Journalist appearance at James River Writers Conference

by Ministry Admin on October 4, 2013

Our journalists
The James River Writers are a longstanding writers organisation, and also happen to be located in the hometown of our journalist, Tee Morris, Richmond, Virginia.
So when the invitation came, both of our journalists were very excited. Richmond is a historic city, set on a lovely river, and the folks there have put together a intense weekend of learning and networking for writers.

Since our journalists are mostly on different panels at the same time…you will have to pick and choose. We believe this is not a popularity contest…


Saturday 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM


Suspense Across the Genres

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
Christopher McDougall
Kevin O’Malley
Howard Owen
Julie Geen, moderator

How does a writer grab the reader’s attention from the first sentence? And how is that sustained in a longer work? What does suspense look like in various genres? Restock your writer’s tool kit with new techniques for intensifying conflict and heightening tension.

The Care and Feeding of Your Muse: Ideas and Prewriting

Carey Albertine
Tee Morris
A.B. Westrick
Douglas Jones, moderator

No matter what you write, you need good ideas. Learn how to recognize a good idea, techniques for developing an idea into a creative work, and tips for determining which project to pursue.

Sunday 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Other People’s Money: Funding for Writers

Carey Albertine
Tee Morris
A.B. Westrick
Reba White Williams
Maya Payne Smart, moderator

Grants, fellowships, crowdsourcing—find out what opportunities are available for writers and how you can get in on them. Writers who have been through the process of researching, applying for, and receiving grant money and other funds will share their secrets to success.

Issues in Personnel Management: All About Characters

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
Lydia Netzer
Lana Krumwiede, moderator

Having trouble recruiting the right characters for your story? Need creative ways to motivate them? Learn techniques for understanding your characters and giving them what they need to feel genuine and compelling.


Sunday 2PM to 3PM

Plot Mechanics

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
Tee Morris
Bill Blume, moderator

Plot is the engine that makes your story move. Panelists will discuss different types of plot structure, common plot breakdowns, and how to repair them. Learn how to turbocharge your plot for better mileage and more internal combustion.


If you are in the area, but not a writer, you can still find our journalists at 3pm Saturday, October 19th at Chop Suey Books

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