Publish or Be Published?
June 11!

Wondering if you should pursue a traditional publisher or go the indie route? Don't miss #WbtR member and award-winning international author Natalina Reis discussing publishing options at our next Writers' Enrichment!

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Topic: WbtR Monthly Writers' Enrichment
Time: Jun 11, 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, July 9, 10 a.m. online
Boost your writing and speaking career! Hear from WbtR Board Member-At-Large Brian Donnell James about writing and speaking on demand. Get tips on writing creatively to address assigned or hot topics and expand your circle of influence as a guest reader or speaker.

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, 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

Meet Alivette Vigo, a newer member of Write by the Rails! Alivette is a military veteran and the author of Make Peace with Anxiety: Manage the Good, Bad and Out of Control.

A Puerto Rican native who grew up in a farm like environment and enjoyed sports and academics, Alivette earned a technical bachelor’s degree but realizes that the best teachings have come from life’s valuable lessons through her personal journey.

Learn more about Alivette and her work now!

Books by Members

Seeking your wisdom! WbtR President Katherine Gotthardt is working on a sequel to her book Get Happy, Dammit. Would you like to be part of this project? If you are called to share what keeps you inspired and motivated, simply fill out the form. For more context visit

T. H. (Tom) Henning's latest poetry collection has been published and is available on Amazon. Tom is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He earned a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He has completed a Certificate of Attendance at Cambridge University, England and two years of a doctorate program at American University in Washington DC. Additionally he has attended seminars at The Aspen Institute and The Wharton School. During the Cold War as an IBM executive he traveled to Moscow and delivered a technical speech in Russian language to a Soviet audience. He authored eight books: Memoirs of a Defense Contractor, The Scotland Spy, Web Based Corporate Institutes, Legend of the Chinese Spy, Anaria: A Collection of Poems, Ballad for Those Lost at Sea, A Swan Song for Chaotic Times, and A Rhapsody of Random Rhymes. His poems were published in Upon Arrival: Hour Glass, Best Poets of 2020, and Who's Who in American Poetry 2021.

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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