Write by the Rails

Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club

Celebrating an Eventful Year!

December 18, 2014 – 7pm
Officer Elections and Potluck
Trinity Episcopal Church
Old Town Manassas
Bring your Favorite Dish to Share!  All are Welcome to Attend !
See you there!
 We still need more candidates for out slate of officers!  Please consider putting your name on the ballot for President, Vice-President, or Secretary.
For an organization to be dynamic, it needs new leadership combined with experienced members and fresh ideas.  Write by the Rails has become a vibrant part of the Manassas and Prince William areas providing opportunities for the writing community in craft, promotion, outreach and fun.  Let’s keep the momentum going!  We are having a incredible impact.  
Thanks so much and see you next Thursday, December 18.
Linda Johnston, Secretary
Write by the Rails

Delta Sigma Theta Showcases Rising Artists Saturday Dec. 6th 2014


PWC Arts Council to sponsor workshop “How to establish a 501c-3″

The Prince William Arts Council is proud to announce its ‘How to establish and maintain a 501c3 organization’ workshop.

Workshop Date & Time: Wednesday December 3rd at 6pm

Workshop Location: Hellwig Parks and Recreation Administration Headquarters Building located at:

George Hellwig Memorial Park, 14420 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112  


The workshop will be presented by

Andrew C. Bisulca

Law Office of Andrew C. Bisulca, P.C.

Mr. Bisulca has been  practicing law for over 35 years

He is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia, and New York

AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability as “very high to preminent” and ethical standards as “very high”

He is a member of Prince William County Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, and National Lawyers Association

His practice areas are:

  • Business
  • Business structuring
  • Business sales
  • Contracts & leases
  • Commercial transactions
  • Estate planning & administration
  • Real property law
  • Church & non-profit representation
  • Construction law


Have tax questions regarding your new exemption? Not sure which 990 you should file?

This brand new workshop, is ideal for those individuals just obtaining their 501c3 status and/or those organizations that are lost in the paperwork trying to maintain their tax designation.

Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Why obtain a 501c3
  • Reinstatement of tax exempt status
  • Appealing an IRS Decision
  • Forms (990,990N (E-POSTCARD)
  • What responsibilities accompany 501c3 status
  • Record Keeping
  • Charitable contributions
  • 501c3 compliance
  • Tax on Un-related business income for exempt
  • Organizations
  • Jeopardizing your exemption
  • Reporting changes to the IRS


Please RSVP to CShaaber@pwcgov.org or call 703 221 2159 and let us know if you plan on attending this informative event.

Welcome to the new home for Write by the Rails!

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Welcome to the new “web” home for Write by the Rails, Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.  This site is still undergoing some changes and we hope to have it fully operational in the next few weeks.  2014 has proven itself a noteworthy year for our group and its fine members, we thought it was time to take a leap of digital faith and improve our site.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our web presence while adding new features that will benefit our membership.  As always our main priority is to raise the literary profile of authors who live in or are affiliated with Prince William County, City of Manassas and Manassas Park.

If you are new to Write by the Rails or are interested in becoming a member please click here for more information.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments and concerns, as we continue to improve our site.


Jasmyn Oliver


Marketing Coordinator, Write by the Rails


PEOPLE WHO NEED TO DIE serves up delightful vengeance

Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2014): Award-winning filmmaker Victor Rook gives us a rare glimpse into his wonderfully diabolical mind with this collection of satirical horror story shorts. In People Who Need To Die the year is 2021, and people are fed up. The World Order Alliance allows “selective” homicides to reestablish a more peaceful society. A few of the targets: Bad Drivers, Distracted Cell Phone Users, Spammers, Internet Trolls, Litterbugs, Horrible Bosses, Black Friday Shoppers, and more.
The book will be available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as paperback, in time for Halloween 2014 and beyond. 200 pp.
Review: “Clever, funny, shocking, and cheerfully vindictive.” 
-Tom Shales, Pulitzer prize-winning TV critic
Author Bio:
Victor Rook has produced several award-winning films, as well as written and edited several books. His nature film Beyond the Garden Gate aired on PBS for four years and won two Telly awards. Recent books include People Who Need To Die, a collection of satirical horror stories; In Search of Good Times, a story about a man who believes that the TV sitcom families from “All in the Family” and “Good Times” are real; and Musings of a Dysfunctional Life, a humorous and poignant compilation of everyday mid-life musings. All books and videos are available on Amazon.com and victorrook.com.
Author Contact: victorrook.com Email: vic@victorrook.com

October 1 Poetry at the Black Box Theater

Parking is free in any “B” Lot  after 4 p.m. 15200 Neabsco Mills Road,  Woodbridge, VA 22191. The Black Box Theater is in the new Arts and Science Building. You can reach that building directly from the sidewalk or the courtyard by the pond or by walking through the other building.

