The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter, Virginia Writers Club, Inc. (hereafter, BRWC) serves the cities of Charlottesvile, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro; and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Page.


Friday, February 2, is the deadline for submissions for the February critique group meeting. Send your submission to me for compiling with the others. Packets of compiled submissions will be distributed by email to you on/about Monday, February 5.

For new participants in particular, PLEASE READ the Guidelines for the Critique Group.

As a reminder to everyone, please provide enough information at the beginning of your submission to orient the reader and define what type of review you want for the piece. This information positions us to read your piece in the most valuable, productive way.

The critique group meeting is Friday, February 16, 1-4 p.m. (Arrive after 12:30 a.m. for socializing and getting settled, if you can.)

This program is open to all members of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter of VWC. 

Yes, a second exclamation mark. And so close to the other one, too. Several regular Critique Group participants are finishing the last chapters of their projects and are interested in having the manuscripts reviewed as a whole by someone. This task does not fit into the Critique Group format, but Critique Group members can still support that function. If you have a completed manuscript that you would like reviewed cover to cover, you can invite someone from the group to do this outside of regular meeting hours. For example, Fred Shira came to the group in November and since then, he and I have exchanged novels to critique on our own time schedule. It’s most valuable.

I’m looking forward to reading your next chapters and seeing you in a few weeks,

Louise M. Mitchell, louise-mitchell[at]comcast.net
Critique Facilitator

      The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter (formerly known as the Charlottesville Writers) was founded in 1991 with the primary purpose of serving both aspiring and published writers in Central Virginia. Using programs and activities to encourage interaction between new and veteran writers, major goals include the support and stimulation of the art, craft, and business of writing; mentoring programs for teen writers; workshops and teaching forums for members; and advocacy for the literary arts in the communities served by the chapter. In addition to our Charlottesville group, we have two satellite groups: Skyline Writers' (meets in Luray) and SWAG (meets in Staunton). More info about our satellite groups below.
    Our chapter's Charlottesville group meets monthly, unless otherwise noted, in the downstairs conference room of the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia (take the first left, after turning off 250W into the Boar's Head Inn Complex). 

SATELLITE GROUPS of the Blue Ridge Writers:

Skyline Writers’ Circle is a satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers (BRW) chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. It was founded and is facilitated Janell Robisch, who is an author, BRW/VWC member, and Luray resident. The group is new, with its first meeting in February 2017, so they are still finding their feet and their direction, whether that will be with support, critiques, speakers, and/or open mic sessions. If you are interested in attending meetings, please contact Janell at Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com. Meetings will be held at Trackside Theater in Luray (32 E Main St.) at 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of each month starting on February 11, 2017.

SWAG is the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter. Their aim is to elevate the profile of area writers and to promote the literary arts in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. (They also welcome participation from Blue Ridge members elsewhere!) Facilitator: Clifford Garstang - cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com


(Administration, Newsletter, Website, Young Writers)     Linda M. Layne     blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com

(Programming)  Linda M. Layne   blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com and Leslie Truex  leslietruex[at]gmail.com

(Annual Writers' Retreat)    Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]Comcast.net

(Book Fair)   Carolyn O'Neal    carolynoneal[at]Comcast.net

(Critique Sessions)    Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]comcast.net and Carol Cutler carolcutler91[at]gmail.com

(SWAG: Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group)    Clifford Garstang    cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com

(Skyline Writers' Circle:  Luray area satellite group)    Janell E. Robisch    Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com

(Membership)    Bruce Bertelsen, Treasurer    bibertelsen[at]verizon.net

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