Coming Events & Annual Meeting

September 11 from noon to 4 p.m. we will be at Arts Alive! displaying our books, reading our work and enjoying the company of artists from around the area. Get details here.

October 8 we'll be at the Virginia State Arboretum for a FREE half-day writers' retreat. Get details here. 

November 12, we'll be at our
half-day writers' workshop at Clearbrook Center for the Arts,
Lake Ridge. The workshop features interactive speaker sessions, panels, networking and more.
Member cost: $10; non-members: $25. Keep an eye out for registration information!

December 10 Annual Meeting and Elections, to be held online 

Golden Nib Contest 

Congratulations to our members who won the 2022 Golden Nib Contest at the chapter level. These writers will have their entries forwarded to Virginia Writers Club to be judged alongside the other chapters: 

Alyce Campbell, Fiction; John Dutton, Nonfiction; Cortney (CL) Bledsoe, Poetry



Member Spotlight:
Morgan Hazlewood

Morgan Hazelwood (she/her) is a blogger, vlogger, and podcaster of writing tips and writerly musings, plus an actively querying fantasy author. Her short story, "Just a Hike In The Woods" was published by the Dark Recesses Webzine. Her essay, "10 Questions To Ask Your Beta Readers" was published in the free kindle book IWSG's Writing For Profit.

Raised by a librarian and fans of speculative fiction, her parents have supported her dreams. When not writing, you can find her devouring book series on her kindle, learning to scroll saw, or feeding her webcomic addiction. She serves on the board for her local science fiction and fantasy convention: Balticon. She is also a voice for Anansi Storytelling – a fairytale audio drama podcast.

Morgan lives and writes in Northern Virginia. Morgan says about WbtR:

I've been a member of Write By the Rails since moving to Manassas in 2018. I am so grateful to the local writing community for the support and the opportunity to share my worlds with others.


New Books by Members

WtR President Katherine Gotthardt has had her 11th book published. Get Happier, Dammit (ATW Publishing, August 2022) serves as a quick guide to building greater happiness by nurturing inspiration and motivation, essentials for writers, teachers, caregivers and more. Each short chapter features essay, exercises and poetry. Proceeds benefit SPARC which provides enrichment programs for adults with lifelong disabilities. Read more about the book and SPARC here, and order your copy now to help out!

Did You Know? 
WbtR is a Member of the PWC Chamber

Exciting news! WbtR is again a member of the PWC Chamber! The Chamber offers many activities and networking opportunities. Attend as a Write by the Rails paid member and meet people in the community who can support WbtR and your work. It's a great way to find collaboration partners (like business owners with storefronts, for example, who may be open to holding a book signing). This is a WbtR membership benefit, so when you introduce yourself, just tell the Chamber you are a WbtR member in order to participate. Explore Chamber activities here:

Seeking Our Next President!

This is a great opportunity to advance your writing career while serving your fellow writers. You don't need to be on the current board to step up, and no experience is necessary. Organizational and planning skills, plus time and willingness are keys to success in this position. Time commitment is two to five hours per month. Two-year term starts January 2023. Training and support provided! Email 

Seeking Our Next Secretary!

Do you want to help the club run smoothly by lending a hand a couple hours per month? Consider running for Secretary! Training and support provided. Two-year term starts January 2023. Get more details now. Email your intent to run for this position and start a conversation:


New Volunteers

A big thanks to our newest band of members who have stepped up to help! Maryel Stone has taken on social media. Kimberly Ray is helping to maintain our website. And Alyce Campbell is tackling the newsletter. We appreciate you more than you know. This club runs on volunteerism, and you are making a difference!

Want to get involved, build your literary resume and lend a helping hand? Tell us how much time you have per month and we'll find something that matches your schedule and interests. Email

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.
Time to Submit
For Our Ten-Year Anthology!'s time to Steam Ahead, and that means submitting your stellar fiction, poetry, nonfiction and black and white art! Get your submissions in early for this collection by our membership. Click here for guidelines and submit your writing now!
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!

Your Board,

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