Beanery Online Literary Magazine

August 2, 2008

WRITERS EVENTS Posted August 2, 2008

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOUR EVENTS:

FIRST: The Annual Outdoor Poetry (& Prose) Reading
Saturday, August 2, 2008
7:00-9:00 p.m.
At Laurel Arts: 214 South Harrison Avenue, Somerset, PA.
Sponsored by: The Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop

Features:
Readings by local writers, Sarene Friedman, Barbara Purbaugh, and Kevin Bean
Performances by musicians, Denny Eschrich and Annie Luschkowski
An open mike (NOTE: Bring . your favorite poem or story)

We will be announcing the winners of our Second Annual short story and poetry contests. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

For additional information, contact Barbara Purbaugh at 814-443-9541 or purbaugh@comcast.net or www.barbarapurbaugh.com

SECOND:

Free Workshop on Historical Writing for Children
Saturday, August 9, 2008
120 S. Church St. , Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant Free Public Library
 “Historical Writing for Children”
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free
For information or to reserve a spot, call (724) 547-3850.

Sponsors: Ligonier Valley Writers and the Mount Pleasant Free Public Library

     For children and adults interested in writing historical stories for an audience of children, this is a great parent/child activity, or adults and children can attend separately. It’s also a great summer project that’s both fun and educational. All you need are an interest in history or historical fantasy and the urge to write.
     Learn what your characters wore, ate, and did for entertainment in ancient Egypt , the medieval period, colonial America , and the nineteenth-century prairie.
     The workshop presenter is Barbara Miller, author of fourteen historical novels and four middle-grade books for children. She is the library’s part-time reference librarian, and an instructor for the tweens/teens programs. 

Ligonier Valley Writers is a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania since 1986. Full membership is open to everyone interested in writing in any genre. LVW offers workshops, lectures, writing contests, and other events throughout the year. For information about LVW click on www.ligoniervalleywriters.org.

(This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, though its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania ‘s General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.)
 

THIRD

7th Annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival: Storytelling Under the Stars

August 8 and 9, 2008 (Friday and Saturday)

Northland Public Library

300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh 15237 (in the North Hills—Driving directions and the full schedule are available at the festival website, 3rstf.org or by calling 412-366-8100)

“The festival is free, so “y’all come” and be my guest!”

 

Friday and Saturday evenings: Four nationally-known storytellers, Dan Keding, Bil Lepp, Dovie Thomason, and Joe Wos, will perform in evening storytelling concerts on at 7:30 pm and in individual 45 minute sets during the day on Saturday.

 

Workshops: On Friday, each storyteller will present a workshop for persons interested in honing their storytelling skills or learning more about the art of storytelling. Workshops cost $35 each. 

 

Stories for Kids, targeted for 6-12 year olds: Friday, scheduled from 10am to noon and 1 to 3pm. Individuals or groups are welcome. Free.

 

Stories and Lunch for Seniors: Friday, noon to 1:30 on Friday.  Cost: $10 per person.  Reservations required.  Call 412-366-8100 for reservations or further information.

 

Saturday dinner break: for all the StoryWorks members and friends who attend. Let Judy Seeley know if you want to participate.

 

For further information, visit the web site at 3rstf.org or contact Judy Seeley, Storyteller, 724 327-4833 or by E-mail: judy_seeley@hotmail.com

FIFTH:

Write a Great Short Story (by August 21) and Win a Cash Prize

 

Ligonier Valley Writers is looking for flash fiction about zombies for its Flash Fiction Contest 2008. Ed Kelemen, chair of the contest (cosponsored by LVW and West Overton Museums), announces that the deadline for entries has been extended to August 21. Flash fiction stories must be less than 1,000 words long. The first-prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15. There is no entry fee.

            Please send two hard copies of your story to Ed at 409 Ninth St., New Florence, PA 15944 and email it as an attachment (in Word or RTF) to ed.kel@verizon.net. For more submission details, visit www.ligoniervalleywriters.org.

            All winning entries will be published online at LVW’s website. The theme is always something scary (last year vampires, in 2006 ghosts, etc.)  because the winners are also read aloud at the Haunted Weekend at West Overton Museums in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Halloween (October 24-26). Humorous scary stories are always welcome.

The Flash Fiction Contest takes place annually. Next year the topic will be werewolves and other shapeshifters.

For those of you who attended the Ligonier Valley Writers’ Conference last weekend and turned in evaluation forms, thanks so much for your kind comments and suggestions. We’re glad you had a good time.  If you have any other ideas for making next year’s conference even better, please send them to jgallagher@lhtot.com.

ADDITIONAL READING:

THE BATTLE FOR PEACE

BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILLIAN BORDER

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

WATCHING CORN GROW

HAIR UNAWARE

THE KILLER KITTEN

REACH OUT

SHALIMAR

AND NOW, THE FORECAST

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