Beanery Online Literary Magazine

September 27, 2009

Beanery Writers Newsletter (BWN) Vol. 2 Issue 7 September 1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) 

VOL. 2 ISSUE 7

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.

(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

ABOUT THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

The BWN shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests/accomplishments, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two, book reviews etc.

There was a two month hiatus in publication—July and August—this year. 

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. Seeking submissions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day.

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 to socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (including writers who are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!

NOTE: Coming meeting dates: Sept. 11 & Sept. 25; Oct. 9 & 23

PROFILE: This month, rather than profile a single writer, I would like to spotlight all our writers. One thing that is special in the Beanery Writers Group is the collaborative relationships that have developed through the years. Joe and I collaborated on a story about a girl traveling in a bubble, which was further developed by Joe and Diana. Recently, Joe and Diana collaborated on a small booklet about Mello Mike, which meets in Ligonier (PA) at the Ligonier Tavern on Tuesday evenings. They drew in other member’s artwork and photography. I don’t keep track of all the on-goings that results from our meetings, but I overhear scuttlebutt about other collaborations.

Another aspect of the Beanery Writers is their caring. One member volunteered many hours helping prepare a rental house that will be lived in by another member. Lois came to my support when my cat was put down, and Joe accompanied Joanne when she took her beloved dog to the vets. Members have also been supportive for a member recovering from surgery. 

BEANIE BABY FUNDRAISER

Our fundraiser to support printing our annual booklet continues. We have a number of collectible and less collectible Beanies, which are still available to be adopted out for a donation. See Punxsutawney Phil: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/

BOOK & WHITE ELEPHANT FUNDRAISER

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

MEMBER ACTIVITIES

Kathleen Clark won second place in the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop Writing Contest for her short story, “Manula’s Mission.”

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.

SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA STORIES: Articles by Beanery Writers Group members and one guest writer on different aspects of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Available September 25.

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.

BOOK PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Secrets in the Fog: the Invisibility Project by Ellen Spain was released in May 2009, by eTreasures Publishing (250 pages) as an eBook and printed trade-back, ISBN: 978-1-61623-076-0. Available from the publisher eTreasures Publishing in PDF e-book Format: $5.50 and on CD-ROM: $7.95. Available in Paperback $15.00 from Amazon.com. Click here to read excerpts from Secrets in the Fog: the Invisibility Project.

JOKES/QUOTES

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.”   Mark Twain

“The formula is simple, and it’s reduced to four words every kid in the world knows: Tell me a story. It’s that easy.” Don Hewett, designer of the television news magazine “60 Minuites, in his Memoirs

“These are hard times for America’s newspapers, but amid the gloomy talk, the newspaper (Pulitzer Prize) winners and the finalists are heartening examples of the high-quality journalism that can be found in all parts of the United States. The watchdog still barks, and the watchdog still bites.” Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The Pulitzer (Prizes) winners (2009)…were a victory for old-fashioned watchdog journalism at a time when the industry’s very survival is in question.  The Pulitzer Prize administrators

She taught that  “…analysis and reasoning viewed in the context of one’s own personal experiences are a key of successful writing.” Obituary for Dr. Marilyn Seiner Sternglass, English professor at Carnegie Mellon Univ., Indiana Univ. of PA, Indiana Univ.—Bloomington, City College, N.Y. died Jan. 6, 2004

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug.”  Mark Twain

“What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.”
Samuel Goldwyn

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

The recession has hit magazine publishing like a tsunami. Circulations are down, advertising nose-dived. Several prestigious titles are gone, including Conde Nast’s Portfolio, Domino and Blender. Time and Newsweek are skinny ghosts of their past.  Jack Markowitz

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

POST REPORT FOR JUNE:  
MOST VIEWED POSTS in the last week:

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Dr. Uwe Stender Presentation on Literary Agents

MIDDLE AGE KNIGHT vs. MODERN DAY SOLDIER

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

SITE VISITS:

Total to date: 25,532

CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE

MOST VISITED POST in the last week: 

Honey went home—She’s romping in animal heaven

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

Honey’s Coming Home! Our cat must recuperate

WORKPLACE STRESS REDUCTION ACTIVITIES: MORTIFYING AND FUN

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

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.

 

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

WRITER’S EVENTS

WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS

An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, October 10, 2009

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Crazy Alice’s Cafe

located at

101 West Main Street

in Somerset, PA

Join us for this event celebrating the master of mystery and the macabre.

For further information, check www.barbarapurbaugh.com or email Barbara Purbaugh at purbaugh@comcast.net.

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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

 MELLOW MIKE

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

LIGONIER TAVERN First Floor dining room

Rt. 30, Ligonier, PA

On Tuesday, September 8,

Mello Mike will meet at the Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Latrobe, across from the outdoor movie theater (NOT at the café on Rt. 30 next to Office Max) Organized by Diane Cipa

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

 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.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

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

 COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT!

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1 Comment »

  1. I saw Bibliotherapy mentioned; can you tell me more about this.

    Comment by sarene friedman — May 31, 2010 @ 10:19 pm | Reply


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