February 11
Monthly Writers' Enrichment - In person!
ScribbleCon 2023

ScribbleCon for Tweens, Teens, Parents/Guardians ... and YOU!
What are we doing February 11?

We're taking part in #ScribbleCon2023!

This great event brings Prince William County Public School parents/guardians together with their middle school or high school students for a day of writing side-by-side! Families can choose from a variety of sessions and enjoy the experience as a community of writers.

Teacher, #WbtR board member, writer, and Spilled Ink (Virginia) founder John Dutton II has organized this creative day for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS).
Many of the planned sessions will be facilitated by our member writers who will also have books on hand for signing.

Are you in #PWC? Want to write with your middle school or high school kids?

Click here to register you and your student now!

Virginia Writers Club Anthology Submissions Open

Are you a member of our parent organization, The Virginia Writers Club?

If so, consider submitting to their anthology! It's a great way to get published and expand your reach and reputation as a writer.

Deadline is March 31, 2023. Details are here.


ScribbelCon For WbtR Members
Don't have kids in a PWCS middle or high school but want to write with us? You can!

Take part in any of the scheduled workshops throughout the day.

PLUS enjoy an adults-only workshop from 3:15 to 4 p.m. We'll lead adults in writing then break into pairs for critique.

Space is limited. Only 10 members will be able to attend.

Please email to register as a WbtR member.

Coming March 11 at 10 a.m.
A hybrid event featuring author and publisher Susan McCorkindale!

Susan works with InsideNova and produces Haymarket-Gainesville Lifestyle magazine. She'll give us the ins and outs of press releases and media and touch on marketing, too! Join us online or in-person.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

Our Anthology is Here!

Steam Ahead!
A Write by the Rails Anthology 

It's full steam ahead into a bright future!  Write by the Rails' Member Anthology is now available!

This collection of stories, poems, and photos have been inspired by the glimmer of light on the horizon, the promise of dawn, and the heart-warming feeling of coming together with others to celebrate a new year. We are honored to have so many of our members generously donate their prose and poetry to share with our community! Hop aboard, settle in, and join us!

Get your copies now and enjoy a great read. Your purchase helps WbtR host great guest speakers, secure venues and pay for publishing, event tables, our website, memberships and more!


New Books
The War of Heaven 

Maryel Stone

The Heir of Time Series returns with The War of Heaven, the third volume of Maryel Stone’s fantasy adventure set in an ancient Middle East! 

It is the time of Upheaval when Heaven and Earth are sundered. For Matthias, last Avatar, his burdens have never been heavier. Gathering other survivors, new guides, and old mentors, Matthias must travel to the heart of Orexis if he wants to steady the Balance and keep the world from destruction.

Now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in Paperback.


Read all about it in Prince William Living magazine!

Did you know? As a WbtR member, you have the ability to attend Prince William Chamber of Commerce events! Network, grow your skills and gain visibility! Simply let us know you want to attend, and register for events as a WbtR member.

Time to Renew 

Your Membership

WbtR annual membership dues are due! Sign up to become a member or renew now by clicking here. Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to free and reduced-cost educational workshops, panels, and presentations.
  • Collaboration with other groups like the Chamber of Commerce, PW Arts Council and Spilled Ink
  • Access to networks of literary professionals and enthusiasts
  • Members-only online discussions
  • Opportunity to submit to club contests and anthologies
  • Opportunity to sell books at select events
  • The chance to propose and lead projects that fall within the group's purview
  • Opportunity to share your writing news along all of our available channels
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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 2023 member.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your Board,

Co-Presidents - Katherine Gotthardt & Maryel Stone 
Vice President - JoAnn Lord Koff
Co-Secretaries - Becks Sosa & Kimberly Ray
Treasurer - Alan Meyrowitz
Members-At-Large - John Dutton, Brian Donnell James, Nancy Wyatt
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