A CHAPTER OF THE Virginia writers club, inc.

June 24, 2016 - Blue Ridge Writers Retreat at Wintergreen


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!) 
           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.
            For more info, contact: Facilitator: Clifford Garstang - cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com or visit them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWAGWriters/

                         LURAY, VA

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.

         Meetings are held at the Trackside Theater in Luray (32 E Main St.) at 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of each month. Critique groups in each genre meet at other times.

         If you are interested in attending meetings, please contact Janell at Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com.

Our Sub-Chapters

The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter meets each month. Dates and times vary according to the activities offered.

LOCATION:  Unless otherwise noted, events are usually held in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference Room in the Boars Head Complex off Rt. 250 West, Charlottesville, VA - On Ednam Road and take FIRST LEFT to parking area. Access Conference Room on right of grass area between buildings.

A Little History
        The name of the group was called the "Charlottesville Writers" when founded by local author and newspaper columnist, Booton "Boo" Herndon, on September 26, 1989. Early meetings featured discussions led by George Garrett, John Gardner, Jonathan Coleman, and Mike Williams (owner of what was then the Williams Corner Bookstore on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall). Meeting locations ranged from the Fry's Spring Beach Club to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Church to homes of various members.
        On April 27, 1991, the Charlottesville Writers became the first chartered Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc. (VWC) which was founded in November 1918 by James Branch Cabell in Richmond, Virginia. The VWC had primarily existed as a Richmond club with Board members from around the state. Booton Herndon was serving on the VWC Board when they decided to branch out and establish regional Chapters throughout the state. Some of the first members of Booton Herndon's Charlottesville Writers are still members of the Chapter today!
        Beginning in 1994, the meetings were held at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Barrack's Road Shopping Center. In 2007, after a considerable growth spurt, several milestones were reached: The Chapter published its first Anthology; changed its name to the "Blue Ridge Writers Chapter"; and partnered with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to hold Chapter meetings in their conference room at the Boars Head Inn complex.

Who We Are


​The Blue Ridge Writers is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1918. The Chapter serves both aspiring and published writers in the following region: the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, Lexington, and Waynesboro, and counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Page.
        Membership benefits include: programs and activities to encourage continued growth and development of the writing craft and business of writing; opportunities for interaction between new and veteran writers as well as industry professionals who serve writers; promotion of a member's writing or publishing related achievement; hosted and/or co-sponsored events to serve and/or promote Virginia writers; and, writing contests.
        The mission of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter is to support and stimulate the art, craft, and business of writing, as well as be an advocate for literary arts in the region.


(Administration, Newsletter, Website, Young Writers)
        Linda M. Layne     blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com


        Linda M. Layne   blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com

        Leslie Truex        leslietruex[at]gmail.com

(Annual Writers' Retreat)
       Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]Comcast.net

(Book Fair)

       Carolyn O'Neal    carolynoneal[at]Comcast.net

(Critique Sessions)

        Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]comcast.net

        Carol Cutler             carolcutler91[at]gmail.com

(SWAG: Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group)                     Clifford Garstang    cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com

(Skyline Writers' Circle:  Luray area satellite group)

        Janell E. Robisch    Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com

TREASURER (Membership)
         Bruce Bertelsen    bibertelsen[at]verizon.net