Rappatomac Writers Meeting In Person Again!

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September 15 Luncheon Meeting

Connie Lapallo will present a talk on moving from original documents to novel to screenplay to film. "Dark Enough to See the Stars," based on Connie’s Jamestown historical fiction, just became a finalist in the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival. Her son, Adam LaPallo, wrote the screenplay and will also join us on September 15. More information and reservation form after Golden Nib article.
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Golden Nib Contest
Enter Now!

The chapter-level of the Virginia Writers Golden Nib Contest is open and closes on July 30.

All Virginia CBW Members may submit one piece in each category. The first place winning submissions will be entered in the state-wide contest. All chapter first place entries will be published in the Golden Nib Journal. Second and Third place club winners may request publication in the  VWC Spring Journal on their cover sheet. Send your fiction, non-fiction and poetry entries now!  Download the Golden Nib Guidelines document below for contest details and the official cover sheet which must accompany your contest entries.
Send your contest entries to CBWreply@gmail.com.
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Cliff Garstang: Becoming a Citizen of the (Literary) World: Influences, Responsibilities, and Publishing Trends"  June 16, 2021

A recording of the program is available at https://tinyurl.com/CBW-June-2021- Passcode: rj^#Mi98.

Cliff Garstang is a former international lawyer and prize-winning author of two novels, Oliver’s Travels and The Shaman of Turtle Valley, and three story collections, In an Uncharted Country, What the Zhang Boys Know, and House of the Ancients and Other Stories, as well as the editor of the anthology series, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. With degrees from Northwestern University, Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Garstang was an international lawyer in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Singapore and a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

NEW!  See Resources Page for List of Book Reviews from
Chesapeake Style's Books in Style

Chesapeake Style Magazine offers Books in Style reviews for authors of recently published books. Members of CBW or its critique groups are encouraged to ask someone request guidelines and write an original 500-word review and send it with a high-resolution image of the book's front cover. Reviews are not limited to members, but CBW folks should take advantage of this special opportunity to share news of your work in issues with a distribution of 10,000 copies in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Williamsburg.


JUNE 16 11:30 A.M. BY ZOOM: Clifford Garstang will present "Becoming a Citizen of the (Literary) World: Influences, Responsibilities, and Publishing Trends.” (Watch for details!)

September 15, 11:30 a.m. In-Person Lunch Meeting in Williamsburg.

November 17, 11:30 a.m. Annual All Stars Gala Luncheon and Contest at the Two Rivers Country Club.

Welcome to
Our New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome two new members to the CBW Board of Directors.

Denise DeVries will be handling publicity for CBW, Denise is a blogger and translator who writes poetry, historical fiction and time travel books set in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. DeVries and her husband, artist Alvaro Ibañez, along with their daughter Delia Ibañez, are developing a retreat center for the arts on their Virginia property.  Her website address is https://denisedevriesauthor.wordpress.com/.
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Sonja McGiboney will be in charge of membership. Sonja is the author of “Jazzy's Books” and lives in Smithfield, Virginia with her husband Dale and her dog Jazzy. She combines beautiful photography with lyrical writing and rhyme to create engaging, educational children’s books in which Jazzy is the main character. She is currently writing two more Jazzy books and two young adult or adult novels. Her website is at https://www.jazzysbooks.com/.
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Apply Now for 2021 CBW Second Monday Radio Interviews with Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM!

We are looking for members with recently published print books to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM.  Email Tracy Lanum at tracygl@cox.net or call (804) 815-9954 to get a copy of the show guidelines and discuss scheduling an interview.
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"It's Never Too Late to Write"
with Dr. Bradley Harper

We started off CBW 2021 with a wonderful program on Zoom on January 27.  Dr. Bradley Harper was our guest speaker and he was great! His talk was informative and inspiring.

Jeanne Johansen of High Tide Publications hosted the program and is preparing a recording for us. Watch for it to be posted in the near future.

Brad began writing at the tender age of 63 after a thirty-seven-year career in the US Army. He will talk about his journey to becoming an award-winning author, addressing both the creative and business side of writing. Brad says it's never too late to pursue your dreams and hopefully, his experience will help you take your dreams and make them goals.
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Bradley Harper -
Army Pathologist Turned Writer

My life before becoming an author was as a board-certified Army Pathologist. I have performed over 200 autopsies during my 37 years of active duty as a pathologist, and my clinical years are interwoven with four stints as the commanding officer of various medical units. I was an Infantry officer before medical school, worked in the Pentagon, and learned to speak five languages. Yet, I also happily play Santa each Christmas (with my loving wife as Mrs. Claus). It is this juxtaposition of exploring the body, mind, and humanity that allows me share universal truths with my readers.

Bradley Harper’s second novel, Queen’s Gambit was recently awarded the 2020 Silver Falchion Award both as Best Suspense and as Book of the Year.

A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, Harper did intensive research for his debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, including a trip to London's East End with noted Jack the Ripper historian Richard Jones. Harper’s first novel was published in October 2018 and was a finalist for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author. Click here for Harper's Website .

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CBW is moving to Zoom meetings until it is again safe to gather in-person in larger groups.

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