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.

November 21st: Query Letter Workshop

Join us on Saturday, November 21st for an interactive workshop on how to write a Query Letter.

Saturday, November 21st
12:30-3:30 p.m.*
Herndon Fortnightly Library
768 Center St.
Herndon, VA 20170-4640

* The presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Queries letters are one of the most important ways to get your writing published traditionally.   The query letter is oftentimes the only opportunity you have to get your manuscript noticed.  Join us for this interactive workshop to learn the “hook, bait, switch” method of writing query letters, and to find out what to put in the query letter and what to leave out.

Lucian21Ethan Vaughan is a current freelance editor and former literary agent.   He enjoys literature of all types, with a special emphasis on fantasy and historical non-fiction.  Ethan earned his B.A. in political science from George Mason University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in history. You can view his professional blog at and his services and rates at

August 29th: Members-Only Writing Workshop

Special Members-Only Workshop

Time, place, and registration link will be emailed directly to current Northern Virginia Writers Club members.  Emails will be sent out between August 17th and 21st.  Space is limited so please register as soon as you receive your email.

You Ain’t Scene Nothing Yet!

In this short workshop, award-winning short story writer Art Taylor discusses approaches to building scenes and arranging them as part of larger narratives, whether linear or modular and whether short- or longer-form. What could/should be the components of an individual scene? How do you begin and end scenes? How should one scene distinguish itself from another? How should scenes interrelate? The balance of scene and summary and the use of writing tools like Scrivener to plan scenes and structure will also be discussed.

Art Taylor Bio

"Art Taylor"

“Art Taylor”

Art Taylor has won two Agatha Awards, a Macavity Award, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction in addition to being twice named a finalist for the Anthony Award. Stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, in the Chesapeake Crime anthologies This Job Is Murder and Homicidal Holidays, and in other journals and anthologies. His novel in stories On the Road With Del and Louise will be published in September by Henery Press. He teaches at George Mason University and contributes frequently to the Washington Post and Mystery Scene.