Current Officers

President: Leslie Truex

First Vice President: Susan Schwartz

Second Vice President: Chuck Tabb

Treasurer: Betsy Ashton

Secretary: Jason Maddox

At-large members: 

  • Michelle McBeth
  • John Nicolay
  • James Cole
  • Susan Picerno
  • Jim Reynolds

  • Warren Groeger

  • Abi Pachter

  • William Tang

  • Christopher Albanese

  • Paula Weiss

  • MJ Patrick


Vision Statement

The Virginia Writers Club is a leading organization of seasoned and aspiring writers who are dedicated to fostering the art, craft, business and advocacy of the literary arts throughout the Commonwealth.


Please click here [pdf] to download a full copy of the Virginia Writers Club Bylaws.

990-N Tax Return 2012-2017

Benefits of Membership

VWC members enjoy a variety of benefits including:

  • Online profile listing your books and publications
  • Private Facebook Group to meet and mingle with your fellow Virginia writers
  • Discount admission to the annual Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium
  • Monthly email updates on member and chapter activities and news
  • Speakers Bureau Listing
  • Members-only writing tips and resources
  • Contests (Golden Nib submissions are through a chapter)
  • Scholarship

The Virginia Writers Club has 10 chapters and 3 sub-chapters located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Much of the programming such as critique groups, workshops, retreats, and book fairs take place at the chapter level. 

Strategic Goals

Foster literary talent and achievement by providing channels of encouragement, opportunity and learning.

Develop and maintain management practices and controls that promote efficient and effective operation of the VWC.

Build and sustain a positive image that enhances our partnerships and elevates our influence with both public and private like-minded organizations and with government bodies concerned with the literary arts.

Increase membership by establishing viable programs that attract qualified writers, corporate sponsorship, and other champions of the literary arts.


In the words of Samuel T. Schroetter, Jr., former president of The Virginia Writers Club:

"The Virginia Writers Club, founded in 1918, is an interesting and flourishing association of published writers in various fields for the promotion of exchanging ideas and stimulating the art and craft of professional writing.

"Perhaps the greatest attraction, value, and potential of the Club is bringing together writers of various sorts... poets, fiction writers, essayists, scholars, journalists, editors, and a scattering of specialty, technical, and publicity writers. Writers in different disciplines and from different localities get to know each other, to compare, exchange, and share experiences; well-known authors meet their most devoted and understanding admirers, reviewers, and promoters; fledgling and flagged craftsmen meet and learn from expert practitioners, through programs and conversation. A poetry society, a historical association, an organization of women, black, Christian or Jewish writers, a purely local group does have the advantage of focus, but a more general writers' club has that of breadth and interchange."

Watch the Centennial Celebration video of the history of the Virginia Writers Club

VCU Launches Digital Hub for VWC Founder James Branch Cabell

Alice W. Campbell, Digital Outreach and Special Projects Librarian, told us about their work to create a digital hub for James Branch Cabell, whose name is on the VCU library, but who is also a founding member of the Virginia Writers Club. 

She also shared a page that outlines the history of the Virginia Writers Club and includes several newspaper clippings from 1918 and 1919. 

Here is the news announcement about setting up the digital hub for James Branch Cabell.

Here is the information about James Branch Cabell and the Virginia Writers Club.

Code of Ethics for Editing Anthologies 

Please click here [pdf] to view a copy of the Code of Ethics for the editing of VWC Anthologies. 

 Core Values

The VWC is passionate about the process of creating and propagating the written word and encourages others to share in this fascination. VWC, its Board of Governors, officers, chapters and members act in concert to meet common goals.

The VWC cultivates an atmosphere of mutual respect for individuals and organizations within the Club and with those external to the organization.

The VWC is an inclusive organization that welcomes members without discrimination of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability. The club accepts, recognizes and fosters a diversity of intellectual and artistic written expression.

The VWC's credibility rests on a foundation of personal and professional ethical standards that include accountability, transparency and effective management.

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