Friday, November 4, 2016

Pictures from 4th Annual Student Writing Contest Awards Ceremony at Chantilly Regional Public Library, September 25, 2016!

The beautiful announcement poster hanging in the library! I wonder who made that?

The winners!

Our fearless leader Ruth giving out the awards!

First place winner Ashley Yang!

The reception afterwards. Those cookies look delicious!

Hope everybody bought lots of books!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Local Writers Recognize Winners of 4th Annual Student Writing Contest at Chantilly Regional Public Library, September 25, 2016



Chantilly, VA (September 15, 2016)—The Writers of Chantilly, a not-for-profit organization of local professional and aspiring writers in Chantilly, VA, will recognize the winners of the 4th Annual Student Writing Contest, sponsored by the Writers of Chantilly and the Chantilly Regional Public Library, at the Chantilly Regional Public Library on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

For this year’s contest, students in Fairfax County, VA, were invited to write an original essay, short story or poem on the theme of “Re-write the Ending to…” The winning entries, along with works by members of the Writers of Chantilly, will be published in an anthology, Re-write the Ending to…, later this year.

1st Place
Ashely Yang – “My Name is Betsy” – Frost Middle School

2nd Place
Katherine Simpson – “My Sister’s Trojan Horse” – Langston Hughes Middle School

3rd Place
Zack Krajnak – “Look Back and Smile on Perils Passed’ – West Springfield High School

4th Place
Aya Khalafalla – “A Permanent Wrong” – West Springfield High School

5th Place
Elin Choe – “Another Chance” – Rocky Run Middle School

Students will be recognized and read their winning entries beginning at 2:00 p.m on September 25, 2016, at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA, 20151.


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About the Writers of ChantillyThe Writers of Chantilly meet twice monthly at the Chantilly Regional Library in Chantilly, VA, to encourage and support writers 18 and over at all levels—newcomers warmly welcomed. WOC has published several anthologies, the most recent being Secrets, Lies and Sighs, available on Amazon.com or through the Fairfax County Public Library system. Contact: wocwritingcontest@gmail.com; Web: http://writersofchantilly.blogspot.com

Monday, May 30, 2016

Writers of Chantilly Published Book List

Here's the comprehensive list of published books by Writers of Chantilly authors and friends:

F. Clifton Berry
Medics at War: Military Medicine From Colonial Times to the 21st Century (2005)--military history
United States Army at War: 9/11 Through Iraq (2003)--military history
Milestones of the First Century of Flight (2002)--history
Inside the CIA: Art, Architecture & Atmosphere of America's Premiere Intelligence Agency (1997)--non-fiction history and art
Spies, Black Ties, and Mango Pies: Stories and Recipes From CIA Families All Over the World (1997)--cookbook
Inventing the Future: How Science and Technology Change Our World--textbook
CNN: War In the Gulf: From the Invasion of Kuwait to the Day of Victory and Beyond (1991)--military history
Strike Aircraft (1988)--military history, Illustrated History of the Vietnam War series
Gadget Warfares (1988)--military history, Illustrated History of the Vietnam War series
Chargerss (1988)--military history, Illustrated History of the Vietnam War series
Air Cav (1988)--military history, Illustrated History of the Vietnam War series
Sky Soldiers (1987)--military history, Illustrated History of the Vietnam War series

Edgar N. Brown
Memoirs (2016)--memoir (not (yet?) available through Amazon)

Karen Brown
A Hard Dry Road (2003)--contemporary novel

Robert Cantrell
Outpacing the Competition: Patent-Based Business Strategy (2009)--business strategic planning
Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War (2004)--military history, philosophy
Art of War: Sun Tzu Strategy Card Deck: 54 Winning Strategies (2004)--card game guide

Loretta Cordova
Five Centuries in Puerto Rico: Portraits and Eras (1993)--history

M A. Florence
Red Flag Warning (2012)--contemporary novel
The Animal Parade (2012)--children's book

Mary Ellen Gavin
Secrets of the Apple Tree Tavern (2014)--family saga, part I of Irish Fires series
Hiding Places at Barrington Hall: Hannelley and Hennessey Investigations (2012)--mystery

Angela Glascock
Locksmith at the End of the World: A Dead Silence Novella (2015)--horror novella, part I of Dead Silence series

