Virginia Watkins |

Before working with Virginia I had written casually and taken a few creative writing classes in college, but I had never considered sitting down and committing to writing an entire book. Now, six months later, after working weekly with Virginia, I have a full manuscript of my memoir.

When I leave our meetings I feel both encouraged and excited to write. I encourage anyone considering to work with her to sign up immediately. Your writing and life will thank you.

Hannah W - Stockbridge, MA

This workshop has been the absolute highlight of my winter. I look forward to it all week long.

Cait W. - Sheffield, MA

Virginia's workshop is exactly what I have been missing as a writer--and I didn't even know I was missing anything! 

My writing and confidence have grown so much.


Jordyn C. - Great Barrington, MA 

Virginia Watkins helped steer my memoir into deep waters, mostly by sitting in the boat with me, encouraging me on ("Where did you feel that in your body?"), but always letting me plot the course. She honored my voice by asking for more of it in the very places I would rather have gone silent.

Mark Scarbrough, co-author of thirty cookbooks, first-time memoirist (

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Photo credit:  John Dolan

Photo credit: John Dolan


About Virginia

I write fiction, essays, screenplays and plays. I’ve written a YA novel that travels through time and a play in which a mirror comes to life. My current novel follows a blue collar family in Richmond, Virginia, losing what they’ve always known, blurring the line between life’s inevitable realities and its familiar fictions.

I also work with other writers because I truly love it. I coordinate workshops, read and critique completed manuscripts, and work one-on-one, coaching writers through their projects, often from start to finish. You can get more information about how that works below.

And finally, I work as a bookseller in my tiny New England town – it gives me a chance to talk to other people who love books, love reading, and love writing. this work also gives me access to the books that come out every week, which can be overwhelming but makes me absurdly happy .

If you’d like to contact me about a project, workshop, or coaching, please email me here.


Contact Virginia

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