Write by the Rails Chartered by Virginia Writers Club
by Cindy Brookshire
Newly elected 2013-2014 president of the Virginia Writers Club, Betsy Ashton (second from left, Blue Ridge Chapter), and current 2011-2012 president, June Forte (center, Northern Virginia Chapter), welcome Write by the Rails as the statewide organization’s newly chartered Prince William Chapter. Representing Write by the Rails in Richmond on Nov. 3 are June Kilpatrick (Gainesville), Linda Johnston (Gainesville) and Terry Reardon (Woodbridge). Write by the Rails meets Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West Street, Manassas. Meetings are open to the public.
Write by the Rails, a networking group of writers based in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, has been officially chartered as the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club
The announcement was made at VWC’s annual meeting Nov. 3 in Richmond with local members June Kilpatrick
and Linda Johnston
of Gainesville and Terry Reardon of Woodbridge in attendance.
VWC is a statewide organization that supports and stimulates the art, craft and business of writing in the Commonwealth. Write by the Rails joins nine other regional chapters of the club: Appalachian Authors Guild, Blue Ridge, Chesapeake Bay Writers, Hampton Roads, Hanover Writers, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Riverside Writers and Valley Writers.
Write by the Rails was co-founded in 2011 by individual writer members of the Prince William County Arts Council
: Cindy Brookshire
, Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt
, Pete Pazmino and Sheila Lamb
. The group has 121 Facebook
members and maintains the active writebytherails.blogspot.com
. Members have participated in Arts Alive! at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, conducted a "How to Market Your Book" panel workshop, sold books at the Winery at La Grange and signed up to read books to school children for National Young Readers Day.
Currently, the group is producing New Departures, an anthology featuring the work of Robert Bausch
, Carole Bellacera
, Tracey E. Brooks, Chip Deyerle
, Leigh Giza
, Alexandra Hailey, Kelly Harman
, Carole Keily, Paul Keily, Peggy Kimmey
and more. Proceeds will benefit local non-profits. The group is sponsoring a book sales table at the City of Manassas 6th Annual Neighborhood Conference
on Sat., Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Manassas Boys & Girls Club, 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas.
"I am delighted to have such a dynamic and active chapter join the Virginia Writers Club," said VWC president June Forte, author and Speech Communication professor at Northern Virginia Community College. "Write by the Rails extends our organization’s reach into Prince William County and is a strong force of support for the Club’s mission of developing and encouraging the art, craft and business of writing within the county."
The next monthly meeting of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church
, 9325 West Street, Manassas. The public is welcome.