Join Us at the next Chesapeake Bay Writers Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, Center Street Grill, 5101 Center Street, Williamsburg.

We look forward to seeing you at the February meeting to hear about "Tax Planning and Pitfalls for Writers" with Professor Howard Busbee, from Williams & Mary's  Mason School of Business.

Writers and authors, whether employees or self-employed, are often faced with a myriad of opportunities for saving taxes, as well as potential tax traps and surprises.  The discussion will focus on the principal ways that writers can minimize their tax burden, and will also refer to potential new tax legislation that could be relevant to writers.

The luncheon will be at the Center Street Grill - 5101 Center Street, Williamsburg, and begin with a Social Hour with Cash Bar 11:00 a.m., with lunch served at noon and meeting following.  Reservations requested by February 12. Payment may be made via the Paypal link connected to the reservation form, or a check mailed to Chesapeake Bay Writers, PO Box 324, North, VA 23128 to arrive by February 10th. Please complete the form below to make your reservation!

If you have any questions or special requests: Email or call 804-725-6163.


Choice of:
Colby Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast topped with Colby Jack cheese, bacon, arugula, tomatoes and a roasted red pepper aioli.  Served on brioche with fries.

French Dip
Thinly sliced steak served on a baguette and topped with
sautéed onions and provolone cheese. Served with French fries and a mushroom jus for dipping.

Portabella Sandwich
Grilled  Portabella mushroom
topped with carmelized onions, roasted red peppers, sauteed spinach and smoked Gouda cheese.  Served on a toasted ciabatta and accompanied by sweet potato wedges.

House Smoked North Carolina BBQ
Slow smoked pork BBQ tossed in North Carolina style BBQ sauce. Served on a sesame Kaiser roll with sides of slaw and french fries.

Chocolate Mousse

Soft drinks, coffee and tea included.

Members $21  Nonmembers $26

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About our speaker:

Howard Busbee earned a B.A. degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary, and J.D. and Master of Law and Taxation degrees from the College's School of Law. He is a CPA and a member of the Virginia Bar. He currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Business, with his teaching interests focusing on taxation and accounting.  Howard's courses have included Introduction to Federal Taxation, Advanced Taxation of Business Entities, Estate and Financial Planning, Key Business Taxation Topics, Compensation and Benefits, Taxation of International Transactions, and Principles of Accounting.

Howard joined the Mason School of Business in 2001 to assume the position of Assistant Dean of the Master of Accounting and Undergraduate Business programs. He held that position for four years, until becoming a full-time instructor in 2005. Prior to joining the Business School, he was a Tax Partner with 33 years of experience in the Philadelphia, Atlanta and Richmond offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and served as the firm's Southeast Regional Tax Director and on its Board of Partners. In addition to significant teaching and publication experience while a member of the firm, Howard provided tax planning services to a variety of publicly-held and middle market companies, in such areas as corporate federal and state taxation, international tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, closely-held business entities and personal financial planning for executives.

Howard serves as Vice Chair of the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation, and is past Chair of the William and Mary Foundation and past President of the W&M Alumni Association. He is a member of the annual W&M Tax Conference Advisory Council,  a member of the President's Council, Law Dean's Council and other groups at the College. He serves as a Freshman Advisor for students interested in majoring in Business. Howard is a recipient of the College's Alumni Medallion, and the Law School’s Citizen Lawyer Award. Howard's professional and community activities have included service as President or Chair of the Atlanta Tax Forum, Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Academy Theatre, Theatre Virginia Board and the Richmond Private Business Study Group. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and Vice President of the Foundation for Hospital Art. His other activities have included United Way of Greater Richmond and Virginia Special Olympics.

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Gail Priest Radio Interview Rescheduled for  Monday  January 16, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. on XTRA 99.1 FM (

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On January 16th, host Neal Steele will discuss Gail Priest's new release, Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise, a story about the power to reinvent life after surviving loss and trauma.

Breezy and Jemma, are world-class cyclists until violence at a race leaves Breezy with permanent physical disabilities and kills the man she loved. With her Olympic dream shattered, guilt and shame threaten to destroy her future happiness. Her sister Jemma escapes with only minor injuries, but the psychological damage she experiences shakes her self-worth, her Olympic potential, and her capacity to accept love.

