Member Reyn Kinzey joins Lacroy "Atlas" Nixon


July 11, 2022, CBW Second Monday Radio Show, 8:05 a.m.
Jeff Schnader interview with Neal Steele on 99.1 FM on  The Serpent Papers.
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Bradley Harper - Tales from Scotland

July 6, 2022, Wednesday,  7:00 p.m

This is a zoom social specifically to learn about Bradley Harper's experiences in obtaining his MA in Creative Writing at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
If you've ever wanted to study abroad, here is a chance to ask questions of an author who is in the midst of this educational journey.
The session will be an informal interview and all guests are welcome to ask questions.

Bradley will be the keynote speaker at the Virginia Writers Conferences on August 6th.
Read more about Bradley and his books, A Knife in the Fog, Queens Gambit, and his other literary contributions on his website.

Join Zoom Meeting
June 18, 2022, Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Shop Conversations-With Charles W. Sutherland. Talk about your current work in progress at Column 15 coffee shop, 701 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA  23185. Show up with a smile.
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June 11, 2022 11:00 to 2:00
Zoom Lunch and Learn
Online Marketing with
Adam Alexander Haviaras

Join Adam Haviaras in our intensive, Zoom online Marketing presentation.

Adam Alexander Haviaras is the author of the #1 best-selling Eagles and Dragons historical fantasy series, as well as other works of fiction and non-fiction set in the ancient and medieval worlds.

Adam has studied ancient and medieval history and archaeology at the University of Toronto, Canada, and St. Andrews University, Scotland. He lives with his wife and children in Stratford, Ontario where he is currently writing another ground-breaking work of historical fiction.
If you like ancient history and fiction set in Greece or the Roman Empire, Greek and Roman mythology, or stories like Gladiator, The Last Kingdom, and The Mists of Avalon, then you’ll love Adam’s books.
Adam has published a book on marketing. While it is specific to marketing historical fiction, much of the information is applicable to any type of marketing. Check it out.

Writing the Past: The Eagles and Dragons Publishing Guide to Researching, Writing, Publishing and Marketing Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy 

Adam is always happy to connect with readers, writers and those who love history in general. You can find him on Twitter (@AdamHaviaras), on the Eagles and Dragons Facebook page, or on Instagram (@adam_haviaras)
Most of all, don’t forget to sign-up for the Eagles and Dragons Newsletter here:
Thank you for reading.

Luncheon, June 8th, 11:30 a.m.
The Theme of Forms
the Form of Themes

Dr. Jason Ray Carney
Rocco's Smokehouse Grill


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Dr. Jason Ray Carney, Senior Lecturer, Christopher Newport University, Department of English

In his preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde refuted the idea that art should have a theme: "All art is quite useless," he asserts. "The type of all the arts is the art of the musician." In other words, for Wilde, literary artists should emulate composers of non-lyrical music and seek to create pure forms: beautiful but hollow linguistic artifacts without meaning and without theme. Wilde's claim is rhetorical, a grand pronouncement to make a less exciting, more commonsense, point: literary forms do not merely vehiculate themes--although they can and sometimes do. But how do they? Of course, writers don't bake literary pies to fill with thematic pudding. But is it nevertheless worth a writer's time to think about theme? And if a writer brings to mind a particular theme when composing, how might they artfully give form to that theme in a manner that harmonizes with their artistic vision? These questions and more will be explored in this brief presentation of literary history, theory, and praxis.  

Bio: Jason Ray Carney is an author and a recognized expert of popular literature and pulp fiction. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University. His monograph, Weird Tales of Modernity (McFarland, 2019), analyzes interwar science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Reviewing Carney's book, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts stated, "Carney’s book is a valuable addition to the literature on its topic. It deserves a wide readership, and a prominent place in the scholarship of American fantastic literature in the early twentieth century." Carney is the Area Chair of the "Pulp Studies" section of the Popular Culture Association. In March of 2021, Carney guest edited a special issue of The Journal of American Culture on "pulp studies." Carney co-edits the academic journal, The Dark Man: Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Studies. In addition to academic conferences ranging from the Modernist Studies Association to the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, Carney is a regular guest at various fan conventions, such as the San Diego Comic Con. Carney serves on several academic review boards for presses and journals and is a member of the Robert E. Howard Foundation.
June 4, 2022, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Flash Ekphrastic writing at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.  There is no registration, just show up but you will need to pay the entry fee for the museum which is $10.00.  We'll gather in a gallery, secretly choose a piece of art to write about, write, then share our work. Then, everyone guesses which artwork you wrote about.  We can adjourn to lunch somewhere afterward.