Sunny Hersh
Is it HOT in Here, or Am I Just HOT? (2007)--self-help
Midlife Mamas on the Moon: Celebrate Great Health, Friendships, Sex, and Money and Launch Your Second Life (2004)--self-help

Betty Hyland
Benedictine Bloodhounds (2010, paperback edition)--historical mystery novellas
A Thousand Cloudy Days: Three Months In the Life of a Schizophrenic Man (2010)--memoir
Hope in Hell (2007)--mystery thriller
The Girl With the Crazy Brother (2002, paperback edition)--novel

Richard Katchmark
(New!) Dancing With Dolphins (2016)--contemporary novel
Parable of the Three Butterflies (2015)--novella
The Creator--My Friend (2013)--short stories, essays
New Beginnings (2013)--short stories, essays
Quiet Listening (2012)--short stories, essays
You're Invited to More of My World (2012)--short stories, essays
You're Invited to My World (2009)--short stories, essays

Kara Keen
(New!) Romancing Vegas (2015)--contemporary romance, part II of Captain's Orders trilogy
Captain's Orders (2015)--contemporary romance, part I of a Captain's Orders trilogy

Dana King
(New!) A Dangerous Lesson (2016)--hard-boiled crime, part IV of Nick Forte series
The Man in the Window (2015)--hard-boiled crime, part III of Nick Forte series
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (2014)--hard-boiled crime, part II of Nick Forte series
A Small Sacrifice (2013)--hard-boiled crime, part I of Nick Forte series
Wild Bill (2011)--hard-boiled crime

Kalyani Kurup
A Journey to Self Publishing (2013)--memoir/non-fiction essays
The Elephant's Trunk and Other Stories (2013)--children's stories, part I of a series
The Elephant's Revenge and Other Stories (2013)--children's stories, part II of a series
The Vanished and Vanquished (2013)--novel

John H. Matthews
(New!) Designated Survivor (2016)--espionage thriller
(New!) Red Grace: A Grace Short Story (2016)--short story, accompanies Designated Survivor
Ballyvaughan (2015)--hard-boiled crime, part II of Eddie Holland series
The South Coast (2013)--hard-boiled crime, part I of Eddie Holland series

Lisa Maxwell
(New!) Unhooked (2016)--YA fantasy
Gathering Deep (2015)--YA fantasy
Sweet Unrest (2014)--YA fantasy

S.C. Megale
Marvelous Mercer: All Paws on Deck (2009)--children's book, Marvelous Mercer series
Marvelous Mercer: The Secret Project (2008)--children's book, Marvelous Mercer series
Marvelous Mercer (2007)--children's book, Marvelous Mercer series

John Stipa
(New!) The Angel Solution (2016)--mystery thriller
The Foiled Knight (2013)--romantic suspense
No Greater Sacrifice (2009)--mystery thriller

Pat Williams
(New!) Say The Right Thing: Everyone's Guide to What to Say in Challenging Situations (2015)--self-help

Writers of Chantilly Anthologies
(New!) Secrets, Lies, and Sighs (2015)--anthology
Unfinished Business (2014)--anthology
Etched in Memory (2013)--anthology
Nana...and Other Grandmothers (2012)--anthology
A Medley of Mischief, Mayhem, and Madness (2011)--anthology
Scales, Tales, and Webbed Feet (2009)--anthology
Childhood Memories of the Writers of Chantilly (2008)--anthology
We're in the Money (2005)--anthology
We Celebrate the Macabre (2002)--anthology
And Still We Celebrate (2001)--anthology

Monday, March 14, 2016

4th Annual Writing Contest for Fairfax County, VA, Middle & High School Students Sponsored by the Chantilly Regional Public Library & The Writers of Chantilly


Deadline: May 15, 2016

The Chantilly Regional Public Library, and the Writers of Chantilly, a not-for-profit organization of local professional and aspiring writers in Chantilly, VA, are sponsoring a free writing contest open to all middle and high school students in Fairfax County.

Students are invited to write an original essay, short story or poem on the theme of “Re-write the ending to...” –about going back and changing history, choosing a new direction, mending past regrets, or any other creative idea.   

First through third place winners in poetry and prose will be chosen to read their work at an author event held on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Chantilly Regional Library. Winners also will receive a writing prize package, and have their work published in a future Writers of Chantilly anthology.

