A CHAPTER OF THE Virginia writers club, inc.


SWAG is the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter. Their aim is to elevate the profile of area writers and to promote the literary arts in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. (They also welcome participation from Blue Ridge members elsewhere!) Facilitator: Clifford Garstang - cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com
           They do this in a few ways: Every month (on the 2nd Wednesday) they have a Happy Hour and Open Mic night where local writers come to share their work. The open mic begins at 6pm at Black Swan Books & Music in Staunton.
            Occasionally they host a reading by a visiting writer or writers. And they also host special events--writing workshops, bookfairs, panel discussions, and the like.
            Every Monday afternoon from 1-4:00pm some of us gather at Blue Mountain Coffees in Staunton for a Write-In. It's not a meeting or a critique session. We're just there to write.
            More info at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWAGWriters/

Photo by Louise M. Mitchell

Serving writers in the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, Lexington, and Waynesboro; and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and in-and-around Page.

Upcoming Meetings


A satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers (BRW) Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club (VWC) is being organized by Janell Robisch, who is an author, BRW/VWC member, and Luray resident. The new group is called Skyline Writers’ Circle and will meet in or around Luray on a monthly basis.

The direction of the group (support, critique, etc.) will be determined during the first few monthly meetings according to the needs of those who attend. If you are interested, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/skylinewriterscircle/ or email Janell at janell.robisch[at]gmail.com.

In-person meetings will begin in the first half or quarter of 2017 when a location is secured and meeting dates are determined.


For 2016, our emphasis has been on providing a consistent opportunity for supporting each others' work via monthly critique sessions. We plan to also offer a few special event dates featuring a workshop or guest speaker*. Members who would like to participate in a critique session are asked to sign up BEFORE submission deadlines via the CONTACT PAGE to receive additional details and reminders. 

Here are dates and deadlines for the remainder of our 2016 critique sessions:​​

  • DECEMBER 16 (Submission Deadline DECEMBER 2)


TIME:  1:00 - 4:00 PM

LOCATION:  Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Conference Room, 145 Ednam Place, Charlottesville, VA. DIRECTIONS: Turn into the Boars Head complex off Route 250 and take the FIRST LEFT into the VFH parking lot. Access the downstairs Conference Room from the grassy area  on the left, third door on the right.

* If you are interested in presenting a writing-related workshop to our members, please send your pitch (topic, bio, list of previous events, etc.) via our CONTACT page.