May 20: Moderated Critique Roundtable

Bring your writing in progress or completed and join us tomorrow for a moderated roundtable critique session. Each writer will have 5-10 minutes (depending on number of critiques) to read their work and ask the audience specific questions about it.

Please be prepared to ask specific questions about your writing – asking ‘what do you think’ usually does NOT get you the answers you need or want.

Linda will moderate the critique session to ensure that everyone focuses on the writing.

Saturday 20 May
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Lorton Public Library
9520 Richmond Hwy
Lorton, VA 22079

April 22: Ready to Publish? Let’s run the numbers

Join us on April 22 for an informative presentation on options for publishing based on timelines a writer should expect.  Based on personal and anecdotal experience, Betsy will discuss finding an agent, traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing to provide a general guide to what may be best for each writer.


Saturday, 22nd April
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Burke Center Library
5935 Freds Oak Rd
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 249-1520

Born in Washington, DC, Betsy Ashton was raised in Southern California where she ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. She earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her first MA at Keio University, Tokyo, and her second MA and doctorate at USC.

Her first mystery, Mad Max Unintended Consequences, was published in February 2013. The second in the series, Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery, came out in April 2015. Her third in the series, Unsafe Haven, is due out later in 2017. She is the past president of The Virginia Writers Club.

March 25: Plotter or Pantser or Something Else Entirely?

Pantsing is ‘writing by the seat of your pants’ and plotting ranges from a brief outline to detailed scene by scene summaries. There is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for writing your novel and every writer has to find their own way to “The End”. But it definitely helps to find out what other writers are doing – perhaps they’ve found a method that may work well for you, or one you haven’t tried yet.

What methods have you used? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you?

Join us on March 25 for a roundtable discussion on the writing process.


Saturday, 25th March
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883

February 25: Roundtable Readings

Join us on February 25 for readings from our members published works*.


Saturday, 25 February
1:00-3:00 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

*Interested in a 5-minute reading from your work?  Sign up below.  Readers will be finalized and notified by February 21.

Your Name (required)

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Title of Work


January 28: General Meeting

Join us Saturday, January 28th for our annual general meeting, election of officers, and a special referendum on club activities.

Saturday, 28th January
1:00-2:00 p.m.  General Meeting
2:00-3:00 p.m. Officers Meeting*
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

* Officers, please be prepared to stay until 3 p.m.

November 19: Tell Your Story to Sell Your Story

Join us on November 19 when Jennifer Crawford from Social Media Rescue will share how indie authors can shine on social media by finding, connecting, and engaging with their specific audience. You don’t need a large following on social media, but you do need the help of some raving fans. Learn what it takes to turn a casual reader in a rabid fan by giving them more than just your book.


Saturday, 19th November
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883


jensheadshot2015Jennifer Crawford is the co-owner of Social Media Rescue. Social Media Rescue is a boutique agency that works closely with small businesses and organizations on unique approaches to social media marketing, branding, new media, and business strategy. She specializes in using creativity, humor, and fun to inject unforgettable qualities into your marketing.

In addition to running a business, she is a podcaster, Founder of DC PodFest, and an improviser with The Improv Imps. She lives with her husband and three-legged rescue Pug in Fairfax, Virginia.

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October 29: Storytelling Techniques Aren’t Just for Memoirists

Essayists, journalists, screenwriters, poets, and documentarians all contribute techniques that can help you become a better storyteller, no matter which genre you choose. Yes, even fiction and memoir.

Join us October 29th as we discuss everything from back story to voice to scene-setting, and more.


Saturday, 29th October
1:00-3:00 p.m.
John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 971-0010

dianne-hennessy-kingDianne Hennessy King co-authored, Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More, which was published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in September 2016.

She is a cultural anthropologist who teaches classes on memoir writing at George Mason University’s Osher program, and is a guest lecturer on writing personal history across cultures.

Dianne is also a television producer for public television. Some of her programs have been on subjects as diverse as “Tolstoy: Creativity and Madness,” “Community Environmentalism,” and interviews of educators and authors such as the poet Grace Cavalieri. Dianne is a charter member, past president, and, for the past ten years, editor of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C.

Among other career byways, she was formerly a teacher of Humanities at the University of Minnesota, editor in chief for Pillsbury Publications, and a writer and editor for Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia.

September 24: Historical Research for Fiction Writers

Join us on September 24th for a presentation on historical research for fiction writers. Our presenter, Dorothy Spruzen, will provide answers to the following questions:

Do you really need to get it right?
How much is too much?
Where can you find it?
A reliable source? Maybe not.

Also … learn how to avoid pratfalls!

Saturday, 24th September
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Kingstowne Public Library
6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr,
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 339-4610

D.A. SpruzenD. A. Spruzen grew up near London, England, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and teaches writing when she’s not seeking her own muse. In another life she was Manager of Publications for a defense contractor. Her short stories and poems have appeared in many publications, and she is the author of The Blitz Business, set in WWII England, released on August 1 from Koehler Books. Her other books are: Long in the Tooth (poetry collection); The Flower Ladies series, of which Books 1 and 2 have been published: Not One of Us and Lily Takes the Field, and Crossroads; two novellas. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia, where she also teaches writing classes. Visit Dorothy’s website at