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]
           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:


Skyline Writers’ Circle is a satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers (BRW) chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. It was founded and is facilitated Janell Robisch, who is an author, BRW/VWC member, and Luray resident. The group is new, with its first meeting in February 2017, so they are still finding their feet and their direction, whether that will be with support, critiques, speakers, and/or open mic sessions. If you are interested in attending meetings, please contact Janell at Janell.robisch[at] Meetings will be held at Trackside Theater in Luray (32 E Main St.) at 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of each month starting on February 11, 2017.

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 Page.

A CHAPTER OF THE Virginia writers club, inc.

In 2016, we successfully launched monthly critique sessions to provide consistent opportunities for supporting each others' work. We also held our first Writer's Retreat at Wintergreen during the summer. At the end of the year, we met at a member's home and enjoyed a great holiday critique session and brainstorm for the New Year. To add to our successes, we have a new satellite group for our members in the Luray area--The Skyline Writers' Circle. This, in addition to our satellite group in Staunton (SWAG Writers), is a good indicator the Blue Ridge region is a healthy environment for growing writing talent. We look forward to providing even more opportunities for growth and networking in the months ahead with special presentations and workshops*. Check here and on our EVENTS page for details. We hope you'll join us!


Meetings are held on the THIRD FRIDAY of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). Expect a few surprises as we are hoping to have another Writer's Retreat and something special for December. Members who would like to participate 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 first half of 2017: (See also, Participation Guidelines)

  • FEBRUARY 17 (Submission deadline February 3)
  • ​MARCH 17  (Submission deadline March 3) NOTE: Meeting at Roger Tolle's place
  • ​APRIL 21 (Submission deadline April 7)
  • MAY 19 (Submission deadline May 5)
  • ​JUNE 16 (Submission deadline June 2)


LOCATION (unless otherwise announced):  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.