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Write by the Rails

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If you are a writer age 18+, published or unpublished, and affiliated with Manassas, Manassas Park or Prince William County, join by completing an application here.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


Members! It's that time of year when we need your vote for President and Secretary! This year we decided to share the slate by having a co-president and co-secretary team as nominees. We were fortunate Mary Ellen Stone, Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, Kimberly Ray and Rebecca L Sosaagreed to run for the 2023-2025 term. Please cast your vote now by emailing Simply write who you are voting for and for which position. Leadership is critical to the success of this group, and we need a quorum to cast votes. So please vote before midnight December 11, 2022!

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


December 10 Annual Meeting and Voting

Are you a member of Write by the Rails? We need you to attend the December 10 Annual Meeting online! Join the board as we vote for President and Secretary, discuss plans for next year and make the season merry! Sign up to receive our newsletter to get the Zoom link for this important meeting. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list.



January 14 Monthly Writers Enrichment

Start the new year off strong! Don't miss Karen Robbins, co-author of Thoughts and Prayers, who will offer her insights on building successful critique groups. Get connected with other members who want to create supportive groups to review and hone their writing together. This event will be held online. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the Zoom link and our newsletters. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list.

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.

WbtR at Ground Central

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


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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