Joyful Quill

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Other Writerly Options

This list of writerly events does not claim to be comprehensive; it represents those events that we know of and/or have participated in.

Amherst Writers and Artists. We’ll offering more  AWA writing workshops in the fall of 2017. Contact us if you’d like to register.

New River Valley Voices: This semi-annual juried event was founded by local writers in 2012. They accept prose and poetry; winners are expected to attend and, ideally, read their pieces at a Sunday afternoon celebration, open to the public, typically held in the Community Room of the Blacksburg Public Library. Winners are given the opportunity to prepare their presentation with a Virginia Tech Drama Professor. Submissions are currently closed for the spring reading; check their Facebook page for submission details. Next reading celebration is Sunday, April 23 2017.

New River Writers ProjectLocal writers gather for food, camaraderie and friendly critiques the second Tuesday of each month, 7 PM in Christiansburg. See their FB page for meeting location. Open to all writers. For more info, contact Donna Banks:

Prompted free-writes at the Community Arts Information Office in downtown Blacksburg is on sabbatical while Lesley pursues her MFA. If you’d like to receive announcements about any future events like this, tell us here.

Virginia Tech has readings by local and national authors. Check out their Visiting Authors series.

Words(3) in Roanoke has resumed! Cara Modisett is the driving force behind this themed open-mic. Contact her at if you’re interested in reading; it’s hosted by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Green Room in Roanoke.

April 13 Mountains & Valleys

May 11 Roadways

June 8 City Lights and Nights

July 13 Anything Goes

Sept. 14 Health and Healing

Oct. 12 Found Texts

Nov. 9 Have a Little Faith

Dec. 14 Blue

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