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Write by the Rails

Get Your Writing On Track


Write by the Rails (WbtR) is the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We aim to raise the profile of the local literary community and explore ways we can nurture writers no matter where they are in their writing and publishing journey.

We strive to be an integral part of the larger arts community and enhance quality of life for residents and visitors of the area by providing opportunities to participate in events and activities that promote writing, literacy and self-expression.

If you are a writer age 18+, published or unpublished, and affiliated with Manassas, Manassas Park or Prince William County, join by completing an application here.

What's New With WbtR

Time to renew your membership!



Membership dues are due January 1. Sign up to become a member or renew now by clicking hereBenefits of membership include:

  • Access to free and reduced-cost educational workshops, panels, and presentations.
  • Collaboration with other groups like the Chamber of Commerce, PW Arts Council and Spilled Ink
  • Access to networks of literary professionals and enthusiasts
  • Members-only online discussions
  • Opportunity to submit to club contests and anthologies
  • Opportunity to sell books at select events
  • The chance to propose and lead projects that fall within the group's purview
  • Opportunity to share your writing news along all of our available channels

Payment can be made via check or PayPal.

Congrats to the Golden Nib winners!

WbtR is thrilled to announce THREE of our members are Virginia Writers Club, Inc. 2022 Golden Nib winners! VWC is our parent organization. This is a state-wide contest with two tiers of judging, both at the chapter level and the state level. Congratulations to John DuttonAlyce Campbell and CL Bledsoe!

John Dutton, III, "The Season of the Lost Summer" - Nonfiction, 1st place

Alyce Rita Campbell, "Death on National Paperclip Day" - Fiction, 2nd place

C.L. Bledsoe, "Barley and Vegetable Soup"- Poetry, 3rd place


ScribbleCon23 for Tweens, Teens, Parents/Guardians of PWC

                          February 11, 2023
Write by the Rails and Spilled Ink VA are taking part in #ScribbleCon2023!
This great event brings #PWCS parents/guardians together with their middle school or high school students for a day of writing side-by-side! Families can choose from a variety of sessions and enjoy the experience as a community of writers.


Teacher, #WbtR board member, writer, and Spilled Ink (Virginia) founder John Dutton II has organized this creative day for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS). Many of the planned sessions will be facilitated by our member writers who will also have books on hand for signing.

Are you in #PWC? Want to write with your middle school or high school kids? Click here to register now and share this invite with PWCS middle and high school teachers in your network!

Adult WbtR Members Without PWCS Tweens/Teens
Don't have kids in a PWCS middle or high school but want to write with us? We'll be running an adults-only workshop from 3:15 to 4 p.m. We'll lead adults in writing then break into pairs for critique. Space is limited. The first 10 members to contact us will be able to attend this workshop and any other workshop during the day. Please email to get registration details for adults only.
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Writing at Fall Writer's Workshop 2019

Meet, Greet, Grow

Join Write by the Rails and enjoy monthly enrichment activities and a variety of events designed to help you develop as a writer. We meet regularly online and periodically at local venues that support the literary Community and the arts. As members of the Prince William county Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce, WbtR offers paid members opportunity to network and grow an audience. Stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter. Follow us on YouTube, Twitter and  Facebook.

Table Arts Alive

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink is an open mic night that celebrates the written word. Join local authors, poets, and scribblers as they read their work. All are welcome to listen or read. The event is held every second and fourth Friday of the month in the evening. Please revise work to a PG-13 rating prior to reading!​ Visit the Spilled Ink website for details.

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Write by the Rails Publications

Steam Ahead!

It’s 2023 - and we're moving full steam into a bright future! This collection of members' stories, poems, and photos have been inspired by the glimmer of light on the horizon, the promise of dawn, and the heart-warming feeling of coming together with others to celebrate a new year. Hop aboard, settle in, and join us as we Steam Ahead!


Writing in a time of turmoil takes enormous energy – more so than the usual reservoir of vigor it requires to produce a work of art. Yet, these members of Write by the Rails (WbtR) have done just that, even in the midst of the unrest and uncertainty that characterized 2020 and 2021. Welcome to Confetti, an anthology of diverse written word!


In this unique anthology, Write by the Rails showcases Twitter-friendly writings by 22 members and friends who took part in a three-month social media campaign in 2019. #BackOnTrackNow serves as a reflection of the times and an effort to change the discourse of social media.

New Departures

An anthology, New Departures reflects the diverse ideas and creative work of  Write by Rails's membership. In this first WbtR publication, members offer poetry, fiction, nonfiction and  even a merge of genres.

No Additional Postage Necessary

The product of Write by the Rails's first Rising Writers Workshop for young adults, No Additional Postage Necessary  inspires, surprises, amuses and raises some eyebrows, too.

WbtR in the Media

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