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2020 Conference Registration

Thank you for registering for the 18th annual James River Writers Conference, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2020, and pre-conference Master Classes, Friday, October 9, 2020. This year's conference will be hosted online! If you haven't already, please use this Registration Roadmap to help you navigate the elements of this registration with ease.

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Join JRW now and get the lowest available rate on your registration!

As a JRW Member, you will receive $50 off the non-member conference registration price, 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 ($45 per year), 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, BEFORE registering for the conference at member rates, please complete a Contact Us Form so we can verify your membership status. Thanks. 

The two-day rates include all conference events, on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct 10 and 11, 2020. One-day rates are offered for either Saturday or Sunday. Premium add-ons, including Friday Master Classes and Saturday/Sunday ShopTalk passes, are available for additional cost. If you haven't already done so, we recommend you use our Registration Roadmap to plan, before beginning this registration process. 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 2020. You will be asked to submit evidence of your student status during the registration process. Early bird rates end July 31, 2020.

If you have a discount code, enter it here. This field is case-sensitive so, please, enter it exactly as it was given to you. After you enter the code, a new section of the form will open with the heading "Discounted Ticket Selection." If you do not see one of these sections, please check that you have entered the code correctly. If you have questions, contact Brynn (
Discounted Ticket Selection

Please select the discounted pricing that applies to you below. 

Please submit a copy of current-year transcript, your student ID, or a letter from your school's office verifying that you are (will be) a full-time student at the time of the conference in October 2019.
One-on-one meeting with a literary agent (Optional FREE Add-On)

If you have questions about whether the literary agent or writing coach is an appropriate match for your writing, please review their bios on One-on-Ones. Each attendee may only have one meeting with an agent and one with a writing coach. This option is FREE with purchase of a regular conference ticket. (Appointments with Cherise Fisher are now full.)

Pre-conference Master Classes (Premium Add-On)

Master Classes are offered on Friday, Oct 9, 2020. You can register for up to four Master Classes. Master Classes are offered at an additional cost and are not included in the base costs of your conference registration (unless you are an All-Inclusive member). For details, see Master Class Descriptions

ShopTalk Premium Add-On

Purchase a ShopTalk Pass to gain unlimited access to experts throughout the regular conference schedule, to get your burning questions answered. More about ShopTalk HERE.

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. New this year, for $500 you can sponsor a breakout session with your book. 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.  

For more information about all these sponsorship opportunities, visit


If your donation is for a purpose not listed above, please let us know more. Thank you for your generosity!

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JRW's Code of Conduct

To be a James River Writers (“JRW”) member and/or attend any JRW event, you must agree to the terms and conditions set forth in the JRW Code of Conduct. These terms and conditions apply to each participant. Any person, guest, student, media representative, speaker, or exhibitor who is present is considered a participant.

Please indicate your agreement by clicking the checkbox below. Thank you for making JRW a safe, enriching, inspiring community.