WV Writers, Inc. - Established 1977
West Virginia Writers, Inc.
Serving literary interests throughout West Virginia

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About WV Writers

Established in 1977, West Virginia Writers, Inc. is the largest all-volunteer, writers' resource and service organization serving literary interests in West Virginia.

We are founded on the fundamental principle that the written word is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of all human endeavors. Our aim is to expand and develop creative writing and professional opportunities for writers and to connect the state's writers with others in the literary community and the public at large.

WV Writers sponsors both an annual writers conference and an annual writing competition.

Mission and Goals

  • Support and encourage serious writing activities within the writing community
  • Establish a networking system for writers
  • Promote writing as an artform
  • Give voice to our people and way of life
  • Expose the public, particularly our children, to the importance of writing
  • Encourage appreciation of the literary arts
  • Expand the horizons and deepen the appreciation of life, culture and communication among writers and all citizens of West Virginia.

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Officers and Staff


To contact us email: westvirginiawriters@gmail.com | subject line: individual or topic; or use our online contact form.

  • President -- M. Lynne Squires, Scott Depot
  • 1st Vice President -- Carter Taylor Seaton, Huntington
  • 2nd vice President -- Laura Jackson Roberts, Wheeling
  • Treasurer -- Devonne Brown Parsons, Saint Albans
  • Secretary -- Cole Smith, Washington
  • Parliamentarian -- Amy Deal, Huntington
  • President Emeritus -- Brad Mills, Charleston


  • Tim Huguenin, Newsletter editor
  • Carter Taylor Seaton, Contest Coordinator


WV Writers utilizes volunteer representatives from 10 multi-county regions of the state as a resource in each geographical area.

  • Region 1 -- Lisa Hayes-Minney (Clay, Gilmer, Braxton, Roane, Calhoun)
  • Region 2 -- Shannon Bennett Campbell (Pendleton, Randolph, Pocahontas, Webster)
  • Region 3 -- PENDING (Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Summers)
  • Region 4 -- Audrey Stanton-Smith (McDowell, Fayette, Mercer, Raleigh, Wyoming)
  • Region 5 -- VACANCY (Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne)
  • Region 6 -- Tony Breeden (Boone, Kanawha, Putnam)
  • Region 7 – Heather Noble (Jackson, Mason, Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt)
  • Region 8 -- PENDING (Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, Wetzel, Doddridge)
  • Region 9 -- Julia Todd, and Lisa McCombs (Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor Tucker, Upshur)
  • Region 10 -- Tom Donlon, (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan)

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