The Chesapeake Bay Writers (CBW)
The CBW serves writers from the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck and the Williamsburg area. These areas include the city of Williamsburg and the following counties: James City, Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, Mathews, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Middlesex, King & Queen, King William (Town of West Point) and New Kent.
With absorption of the James-York chapter in 2010, The CBW added to its service area York County and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Poquoson. (Click here to Contact Us)
About Our Organization
Founded in 1991, the CBW began as a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club(VWC) and remained so until 1998 when it surrendered its charter in order to pursue growth as an independent organization. In 2006, the CBW membership elected to re-affiliate with the VWC. By doing so, its 90 some odd members gained access to a wider range of writing-related opportunities and resources than would be possible for the CBW to provide as a stand-alone organization.
The CBW hosts five luncheon or dinner meetings each year. These meetings are open to the public and offer a variety of informative programs about writing, publishing and marketing finished works. Included is an annual All Stars Gala at which members entertain one another by reading their work. Cash prizes are awarded.
In addition, the CBW sponsors recurrent workshops and outreach events, which afford members opportunities to exchange ideas and establish contact with others having similar interests. Individual members also host various critique groups which meet regularly at different times and locations to assist members in achieving their writing goals.
The CBW also has a monthly radio talk show on XTRA 99.1FM in which its members are interviewed by host Neal Steele in order to promote newly published books. VWC members statewide are also eligible to book the show if not reserved by a member of CBW.