Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 26, 2009

Beanery Writers Newsletter (BWN): Vol. 2 Issue 3 March 1, 2009

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BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 2 ISSUE 3
MARCH 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 beanerywriters@yahoo.com 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!

APOLOGY: The Beanery Writers apologize for any convenience we cause you because the facilitator and editor of this newsletter does not yet know how to work the new Yahoo e-mail page. Somehow a click was done to “update” the format, which has been problematic to use. These problems are why the new e-mail address, beanerywriters@yahoo.com has not been used. It is the new format. If you receive multiple copies of this e-mail, let me know. If you are a subscriber and have not received an e-mail copy, please e-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with resubscribe in the subject line. (It’s tough being computer illiterate!)

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 fourth most hit-on post. Interestingly, this post was written by fourteen-year- old Kait when she was in seventh grade.

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, when one March day 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 is 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.

BEANERY WRITERS MARCH 27th ANNIVERSARY MEETING: GUEST SPEAKER
On March 27, the Beanery Writers will host Running Bear, a Native American born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His heritage is Oglaio Lakota.
Running Bear has lived in the Ligonier area for seven months. He will share information on his culture, language, life living on a reservation in a teepee, clothing and his traditional hand-made crafts. He would like to have his biography written, and is exploring the idea of writing it himself, with the Beanery Writers as a support.
The Beanery Writers will welcome guests who would like to hear Running Bear. Although reservations are not required, they are suggested, since the meeting room is small and may have to be adapted space-wise. E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com (with the words “Running Bear” in the subject line, or call Carolyn C. Holland, 724/238-3493 if you plan to attend.

FEBRUARY 27th MEETING
The meeting on this date was so well attended that we had to bring in additional tables.

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/

BOOK & WHITE ELEPHANT FUNDRAISER
The Beanery Writers have a second fundraiser. Members can bring their used books or other small items to the meetings for “adoption by donation.” Again, this raises funds to publish print booklets and to underwrite poetry and prose readings.

MEMBER ACTIVITIES

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS BY MEMBERS
(Publications in past month, and all books)

For information on purchasing books, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.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.

JOKES/QUOTES
“Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes” is an expression. It means to float an idea to see what people think, or if they notice. The term is commonly used in advertising and print media.

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
—Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
“If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.”
—Raymond Chandler

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)
www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com
TOTAL POSTS in FEBRUARY: 1,442
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  Written by a seventh grader!
WHAT ARE THOSE NUMBERS IN MY CAMERA VIEWFINDER?

CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE
MOST VISITED POST: 
CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)
MOST ACTIVE POSTS:
IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A Story of Two Boats

THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY?

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 jgallagher@lhtot.com 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.
Click on      for more examples HOT DOG LIMERICKS  (previously entered, nonwinners!).

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LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS
18TH ANNUAL STUDENT POETRY CONTEST
(Grades 4-12)
Deadline: March 13, 2009

Prizes at all grade levels in different poetry forms
Awards ceremony for winners:
Saturday, April 18, 2009
4:00-5:00 p. m.
Greensburg Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Some students will read their poems
Winners receive a booklet of winning poems

For further information or entry forms
(for students, teachers, parents):
LWV website: www.LVWonline.org
Email: jgallagher@lhtot.com
Call: LVW Publicity chair, Judith Gallagher 724/593-7294

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PENNWRITERS’ PITTSBURGH EAST WRITER’S GROUP
“Research for Writers”
Saturday, March 14th
10:00 a. m. to 12:00 noon
Monroeville Public Library
Free, open to the public
For further information click on: www.EllenSpain.com
To attend, RSVP to DuckIslandMaine@aol.com

A two-hour workshop, presented by guest lecturer, Mark Hudson, M. A., M. LS., who will share his expertise in research methodology and techniques, and research short-cuts.
When you have a great “idea” for the next best-seller (in any genre) most writers, unless they are “newbies,” are familiar with the rules: believable work, convincing, etc. This often requires research. This meeting can make your future research efforts much easier by attending Pittsburgh East Writer’s March 14th
Mark received his B. A. and M. A  in History from the University of Pittsburgh. But when he realized the library was his career choice, he returned to Pitt to complete his Masters in Library Science in 1999. Mark worked at Pitt as an academic librarian and a Library Instruction Coordinator before moving into public library administration and becoming the Head of Adult Services for the Monroeville Public Library.

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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH: GREENSBURG
2009 WRITERS FESTIVAL
Sponsored by: The University Writing Program
March 16-21, 2009

Village Hall Coffeehouse on the Univ. of Pitt-Greensburg campus.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, call 724/836-7481.

