BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 2 ISSUE 4
APRIL 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!
NOTE: The April 10 meeting is cancelled due to a conflict with Good Friday. There will be a “casual” meeting on April 17, and the regular meeting will remain on April 24.
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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org with resubscribe in the subject line. (It’s tough being computer illiterate!)
Diana Hunt, 50, was born in Frankfort, Germany. As an “Army brat” she saw a little bit of the world. When her father retired in 1965, her family lived in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 1973, the family moved to Ligonier—and Diana graduated in Ligonier Valley High School’s class of 1976.
Diana recalls that she has been drawing since age four, and writing since at least age ten. On her seventh birthday her father took her to the library, where she received her first library card. “I was so proud of that,” she said. Books have always been important in her life—she always “had her nose” in one, and was reading at the sixth grade level in fourth grade. In high school, she always went to the library after school.
During her pregnancy with her daughter, twenty-six years ago, her cravings were atypical. Instead of food, she craved knowledge, reading and memorizing all kinds of weird things. “It was the most strange thing,” she stated.
Writing took a back burner during her adult life, when she was busy working. Then, on December 20, 2000, she was severely injured in an accident on Route 31 (Jones Mills). As a result, she had to relearn how to read. Recognizing words was difficult. “It’s like someone took the dictionary, shredded it, threw it in the air, then told me to find a word.” It’s akin to putting together a thousand piece puzzle. It took her eighteen months to put sentences together.
Her brain injury gave her dyslexia, and she could no longer maintain focus—“My attention span shortened extremely. It was awful—,” which helped her understand HD/AD (hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders). Even today, she loses her concentration after writing a few sentences, and must get up and move about, after which she completely forgets what she was thinking about. In order to accomplish a writing task, she must “feel something intensely.” She must think one word, one sentence at a time, then find everything that matches it, and then put it together. It is much easier for her to write poetry than to write stories. Even though it is a struggle, Diana finds writing and drawing to be healing.
She joined the Beanery Writers Group a year ago because she “really needed something to keep me focused to write, because I really wanted to write.” The group makes her feel “happy and at home.”
Currently, she is writing a letter to her sixth grade teacher (Fairfield) to thank him for inspiring her writing. Meanwhile, she is collaborating with another writer’s group member, providing the artwork for a children’s book.
(click on Online Sites for Caretakers & Families of Brain Injury Victims for information and Internet sites that are helpful for caretakers of persons with brain injuries)
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
The challenge is out. Write a poem-a-day for the thirty days in April. Quite a challenge! An official competition can be found at this site: http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/April+PAD+Challenge+2009+Rules++Blahblahblah.aspx. But for those of us who do not want to participate in this competition, how about attempting a poem a day for April? Or, at least for as many days as you can. On May 1, E-mail email@example.com and let us know how many poems you actually wrote to celebrate National Poetry Month. Include some samples for publication in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com
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.
Kathy completed painting a number of plaques for the theater in Scottdale. Congrats, Kathy. We’re waiting to see the photos of the completed items.
She also invites you to visit www.geyerpac.com and read items Way to Go Brad and “Come to the Cabaret, which she wrote for the theater newsletter.
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS BY MEMBERS
(Publications in past month, and all books)
For information on purchasing books, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 25Oth 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.
“Poetry is just the evidence of life,” says Leonard Cohen. “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” This brand new book from published poet Sage Cohen invites you to bring poetry into your life. You don’t need an advanced degree to reap the rewards of a rich poetic life – writing poetry is within the reach of everyone. From The Life Poetic by Sage Cohen
“If you start to revise before you’ve reached the end, you’re likely to begin dawdling with the revisions and putting off the difficult task of writing.” Charles Caleb Colton
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach
BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)
TOTAL POSTS in MARCH (quoted on April 7):
MOST VIEWED POST:
OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS Written by a nine-year old!
ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language Written by a seventh grader!
MOST ACTIVE POSTS:
CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE
MOST VISITED POST:
MOST ACTIVE POSTS:
WRITERS GROUPS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS GROUP: a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. Meets in Greensburg. Membership is open to everyone interested in writing. For more information about LVW events or publications, visit www.LVWonline.org
PENNWRITERS’ PITTSBURGH EAST WRITER’S GROUP: For further information click on: www.EllenSpain.com or E-mail Ellen Spain at DuckIslandMaine@aol.com with Pennwriters Group Information typed in the subject line.
