Write by the Rails

The Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club



Founded in August of 2011, Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, aims to raise the profile of the local literary community and explore ways we can nurture, cultivate and help that community grow. To that end, we strive to be an integral part of the larger arts community and to enhance the quality of life for residents of the area by providing them with the opportunity to participate in events and activities that promote literacy and self-expression.


Our regular activities include:

  • Meetups where writers discuss current projects, goals and ways to overcome challenges
  • Open mic nights at area businesses
  • Participation in community events such as festivals and fairs
  • Book signing and readings
  • Participation in contests and awards programs
  • An active presence on Google and other social media, including exclusive and open Facebook pages and groups
  • Newsletters and a website with resources

Our annual and periodic activities include:

  • Half-day or whole-day workshops for adults and youth
  • Publication of anthologies
  • Online publication of writing through social and other media
  • Publishing press releases and articles on local authors, book launches, programs, etc. in media outlets
  • Participation in regional, state-wide and national conventions and conferences

Our members also play lead roles in:

  • Critique groups
  • Programs in libraries and schools
  • The local Poet Laureate program
  • Continuing education and lifelong learning programs

Click here to read a fuller description of our history and activities.


Click here to read about our members and board.

2019 Officers:

President: Katherine Gotthardt

VP and Immediate Past President: Jan Rayl

Secretary: Rebecca Sosa

Treasurer: Cathy P. Ryan


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