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If you are a writer age 18+, published or unpublished, and affiliated with Manassas, Manassas Park or Prince William County, join by completing an application here.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


It’s OK to Have a Ghostwriter. Really.Member Spotlight:

Karen Robbins

Congratulations to our member, Karen Robbins for her first place award in the Prince William Library adult fiction contest! Her story, The Kitty Visitor, can be read here! Well done, Karen!!


Shop Local, Read Local!

All of these authors are local and in our fabulous Write by the Rails group! If you want info on their books, please reach out to the Write by the Rails board.


Saturday, April 15

Writers' Enrichment

Gallery Write-In

Join us for a celebration of art and writing on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at McCall Studio Gallery in Old Town Manassas using art using art as inspiration. All writers 18+ welcome.

The gallery is upstairs at 9409 Battle Street, Manassas. Email by 8 a.m. April 14 to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Much thanks to gallery owner and artist Denise McCall who is an avid supporter of local writers and the arts!

Please note, this event replaces our usual second Saturday Writers' Enrichment.




March 11 Writers' Enrichment

Featuring Author, Editor Susan McCorkindale

If you missed this enrichment meeting on the ins and outs of press releases, media, and marketing, the recording is now available here.

Susan McCorkindale is editor of Haymarket-Gainesville Lifestyle Magazine which is owned by Inside NoVa and Rappahannock Media. She is a former cancer caregiver, forever Autism mom, and proud Jersey girl. Susan is also the author of four books, including two Amazon bestselling memoirs, and a popular keynote speaker who specializes in resilience, grief, and the role of humor in helping people bounce back and stay back. You can find her celebrated TED talk, Make Peace with Your Grief and Watch Where It Leads You, on
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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.

House of Mercy Anniversary Celebration 2

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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