CRITIQUE GROUP NORTH: The piece that you bring to the meeting can be of any length and at any stage of writing: from the first rough draft to a manuscript that is almost ready for publication. Read and critique each other’s work, and share the frustrations and successes as writers. For details contact Madhu B. Wangu at email@example.com.
A PITTSBURGH (SOUTH HILLS) daytime critique group is forming: Informal but focused, mixed genres, members published and unpublished. Swap critiques and also discuss markets, books, and anything literary. Meets alternate Tuesdays from 10:00 to noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church (room 231) on Route 19 in Upper St. Clair. Contact Jodi Elgin at 412-833-3957 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or directions.
WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: Somerset, PA. For additional information, please contact Barbara at 814-443-9541, E-mail email@example.com or visit www.barbarapurbaugh.com
CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, CONFERENCES
Remember, the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks submissions. See above for details!
PENNWRITERS’ PITTSBURGH EAST WRITER’S GROUP
“Research for Writers”
Saturday, April 11
10:00 a. m. to 12:00 noon
Monroeville Public Library’s downstairs Program Room
Free, open to the public
For further information click on: www.EllenSpain.com
To attend, RSVP to DuckIslandMaine@aol.com
Type your name and April 11th RSVP in the Subject line
Guest speaker: Mystery and Romance author Barbara Miller, who has over a million books in print world-wide. She will discuss why authors should consider the e-publishers in today’s declining market, where traditional publishers are cutting back staff and where opportunities for most new writers are becoming non-existent, and why she left Harlequin, a traditional publisher for Cerridwen, an established e-Publisher which actually pays higher royalties, as well as provide informative hand-outs about e-publishing.
In 1993, Harlequin Books, followed by Pocket/Sonnet Books began publishing Barbara’s romance novels, which were printed in the United states and in nine languages throughout Europe and South America. She was nominated for several Rita Awards as well as receiving numerous other writing awards from Romance Writer’s of America.
Barbara’s ten mystery novels, published in the Falls Bend Mystery Series by Weavers Old Stand Press, are set in a rural southwestern Pennsylvania area similar to the two-hundred year old creepy farm where she now resides. She also published four Young Adult novels. In 2007. In January 2009, Cerridwen released Eye Walker, Barbara’s first paranormal romance. She has two books under contract for 2009.
Barbara holds a degree in Communications & Writing, did graduate work in computer science, worked as a technical writer and systems analyst for twenty years, and completed her Masters in Library Science. She is a Reference Librarian and a Writing Professor with Seton Hill University’s Master’s in Writing Program. Visit her web site at www.FallsBend.net .
The lecture should enlighten you about the pro’s and con’s of writing, inspire and encourage you to try to get published, and show you how to get published with an e-publisher in 2009.
This two-hour workshop begins promptly at ten at the Monroeville Public Library’s large downstairs Program Room. These workshops are free and open to the public as well as to members of other writing groups and aspiring novelists.
For more information about this and other workshops, go to www.EllenSpain.com and click on Pittsburgh East Writers-PennWriters.
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
ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST
WRITERS WORKSHOP IN SOMERSET
Categories: short story and poetry
Prizes: $50, $25, $10 in both categories
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, May 30, 2009.
Entry fee: There is a $5.00 entry fee.
$5.00 for 1 poem
$5.00 for each story 3,000 words or less in length
Entrants can submit to both the poetry and short story contest, but each submission must be accompanied with a $5.00 entry fee.
Submission guidelines and other information can be found at www.barbarapurbaugh.com or by contacting Barbara Purbaugh at 814-443-9541.
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:
8th ANNUAL WRITING POPULAR FICTION RETREAT AT
SETON HILL UNIVERSITY
WRITING POPULAR FICTION RETREAT
JUNE 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2009
A weekend writer’s working retreat with fellow writers and workshops on writing, editing and the art of the pitch. Presentation by guest speakers Bob Mecoy from Bob Mecoy Literary Agency on the art of the pitch; Diana Fox of Fox Literary Agency; and Joanna Stampfel of Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation. Pitch sessions available on Friday afternoon. Modules include topics on marketing your book, making ’em laugh, creating a writer’s toolkit and lots more. For further information click on: http://alumni.setonhill.edu/wpf09
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.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
First Floor dining room
Rt. 30, Ligonier, 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
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