Rules:
·       Only one entry per author may be entered
·       Entries must be postmarked/received by May 15, 2016 to be eligible
·       Works must be written by students, and reflect their own original ideas
·       Pieces will be judged on creativity, content and structure (stories and essays should have a beginning, middle and end; poems may be free verse)
·       Stories can be fiction or nonfiction
·       Only unpublished works are eligible
·       Previous winners of a Writers of Chantilly writing contest are not eligible to enter
·       Entries must be typed in English
·       Maximum word count of 1,500

Include your name, grade, school, mailing address, email address and phone number with your entry (your information will be kept confidential), and note if your piece is fiction or nonfiction. All entries will be acknowledged; winners will be notified by June 10, 2016. Send or email entries to: WOCwritingcontest@gmail.com

About the Writers of Chantilly

The Writers' of Chantilly meets twice monthly at the Chantilly Library to encourage and support writers 18 and over at all levels—newcomers warmly welcomed. WOC has published several anthologies, the most recent being Secrets, Lies & Sighs, available on Amazon.com or through the Fairfax County Public Library system. More info: WOCwritingcontest@gmail.com

This writing contest has been approved by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Secrets, Lies, & Sighs: New Anthology from the Writers of Chantilly Released!

We all have secrets, parts of our pasts we’d rather keep hidden. Inside the pages of this anthology, you’ll find secrets uncovered. A church confessional come to life, who knows what you’ve really been up to. A happily married woman reflecting on a college romance, and the unexpected revelation that ended it. A private school principal who finds kicking a student out of school may lead to public revelations of his own unsavory past. These secrets and more lie hidden in these pages, waiting only for you to discover them.


The new anthology from the Writers of Chantilly, Secrets, Lies, & Sighs, is available now at Amazon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Writers of Chantilly Announce Winners of 3rd Annual Student Writing Contest



Congratulations to the 1st-3rd place winners in the 3rd Annual Student Writing Contest co-sponsored by the Writers of Chantilly and the Chantilly Regional Public Library.

1st Place: The Time Machine by Stephanie Zhang (Rachel Carson Middle School)
2nd Place: What Lies Below by Jonathan Zheng (Thomas Jefferson High School)
3rd Place: Project: Morgan by Brooklynn Scott (Rachel Carson Middle School)
Honorable Mentions:
Emotion by Maianh Nguyen (Fairfax High School)
Fly by Mia Yang (Rachel Carson Middle School)
One Thing by Amy Epps (Chantilly High School)

For this year’s contest, students submitted stories, poems and essays exploring the theme of “Mysteries and Wonders ”—about a hidden treasure or marvel, a surprise history, or a new discovery. The quality of entries this year was exceptional, making it very difficult for our judges to choose the winners.

The students were recognized and read their winning entries at an author event and open house held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at the Chantilly Regional Public Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA, 20151. 

The winning stories and poems will also appear in the Writers of Chantilly’s next anthology, Secrets, Lies and Sighs, to be published later this fall. 

Please email WOCwritingcontest@gmail.com with questions about the contest or September 27, 2015 event. 

Photos from the event:






Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CHOKING DOWN FURY By Rebecca Thompson

I circle my brother. He watches me. His eyes promise, I won’t hurt you. Believing him, I stop the wary pacing. Trust him. I am a little girl and I want a nice brother. A white blanket lies on the floor. It is bedtime. I ease under the blanket. His mouth slackens; he comes for me. Terror grips me, I cower.

A looming path appears by me. Gaping, it beckons. I flee down the path, soaring mightily. Running, my body hums and changes. Growing into a woman, lean and strong.

Path ends... a startling, strange dark sea. A vast melting chocolate sea. It gleams, tantalizes, drawing me. I ponder this burnished sea, I listen. It sings of succor. It wants me. Gliding in, I bathe and eat, feeding on waves. But, I am not pleased. I am not full, I want more, I am angry, I am hungry…

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Sea fades. Dream ends. I wake in a stifling room. Touching my neck, I sweat. Groping, I hope to find her, lean and strong. Bulging stomach in my palms. Thick arms sag. Swollen legs. My face crumples, tears burn hot. The old familiar voice snickers. You are ugly! It mocks. You are fat! Pathetic. It sneers in disgust. Despair pries at me and I hang my head. My husband lies next to me, I wish he would waken and hold me. Maybe he could scrape away my hate and my fat to find a small pretty woman.