The young women return to Annie Crow Knoll, their childhood home on the Chesapeake Bay, to heal and reclaim their lives, and with their parents and grandparents, struggle to make sense of life after this tragic and irrational incident

Her third novel in this fiction series, Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise, can also be read as a stand alone. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks

Gail Priest is the author of the Annie Crow Knoll series. 

Gail Priest is the author of the Annie Crow Knoll series. 

For many years, Gail and her husband have rented a cottage in Betterton, MD on the Chesapeake Bay in a cottage community that is the inspiration for the novels. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise debuted in 2013. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset was released in 2014.

Gail is honored to have a selection from Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset in 50 Over 50, a PS Books anthology celebrating the wise and experienced feminine voice of fifty women writers over fifty.

Her play Eva's Piano was produced at the Dayton Playhouse in their 2000 New Play Festival. The Church Hill Theatre in Church Hill, Maryland staged a reading of her play A Thing with Feathers.
Gail's career in performing arts and education has allowed her to enjoy a combination of roles:  teacher, adjunct college professor, guidance counselor, actor, director, and writer.  When she’s not writing, Gail can be found collecting sea glass and watching birds along the Chesapeake Bay.

Gail's website is at

Apply Now for 2017 CBW Second Monday Radio Interviews with Neal Steele!

We are looking for members with recently published books to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM.  Email Tracy Lanum at or call (804) 815-9954 to get a copy of the show guidelines and discuss scheduling an interview.

Time to Renew Your Dues for 2017!

Thank you to those who have renewed! It helps the CBW Board plan events and stay within budget.  If you've been caught up in the holidays, please take a minute and fill in the renewal form for 2017 below this message.

We're asking members to complete the form so we have a database of members' writing interests to help us in choosing programs to meet your needs and interests. You can renew without using the PayPal option by sending a check to Chesapeake Bay Writers, P. O. Box 324, North VA 23128 for $25 for Virginia residents or $15 for out of state members.

When you click submit on the form, you will be given the option of paying by PayPal using a PayPal account, an electronic check or a credit card. You can use this feature without having a PayPal account. Even if you want to pay with a physical check, please fill out the form and click submit so our records are up to date. (Your email confirmation will include a note saying: If you didn't use the Paypal option, please mail your dues check payable to Chesapeake Bay Writers, P. O. Box 324, North, VA 23128.)

If you have any questions, you may write to or Phone: 804-725-6163.

(There's been a longtime belief that dues can be paid by March 1. That date is when you would be dropped from the roster and mailings so we don’t annoy those who choose not to renew.)

Note! There is a separate application and fee for membership in the Virginia Writers Club at this LINK.

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How to Join Virginia Writers Club

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.

Dynamic All Stars Gala Luncheon! 

The 2016 Chesapeake Bay Writers All Stars Gala Luncheon was a sparkling afternoon combining social interaction, good food and talented writing. The Two Rivers Country Club provided a beautiful backdrop of landscaped greens next to the James and Chickahominy Rivers for the day's events.

And the Winners Are
First Place:       Frank Milligan
Second Place:   Joy Burch
Third Place Tie! Mary Duley Guy and
                         Paul Stimson
Rick Bailey Humor Award:  Vic Brown

Thank You to All Who Participated in the All Stars Contest

1 Gail Kenna            Bittersweet
2 Sharon Dorsey       I'm Over All That
3 Peggy Newcomb    Wilhelmina
4 Vic Brown             Aunt Sally and the Chicken Coop Murder
5 Daniel Wetta         Corvette Nightfire Epilog
6 MARILYN ASPREY Wardrobe Philosophy
7 Mary Duley Guy    The Other Road
8 Dawn Brotherton  Trish's Team
9 Frank Milligan      Wild Bill Coady and the Gang of Four Plus Counsel
10 Joy Burch            Returning from the Light
11 Paul Stimson       Of Castles, Pawns and Kings
12 Ann Skelton         Danny's Mouse