Coming Events: Dec. 9

Business Before Hours
Meet the Authors
8:00-9:30 AM

Meet WbtR and other local authors at Bull Run Regional Library December 9! This event is made possible through the Prince William Chamber of Commerce (of which WbtR is a member).


Coming Events: Jan.14
Monthly Writers Enrichment

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. This event will be held online.


Congrats to The Golden Nib Winners

WrtB is thrilled to announce three of our members are Virginia Writers Club Inc. 2022 Golden Nib Winners. VWC is our parent organization. This is a statewide contest with two tiers of judging.


Coming Events: Apr. 22
DMV Business Network Crossing
2nd Annual Conference


Liletta Harlem, from the November Workshop, is offering a special discount to those aiming to take their book business to the next level. Message from Liletta:

What can you expect?
Two keynote addresses designed to get you in position to grow your business!
We also have 4 panel workshops!

Planting the seed:  Discuss the foundation of any business: That is You.
Plant & Cultivate Through Marketing & Branding: Learn  the process of a good marketing program. Image, Website & Brand Awareness.

Cultivate Your Business Financially: Discover the importance of legacy building through financial management, leveraging sales and good banking and Life Insurance investing.

Coming Events: Dec. 10 

WbtR Monthly Enrichment
and Annual Meeting

Time: Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Are you a member? Please attend the online meeting to vote for President and Secretary and discuss next year's plans.  You can also vote beforehand. 

This year we decided to share the slate by having a co-president and co-secretary team as nominees. We were fortunate Mary Ellen StoneKatherine Mercurio Gotthardt, (as co-Presidents)  and
Kimberly Ray and Rebecca L Sosa (as co-Secretaries) agreed to run for the 2023-2025 term. 

Please cast your vote by emailing 
Simply write who you are voting for and for which position. Leadership is critical to the success of this group, and we need a quorum to cast votes. So please vote before midnight December 10.


Join Zoom Meeting       
Meeting ID: 882 4926 0313



John Dutton, III, "The Season of the Lost Summer" - Nonfiction, 1st place

Alyce Rita Campbell, "Death on National Paperclip Day" - Fiction, 2nd place

C.L. Bledsoe, "Barley and Vegetable Soup"- Poetry, 3rd place


Cultivate Success: These entrepreneurs have created an empire and set themselves apart from the rest. These will discuss their journey, tips and how to continue to cultivate your success.

Additionally, an award ceremony highlighting businesses in the DMV and an opportunity to “shop local” with a variety of local business vendors! 

As fellow attendees of the writing workshop with Write The Rails, I am offering you a special opportunity for 15% off of your ticket and/or vendor or sponsor package!
At checkout use code : RAILS to receive your discount!
Last year we sold out so be sure to secure your ticket now!
Remember, code: RAILS at checkout!

New Books:
Maryel Stone

Christmas In Other Words - a collection of Christmas stories written to be read aloud. The stories are varied, with settings from ancient Bethlehem to the modern mid-west, but each reminds us of the warmth, hope, and love of Christmas.  I hope they bring you hope, faith, joy, and peace this Christmas season! Link -

The War of Heaven - the third book in Maryel Stone's young adult fantasy series, The Heir of Time. Matthias and Sollander return home with the strange staff that has already threatened Matthias' life once. Will their welcome be as warm as they hope, or will what Sollander brings hopelessly divide their family? The effects are more far-reaching, more devastating than either can imagine, not just to them, but to Iconia and the entire world.

New Books: 
Jackie Thomas

- Kneeology is a study of prayer and a guide to help believers understand how to approach and relate to God in prayer. It explains that prayer is a conversation between you and God, requiring that we listen and speak.   God initiated the relationship with humanity and bids us to come boldly into His presence through our relationship with Jesus Christ. While the positions we use in prayer vary, prayer is often associated with someone bowing on their knees which is why the book is titled Kneeology.  However, the heart should bow in submission to God each time we pray, for it is the attitude of the heart that moves God.



Other Upcoming Events

The Poetry Society of Virginia Northern Region will hold an online poetry reading, Where Art Meets the Line (Take 4), December 10 at 10:30. Among the readers will be our VP, JoAnn Lord Koff. Email Cathy Hailey at for more information, and stay tuned for a link to the post-event recording!

John Dutton is spearheading ScribbleCon Saturday, Feb. 11 at Benton Middle School. Write by the Rails will be involved with this and will be collaborating to bring workshops to attendees. Email John at for information.

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.
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, Maryel Stone
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