Beanery Online Literary Magazine

June 10, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 Issue 6 June 1, 2009

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BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)

VOL. 2 ISSUE 6

JUNE 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!

NOTE: June meetings: June 12 & June 26.

PROFILE: Sally Shirey

    After graduating from Ligonier Valley High School class of 1975, Sally Shirey studied economics at the College of William & Mary. After graduation, she moved into both the corporate world and the literary world.

     In 2005, she became the president of the Latrobe Foundry Machine & Supply Company, a business founded in 1933 by her grandfather, Louis C. Steiner. She is the third family generation to run the company.

     Before becoming associated with the Beanery writers Group, Sally headed the Ligonier Valley Writers Group. She became involved with the LVWG when her father, Lou Steiner, needed help to update the group’s mailing list. He was friends with founding members, Kay and Gertrude Myers and the late Tina Thoburn. Although no longer active in a writers group, he still writes essays.  

     Sally began attending the LVWG programs while helping her father, eventually becoming president, a position she held for about six years. During her presidency, she prepared for meetings and organized workshops.

     Sally’s writing career began during a workshop led by former Ligonier resident and writer, Clark McKowen. Her first writing was a haiku, which she likes because it is succinct and to the point. Although she didn’t like her English or history classes in school, and she never studied history or English in college, her writing leans toward the historical genre. Her most interesting discovery was that she liked writing and historical research/writing, and that she writes in the historical genre. Her first book was The Images of America: Ligonier Valley , 2000. Her second book published – a history of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown , Pennsylvania – was written for its bicentennial in 2000, and was released in 2001. She has several projects ‘brewing.’

   An important life lesson she shares is: Do it today, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    Her advice about writing: do it. Practice, practice, practice.  And get in a group where you can get honest yet tactful feedback.

     Sally’s favorite reading is historical biographical fiction. She recently read Cane River by Lalita Tademy, a story about a Southern slave family.  Her favorite color is green, and her favorite vacation is “the beach, any beach.” Ocean City, New Jersey, is her favorite “because it is synonymous in my mind with peace and relaxation. I particularly like the off season since it is so quiet then.”

     She married Bruce Shirey in 1985, and shortly after moved to Youngstown (PA), where they live with three kitties, two black kitties and an orange tabby.

 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 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.

 PAT ORNEDORFF SMITH keeps encouraging her grandchildren to write, with excellent results: Among the twenty-seven students honored at the Ligonier Valley Writers’ Student Poetry Awards ceremony were Pat’s granddaughters, Brittany Spencer and Ashley Carmo. Brittany won the third place Log House Award (in memory of Tina Thoburn) with a sonnet titled “Influential.” Ashley won first place for the Marie Martin Memorial Award (sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) with “I am Waiting.”

JOKES/QUOTES

“Never ask a writing teacher a usage question,” Dartmouth College Professor Karen Gocsik told Colin McNickle in an e-mail. “You’ll ‘get’ more than you bargained for.”

I keep six honest serving men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are WHAT and WHY and WHEN

And HOW and WHERE and WHO.

 “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time.

And that’s the best way to write you memoir.

The secret, as every professional knows, is to cut the task down to size by writing “one bite at a time,” and to concentrate, for the time being, on only that one bite.  Frank P. Thomas, author of How to Write the Story of Your Life

 BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

POST REPORT FOR MAY:  
MOST VIEWED POSTS:

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS  Written by a nine-year old!

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language Written by a seventh grader!

BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Impact on Western Civilization: Julius and Augustus Caesar vs. Jesus Christ

INTEGRITY: A JOURNALISTIC CODE OF ETHICS REVIEW

MOST ACTIVE POSTS:

Impact on Western Civilization: Julius and Augustus Caesar vs. Jesus Christ

MIDDLE AGE KNIGHT vs. MODERN DAY SOLDIER

LOSS AND LOVE

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

 SITE VISITS:

Total to date: 22,157    Total in  May: 1,645

CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE”:MOST VISITED POST: 

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

WORKPLACE STRESS REDUCTION ACTIVITIES: MORTIFYING AND FUN

THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY?

MOST ACTIVE POSTS:

Don’t let the bed bugs bite…

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS Part 2

IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A Story of Two Boats

 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: June 13, next meeting at Monroeville Public Library. 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 m.wangu@comcast.net.  

 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 jselgin@comcast.net for further details or directions.

 WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: Somerset, PA. For additional information, please contact Barbara at 814-443-9541, E-mail purbaugh@comcast.net or visit www.barbarapurbaugh.com

 The Second Tuesday of the Month Group next meets on June 9 at 7:00PM at the Barnes and Noble at the Pointe in North Fayette (across Route 60 from Robinson Town Center, PA ). We will be reporting on our conference experiences. To RSVP, contact Meredith Cohen at mcohen61@hotmail.com.

 The Last Thursday of the Month Luncheon Group is going through some changes. We are in the process of becoming one of the first new Chapters within Pennwriters! Also, we are moving. During this summer, we will try out several new locations before settling on a permanent new home.  For June, we will meet at Café at the Barnes and Noble at South Hills Village (PA) on the 25th at 11:30AM. We will be working on query letters. If you are currently working on one, bring a copy of your query for critique. For more information or to RSVP, contact me at adashofy@yahoo.com .

 ANCILLARY GROUPS

WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHERS: Its mission is to promote an interest in the art and science of photography. Members are encouraged to participate in exhibits and to share their collective experience and diverse knowledge. Meets monthly the second Monday in the Prep Room 215, above the library, on the St. Vincent College Campus, Latrobe, PA. Meetings alternate between speakers and photograph critiques. Members do photo outings and photo shows.Visit www.westmorelandphotographers.ning.com

 SONGWORKS, in Johnstown: southsidestray@hotmail.com. More information coming.

 CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, CONFERENCES

Remember, the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks submissions. See above for details!

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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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 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

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ANNUAL LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS CONFERENCE

July 18, 2009

Fred Rogers Center (St. Vincent College)

Latrobe, PA

For further information check their website www.lvwonline.org

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CONFLUENCE 2009

July 24, 25, & 26

Doubletree Hotel, Pittsburgh Airport
Guest of Honor: John Scalzi

Further information:

Confluence

PO Box 3681, Pittsburgh, PA, 15230-3681
www.parsec-sff.org/confluence

confluence@spellcaster.org

Phone: 412-344-0456

Confluence is a small, friendly conference focused on the literature and art of Science Fic­tion and Fantasy, with many award-winning authors and editors who enjoy meeting and talking with Confluence members. We hold panel-discussions and talks that will broaden and deepen your appreciation of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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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

MELLOW MIKE

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

LIGONIER TAVERN

First Floor dining room

Rt. 30, Ligonier, PA

Organized by Diane Cipa

For further information http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

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SONGWORKS OPEN MIKE

June 14, 2009

1:00 – 8:00 p.m

 Free

Original music, poetry, theatre, open mike.

southsidestray@hotmail.com

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.

 WRITING LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

ellenspain.com

ADDITIONAL READING ON WRITING:

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

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