Location: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Boar's Head) conference room

Upcoming events

    • 01 Nov 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites, 2925 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294

    BREAKING NEWS: The first 48 people to register for the meeting will receive a copy of John Gilstrap's latest book, End Game. Be sure to register early.

    In addition to rewarding our Golden Nib winners and presenting service awards, NYT Bestselling Author John Gilstrap will be our keynote speaker. Back by popular demand, Gilstrap will speak about his writing life and read from his latest thriller, End Game.

    Gilstrap graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1979, and armed with a degree in American history, couldn't find a job. He settled for a position with a little-noticed trade journal serving the construction industry. They called him the managing editor and they paid him food stamp wages. He hated it. About this time, he joined the Burke Volunteer Fire Department in Fairfax County, Virginia, if only to find relief from the boredom of his job. Running about a thousand calls his first year with the department, he was hooked, and the volunteer fire service became an important part of his life for the next 15 years. In the early eighties, hating his job, he went the way of all frustrated liberal arts undergrads--back to graduate school. Earning a Master of Science degree in safety engineering from the University of Southern California, he started down a whole new road. For the next decade and a half, he became an expert (don't you hate that word?) on explosives safety and hazardous waste. Meanwhile, he kept writing. He didn't tell anyone, of course, because, well, you just don't share artistic dreams with fellow engineers. They look at you funny.

    Gilstrap's latest thriller, End Game, is available in stores and online.




Past events

06 Sep 2014 Sept. BOG Meeting
02 Aug 2014 Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
03 May 2014 May 3rd BOG Meeting
01 May 2014 2014 Golden Nib contest
01 May 2014 2014 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
12 Apr 2014 12th Annual Celebration of Poetry
23 Mar 2014 - A VITAL FUSION - The Writer and the Community
19 Mar 2014 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book
08 Feb 2014 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
02 Nov 2013 2013 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
26 Sep 2013 Fall for the Book - "What's Cooking?"
02 Sep 2013 CANCELLED: VWC Board of Governors Meeting
03 Aug 2013 Kathleen Grissom, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Kitchen House
03 Aug 2013 Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication
14 Jun 2013 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
01 Jun 2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
20 Apr 2013 Getting Your Book or Manuscript Ready for Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing
13 Apr 2013 11th Annual Celebration of Poetry
12 Apr 2013 2013 Golden Nib contest
20 Mar 2013 Virginia Festival of the Book
20 Mar 2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
01 Mar 2013 College Scholarship Deadline
01 Mar 2013 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest Deadline
23 Feb 2013 Playwriting Workshop
03 Nov 2012 2012 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
29 Sep 2012 Screenwriting with Richard Krevolin - Fall for the Book
29 Sep 2012 Self-publishing panel - Fall for the Book
08 Sep 2012 VWC 3rd Qtr. Board of Governors Meeting
04 Aug 2012 Navigating Your Writing Life 2012
01 May 2012 2012 Young Writers Golden Nib Contest
27 Apr 2012 2012 Virginia Writers Club College Scholarship
24 Jan 2012 2012 Innaugural Testing Phase
12 Nov 2011 2011 Annual Meeting
23 Jul 2011 Some Kind of Make Believe!
02 Jan 2011 Spring Shorts Contest
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