Programs and Activities

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from September through April, except for October and January, at Jonathan’s Grille in Nashville. The programs start at 6:00 p.m., with many arriving at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy networking.  Our Fall meeting schedule is:

September 7 (Thursday) – Discussion of Authors and Programs to see at Southern Festival of Books, presented by the Nashville chapter’s immediate past president, Gail Vinett.

October 14 (Saturday) – Coffee with Authors at Southern Festival of Books, held at the Nashville Public Library, main branch. Check out the National Reading Group Month page for more information.

November 2 (Thursday) -Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire, Vanderbilt Professor of Classical Studies Emerita, will present “Stories, Stages, Situations.” In forty years as a Classics professor, Wiltshire published books on Vergil’s Aeneid, the Bill of Rights, an AIDS memoir, a study of mentoring, short stories, and a collection of poetry. This apparent diversity coheres because Susan sees all writing as storytelling. The stories come from what we have read, seen, and lived in various stages and situations. (in celebration of WNBA’s Centennial)

December 6 (Thursday) – The Holiday Dinner and program at Carrabba’s located at the Mall at Green Hills

No January Meeting 

February 24 (Saturday) – Mystery Panel featuring Peggy O’Neal Peden, Your Killin’ Heart, Lee Wilson (writing under pen name Jenna Brown) The Death of a Rhinestone Cowboy, Phyllis Gobbell Secrets and Shamrocks, and Dana Carpenter The Devil’s Bible. To be held at Green Hills Library 10:30-12 noon.


Additional Spring meetings to be announced soon.

(Note: Please be advised that WNBA programs adhere to the inclement weather policy of the Davidson County Public School System)

  • Monthly meetings feature timely topics about books, authors and publishing.
  • Elegant gatherings, such as our annual holiday dinner, commemorate special events.
  • Book Discussion Group! This group meets five times a year from September through May at the Richland Park branch of the Nashville Public Library.
  • The Southern Festival of Books gets a helping hand from WNBA members who assist with logistics, author bookings and hospitality, and publicity.
  • Local literacy initiatives such as RIF (Reading is FUNdamental), Book’em, and the Tennessee Young Writers enjoy WNBA’s active support.
  • The opportunity to participate in the yearly WNBA Great Group Reads program (for members only). Readers will commit the time to read 20-25 books in 4 months (end of March to early August). Visit the Great Group Reads page for more information.