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Make your reservation here for the February 16 Meeting and Biennial Election at Rocco's Smokehouse Grill in Williamsburg.

We're offering  a price break for lighter lunch choices. The options are $20 or $15 for members and $23 or $18 for nonmembers, depending on meal choice. See reservation form below for details.
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CBW Meeting and Biennial Election
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 11:30 a.m.
with Program on Self Publishing

Author of 15 children's books, Sonja McGiboney will discuss her journey.  "From Story to Print and Beyond."  Where the author is in control of everything that happens to their book.  From writing to printing and finally to marketing.
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April & May 2022
Nathan Richardson to offer Poetry Sessions

In April and May of 2022, Nathan Richardson will be presenting two programs on poetry.

Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Frederick Douglass Historian.  His poetry collections include "Likeness of Being", "Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts" and "The 7 Last Poems of an Unarmed Citizen."  His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers.

Nathan is now in the 7th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour -a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. With more than 300 performances seen nationally and internationally, the series has also achieved film credits with the National Park Service, Alabama Public Television and RTE - Irish Public Service Television. You can find more about Nathan Richardson and his work at  

Sign up now for your chance to be on the CBW Second Monday Radio Show in 2022 on Xtra 99.1 FM

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Neal Steel interviews authors with new books every second Monday of the month.  This is a wonderful, FREE, way to promote your new book.
Check out some authors that have gone before you.  For more details contact Patti Procopi

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.

Gala All Stars Contest Winners

It was a beautiful day to share a good meal, friendship, and stories with fellow authors.  What a talented group of writers.  Attendees voted for the winning entries.  The winners of the 2021 Gala are:

1st Place:  Sarah Honenberger
2nd Place:  Sonja McGiboney
3rd Place:  Robert Webb

For the Rick Bailey Humor Award, there was a tie:
Denise Devries and Cindy Freeman

Congratulations to the winners but also to everyone who presented their stories.  I enjoyed each one of them.
                                          Sonja McGiboney
                                          CBW Director-Membership


Congratulations, Ronald Munro!
Golden Nib State Winner
Third Place FIction

Virginia Writers Club 2021
Golden Nib State Winners

Third place: Treasure of the Wooded Forest - Ronald Munro; Chesapeake Bay
Second Place: Day the Lights Went out - Damean Mathews; Appalachian Authors Guild
First place: Death and Peanuts. - Sandy Roslan; Hanover Writers Club

Third Place: Crows -James W. Reynolds; Valley
Second Place: Sojourners -Ray Griffin; Blue Ridge
This Place: Kayak -Katherine Gotthardt; Write By the Rails

3rd place: Crossing Halstead Street - June Forte; Write By the Rails
2nd place: Running Out of Time - Sharon L. Hostler; Blue Ridge
1st place: The Last Caterpillar -Abbey Pachter; Virginia Beach
Chesapeake Bay Writers 2021 Golden Nib Winners
CBW is pleased to announce the winners of the chapter level of the Virginia Writers Club Golden Nib Contest.

Chesapeake Bay Writers President Carol J. Bova will recognize the club winners at CBW’s Annual All Star Gala Luncheon November 17 at the Two Rivers County Club.

1st  Ronald G. Munro "Treasure of the Wooded Forest"
2nd Ann Eichenmuller "Survivor's Guilt"
3rd Andrew Ball "The Best Disaster Ever"

1st Terry Cox-Joseph "Thomas"
2nd Dayna Hutson  "My Life -My Blog"
3rd Ellen Dugan  "Fake News"

1st Andrew Ball "What Do I Know"
2nd Christian Pascale "Gypsum Dunes"
3rd Peggy Newcomb "My Family"

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VWC Membership is independent of CBW Chapter Membership and requires a separate application and dues payment. If you wish to join the Virginia Writers Club (VWC), click here.

VWC 100th Anniversary Anthology: Deadline for Entries November 30!

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The Virginia Writers Club will create an anthology, "The Best of the Virginia Writers Club" to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Members of VWC may submit one entry each in fiction and nonfiction, and up to three poems by November 30th. Click here for full details!