The Writers Guild of Virginia

The Writers Guild of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group.  Our mission is to help writers of all abilities, in all stages of their writing journey to become publisher 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.  

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 Writers Guild of Virginia Book Fair and Conference

Join us Saturday, December 5, 2020 for our annual Book Fair and Conference. This year the event will be virtual. We’re excited to announce that we’re going virtual! Authors from all over will join us, including our headliner Bradley Harper along with our other conference leaders. Stay in touch for more information.

Taking the festival online keeps us all safe while extending our borders across the nation and around the world. 

We’re elevating our status to “on demand”

Reading has always had the power to connect people. In this new digital landscape, that hasn’t changed. The Writers Guild of Virginia is committed to bringing us together in new and exciting ways-all from the comfort and safety of our own homes. Now you can settle in with your kids to watch a live event, or get a front-row seat to a talk with a writer who lives half a world away, no plane ticket required. By bringing the festival online, we hope to further unite The Writers Guild of Virginia with the local community, while making meaningful connections with people wherever they live. 

This event is free to the public. If you are an author and wish to participate in the virtual book fair, please click this button for additional information.