Celebrating the arts at Smith Mountain Lake 

for over 30 years

Lake Writers Past Events

Lake Writers - Comedy Cafe

When: Jun 12, 2015, 7:00pm 
Where: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Moneta, VA

Lake Writers - Free Microsoft Word Workshop

When: Session 1 - Wed Jun 17 and Wed Jun 24, 2015, 2-4pm 
           Session 2 - Thu Jun 18 and Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10am-Noon
Where: Westlake Library

April 19, 2012 - Lake Writers at the Moneta Library

Becky Mushko, Sue Coryell, and Sally Roseveare

July 5, 2011 - Lake Writers Raffle Winner is Announced

Russ Palumbo wins his choice of a Kindle or a Nook eReader.

The winning ticket was drawn on July 5 by Linda Beard with Marilyn Amerson, Westlake Library Head Librarian.


Proceeds from the raffle helped fund the annual student writing contest.

Photo at right: Chuck Lumpkin of the SMAC Lake Writers presents the Kindle eReader to raffle winner, Russ Palumbo.


Student Writing Contest Winners

April 6, 2011 - Lake Writers and National Poetry Month

On April 6th, Lake Writers celebrated the opening of National Poetry Month with a reading at The Artisan Center in Rocky Mount. About 25 people listed to readings by Jim Morrison, Bruce Rae, Becky Mushko, Betsy Ashton, Rodney Franklin and Karen Wrigley. Guest readers also participated in the celebration.

Dutch Henry read from his debut novel, "We’ll Have the Summer”

When: May 13, 2011 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, VA

Lake Writers, part of Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC), hosted Appomattox writer, Dutch Henry, who read from his debut novel, “We’ll Have the Summer,” at the Smith Mountain Lake/Moneta Library on May 13. 

Henry’s novel is a multi-facet love story. One story line is the end of a thirty-five year romance and marriage of Sam and Mary, who own and operate a dude ranch. Add a rescued horse that once belonged to their deceased daughter and a batch of guests who have come for the summer, including a teenage girl who’d rather be at the mall, and you have a book that appeals to book clubs.

Nikki Giovanni

When: April 28, 2011 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Where: Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, VA

2010 Student Writing Contest Winners

For the first time, we had a clean sweep in the high school category. All four winners came from Dan River High. Two of the middle school winners were also from Pittsylvania County. We congratulate them as well as the two winners from Staunton River Middle School.

2010 Student Writing Contest Winners and Information

Two Lake Writers win at the Wytheville Creative Writing Contest

"Lake Writers, a member of the Smith Mountain Arts Council, congratulated two of its members for winning contests at the Wytheville Creative Writing Contest, conducted in conjunction with the 26th Annual Chautauqua-in-the-Park. Betsy Ashton, left, won honorable mention in the Adult Essay contest, and Bruce Rae, right, won first prize in the Adult Short Story contest second prize in the Adult Essay contest. Connie Moore, middle, presented the awards."

2009 Novel Contest Winners

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) and its Lake Writers group have announced the winners of the 2009 SMAC Novel Contest. Thirteen area writers entered the contest by submitting the first 50 pages of their novels. From these thirteen submissions, the judge selected three finalists. The finalists were then asked to submit their complete novels for final judging.

2009 Novel Contest Winners and Information

2009 Student Essay Contest Winners

On June 2, Lake Writers presented awards to the winning essay writers in two categories, middle school and high school, at the Smith Mountain Lake Library in Moneta. The theme of the contest was "A Family Memory."

2009 Student Writing Contest Winners

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