The Writers Guild of Virginia

The Writers Guild of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group.  Like the guilds of old, our mission is to nurture writers of all abilities, in all stages of their writing journey. Our purpose-to help writers become authors, market their work, and be recognized for their talents. We’re proud of all we do for the community through our classes, and the annual Authors Expo in Lancaster County, Virginia.  

Founded by authors David Cariens, Gwen Keane, Ann Eichenmuller, Elizabeth Stokes, and Jeanne Johansen in 2015, The Writers Guild’s first project was The Journal, an anthology of work by writers and poets. The Journal was dedicated to Elizabeth and her poem appears on the cover.

Member dues are used to pay professional writers for their workshop services, to maintain the website, to publicize our writers’ achievements,  and to cover the cost of office supplies and liability insurance. We are a guild of writers who believe in giving back to the writing community. Our professional members give their time, know-how, and talent to mentor other less experienced writers to help them evolve in their writing journey and ultimately attain publication success. 

The “Lunch with a Writer” Program

The Writers Guild of Virginia is excited partner with Northumberland County Schools for their “Lunch with a Writer” program. This initiative, developed by Media Specialist Liz Hood, is designed to provide both motivation and instructional support in the English/Language Writing Standards for middle school students. Each month, authors host lunch sessions for ten lucky students from each grade, sharing their own experiences as writers and encouraging the students to make real world connections between the middle school curriculum and the craft of professional writing. 

 David Cariens, Guild member and author of more than a half-dozen non-fiction books, met with students during the month of November, focusing on concepts such as establishing a central idea, incorporating evidence, and maintaining an organized structure. Novelist and travel writer Ann Eichenmuller will be joining Northumberland Middle School students in December to talk about writing narratives and choosing words to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.  Eichenmuller notes that programs like this one play a key role in fulfilling the Guild’s mission is to nurture writers of all abilities, in all stages of their writing journey.