The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Home / Writers / James Riley
Photograph of James Riley

James Riley

Distinguished Visiting Writer 2020

About James Riley

James Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time series, the Story Theives series, and the Revenge of Magic series. He currently lives in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., because that’s where his cats are. He has three of them. Other people think that’s a bit much, and yet, he wants more. More. MORE!

Find Events with James Riley

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Craft Talk, Reading, Talk; Children's Books, Fairy Tales, Folklore
James Riley, the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time series, takes an in-depth look at the wonder and absolute weirdness of fairy tales, why we love them, and what it must be like to try to reconstitute an egg using only horse hooves. Spoiler alert: It can't be easy. He'll also do a reading from his fairy tale series, just to prove he knows what he's talking about, but we're not willing to commit one way or another on that last point. 

Join the Virginia G.

Find Classes with James Riley

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Craft Class, Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Children's Books, Creative Practice, Editing, Fairy Tales, Writing Process
In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been postponed due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. Future dates will be announced on our website and social media as soon as they become available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Education Programs Manager Malik Toms at