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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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.
“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.”
BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)
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?
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.
Click on for more examples HOT DOG LIMERICKS (previously entered, nonwinners!).
LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS
18TH ANNUAL STUDENT POETRY CONTEST
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
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.
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
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.
13th Annual Ohio Country Conference
Year of 1759:
French and Indian War
March 27-29, 2009
Westmoreland County Community College
Founders Hall Amphitheater
The Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society
Westmoreland County Community College
Westmoreland County Historical Society
Act 48 Credits available for educators
Bushy Run Battlefield Museum
Phone 724/527-5584 ext. 101
PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
A Writer’s Tool Chest:
Supplying the tools to build a stronger story
May 15-17, 2009
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
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
Or call 724/255-7955
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
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:
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
GUEST SPEAKER: RUNNING BEAR
March 27, 2009
Coffee Bean Café
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, April 4, 2009
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
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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