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James River Writers seeks Nominations for 2013 Emyl Jenkins Award

The award recognizes a person or group that inspires readers and writers in central VA.

Richmond, VA, February 14, 2013—James River Writers (JRW), the largest literary arts organization in the State, honors the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who died in 2010, with an annual award to an organization or person who embodies James River Writers’ mission of building community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.

“Emyl was an advocate for writers and their readers,” said Maya Smart, former board chair of JRW. “She had a knack for connecting people and organizations, and she shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered.”

Virginia Pye, novelist and long-time JRW supporter, said, “She wanted us all to shine as she did: with success in publishing and happiness in our lives.”

Award Guidelines:

Who may be nominated: Any Virginia individual or organization that, in the same spirit as Emyl Jenkins, builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.
Procedure: Entry must explain in no more than 500 words how the nominee makes Virginia a better place for writers. Entry must include contact information (e-mail and phone) for the nominator and two others who can further illuminate the nominee’s qualifications. Send nominations to info@jamesriverwriters.org or James River Writers, 320 Hull St., #136, Richmond, VA 23224. No entry fee. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2013. Members of the JRW board of directors and the JRW advisory board are not eligible.
Judging: A panel of judges, chosen from the JRW board of directors and membership to represent different levels of writing experience, will determine which nominee best matches Emyl Jenkins’ efforts to build community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.
Announcement of winner: In addition to a gift reflecting Emyl Jenkins’ style, the winner will receive a free admission to JRW’s nationally-recognized annual writers’ conference. The winner and a guest will be invited to join JRW at its spring fundraiser on June 6, 2013, where the award will be presented.

Questions? Call (804) 433-3790 or e-mail info@jamesriverwriters.org

About James River Writers: James River Writers builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia. A nonprofit organization, JRW serves aspiring and professional writers and passionate readers in all genres through a variety of programs, services and events.

About 2012 Emyl Jenkins Award Winners: Poetry advocate Ed Lull and the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum won the second annual Emyl Jenkins Award in 2012. A driving force in the state’s poetry world, Lull served four terms as president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, as well as six terms as the organization’s executive director. His involvement has been notable for outreach and inclusion of those with a passion for poetry. The Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum has a long history of helping those putting pen to paper in the state. For more than 20 years, VSF has sought to bring writers together to share their love and knowledge of screenwriting by offering support and constructive feedback to members’ scripts in progress. Beyond regular critique sessions, the VSF has sponsored periodic workshops and hosted speakers from the film industry.

Jean Anderson, Richmond liaison for National Novel Writing Month, and WriterHouse, a non-profit writers’ community in Charlottesville, won the first James River Writers Emyl Jenkins Award in 2011.

James River Writers

James River Writers announces the February 2013 Writing Show // Beyond Hollywood:

Local and Indie Filmmakers Talk About Their Craft
Richmond, VA. February 8, 2013- James River Writers, the largest literary arts organization in Virginia, presents a new set of writing and publishing professionals on a panel almost every month in a popular program called The Writing Show. On February 28, James River Writers is partnering with the Richmond International Film Festival to offer an evening with screenwriters, directors and producers.

Movie lovers, aspiring screenwriters, and writers looking to recycle their unpublished novel will enjoy an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the business and craft of getting a script produced, even when you don’t live in Hollywood.

The panel includes filmmakers Imogene Drummond, Michael Gibrall, Brent Martz, Scott Mathias and Ron Newcomb. Julie Geen, local writer and chair of JRW’s Writing Show, will be moderating. Logistics about the February Writing Show are as follows:

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Pavilion Room // The Children’s Museum of Richmond // 2626 West Broad Street,Richmond, VA 23220
Fees: $10 in advance, www.jamesriverwriters.org // $12 at the door // $5 students

Panelist bios are as follows:

Imogene Drummond, artist, writer, filmmaker, paints and makes art films—or visual poems—about creativity. She adapted her Divine Sparks poem into Divine Sparks award-winning film (2013). Currently, she’s developing Divine Sparks Arts, Creativity & Literacy Guide. Her article on cultural transformation “Options for the Future” was the closing piece in the thought-provoking anthology The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy (2006) endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and author Jared Diamond. www.idrummond.com

Michael Gibrall is a two-time Emmy Award winner, once for his work on the NFL Draft for ESPN, and once directing a local newscast. He has written several feature and short screenplays since 2010 in various genres, won eight screenplay awards, and has been nominated six times at film festivals and competitions across the country. Michael wrote, produced and directed the children’s television pilot, “The Learning Curves,” which was shot in Richmond. www.oneofeachproductions.com

Brent Martz, producer of Not Today, is the creative ministries pastor at Church in Yorba Linda, Calif., and no stranger to large-scale entertainment with purpose. Brent co-wrote, directed and produced an interactive musical drama, with a cast and crew of more than 200 members, based on the last week in the life of Christ, which ran for three years and drew more than 10,000 viewers. Outside of Not Today, Brent has also produced four award-winning films, including Day of Reckoning and Deletes. www.nottodaythemovie.com

Scott Mathias has written and co-written several full-length films, including Opening Act Production’s projects, The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers and Eulogy for a Stranger and Fear. He is currently working on a graphic novel and has other projects he is working to publish. Scott has been a journalist and business writer for over 20 years, writing about everything from art to politics to health. He is a communications graduate of Virginia Tech and Wheaton College. openingactproductions.com

Ron Newcomb is a writer, producer and director. He has been a script and production consultant on several projects. He has been a training instructor in several areas of filmmaking. Ron is an alumnus of the distinguished Act One Writing Program in 2004 and the Dov S-Siemens Film School in 2008. He has been involved in several other film events and workshops throughout the DC area. He has worked on features and many short films. www.thefellowshipmovie.com

About James River Writers: James River Writers (JRW) is a non-profit organization of over 300 members that builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia. JRW offers an annual writers’ conference, regular panels at The Writing Show, literacy improvement programs for young writers, and writing awards and contests. Since its founding in 2003 JRW has played a key role in expanding the region’s life-long literacy and in adding a vital dimension to Richmond, VA’s cultural offerings. JamesRiverWriters.org

About Richmond International Film Festival: The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is an inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists. Festival week features four days of film screenings of all genres and niches (features & shorts). From award winning to emerging artists, filmmakers will travel to Richmond for the premiere of their film and compete for top awards with the Grand Jury, as well as international screenwriters. Through its film productions, shot predominantly in Virginia each winter, the festival also provides an additional collaborative platform between local filmmakers and other filmmakers from across the country. www.themixshorts.com

About The Writing Show: The Writing Show, held the last Thursday of almost every month, features panels of authors, editors, agents, librarians, booksellers, illustrators and other literary professionals. Each show includes a moderator whose expertise is tied to the show’s topic. Previous topics have included Trends in Publishing, Memoir, Plot Structure, and Writing for Children, to name a few. The Writing Show routinely draws nearly 100 attendees. In 2012, nearly 1,000 people were served by the series.

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Art Works
Richmond Times Dispatch
Children's Museum