Fall for the Book Sept 18: Our Own Belinda Miller, Claudia Lefeve, Robert Scott & Zan Hailey will be there!

Write by the Rails is a cosponsor of Fall for the Book, thanks to a $300 grant from the Virginia Writers Club.

On the closing night of the Fall for the Book Festival (Sept. 11-18), Fall for the Book hosts its 2nd annual celebration of fine food, superior drink, and the various stories behind the scenes of every aspect of the food industry from farm to table—and beyond! Cookbook authors, food writers, chefs and chocolatiers, novelists incorporating food into their fiction, and even the newly minted Prince William County Poet Laureates—all will be part of Haute Cuisine at the Hylton, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas.

The first event of the evening is a 6:15 p.m. food writing workshop with Jason Shriner. Dubbed “Prince William County’s very own pastry chef” by Potomac Local, Shriner is a food blogger, podcaster, instructor, entrepreneur, and volunteer. He began his video baking & pastry blog the Aubergine Chef in 2010 and was quickly recognized by Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine in their Talk with Friends section. In 2011, he propelled from this achievement to offering university standard yet affordable baking classes at the Manassas Park Community Center. From there he evolved his business to include private baking and pastry classes for individuals, businesses, and events where he inspires future bakers and engages audiences of all ages. He was recently recognized as one of Potomac Local’s Forty Under 40 for being an influential person in his industry and a catalyst of community impact. Today Jason continues to teach on a weekly basis and write monthly online articles for Prince William Living.

At 7 p.m., novelist Laura Florand takes the stage to discuss her internationally bestselling and award-winning Amour et Chocolat series, including The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, and more—books in which sexy Parisian chocolatiers woo the women they love with what they love best – romance you can taste. Her books have been translated into seven languages, nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book of the Year, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been recommended by USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Now a lecturer at Duke University, Florand is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate.

At 7:30 p.m., individual stations open for tastings, demonstrations, and discussions by a variety of chefs and food celebrities, including noted cookbook authors Amy Riolo and Joe Yonan. Riolo is an award–winning author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert, and educator whose ninety-second cooking videos “Culture of Cuisine” air on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United States, totaling a reach of over 300 million people; her most recent book, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, won the 2011 Nautilus Book Award and was named “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by DiabetesMine.com. Yonan is the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook (Ten Speed Press, 2013), which was named among the best cookbooks of 2013 by The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and NPR’s “Here and Now.” Other participants in the tastings, demonstrations and discussions include: Robert Kingsbury of Kingsbury Chocolates and Confections, distributed throughout No.Va. and DC;

· Dave Lefeve of The Cock and Bowl in Occoquan, making recipes included in his wife Claudia Lefeve’s novels;

· Belinda Miller, whose children’s fantasy novel Phillip’s Quest, Book I: Winterfrost features whimsical recipes;

· Miguel Pires, owner of Zandra’s Taqueria in Manassas, VA;

· Jason Shriner of the Aubergine Chef; and

· Representatives of Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas.

Finally, the recently appointed Prince William County Poet Laureates Robert Scott and Alexandra “Zan” Hailey make a appearance at the event as well, talking about their work and community projects.

As a special preview of the full evening’s program, check out Rick Davis, executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, discussing the program on “Be A Singular Sensation.”

The second annual Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is sponsored by Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the complete schedule of Fall for the Book events—taking place Sept. 11-18 at George Mason University and at locations throughout VA, DC, and MD—visit www.fallforthebook.org or download the new FftB app, keeping the entire festival right at your fingertips.

R.P. Barr to represent Prince William in state writing competition

Manassas writer R.P. Barr’s short story “Dinner Dishes” and poem “Pink Ribbon Afternoon” won first place in the fiction and poetry categories of the first tier (local chapter) competition of the Virginia Writers Club’s annual Golden Nib Contest. Barr’s entries have been forwarded to the VWC for statewide competition; statewide awards will be presented during the VWC Annual Meeting November 1 in Richmond.
Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, recognized winners of the chapter writing contest – the first tier of the VWC’s annual Golden Nib Contest – at their Aug. 21 meeting.
The distinguished panel of judges included:
·         Ann Marie Stippey, the 2014 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year for Manassas City Public Schools and an Osbourn High School English teacher (fiction);
·         Robert Scott, co-Prince William Poet Laureate, novelist and Osbourn Park High School teacher (poetry); and
·         David Fawcett, sports editor for Prince William Today (nonfiction).
Maureen Arvai, Content Director at Brandt Social and a freelance writer, organized the local contest.
These winners were chosen:
·         Fiction) First-Place: R.P. Barr, Manassas, “Dinner Dishes”; Second-Place: Dani Ambrose Rogero, Manassas, “The Pin-Up Girl of the Lucky Lou”
·         Poetry)  First-Place: R.P. Barr, Manassas, “Seasons”; Second-Place: Kim Lervold, “Native American’s Perspective as Columbus Arrives”
·         Nonfiction) No entries submitted
Write by the Rails will sponsor  Fall for the Book’s “Haute Cuisine at the Hylton,” a celebration of fine food, superior drink and the various stories behind the scenes of every aspect of the food industry from farm to table and beyond on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. Cookbook authors, food writers, chefs and chocolatiers, novelists incorporating food into their fiction, and even the newly minted Prince William Poets Laureate will be there. This is a free event, open to the public.

