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Write by the Rails Earns Charter

The Virginia Writers Club's newest chapter serves Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Write by the Rails, a networking group of writers based in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, has been officially chartered as the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club (VWC). 

The announcement was made at VWC’s annual meeting Nov. 3 in Richmond with local members June Kilpatrick and Linda Johnston of Gainesville and Terry Reardon of Woodbridge in attendance. 

VWC is a statewide organization with a 94-year history that supports and stimulates the art, craft and business of writing in the Commonwealth.  Write by the Rails joins nine other regional chapters of the club:  Appalachian Authors Guild, Blue Ridge, Chesapeake Bay Writers, Hampton Roads, Hanover Writers, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Riverside Writers and Valley Writers.

Write by the Rails was co-founded in 2011 by individual writer members of the Prince William County Arts CouncilCindy Brookshire, Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, Pete Pazmino and Sheila Lamb.  The group has 121 Facebook members and maintains the active writebytherails.blogspot.com. Members have participated in Arts Alive! at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, conducted a “How to Market Your Book” panel workshop, sold books at the Winery at La Grange and signed up to read books to school children for National Young Readers Day.  

Currently, the group is producing New Departures, an anthology featuring the work of Robert Bausch, Carole Bellacera, Tracey E. Brooks, Chip Deyerle, Leigh Giza, Alexandra Hailey, Kelly Harman, Carole Keily, Paul Keily, Peggy Kimmey and more.  Proceeds will benefit local non-profits.  The group is sponsoring a book sales table at the City of Manassas 6th Annual Neighborhood Conference on Sat., Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Manassas Boys & Girls Club, 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas. 

“I am delighted to have such a dynamic and active chapter join the Virginia Writers Club,” said VWC president June Forte, author and Speech Communication professor at Northern Virginia Community College. “Write by the Rails extends our organization’s reach into Prince William County and is a strong force of support for the Club’s mission of developing and encouraging the art, craft and business of writing within the county.”

The next monthly meeting of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West Street, Manassas.  The public is welcome. 

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