Annual Meeting

January 28th, 2023 is our annual meeting. We will elect new officers, and solicit ideas and requests for programming through the year. All positions are open (since terms only last one year), though all current officers are running again. We’re also looking for...

September Minutes

Members, please review for approval at November meeting.   Northern Virginia Writers Club September 2022 Meeting Minutes 9/17/2022 1:00 PM Call to order by Jason Maddux, VP. (Pres. Michelle McBeth had to be absent for this meeting). Roll call Names and types of...

August Minutes

Members, please review for approval at September meeting.   Northern Virginia Writers Club August 2022 Meeting Minutes 8/2022 1:00 PM Call to order by Michelle McBeth, president.  Roll call Names and types of writing (length and genre) Michelle McBeth, Darius...

September 17th: Making the Scene

Art Taylor will talk on scene building, from 1-3pm, virtually on Zoom. Zoom links are sent to subscribers. “Show, Don’t Tell” is a common mantra in creative writing workshops—but perhaps an oversimplification of what should be a more nuanced approach to crafting...

July Minutes

Members, please review for approval at August meeting.   Northern Virginia Writers Club July 2022 Meeting Minutes 7/16/22 1:00 PM Call to order by Michelle McBeth, president.  Roll call Names and types of writing (length and genre) Michelle McBeth, Jason Maddux,...

August 20th: Social Justice Writing

Tara Campbell will talk on how to write for Social Justice, from 1-3pm, virtually on Zoom. Zoom links are sent to subscribers. What gives you hope when you look out into the world? What inspires you? Likewise, what angers you, or leads you closer to despair? Writers...

June Meeting Minutes

Members, please review for approval at July meeting.   Northern Virginia Writers Club June 2022 Meeting Agenda 6/25/22 1:00 PM Call to order by Michelle McBeth, president.  Roll call Writers attending (in person or online) included:  Michelle McBeth, Jason...

July 16th: Chiastic Story Structure

Vee James will lead us in a virtual talk and workshop on the Chiastic Story Structure, and how we can use it our advantage. Join our mailing list to get zoom link… Hi, Vee James here. Excited to announce my first foray into Junior Fiction, “The...

June 25th: Kickstarters

This meeting will be hybrid. Join the mailing list for location information and Zoom link. Robin Sullivan has been an expert on the business side of publishing for over 15 years. Over that time she has owned and operated a small-press publishing company, written...

April Meeting Minutes

Members, please review the meeting minutes from April.   Northern Virginia Writers Club April 2022 Meeting Agenda 4/23/22         1:00 PM Call to order by Michelle McBeth, President. Roll call Writers attending onsite included: Kevin Connor, Jason Maddux, Lori...

March Meeting Minutes

Members, please review the minutes from the March meeting. Northern Virginia Writers Club March 2022 Meeting Minutes 3/26/22 1:00 PM Call to order. President Michelle McBeth called the meeting to order at 1:03p. Roll call Names and types of writing (length and genre)...

April 23rd: Audiobooks

Join us at 1pm on Saturday, April 23rd for Scott Ellis’s talk on audiobooks: Every Fourth Reader is Listening – Getting Your Book Into Their Ears. This meeting will be hybrid format -Zoom and location meeting details will be sent to members and subscribers. A...

February Meeting Minutes

Members: Please review the minutes from our February meeting for approval at the March meeting.   Northern Virginia Writers Club Feb. 2022 Meeting Minutes 2/26/22 1:00 PM I.    Call to order II.    Roll call a)        Names and types of writing (length and genre)...

March 19th: Screenplays

Join us at 1pm on Saturday, March 19th for Robert Cantrell’s talk on screenplays: Bridging Between Film and Book. Zoom meeting details will be sent to members and subscribers. Robert Cantrell is both a military veteran and a shark diver. He writes about both....

February 26: Roundtable Critique

Our next meeting is the ever-popular Roundtable Critique. Anyone who wishes will have 5-10 minutes (depending on number of interested parties) to read a piece of their work, then listen to member feedback. We have found you will get the most valuable feedback if you...

Changing of the Guard

Congratulations to our new officers: President: Michelle McBeth; michellemcbeth.com Vice President: Jason Maddux; jasonemaddux.com Treasurer: A.J. George; technology averse Secretary: Darius Jones; dariusjoneswriter.com We look forward to their leadership during an...

December 11: In Person Holiday Gathering

The club will try this whole in person thing again by meeting at Rocklands BBQ in Arlington for our annual holiday gathering.  Bring some cookies to share, and share how the club did this year.  Meeting details are below. Meeting Details Saturday, December 11 12:00 –...

November 20: NaNoWriMo Write-in

It’s that most wonderful time of the year.  No, not Halloween.  No, not Thanksgiving.  No, not even the winter holidays.  It’s National Novel Writing Month!  Grab your reed stylus and a clay tablet and join us at our November meeting.  We’ll get the...

July 17: Book Cover Designs

We have a great workshop on tap this month.  Fellow Virginia Writers Club member Janell Robisch will discuss cover design from the perspective of the self-published author. She’ll examine the most important cover elements that authors should consider as well as...

June 19: Coffee Social

Apologies for the late notice. We had a great speaker and a great topic lined up, but you know what they say the about best laid plans. Instead, we will switch things up and hold our July coffee social in June. Below are full details. Note the atypical time and...

June 19: ?

We had a great topic and speaker lined up for our June 19th meeting but are experiencing a little technical difficulty with reaching the speaker.  We hope to have that resolved soon.  If not, we may be switching our June and July activities.  (In July, we were...

2021 Golden Nib Writing Contest

The 2021 Virginia Writers Club Golden Nib Writing Contest is now open. The contest rules require submission and judging at our chapter level first. Full details can be found on our website here. The contest rules and formatting requirements have been tweaked this...

Losing One of Our Own

It is with great sadness I share that Linda Ensign, a past president of the Northern Virginia Writers Club, passed away  yesterday.  She fought a long, hard battle with cancer and must have decided it was time to put the pencil down.  Please keep her and her family in...

May 15: Social Media for Authors

For the club’s May workshop, you’ll learn how social media can be a powerful component in your marketing strategy, what to consider when selecting the best platform for your brand, and how to create content to engage and grow your audience. Jane Fenton, a...

March 20: Moderated Critique Roundtable

The club’s March 20 meeting will feature the always popular moderated critique roundtable. Do you have a work-in-progress or completed piece that needs a little help? What about a book cover (we’ve done that!), back cover material, or query letter? Each...

February 20: Website Update

The club’s website is in need of a facelift. We’ll be brainstorming revisions, including developing a tagline and summary. Come help put a fresh face on the club’s web presence. Meeting DetailsSaturday, February 201:00 – 3:00 p.m.Online – details...