The Virginia Writers Club strives to support writers at the local level with REGIONAL CHAPTERS. Membership at the Chapter level is separate and optional with each Chapter functioning unique and individually to suit their membership. Some Chapters have dues, others pass the hat when needed! There are currently TEN regional Chapters of the VWC. Chapter involvement provides an opportunity for individuals to get together on a more frequent basis with other local writers to exchange critiques, encouragement and to network. Chapter meetings are typically held monthly with activities including writing workshops, feedback sessions, guest speakers, contests, and sponsorship or involvement in regional literary events.
Please locate the Chapter serving your area and contact them about their next event. If you live in an area not served by a Chapter, please contact us so we can discuss options for forming a Chapter near you!
The Appalachian Authors Guild
serves the City of Norton and Counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington & Wise and even north-east Tennessee. For information, contact Chapter President J. Russell "Jack" Rose at (423) 652-2975 or via e-mail
; or visit their Web site.
The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter serves the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton and Waynesboro, and counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Rappahannock. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted. For additional information, please see their website or e-mail VWCMail@aol.com (with "Blue Ridge Writers" in subject line, please).
The Chesapeake Bay Writers Chapter serves the City of Williamsburg and the counties of Charles City, Essex, Gloucester, James City, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland. The Chesapeake Bay Writers host five luncheon or dinner meetings each year. In addition, the Chapter offers 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 and novel reading groups which meet regularly at different times and locations to assist members in achieving their writing goals. For further information, please see the Chesapeake Bay Writers Web site, or e-mail Mary Ann Carr.
Please note: The James-York Chapter has merged with the Chesapeake Bay Writers.
The Hampton Roads Chapter serves the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center in Virginia Beach. For further information, please e-mail Ed DeLong.
The Hanover Writers Chapter serves the counties of Hanover, King William, and eastern Henrico. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Eastern Hanover Fire Station #3 located at 4428 Mechanicsville Turnpike. For more information or details on meetings, visit the chapter’s website at www.hanoverwriters.org.
The Northern Virginia Chapter serves writers in the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and the surrounding areas. The Chapter meets the third Sunday of each month at the Tysons-Pimmit Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. For further information, please visit their website.
The Richmond Chapter serves the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland and Powhatan (and incorporated cities within those counties). For further information, see their website or e-mail Michael Gunter, Chapter Facilitator, with "Richmond Writers" in subject line, please.
The Riverside Writers Chapter serves the City of Fredericksburg and counties of Caroline, King George, Louisa, Spotsylvania, Stafford and portions of the adjoining areas. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at the Salem church branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For further information, please e-mail Larry Turner.
The Valley Writers Chapter serves the City of Roanoke and surrounding areas. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Road SW (across the street from Patrick Henry High School). For further information, please visit the Web site or e-mail Betsy Ashton.
Be sure to read Rod Franklin's account of the Valley Writers' 28-year history here.
Write by the Rails (NEW!)
The Write by the Rails Chapter serves Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Members gather twice a month at "meet and greets" in various locations in the county. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West Street in Old Town Manassas. News, plans, members' writings and more are available at their website. They are also on Facebook.