Monday through Thursday:
3:30 p.m. Informal talk on writing and the writing life
7:00 P.M. Readings by featured authors
Friday:
3:30 p. m. Bill Deasy presentation
9:00 p.m  Bill Deasy performs.

All evening events will be followed by book signings.

Saturday: Off-campus event
The all-ages event is free and open to the public.
6:00 p. m.
At the Brillobox, 4101 Penn Avenue, Lawrenceville
A celebration of the poetry of Gerald Locklin, featuring a special reading/performance by Locklin and friends.

For a detailed schedule, bio notes of visiting writers, and other information visit:  www.pitt.edu/~upgwrite, or contact Lori Jakiela, associate professor of English, at loj@pitt.edu or 724/836-7481.

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13th Annual Ohio Country Conference
Year of 1759:
French and Indian War
March 27-29, 2009
Westmoreland County Community College
Founders Hall Amphitheater
Youngwood, PA

Sponsored by:
The Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society
Westmoreland County Community College
Westmoreland County Historical Society

Act 48 Credits available for educators

Further information:
Bushy Run Battlefield Museum
Email: davmiller@state.pa.us
Phone 724/527-5584  ext. 101

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PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
A Writer’s Tool Chest:
Supplying the tools to build a stronger story

May 15-17, 2009
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
Pittsburgh, PA
Featuring Keynote speakers
Lisa Scottoline and Timons Esaias

Includes 10-minute agent and editor appointments
Over 30 One-Hour Workshops
Read and Critique Sessions
Saturday Night Beach Party

Register online at www.pennwriters.com

For further information contact
Annette Dashofy, conference coordinator
Annette@annettedashofy.com
Or call 724/255-7955
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MERCER COUNTY ONE-DAY WRITERS CONFERENCE
ST. DAVID’S CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION
“WHAT TIME IS IT?”
Saturday, April 25, 2009
8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Christian Church
4495 Greenville Sandy Lake Road
Stoneboro, PA 16130

For further information:
Email www.gloriaclover.com or
Visit www.stdavidswriters.com/mini

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THE 52ND ANNUAL ST. DAVIDS
CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
June 22-27, 2009
Grove City College
Grove City, PA
Theme: WRITING THE FIRE

For further information:
http://www.stdavidswriters.com/index.html

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CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF
The Young Voices Foundation
A 501(c)3 educational organization
http://www.youngvoicesfoundation.org/writingcontests.html

For writers guidelines, click on:
http://www.youngvoicesawards.com/distinguishedjudges.html

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
ellenspain.com
WRITERS EVENTS

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP
The Beanery Writers Group
GUEST SPEAKER: RUNNING BEAR
March 27, 2009
Coffee Bean Café

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MELLOW MIKE
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning January 8, 2009
LIGONIER TAVERN
First Floor dining room
Rt. 30, Laughlintown, PA
Organized by Diane Cipa
For further information http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

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POETRY (& PROSE) READING
OPEN MIKE: Bring a poem or story to share
Saturday, April 4, 2009
7:00-9:00 p.m.
at Laurel Arts in Somerset, PA
214 South Harrison Avenue

Future readings (all Saturdays)  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
purbaugh@comcast.net
or www.barbarapurbaugh.com

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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
Greensburg, PA
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.

ABOUT THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER
The BWN shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two, book reviews etc. It is distributed monthly by subscription.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BWN
The BWN is distributed monthly by subscription. To subscribe, send your name, your regional location and your E-mail address to beanerywriters@yahoo.com . Please put the words “Subscribe Newsletter” in the E-mail subject line. To unsubscribe, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words “Unsubscribe Newsletter” in the subject line.

ADDITIONAL READING ON WRITING:

Found: Flash Drive. What should I do?

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

ARE WEBSITES (BLOGSITES) BENEFICIAL TO WRITERS?

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW: Things Writers Should Know

BAD WRITING CONTESTS

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS & WRITER’S EVENTS: January 9, 2009

COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT!

DAVID PAGE: Notes from St. David’s Writer’s Conference

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

HOW THE BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE WAS CREATED

HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK ONLINE 

INTEGRITY: A JOURNALISTIC CODE OF ETHICS REVIEW

JOURNALISM QUESTION

JOURNALIST ETHICS CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF GIFTS

THE LIGONIER 250TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET

MORALITY IN WRITING

REFLECTING ON MY WRITING LIFE IN 2008

SELF-PUBLISHING AS I WANDER THROUGH IT

THE TIME IS NOW…

WHAT IS THE KEY INDICATOR TO YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

WHO CARES?

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part I: VOCABULARY TEST

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part II: VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS

THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There?

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS  on cch

WRITING LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

ellenspain.com

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