Valley Writers was established in 1982 and became a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club in 1991. The state organization has established a set of core values which include enthusiasm, respect, tolerance, and integrity. Strategic goals are to foster literary talent and achievement, maintain efficient operation, build a positive image, and increase membership.
The Valley Writers Chapter strives to support local writers of all levels with peer critiques, networking opportunities, and speakers to further their knowledge of the art and craft of writing. Our chapter serves the greater Roanoke Valley. In practice, we have writers attending who live in the counties of Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Montgomery, Franklin, and Pittsylvania, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.
In September 2011, Valley Writers welcomed its first subgroup, Lake Writers from Smith Mountain Lake, a group of over 45 writers, 15 of whom generally attend semi-monthly meetings. Several members attend meetings of both groups. Lake Writers meets on second and fourth Fridays at 10 am. It alternates between the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake and Westlake libraries. Lake Writers is the literary arm of Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) and is closely affiliated with both library programs.
Where We Meet Valley Writers: on the first and third Thursdays from 6:30 pm at St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Church, 4910 Hubert Ave., Roanoke NW.
We are open to writers of all skills, genres, or experience. Anyone who is interested in attending a Valley Writers meeting and would like more information is invited to contact John Koelsch, president, or Bob Habermann, vice president. For those interested in attending a Lake Writers meting, please contact Chuck Lumpkin, president.
While Valley Writers collects no dues, contributions to help fund chapter activities are always welcome. Members are encouraged, but not required, to join the Virginia Writers Club.
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