Slate of Candidates Elected
February 14, 2018
President:                    Grace M. DeLeesie
Vice President:            Ellen Dugan
Secretary:                    Ann Skelton
Treasurer:                    Jackie Ingram
Membership:              Janet Abbott Fast
Programs:                   Susan Williamson
Publicity:                     Sharon Dillon
Library Liaison:          Ann Eichenmuller
Ex Officio:
Newsletter Editor:   Joy Brenda Burch
Immediate Past President:  Carol J. Bova

Mary Montague Sikes was interviewed on the
CBW Second Monday Radio Show--Monday, February 12

Mary Montague Sikes was interviewed on the CBW Second Monday Radio Show--Monday, February 12

Neal Steele interviewed Mary Montague Sikes on February 12th about her first children's book, An Artful Animal Alphabet, featuring her writing and paintings, which was released in 2017.

Mary Montague Sikes is an award-winning author of eight non-fiction books and nine novels. Holder of a BA degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has many years of experience as a free-lance writer and photographer for local and national newspapers and for national and international magazines.
A former member of the Board of Governors of Virginia Writers Club, she is co-founder and first treasurer of Virginia Romance Writers, is a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, and is also a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Pen Women. A past-president of the Richmond Branch, National League of American Pen Women, she has presented state and national NLAPW conference workshops. She is a past-president of Richmond Artists Association and a current member of Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association.
Sikes has shown her paintings extensively in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Soon after the release of her coffee table book, Hotels to Remember that she wrote and illustrated, she was included on a Virginia Festival of the Book travel panel.


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Dan Duke, of The Virginian-Pilot
spoke at the CBW Meeting on February 14 on
"Fake News and

Dan Duke, of The Virginian-Pilotspoke at the CBW Meeting on February 14 on"Fake News andNon-Fiction"

Dan is entertainment editor at The Virginian-Pilot, directing coverage of arts and entertainment and the Flavor section. In 23 years at The Pilot, he also has worked as a copy editor, copy desk chief and assistant business editor, while staying busy outside the newsroom as, at various times, a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, a writing and editing teacher and an amateur musician trying to do right by his 1981 Gibson ES 335.

CBW Radio Show  January 8

CBW Radio Show  January 8
Susan Williamson on Turkmen Captives
Neal Steele interviewed Susan Williamson about her novel, Turkmen Captives. In the book, Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband’s death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates her husband might not have been a war casualty.  Her desire to learn the truth involves her in international intrigue on three continents  as she and an Irish intelligence officer search for answers.

Susan Williamson has been an extension agent, newspaper editor, educator, food coop manager, and professional horsewoman. She is an avid reader and writer. She currently resides in Williamsburg with her husband and labradoodle. She is a former board member of Winston-Salem Writers and a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers.

Apply Now for 2018 CBW Second Monday Radio Interviews with Neal Steele!

We are looking for members with recently published books to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM.  Email Tracy Lanum at or call (804) 815-9954 to get a copy of the show guidelines and discuss scheduling an interview.

How to Join Virginia Writers Club

VWC Membership is independent of CBW Chapter Membership and requires a separate application and dues payment. If you wish to join the Virginia Writers Club (VWC), click here.

Congratulations to the 2017 CBW ALL STARS GALA CONTEST WINNERS!
Wednesday, November 15

The readings were a great example of the talent in the Chesapeake Bay Writers. Thank you to everyone who participated!

1. Susan Williamson Fiction Green Men Meet Green Acres

2. Gail Kenna Fiction The False Conversion Theory of  Human Nature
3. Sharon Dorsey  Poetry     Best Ever Family Reunion
Mary Duly Guy  Poetry      Old Woman Alone on the Beach
5. Cindy Freeman  Nonfiction Surviving the Cold War
6. Roger Gosden   Nonfiction Appalachian Spring
7. Sharon Dillon   Fiction  Tooth Fairy--Changed Tactics
8. Tracy Lanum  Fiction  What Hides Behind the Mask
Sarah Honenberger Fiction Green Frog, Blue Frog
10. Ellen Dugan Poetry  Flood Waters
11. Peter Stipe Fiction Merlin Weighs In
12. Frank Milligan Fiction Ah, Sweet Sadie When She Smiles at Ye
13. Peggy Newcomb Nonfiction To Spit or Not to Spit


First Place: Roger Gosden

First Place: Roger Gosden

Second Place: Sally Honenberger

Second Place: Sally Honenberger

Third Place Frank Milligan

Third Place Frank Milligan

Rick Bailey Humor Award  Sharon Dillon

Rick Bailey Humor Award  Sharon Dillon