June 4, 2022, Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Shop Conversations-With Charles W. Sutherland. Talk about your current work in progress at Column 15 coffee shop, 701 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA  23185. Show up with a smile.

Coffee Shop Conversations-With Charles W. Sutherland.

May 21, 2022, Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Shop Conversations-With Charles W. Sutherland. If anyone would like to have an informal discussion of their upcoming books or articles or exchange ideas or receive an evaluation … or criticism… of style or concepts, I will be available at 10:30 AM on the first and third Saturday of each month at Column 15 coffee shop, 701 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA  23185.  It’s a new coffee shop, a nice atmosphere for writers, and outdoor tables as well.
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Saturday, May 14, 2022Workshop
1:30 - 5:00
Writing Workshop with Nathan Richardson

A writing workshop based on Ekphrastic writing that will help authors articulate their passions and learn to look at things from different points of view. 

Ekphrastic writing is, in a short, succinct definition, writing that is based on a piece of art.  It is usually in the form of poetry. 

James City County Library,  Grace & Stanley Kitzinger Community Room, 7770 Croaker Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  
Open mic group


Thursday, APRIL 28, 2022, 5:30 - 7:50 p.m.
OPEN MIC NIGHT  Gloucester Library Community Room


Nathan Richardson at the CBW Luncheon

April 20-2022
Nathan Richardson was a pleasure to have at our luncheon today.  His love of poetry and the written word and his enthusiastic recounting of stories made us all want to write more.  Truly an inspiration to us all, Nathan will be coming back in May to help us all use words that will help us articulate our passions. 
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April & May 2022
Nathan Richardson to offer Poetry Sessions

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
11:30 a.m.
General Meeting & Luncheon Nathan Richardson "The Oral Tradition of Poetry."  Poetry Session - Part 1.  Rocco's Smokehouse Grill

Register using the luncheon form below. 

Writing Workshop: Ekphrastic writing.
May 14 at James City County Library

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  

Past Programs/Events of the Chesapeake Bay Writers

Radio Show Interviews 

Flash Fiction

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:30 p.m. 
Flash Fiction Zoom - prompt-write-share. Email for link
Banner book parade

Book Parade 

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:00 to 4:00

Check out the titles that will be there.  Yours could be there too!

For authors this is:
Time to showcase your book,
Time to let everyone know how you did it.
Time to set up a table
Get tips from other authors
Time to network
Time to sell books

For Readers and Aspiring writers: It’s all the same plus you might find your next favorite book.

Everyone! Help spread the word.  Location is the Midtown Row Clubhouse
221 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg VA 23185
Register Now

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Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival


Two of our members (Can you find out who they are by clicking the link?) will be represented in the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (SMAF)! This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. 
Friday, March 11, 2022, 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting Zoom

CBW Second Monday Radio Show, March 14, 2022,  8:05 a.m. Carol J. Bova interview with Neal Steele on 99.1 FM  Breaking the Eighth
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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.

For last minute reservations, call 804-725-6163.

Oct 2, 2021 Williamsburg Book Festival

Members of the CBW participate in the Williamsburg Book Festival.
The Williamsburg Book Festival's mission is to promote and support the art of literary composition in the Williamsburg area and expose writers to the reading public
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Sept 18, 2021 Connie Lapallo retraced her path from page to screen

Our first in-person event since February 2020 was an outstanding success!

Some writers dream of seeing their books on the big screen. For Connie Lapallo, the dream has come true. In September, she shared how it happened at CBW’s Literary Luncheon Meeting in Williamsburg on Wednesday September 15. Lapallo described how she came to write three novels about the women and children of Jamestown in 1608-1649. Her son, Adam Lapallo, who wrote the screenplay shared how the film based on her novel Dark Enough to See the Stars became a finalist in the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival and recently won a second award.

As Lapallo explains, success didn’t happen overnight. “I started collecting family tree information when I was eleven years old, directly from my great-grandmother who lived with us. Her turn-of-the-century memories fascinated me. Sometimes she told older family stories that her grandmother had passed on to her.” She continues, “I began researching in earnest in 1976 for a 9th grade family tree project inspired by the Bicentennial and Roots. Thirty-five years later, I’m still at work on the assignment!”

