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Are you interested in getting speaking and reading opportunities that boost your writing career? Have you ever been asked to write creatively on a particular topic but found yourself stuck? If so, you don't want to miss our July 9th Writers' Enrichment. WbtR board member and award-winning poet and speaker Brian Donnell James will discuss writing on demand to address particular topics and building a speaking/reading career based on your writing.

Topic: WbtR Monthly Writers' Enrichment
Time: Jul 9, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Upcoming Events

Get those calendars out! We've got more Writers' Enrichment events you won't want to miss.

Saturday, August 6
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Join us as we take a field trip to the Virginia Writers Club annual symposium,
Navigating Your Writing Life! We'll be carpooling, so if you want in, shoot us an email or connect with us in our Facebook group. Note, this special event will take the place of our usual monthly Writer's Enrichment event.

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. online
John Nicolay with Blue Ridge Writers will discuss More than words: The Aesthetics of Publishing. Dr. Nicolay will explore design considerations for text and cover. Your decisions on cover and text speak to the customer, and as such, the aesthetic of the work as a thing. Learn more in September!

Saturday, September 11, Arts Alive
We'll have a table, be conducting readings and more! Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 8

State Arboretum
Half-Day Writer's Retreat
If you search out beauty and calm, the State Arboretum is where your soul will rejoice and inspire your heart to write. It’s a magical place, off rt. 50, past Paris, 50 minutes from Manassas. Carpooling available. Rain date: October 15

Saturday, November 12, 9:30 to 12:30
Clearbrook Center for the Arts, Lake Ridge
Annual Fall Workshop
Join us for a half day of panels, presentations, discussion, writing, networking and sharing! Registration required. Details coming soon!
Survey Time!

This survey will take under 5 minutes, and it will greatly help us plan programs that support YOU, our valued WRITERS! Head on over to the Google form here:

2022 Golden Nib Contest
CONTEST! It's that time again! If you are a member of Virginia Writers Club AND WbtR, you can enter the Golden Nib Contest. Deadline to submit your fiction, nonfiction or poetry to WbtR is August 1.

Send entries to Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting so you don't disqualify yourself. Reach out with questions. Happy writing!

Member Spotlight: Sharon Krasny

IG and FB: @skrasny9

Novel Published: Iceman Awakens 

Sharon Krasny has worked as an educator for over 18 years in Virginia and abroad teaching in both Hungary and the Czech Republic. She discovered a love of oral history from the people’s enthusiasm in retelling their knowledge of old. As an Advanced Placement Literature and Research English teacher, she has spent years encouraging students to take risks, look closely at the smallest details, and determine hidden meaning found within the text. Her own writing reflects these values. Her first debut novel is the award winning Silver Finalist of IBPA Benjamin Franklin's Best New Voice in Literature with Iceman Awakens.

Sharon lives and writes in Northern Virginia with her husband Prokop and their rescue pets - Labrador Rupert and cat Bonnie. Sharon says about WbtR:

I've enjoyed our outings to the museum and to the Battlefield. I actually spoke at Spilled Ink's mic at the Art fest last fall - never tried that before. I went to the VWC conference 2019 and met Greg Fields, acquisition editor for Koehler and published my first book.  Those were all great things thanks to Write by the Rails. The highlight, so far, was having poet Katherine Gotthardt come and work with my students.  I enjoyed getting to know her more and seeing her in action with students willing to risk and play with poetry.  It was a great collaboration.

Are you a paid member? Do you have a book coming out? Let us know so we can promote it. Take advantage of your WbtR membership and all it offers.
Our Ten-Year Anthology Is Coming!
Members....Get ready to submit your best work! We're planning our next anthology, celebrating WbtR's 10-year history! Collect your poetry, fiction, non-fiction and black-and-white sketches and keep an eye out for forthcoming details on how and when to submit.
Founded in August 2011, WbtR serves writers affiliated with Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. We welcome all writers 18+ who feel a connection to our region and contribute their talents, no matter where they live!

Get the Benefits of WbtR Membership!

Want to get the full benefits of membership? Sign up to become a member! Or if you're already a member, simply pay your annual dues. Why do it? WbtR members enjoy:
  • membership to a developed local group with a statewide affiliation
  • reduced-cost and no-cost events
  • no-cost and reduced cost educational workshops, panels, presentations, etc.
  • access to networks of literary professionals and enthusiasts
  • members-only online discussions
  • ability to submit to club contests
  • ability to submit to club anthologies
  • ability to sell books at select events
  • ability to propose and lead projects that fall within the group's purview
  • ability to share your writing news
....and more!

Sign up or renew now! Click here. Not sure if you're a current member? Check our membership list here and if your name appears in brown, bold text, you're a current 2022 member.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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President - Katherine Gotthardt
Vice President - JoAnn Lord Koff
Secretary - Becks Sosa
Treasurer - Alan Meyrowitz
Members-At-Large - John Dutton, Brian Donnell James, Nancy Wyatt
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