• Virginia Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Virginia, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Virginia, these are some organizations you might want to check out:



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    The Annual Literary Festival

    Readings, panels, workshops and community involvement. Now in its 36th year.


    Association of Writers and Writing Programs

    Provides support, advocacy, resources and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers. Its annual conference draws nearly 10,000 writers from all over the world.


    Bull Run Nook Writers Retreat

    A large historic home in Manassas — less than an hour’s drive from D.C. — offering space for rent to writers looking for a quiet, peaceful writing retreat.


    Cave Canem

    Committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Offers readings, workshops, retreats and fellowships.


    Fall for the Book

    An annual week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival held by George Mason University. Offers book prizes, readings, panel discussions and more.


    Furious Flower Poetry Center

    Hosts visiting poets, sponsors poetry workshops for emerging poets, holds an annual poetry camp for children in the community, and produces scholarly texts, videos and DVDs on African American poetry.


    James River Writers

    Watershed events in writing, reading and community.



    A semiannual literary journal produced at the University of Virginia. Offers poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and holds annual writing contests.


    The Muse Writers Center

    Based in Norfolk, Virginia, and offering workshops, readings and many other literary events.


    Poetry Society of Virginia

    A nonprofit membership organization that promotes poetry through monthly open mics, workshops, contests and readings.



    After 60-plus years in print, this prominent literary magazine is now online-only. Accepts fiction, poetry and nonfiction.


    Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop

    Workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and poetry, led by accomplished faculty. Class sizes of no more than 12 students, as well as readings, manuscript reviews and craft seminars.


    Virginia Quarterly Review

    A top-tier literary magazine which offers new fiction, poetry, essays, reviews and much more.


    Virginia Festival of the Book

    The largest gathering of authors, writers and readers in the state. Offers readings and signings, panels and workshops.


    Virginia Writers Club

    A statewide organization with the purpose of supporting and stimulating the art, craft and business of writing. Has several local chapters, each with its own series of events.


    Writer House

    An affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, offering high quality writing instruction (workshops and seminars) and literary events for the public.


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