January 14
Monthly Writers'
Enrichment - Online

Start the new year off strong! Don't miss Karen Robbins, co-author of Thoughts and Prayerswho will offer her insights on building successful critique groups

Get connected with other members who want to create supportive groups to review and hone their writing together.

Improve the quality of your writing by joining or starting a critique group. This talk will cover what to expect from a group, how it works, its advantages and parameters, and open vs. by-invitation-only groups.


Write by the Rails is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Building Successful Critique Groups
Time: Jan 14, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 862 0227 4192
Passcode: 814350



K.P. Robbins and the three other writers in her critique group co-authored the novel Thoughts and Prayers, published in 2021 under the pseudonym Lee Anne Post. Her short stories have appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Virginia Writers Club Centennial Anthology, and VWC 2021 Golden Nib Journal.


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New Books:
Steam Ahead!
A Write by the Rails Anthology 

It's full steam ahead into a bright future!  Write by the Rails' Member Anthology will be available in Kindle and Paperback editions on January 15, 2023! 

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!


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.



Time to Renew 
Your Membership

WbtR 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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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. Details are here.

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!

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Co-Presidents - Katherine Gotthardt & Maryel Stone 
Vice President - JoAnn Lord Koff
Co-Secretaries - Becks Sosa & Kimberly Ray
Treasurer - Alan Meyrowitz
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