One day, in 1994,  while researching at the Library of Virginia, Lapallo noticed a familiar name. It was an ancestor, Archer Cox, who lived in Mecklenburg, Virginia, in the early 1800s. The book traced him all the way back to Jamestown. “Suddenly I had links taking me all the way back to a woman named Temperance Bailey and to her mother, Cecily (or Sisley).” Cecily was one of nearly a hundred women and children who left England for Jamestown in 1609. As Lapallo learned, eleven year-old Cecily had been a Jamestown mystery for professional genealogists for 120 years. “Who was she, and why had she come to Virginia alone?”

Cecily’s trail continued in a used bookstore in Williamsburg when Lapallo found a volume called Ancient Adventurers, by Samuel Bemiss. In a passage recalling Jamestown’s Starving Time, Bemiss wrote, “Ann Burras, Temperance Flowerdieu and Sisley Jordan can represent all the unsung heroines of that heroic age.”

Lapallo spent eight years working on Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, her first novel. Her daughter Sarah designed the book cover. It took Lapallo another five years to complete the sequel, When the Moon Has No More Silver. Since completing the third novel in her trilogy, she has begun writing a biography of Sir Thomas Gates. Learn more at Connie Lapallo's website.

Luncheon meeting with Connie Lapallo

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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 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. 
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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 .

"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.

Next CBW Luncheon Meeting
April 15, 2020 in Williamsburg
at Le Yaca French Restaurant

 Malcom Massey will be speaking on
"Writing the Killer Plot."

Does your plot provide the structure your work needs & deserves? Will your plot line grab the attention of readers, reviewers, agents? With this seminar, your story becomes more powerful, your characters reach their full potential. Writing the Killer Plot (WKP) works for fiction or non-fiction, providing unique perspective and concise diagramming tools. From early concept to your work in progress, WKP is for writers of all levels. 

Join us at the CBW meeting on Wednesday, April 15 to hear this program at Le Yaca French Restaurant, 1430 High Street, Williamsburg 23185. Social Hour with cash bar will be on the patio and in the bar at 12:30, but you're welcome to arrive a little earlier. The meal will be at 1:15, with the program to follow.

Meal selections will be made at the table. The luncheon includes soup or salad, a wonderful French entree and dessert, served with water.  The price includes tax and gratuity. Members $25, Guests, $30.

The form for prepaid reservations is below, and the reservation deadline is April 12th. For any questions, email or call (804) 725-6163.
and All Stars Contest on Nov. 6th
at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg was a great success!
Members shared their work and competed for prizes! Those in attendance voted for the winners. There was a great assortment of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and everyone enjoyed the readings.

First Place winner Andrew Ball received a $75 prize, Ann Skelton won Second Prize and received a $50 prize, and Bradley Harper received $25 for Third Prize. Andrews Ball also won the separate contest for the Rick Baily Humor Award and $25 prize.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
"Everything you always wanted to know about literary agents (including how to get one)" presented by Nikki Terpilowski

The September 18th Literary Luncheon at Le Yaca French Restaurant in Williamsburg was great!  Those assembled enjoyed a very social time on the patio before a brief meeting. After lunch was served, Nikki Terpilowski, Founder and Senior Agent of Holloway Literary Agency spoke on "Everything you always wanted to know about literary agents (including how to get one)."

CBW members who registered for a pitch session after the luncheon discussed their finished work with Ms. Terpilowski. 
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CBW Summer Celebration Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, June 19
Abigail Putnam spoke on
"Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."

The Chesapeake Bay Writers held its dinner meeting on June 19th in Hayes to celebrate the winners of their new annual Keating Award and award prizes.

Abigail Putnam from the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk spoke on, "Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."  As our attention spans are shrinking and the age of online literary magazines and journals are on the rise, flash fiction is in greater demand than ever. This talk is dedicated to the art of making bite-sized stories feed the minds and imaginations of your reader long after the story’s end.

Abigail Putnam, Editor-in-chief of Penultimate Peanut Magazine, is from Suffolk, VA where the humidity just might kill you and the nearest museum keeps a hundred-year-old ham on display. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and her fiction has appeared in Maudlin House, Five on the Fifth, the Dirty Pool, and Frostfire Worlds AND teaches fiction classes at the Muse Writers Center.
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On April 2, 2019 Sally Stiles on
"Aha! Moments: Inspiration through Haiku"
in honor of National Poetry Month

Chesapeake Bay Writers and Yorktown Library presented Sally Stiles: “Aha! Moments: Inspiration through Haiku,” at the  Yorktown Library on April 2nd.

It was a great presentation! The bad weather kept attendance down, but we'll look into setting up another date for this program.

