Lots of news from Write by the Rails! Although just over two years old, our group is making a difference in our community by reaching out to writers and building bridges with other organizations and businesses. We now have 200 members on Facebook. Our members, writers with different levels of experience, are enthusiastic and supportive of each other's projects and events.
The first Write by the Rails blog tour, Endless Possibilities, is underway with fifteen of our writers posting to each other's sites twice a week. Check our website for a list of our bloggers!
We are thrilled to announce two very exciting events. June Forte, past president of the Virginia Writers Club, took the lead on getting the Prince William Poet Laureate position established in Prince William County. Her hard work, along WBTR member Nancy Schmidt Kyme have made this happen.
Prince William Poet Laureate
Nominations are now open for the first ever Prince William Poet Laureate, a two-year position to be selected and filled under an exciting new Laureate program of the Prince William County Arts Council. The program is being administered by a special committee of the Arts Council under the leadership of June Forte, a member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.
Nominations for the position, which will receive an annual $500 honorarium, are due by MAY 10, 2014. Guidance and forms for nominations may be downloaded from the Write by the Rails website at www.writebytherails.org Mail completed submission forms to: June Forte, 12702 Valleywood Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Please distribute this information as widely as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Laureate Program Chair June Forte at email@example.com or 703-585-6396.
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The Prince William County Arts Council is a membership organization serving the Greater Prince William Area, including Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Our mission is twofold: 1) To promote and support local artists and arts organizations and 2) To enlighten and educate audiences about the arts in the Greater Prince William Area. For more information about the Arts Council and its member groups and artists, visit www.pwcartscouncil.org or contact Sheyna Burt, Chair, Board of Directors, Prince William County Arts Council at 703-927-3999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Writers Workshop - March 29, 2014
Last summer we received a grant from Prince William County to sponsor a workshop for students. That workshop will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 10am - 4pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Old Town Manassas. The Young Writers Workshop is targeted to high school and college age students.
Our group is excited to be working with Woodbridge High School on this project, with several students leading the afternoon "mini-sessions."
Genres to be covered in the sessions include poetry, fantasy, fiction, and punk. The day will come full-circle as writers read their work at open-mic time.
Check our website for more information on what promises to be a great workshop AND for the registration form.
About Write by the Rails
Write by the Rails is the newest chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. The group formed in August 2011 and since then has grown to 150 members through a Facebook group and our website. We have accomplished a great deal in a short time. We are a member of the Prince William County Arts Council and have become an active organization within the community.
Write by the Rails aims to raise the profile of the local literary community and explore ways we can nurture, cultivate and help that community grow. Here are a few of our accomplishments:
- Became the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club;
- Published an anthology, New Departures, by Write by the Rails members;
- Created and distributed an information brochure;
- Created a website and blog;
- Conducted readings, discussions and book signings at the Arts Alive! festival sponsored by the Prince William Arts Council;
- Hosted a "How to Market Your Book" panel discussion with local, experienced authors;
Group 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 will be posted on the homepage, www.writebytherails.org and look for us on Facebook.