Local Teen Writers Win State Competition

Scholarship winner; 8 of 10 Golden Nib Contest winners are Prince William teens

The Virginia Writers Club has announced winners of their annual Teen Scholarship and Teen Golden Nib Contest competitions:


Renee Christina Ordoobadi – Bristow, Virginia



1st Place – “Recess” by Renee Christina Ordoobadi

2nd Place – “Identity” by Teja, Janai Barnes, Dupree

3rd Place – “Acute Regression” by Neil Adair McMillan Hailey

Honorable Mention – “Homeless” by Leah Madeline Gaush


1st Place – “Glimpsing the World” by Katherine Brown

2nd Place – “When Life Gives You Lemons” by Phebe Ciemny

3rd Place – “Pilot” by Leah Madeline Gaush

Honorable Mention – “The Face of Depravity” by Renee C. Brittigan


1st Place – “Imperfect” by Erin Marguerite McCall

2nd Place – “Puppetmaster” by Kayleigh McCoy

3rd Place – “A Heavy Conscience” by Katherine Brown

Honorable Mention – “Awaiting the Fury” by Morgan Nicole Shaffer

Eight of the 10 teen winners live in Prince William, attend Woodbridge Senior High School and are enrolled in the CFPA Creative Writing Program.

Scholarship winner Renee Christina Ordoobadi recently graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, and was enrolled in the CFPA Creative Writing Program. In March, she taught poetry at the Write by the Rails’ Rising Writers Workshop in Manassas. In June, she was one of 14 poets nominated for the Prince William Poet Laureate and became part of the Prince William Poet Laureate Circle at Tackett’s Mill. She is a contributing writer to BristowBeat.com and lives in Bristow, Virginia.

Phebe Ciemny, who recently graduated WSHS, and Neil Adair McMillan Hailey, a junior, were also among the 14 poets nominated for the Prince William Poet Laureate and in June became part of the Prince William Poet Laureate Circle at Tackett’s Mill. Ciemny taught poetry at the Write by the Rails’ Rising Writers Workshop in Manassas in March, along with Erin Marguerite McCall, who also recently graduated WSHS. McCall taught writing and the arts at the Write by the Rails’ Rising Writers Workshop. Teja, Janai Barnes, Dupree is a WSHS junior, and writes for the Valkyrie newspaper; Renee C. Brittigan is also a junior; Katherine Brown is a sophomore, whose winning piece, “Glimpsing the World,” was published in Eddas 2014 Bifrost. She attended the Write by the Rails’ Rising Writers Workshop in Manassas in March. Leah Madeline Gaush is a freshman at WSHS. Brittigan, Brown, Ciemny, Hailey, McCall and Ordoobadi all have additional writing published in Eddas 2014 Bifrost.

“I’m so proud of all of them,” said Woodbridge Senior High School creative writing teacher Cathy Hailey, who was herself featured in the March issue of Prince William Living magazine as one of the five Influential Women of 2014.

Belinda Miller Announces Phillip’s Quest, Book II: Above the Stars

Pre-order a copy of Belinda Miller’s: Phillip’s Quest, Book II: Above the Stars, now!  It will also be available on Amazon in November, just in time for Christmas.  
Above the Stars is the second book in the Phillip’s Quest series, a magical tale about a gnome named Phillip, a squirrel named Edward and a dinosaur named Stinky on their exciting quest to find the castle of Winterfrost. This book is the sequel to the popular Winterfrost and will be filled with the same type of beautiful color illustrations, maps and recipes.   
Order a signed, first edition copy at http:belindamiller.me on the “Buy Phillip’s Quest or The Ragworts” page now, for your favorite children or yourself!

Please cut/copy and paste this announcement to your newsletter or webpage.  Thanks so much for your help!
–Belinda Miller
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