Sally Stiles has called four continents, six countries, eight states and one small trawler home. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught and published poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including hundreds of magazine articles.  She worked in New York City as an editor and advertising executive. Among her five published books are two volumes of haiku.

Her interactive program led participants to seek aha! moments through haiku which can enrich and add depth to a writer's work.

CBW Meeting and Election
 Wednesday, February 19
Peter Stipe spoke on “Writing With Both Sides of Your Brain”

Thirty-three members and friends attended and enjoyed the luncheon meeting on February 19. After the election and luncheon, those attending heard how the two sides of your brain impact the ways you think and write differently.  The left side contributes to logic, order, discipline and analytical thinking.  This side helps you stay organized and write coherent sentences.  The right side of your brain inspires creativity, intuition, artistic and innovative writing.  This helps you imagine new stories with intriguing plot twists.  For the most effective writing, use both sides of your brain to be both creative and to have the discipline necessary to organize your thoughts.  This session helped us you understand the ways your brain works and how to apply your natural tendencies most effectively to your creative writing process.
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About the Author

David served in the CIA for 31 years before retiring in 1997. During his career he was a political analyst for 22 years in the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in Balkan affairs. In this capacity he produced finished intelligence for all levels of the U.S. government, from the President to working level counterparts throughout the Community. He has designed intelligence analysis/writing courses and taught them throughout the Intelligence Community.

He has given writing workshops at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) in Alexandria in 2005, in Mexico City in 2006, in Vancouver, Canada in April, 2007, and in Boston in 2008. David presented a similar writing workshop at the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit’s national meeting in Tempe, Arizona in June 2006. He has conducted intelligence analysis training for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada and for the Canadian police.

On January 16, 2002, tragedy struck David and his family. Angela Dales, the mother of David’s grandchild, was shot and killed on campus at the Appalachian School of Law by another student. The book, A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales is a record of events that occurred both before and after the shootings. It is David’s hope that this book will help to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
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February 13, 2019  Tim Holland spoke on "Product Management for Writers: For whom do you write?"

  • Should writers/authors look at their output as literary art or a commercial product?
  • Does it matter? Can it be both? Should it be both?
  • Why knowing who you are writing for is the first step in writing both non-fiction and fiction.
  • From the Brontë sisters to Louise Penny.
  • A look at other elements in managing a product.   
Tim Holland left the world of international banking and product management in 1997 (he had been vice president and senior product manager of the Bank of New York and also served as Chairman of the Forum of Bank Product Management of the Bank Administration Institute). He has given speeches and presentations in twenty-two states and twelve countries covering a variety of financial and literary topics. Since leaving the banking world, he has written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and literary journals. He is also the author of the Sidney Lake mystery series and the stand alone novel What the Mirror Doesn’t See. The next Sidney Lake lowcountry mystery, The Murder of Amos Dunn will be released on September 7, 2019.
In addition to being a member of Chesapeake Bay writers (Virginia Writer Club) he is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Brontë Society of Haworth England.

Wednesday, November 28th
at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg
Annual Gala Luncheon and All Stars Contest!

Those in attendance voted for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners who received cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 and a separate contest for the Rick Baily Humor Award and $25 prize.
And the winners were:
1st Place – Ann Skelton
2nd Place–  Frank Milligan
3rd Place – Cindy Freeman
Rick Bailey Humor Award – Cindy Freeman

CBW Luncheon Meeting - Thursday, September 15

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Speaker: Daisy Howard-Douglas
"Experiences in Writing African-American History"
Click here for details.

(Not sure if you made your reservaton? Reservations list is at bottom of page.)
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Frank Milligan, Past President

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Frank Milligan on "How to Get Started as a Writer"

As part of the Kickoff for National Novel Writing Month, in a joint project between the Williamsburg Library and Chesapeake Bay Writers, Frank Milligan presented a free 2-hour program in the Williamsburg Library Theater.
Whether retired and ready to live the long deferred dream of becoming a writer or need to fit writing around school or  job and family, this fast- moving and fun session gave an overview of the writing life from thinking like a writer to publishing your work. Learn the four critical elements every successful story must include; to discover techniques that will make fiction and nonfiction stories come alive, and, understand the two critical skills required to create successful fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama. This was a great  opportunity to get down-to-earth answers to all the participants' writing questions.

