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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If you are a writer age 18+, published or unpublished, and affiliated with Manassas, Manassas Park or Prince William County, consider officially joining. 

Member Spotlight: Morgan Hazelwood

Morgan Hazelwood (she/her) is a blogger, vlogger, and podcaster of writing tips and writerly musings, plus an actively querying fantasy author. Her short story, "Just a Hike In The Woods" was published by the Dark Recesses Webzine. Her essay, "10 Questions To Ask Your Beta Readers" was published in the free kindle book IWSG's Writing For Profit.

Raised by a librarian and fans of speculative fiction, her parents have supported her dreams. When not writing, you can find her devouring book series on her kindle, learning to scroll saw, or feeding her webcomic addiction. She serves on the board for her local science fiction and fantasy convention: Balticon. She is also a voice for Anansi Storytelling – a fairytale audio drama podcast.

Morgan lives and writes in Northern Virginia. Morgan says about WbtR:

I've been a member of Write By the Rails since moving to Manassas in 2018. I am so grateful to the local writing community for the support and the opportunity to share my worlds with others.

Members, we need YOU!

Do you want to ensure WbtR stays vibrant and active? Consider joining our board! We're looking for board Members-At-Large to take on tasks, such as:

  • help coordinate events
  • vote on decisions that affect members
  • assist with newsletters and website updates

Requirements: Board members must be willing to attend at least 50% of all board meetings (there are currently 6 per year) and help with at least 4 activities per year. Helping could mean assisting with PR, serving on a committee, co-organizing an event, etc. You won't be doing it alone. You'll be part of a team working to serve the local and larger writing community. It's a great way for a motivated writer to get involved and to build a literary resume. Want more details? Not ready to be a board member but still want to help? Email

Monthly Writers' Enrichment Event

In August, we'll be joining Virginia Writers Club at theNavigating Your Writing Life Symposium. Register here.

September 11 from noon to 4 p.m. we will be at Arts Alive! displaying our books, reading our work and enjoying the company of artists from around the area. Get details here.

WbtR 10-Year Anthology

It's time to Steam Ahead, and that means submitting your stellar work to our anthology! Get your submissions in early for this collection of prose, poetry and art by our membership. Click here for guidelines and submit your writing now!

Meet, Greet, Grow

Join Write by the Rails and enjoy monthly enrichment activities and a variety of events designed to help you grow. We meet regularly online and periodically at local venues that support the literary community and the arts. We also announce monthly meetings in our newsletters and our membership Facebook group. We maintain a public Facebook page that anyone can follow.

House of Mercy Anniversary Celebration 2

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 at 7:00 p.m.​ Please revise work to a PG-13 rating prior to reading!​

Table Arts Alive

Why Join Write by the Rails

We've all been there, alone in a room, staring at a blank screen or scribbling notes that make us wonder why we bother trying to write anything. Writing can be an isolating, frustrating experience. You need a community of cheerleaders, educators, experienced professionals and colleagues. That's where Write by the Rails (WbtR) comes in.

Core Values

  • Enthusiasm

    WbtR is passionate about the process of creating and propagating the written word, and encourages others to share in this fascination. WbtR, its officers, and members act in concert to meet common goals.

  • Integrity

    WbtR’s credibility rests on a foundation of personal and professional ethical standards.

  • Gratitude

    We are grateful for the support the local business and nonprofit communities have given us. We strive to be good guests by making purchases during meetings and leaving the premises the way we found them.

  • Respect

    WbtR cultivates an atmosphere of mutual respect for individuals and organizations both internal and external to our organization.

  • Genre

    WbtR is an inclusive organization that welcomes members without discrimination of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability. The organization accepts, recognizes, and fosters a diversity of intellectual and artistic written expression. Note, certain venues and publications do require written and spoken material to be at a "PG-13" rating. Writing is largely about audience, so please consider that before sharing graphic work.

Our Track Record

Our goal is to help connect you with other writers, and along the way, meet our mission of raising the profile of our talented, local literary community. We've done it, too, since 2011.


The area's longest-running literary group with a statewide affiliation, Write by the Rails is the Prince William area chapter of the nonprofit Virginia Writers Club which celebrated 100 years in 2018.


Since its inception, WbtR has held regular meet and greets and workshops, spearheaded programs for adults and youth, produced anthologies, kicked off the local Poet Laureate program, inspired readings and events and networked with other local groups.


Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park have become central to the Northern Virginia literary scene, and WbtR is proud to be a part of that.

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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