before making your choices.

Note: All meetings are seven minutes long. 

Rank your choices

Please rank your top three choices for a one-on-one meeting. Enter 1 in the box below your first choice, 2 for your second choice, and 3 for your third choice. Only a 1, 2, or 3 should go in the boxes below.

Aevitas Creative Management

Folio Literary Management

L. Perkins Agency

St. Martin’s Press

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Dey Street Books at HarperCollins Publishers

Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
One-on-One Advice with a Writing Expert

We’re offering you a special opportunity to consult with a writing expert about your work. This opportunity is included in your one or two-day conference registration and you may take advantage of it in addition to a one-one-one meeting with an agent/editor. You may also submit to the First Pages Critique panel. Appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about each expert, visit One-on-Ones and scroll down to the Writing Experts section. 

  • Phaedra Hise will offer feedback on your article idea or written pitch, help you brainstorm possible markets, and give you expert tips to prepare your pitch to send off to the editors
  • Author Dean King will offer feedback on the first page of your manuscript and/or your non-fiction book proposal 
  • Creative writing professor and best-selling novelist David L. Robbins will critique your fiction's first pages 
If you would like to meet with a writing expert, please make a selection below:
Conference sponsorship and support

Whether or not you can attend the conference, we invite you to become a conference sponsor or supporter. For $500, you can sponsor a break-out session for the conference, which will include advertising on the JRW website and at the event. For a $250 donation, you can sponsor a student or teacher's attendance at the conference with a conference scholarship. For a $100 gift, you can become a Friend of Literature. 

Tote Bag Stuffing - Do you have a stash of bookmarks, postcards, or flyers trumpeting a literary achievement or a service related to writing or reading? Send us 350 of your items, and we'll put one in each conference tote bag. Check the box to pay a $100 stuffing fee, and a volunteer will contact you to make delivery arrangements. Please, no business cards. Items must be received by October 3.  

Contact Information

First Name
Last Name


Address Line 1
Address Line 2
ZIP/Postal Code

Full name (first and last) *exactly* as it should appear on name tag and online registered attendee list
Phone number

Please include at least one phone number in case we need to contact you about the conference. 

Dietary, accessibility/special needs, and emergency
In order to accommodate your dietary and accessibility needs, please include them here. If you do not include it here, we must have this information at least one month prior to the conference.

Please tell us of any dietary or special needs

Please tell us the name of your emergency contact.

Please tel us the phone number of your emergency contact.