NO, don’t feel, don’t care. Pushing the voice out, I pull away. Uncurling out of bed, I head for the kitchen. 

Squatting at the refrigerator, I hunker close to food. Urgently I rummage. Panic swipes at me. Slamming bowls and bottles aside, I tangle and hunt. Cake. Grabbing the plate, I tear at it. Kneeling, breaking off chunks, I cram cake past lips. I swallow hard. Fast. Mouthful after mouthful I drive in. Insides clench. Churn. They clamor, greedy and grasping. Cake gone, I lick the plate. Undone, I seize whipped cream. Head tipped back, I fill my hands with the cool billow of cream and guzzle down white froth. I am not full, I want more, I am angry, I am hungry. Grabbing a bowl, I punch a hole through the wrap and dig out cold stiff mush. Frenzied clawing and gulping, I gasp for breath. 

Time passes. I finish. Numbness drapes over me, blowing cool the fever. Raspy breaths slow. Long fall ends. Stillness comes. Blessed, I am full. 

Drinking water, I watch the clock. Minutes go by. Clipping back tousled hair I walk to the sink. It must come out. All of it. Bending over, I push out raw, acid rage, it scalds my throat. I heave out the forlorn, the dim, the sorrow. I retch out the brother, muffled nights, my family. Spent and worn, I stop. Battered, I shake.

Cold water on my face, I wash away sins. Rough towel rubs away my shame. Throbbing knuckles crimson raw with the scratch of my teeth and the searing hate of my belly. I soothe my hands with lotion; it smells of lemon. The clean, crisp perfume anoints me clean. My steadfast oath, this will never happen again. Be clean. Be good. The oath comforts. 

3:18 am. I must sleep. Picking up a bowl of food, I clear my secret. In disbelief I watch a hand dig in. The wrath again, it bellows. Fierce, unforgiving, I ram food into me. Biting my hands, the pain scoffs at me. My hands are mauled, eyes swollen. My inside snarl, I snap. Picking up a fistful of cold pulp, I hurl it against the wall. Again and again. I grunt, short and vicious noises. Wrung out, I steady myself, choking down fury. I reign in. Weary, I stand in frays. 

Scraping walls, I clean up hideous secret. No one can know I am crazy, pitiful. Lying in bed, I am tattered and bruised. I rot. Begging to sleep, I drift into dreamy blur. Misty blissful slumber blankets me. 


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In scorching haze I look up and out. Sun smoulders. It rides a strange dark sea. A sea of melting chocolate. Shimmering, the enchanted sea waits. I ponder this burnished sea, I listen. It sings of succor. It wants me. Creeping forward,  I look down at bare feet. Toes curl in creamy chocolate. Velvet liquid rises slowly, hoarding me. Ooze reaches my thighs; thick and seductive it coats me warm. Mesmerized, I yield. I stretch arms towards the sun. Languid, I sway and dance. Entranced,  I am thin and beautiful flowing in the sea.

Plunging my arms into the kind and gracious sea, I scoop the dense wet. Holding it high, chocolate silks down my arm.  Arching back, chocolate snakes lazily across my breasts, pooling into the hollow of my neck. Dizzy, I straighten. Craning forward, licking the underside of my arm, I savor the sticky sap. My tongue trails greedily up the wrist, across my palm and up to the tip of my finger. I suck my finger clean. Sensous sweetness coax but I am not full, I want more, I am angry, I am hungry.

Lowering myself, sea swills around me, murmuring. Sinking deeper in, it furls against my stomach, laps against my breasts and tugs at my hair. Swirling, it croons away my dread and steals away my weariness.

Sensing dead and thinning air, I falter, unsure. But the sea whispers, promises. Caressing, it gently cradles me. Immersed in rich molten satin, I am consoled. I want this. Loving the thrum and purr, I let go and ebb. Relief soaks me. I lay back, my face wears a soft, milky look of peace. My eyes, heavy lidded with chocolate, closes. Lips part, syrup pours in. I float down.

All is forgiven. All is known. I slip into where no sound rushes. No giving is taken from me. I hear a cry, it is me. I am free. I lower into a sweet, wet grave with no hunger. No hiding. No sick secrets. It is brother-less. No lamenting here. I am full. Engulfed. Tender, reverent,  I am sanctified…