Frank Milligan is author of the writing reference book: Time to Write: Discovering the Writer within after 50, published by Quill Driver Books, and winner of a 2009
Silver Award at the National Mature Media Awards. He has published and won awards for both fiction and non-fiction. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology; a master’s in business and public administration; and a master of arts in writing (fiction) from the Johns Hopkins University. Frank has taught creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College, the College of William and Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, and at various other venues. He is past-president
of Chesapeake Bay Writers.
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September 18, 2018
The Fictional Dream
with Lauran Strait

Chesapeake Bay Writers sponsored “The Fictional Dream,” a workshop geared toward helping writers hide the narrator. Lauran Strait conducted the workshop at the Yorktown Public Library at 7 PM. Hiding the narrator, whether in a first person story or a limited third one, greatly enhances reader engagement with the characters and is something all writers should learn how to do. When the narration is limited and hidden to the extent possible, the FICTIONAL DREAM will result. In this workshop, participants will learn what the fictional dream is, about its advantages, and how to achieve it. Hurricane Florence kept some folks away, but those who attended enjoyed the evening!

Lauran Strait, former writing instructor and workshop facilitator at the Adult Learning Center in Virginia Beach, is the founder and executive director of Hampton Roads Writers. She occasionally teaches writing workshops for HRW and the Muse Writers Center. She also works as a freelance book editor for a few select clients.

Her print and online work appears in Dog-eared, The Gator Springs Gazette, Atomic Petals, Retrozine, The Copperfield Review, A Woman of a Certain Age, Moondance Magazine, Monkey Bicycle, Insolent Rudder, LongStoryShort, Edifice Wrecked, The Virginian Pilot, Whistling Shade Literary Review,, The Green Tricycle, Reading Divas, The Angler, Salome Magazine, Quiction, Bewildering Stories, Tiny Lights—a flash in the pan, Down in the Cellar, Tuesday Shorts, Six Sentences, and HeavyGlow. Some of her other fiction and creative nonfiction appears in anthologies such as Random House’s Knitlit the Third—We Spin More Yarns,Better Non Sequitur's See You Next Tuesday, and Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak.
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June 20, 2018 Alice Osborn
"How to be a Rock Star at PR"

Wow! What a great program! Alice Osborn showed us how to stand out from the crowd and make others remember who we are through our personal brand at our June 20th dinner meeting! Alice started her own successful writing and editing services company over a decade ago and shared her secrets with us after playing her guitar and singing while we visited and networked before the meeting. Her workshop, showed us how to build our brand by highlighting what makes us different from the crowd through our personal story, how we show up, and how we network/volunteer our time. A great program where we learned how all of our printed and online materials (website, social media networking, and business cards) work together to create a powerful brand will help attract, engage, and retain new readers and fans as it builds the loyalty of our current ones.

 Visit Alice's website at and check out her music at
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April 18, 2018
Ann Eichenmuller on
"Writing for $$$: 5 Steps to Getting Published in Magazines"

If you love to write, it is possible to turn that skill into a fulfilling and even lucrative second career. Ann Eichenmuller will introduce you to the world of freelance magazine writing and share from her own experience the possibilities and pitfalls of getting paid for what you write.
      Learn about the markets available to writers, the kinds of articles magazines want, and how to research, develop, and pitch winning ideas. Become familiar with the business side of this kind of freelance writing, from contracts and invoices to payments to kill fees. No matter what your age or interest, there is an audience out there waiting to hear from you.
     The library is located at 117 N. Church Lane, Tappahannock, to the right off US 17N, between Tappahannock Elementary School and Queen Street (Route 360). There is no charge and non-members are welcome to attend.

About Ann Eichenmuller
     Ann Eichenmuller is an award-winning educator and writer and creator of Motorhome magazine’s popular “Classic Ride”  series. A regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Chesapeake Style,  and the Caribbean All at Sea, her articles were recognized at the 2016 and 2017 Boating Writers International Annual Awards. She is a former recipient of the WashingtonPost Agnes Meyer Award for Excellence in Education and the author of two mystery novels, Kind Lies (2017) and The Lies We Are (June 2018). Ann has recently completed her first non-fiction book, The Writing Cure, about the healing power of writing.
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February 14, 2018
Dan Duke, of The Virginian-Pilot
spoke on
"Fake News and

Dan is entertainment editor at The Virginian-Pilot, directing coverage of arts and entertainment and the Flavor section. In 23 years at The Pilot, he also has worked as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, while staying busy outside the newsroom as, at various times, a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, a writing and editing teacher and an amateur musician trying to do right by his 1981 Gibson ES 335.