For Our Writers

Central Rappahannock Regional Library has many resources for our local writers, from research materials to how-to guides to get-togethers with other writers in our area.

 Writer's Conference|NaNoWriMo MonthWriting Groups | Local Author VisitsResources for Authors

Writer's Conference, Howell Branch, Saturday, November 3, 9:00-5:00

A day celebrating writers with informational workshops and panel discussion on marketing for all local authors or authors-to-be. Sign ups for conference begin September 4. Pre-register to recieve weekly email writing tips and information on special writing events and library resources in lead up to the conference. Topics of discussion include: The Art of Self-Editing, Inspiration and Creativity, Navigating Research Roadblocks, and Writing for Children.

Featured speakers and panelists include:

Proposed schedule of events:

  • 9:00-9:30: Registration
  • 9:30-10:30: Workshop Sessions I
  • 10:45-11:45: Workshop Sessions II
  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch and Marketing Panel
  • 1:45-2:45: Workshop Sessions III
  • 3:00-4:00: Workshop Sessions IV
  • 4:15-5:00: Networking and Meet the Speakers (Meet conference speakers and local writers!)

Calling all young writers!

Riverside Young Writers Conference: Bring Your Thoughts to Life, Salem Church Branch, Saturday, November 3, 10:00-4:00
Guest speakers present various topics to help hone your craft and get your ideas to print.


NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual internet-based creative writing project challenging partcipaints to write 50,000 words of a new novel. Join us in celebrating NaNoWriMo, for some of October and ALL of November!NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Prep for Success
Howell Branch, Monday, October 1, 7:00-8:30
Fredericksburg Branch, Thursday, October 11, 7:00-8:30
Porter Branch, Saturday, October 20, 2:00-4:00

NaNoWriMo Come Write In 
Come write your novel during National Novel Writing Month. We' ll have hints and tips for writer's block.

  • Howell, Mondays and Wednesdays in November, 12:00-2:00
  • Porter, Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, 10:00-1 :00, except Thursday November 22
  • Salem Church, Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, 10:00-1:00, except Thursday, November 22

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up Party, Salem Church Branch, Saturday, December 1, 2:00-4:00
Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo and share some of your best pieces or listen to other writers' work.

Writing Groups

Riverside Writers 
Salem Church Branch, 2nd Saturdays, 1:00-4:00
A chapter of the Virginia Writers Club that encourages writers from the region to share their talent and knowledge of writing with one another.


Howell Branch, 1st Mondays, 7:00-8:30
Fredericksburg Branch, 2nd Thursdays, 7:00-8:30
Porter Branch, 3rd Saturdays, 2:00-4:00
Informal writing workshops for the novice, the pro, and everyone in between. Learn about different aspects of writing, share your drafts and scribbles, and receive feedback from a supportive writers' group. They will be focusing on the following topics every meeting for the spring:

  • July: Romance
  • August: Historical Fiction
  • September: How to Write a Thriller
  • October: NaNoWriMo Prep for Success
  • November: Writing Mysteries with Guest Speaker, M.E. Maki

Local Author Visits

Local Author Visit: Frank Fuerst. author Alzheimer's Care with Dignity
Howell Branch, Saturday, July 7, 1:00-3:00
Porter Branch, Saturday, August 18, 1:00-3:00

Learning More About Your Craft

The books on these lists can help get you started on your novel’s journey: