BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 2 ISSUE 2 FEB.1, 2009
Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.
(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)
BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The BOLM (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be returned to you for your approval.. Submit your post to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Submission” in the subject line.
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS
The BWG meets the second and fourth Fridays each month, 1:00-3:00 p.m, in the back room at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe (they opened a second Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Greensburg by Office Max—wrong site!). Some members come early so they can socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (especially if you are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!
PROFILE: LONG DISTANCE MEMBER
Heading the list of the “most hit” posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine is OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS , written by Jordan and posted June 15, 2008. Jordan was ten years old. ) Another post, ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language, posted on November 10, 2008, is racing toward the first place, challenging Jordan and currently claiming the head of the “most active” list and being the fifth most hit-on post. Interestingly, this post was written by a middle school student, Kait.
NOTE: If the links do not work, visit www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com. For OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS , click on the folder CHILDREN and scroll down. For ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language, click on the WRITING ARTICLES folder, and scroll down.)
Kait’s post was moving slowly along, usually on the most active list, of the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, when there was a sudden spike in hits. Curious, I checked it out. To my amazement, Kait’s post was part of a class assignment for a quality school in California. It was actually required reading for the high school English class, which was studying Ray Bradbury.
According to Kait’s mother, it is Kait’s maternal grandmother, Pat (a Beanery Writers Group member), who mentored Kait in writing, as she does all her grandchildren. Pat reads her own writing, which is, to a large part, memoir genre, to the children when they are visiting. She also encourages them to do creative writing. One event Pat organized for all her grandchildren was a writers meeting at a library, where they shared their works.
Kait has been writing a little novel since she’s been in first grade. Each year she edits it, upgrading it with renamed characters. Recently, she and a friend, Olivia, organized a talent show as a fundraiser for their choral group’s field trip. The two girls ended the show singing a song they wrote together, with Olivia playing the guitar.
Being well-rounded is beneficial to teenagers. Fourteen year-old Kait not only exercises her intellect, she exercises her body. As an eighth-grader, she became a point guard on the ninth-grade basketball team. In the fall she ran cross-country, and in the spring she participated in soccer.
It’s appropriate that Kait’s favorite color is green, which stands for growth. According to her mother, she’s grown two inches this year. Kait attributes this growth to her ritual of drinking apple cider before bedtime. Her family has a saying: if she drinks apple cider before she sleeps, when she wakes up she will be taller.
Teachers picked her to be on the photography committee for the yearbook, and participated in the environmental club last year, which placed fourth in competition. Her schedule was so heavy that she stopped her saxophone lessons.
Her advice to other teenagers? Develop one good friendship, and find something to focus on.
The Beanery Online Literary Magazine looks forward to posting future submissions from Kait, who is considering being a science teacher and basketball coach when she “grows up.”
BEANIE BABY FUNDRAISER
Our fundraiser to support printing our annual booklet continues. We have a number of collectible and less collectible Beanies, which were adopted out for a donation. And some are still available for adoption! See Punxsutawney Phil: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS BY MEMBERS
(Publications in past month, and all books)
For information on purchasing books, E-mail email@example.com with the words “BOOK INFO REQUEST” in the subject line. Items available at Second Chapter Book Store on East Main Street, Ligonier, will be noted.
LIGONIER VALLEY 250th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET
Ten articles by Beanery Writers Group members and one guest writer on the history of the Ligonier Valley, to celebrate its 250th anniversary. (Second Chapter)
JOE F. STIERHEIM: Two self-published books, Americur, a fantasy, and The Finding of the Blue Feather. (Second Chapter)
CHARLES R. and SARA MITCHELL MARTIN: Self-published books, Warpath, a saga of the Pennsylvania frontier family of John Martin, based on true events during the French and Indian War, 1755-1764.
SALLY MARTIN: Mustang Sally’s Guide to World Bicycle Touring.
Kevin Bean, whose children’s play was chosen for publication by Pioneer Drama. As we all know, publication is not easy, so three cheers for Kevin!
Kevin is a member of the
Janet Furst, who has two agents reviewing a sample of her novel, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. Janet is also a member of the Somerset group.
“No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library; for who can see the wall crowded on every side by mighty volumes, the works of laborious meditations and accurate inquiry, now scarcely known but by the catalogue…”
—Samuel Johnson, 1751
“The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.”
—Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650)
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
—George W. Bush
BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)
TOTAL POSTS on JANUARY 31:
MOST VIEWED POST:
OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS Written by a nine-year old!
MOST ACTIVE POSTS:
ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language
WHAT ARE THOSE NUMBERS IN MY CAMERA VIEWFINDER?
CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, CONFERENCES
Remember, the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks submissions. See above for details!
LOONY LIMERICK CONTEST
Ligonier Valley Writers
Topic: academia, reincarnation, or the Civil War.
Submission date: March 10, 2009
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Snail-mail to: Judith Gallagher, 128 Ober Road, Stahlstown, PA 15687
$25 first prize; $15 second prize; $10 third prize
Published in Loyalhanna Review Online
Fundraiser for the play, “Come as You Were”
A limerick has five lines and is usually humorous.
Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme; lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
Last year’s limerick topic was “marriage, murder, or any combination thereof.” The first-prize winner was by Mimsie (Huttenhower) Shepler of Jeannette:
They looked at each other with dread,
The couple who should not have wed.
“Till death do us part.”
They took that to heart,
And plotted to kill their spouse dead.
CCHS WRITING FESTIVAL
Adult writing category in 2009
Open to adult writers, ages 18 to 150 years old, who reside in Cambria and Somerset counties
Deadline: February 27, 2009
One submission in each category: poetry—10 to 40 lines, or an essay, consisting of 250 to 450 words, or both, on topics chosen by the writer. The committee strongly encourages subjects which highlight the life and times of Admiral Peary; or subjects of an Arctic flavor. Use of creativity and imagination will be highly regarded by the selected judging panel.
A suggested $5.00 donation, voluntary but vital to the success of this competition, is requested (write checks to: CC Education Foundation/Writing Festival). A contact phone number, writer’s name, and the participating school district (residency) must be printed on the back of entry.
Submit entries to:
The CCHS Writing Festival
Adult Writing Challenge
208 Schoolhouse Rd.
Ebensburg, PA, 15931.
WRITER’S RELIEF 15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONTEST
Submissions: a poem, short story, or essay of exactly 15 words
Deadline: Postmarked by 02/28/09
One entry per person.
Entry fee: NONE!
Submit to: Writer’s Relief’s 15th Anniversary.
E-mail via RTF or DOC attachment to: email@example.com. Please put “Contest Submission” in the subject line.
Or snail-mail to: “Contest Submission,” 409 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Further information: http://writersreliefblog.com/post/Our-A-La-Carte-Service.aspx
CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF
The Young Voices Foundation
A 501(c)3 educational organization
For writers guidelines, click on:
Ellen Spain, Ph.D., M. A., Coordinator, PennWriters’ Pittsburgh East Writers, will be a Judge for the Young Voices Foundation’s 2009 awards.
Visit her website: DuckIslandMaine@aol.com
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP
The Beanery Writers Group enters its fourth year soon. Watch the www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com announcement posts or this newsletter for information on the special celebration meeting being planned. The group is also planning an open mike poetry & prose reading event in April.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning January 8, 2009
First Floor dining room
Rt. 30, Laughlintown, PA
Organized by Diane Cipa
For further information http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/
POETRY (& PROSE) READING
OPEN MIKE: Bring a poem or story to share
Saturday, February 7, 2009
at Laurel Arts in Somerset, PA
214 South Harrison Avenue
Future readings (all Saturdays) April 4; June 6; August 1; October 3
Sponsored by: the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop
For additional information, please contact
Barbara at 814-443-9541 or
SPONSOR: PennWriters’ Pittsburgh East Writer’s
Reservations are recommended.
Contact Ellen Spain at DuckIslandMaine@aol.com
Dr. Uwe Stender, is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) founded TriadaUS Literary Agency, Inc., which was incorporated in April 2004.
He received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied at the University of California, Berkeley and the Universitaet Goettingen, Germany. He taught at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and has been widely published in scholarly journals and books. Uwe was a guest speaker at several major conferences including the SCWC in San Diego, the “Crimebake” (Mystery Writers of America New England Chapter), CAPA-U in Hartford, Connecticut and the Novels in Progress Workshop in Louisville.
TriadaUS Literary Agency, Inc. is always open to any strong non-fiction and fiction projects. Its best known clients are former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan, bestselling author and 2001 NAACP Image Award Recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction Omar Tyree, bestselling author Michael Konik, BET’s Jeff Johnson, bestselling author and relationship expert Dr. Joel Block, Today show and ivillage contributor and nutrition expert Amy Hendel, legendary NBA referee Bob Delaney, and popular Romance author Jennifer Horsman.
STAGING OF INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY
“COME AS YOU WERE”
NOTE: Reservations required by March 18, 2009
Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2009
Doors open 6:00 p.m.—Production begins at 6:30 p.m.
Add to the fun: come dressed in clothing from your favorite historical period.
Gift baskets will also be raffled off.
First Reformed United Church of Christ (Fellowship room)
312 South Maple Avenue
Ligonier Valley Writers Group
Tickets: $25 Mail check: Ron Shafer, 706 Melvin Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601
or call Ron at (724) 853-7769
“Come as You Were” was written by Mary Ann Mogus and is directed by Rebecca Dunn. Enjoy the catered meal, help solve the murder, and win a prize if you deduce correctly. Mayhem and murder ensue at the Mayhew mansion in the interactive mystery dinner theater, with pink Porsches, academic rivalry, murderous frogs, and pension credit for military service—earned in the Civil War?
“Come as You Were” is the fifteenth annual fundraising event for LVW’s literary magazine, the Loyalhanna Review. Playgoers will receive copies of the latest issue.
Ligonier Valley Writers is a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. Membership is open to everyone interested in writing. For more information about LVW events or publications, visit www.LVWonline.org.
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