Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 21, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN): MARCH 1, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)

MARCH 1, 2010

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, (except for November and December, when the second meeting of the month is cancelled). We meet 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

THE TEMPORARY CESSATION OF THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

I want to apologize for the temporary cessation of the BWN. I experienced a period of extreme sleeplessness last summer, followed by a five-week attack by a rotten bug that lasted until Thanksgiving. Some things had to be let go, and even then I became quite behind in what needed to be done for the holiday season.

Meanwhile, I came to realize that a monthly newsletter is too big a task with my other writing. Therefore, the newsletter will be produced every two months: March, May, July, September, November and January. This has an additional bonus of freeing up the extended holiday that occurs at the end of each year.

Meanwhile, I will continue posting information on conferences, contests, etc. in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. Check the ANNOUNCEMENT category (listed in the left hand column of the magazine site) for the most recent post.

PROFILE:

Joan Patterson (written by Tim Landy): When friends stop by Joan Patterson’s weathered farmhouse in late summer or early autumn, more than likely she’ll be in her garden, puttering with her perennials or picking vegetables or resting in her favorite spot: a shadowy bower at the end of a winding path.

            For Joan, this dome-shaped shelter, formed from bowed saplings and cloaked in spiraling bean plants and morning glories, is the center of her miniature Eden.  The garden, in turn, is the focal point of her 140-acre farm, sprawling along a narrow black-topped lane, threading through the upland meadows and thickets of northern Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania.

            Seated at a small crude table covered with a pink tablecloth, she may be shelling beans, or she may be reading one of her latest library books on gardening, wild flowers, spiral patterns in the cosmos, particle theories, or black holes in space.  Ruff-Ruff, her devoted mixed breed, will probably be dozing at her feet.  

            “I like to watch the butterflies and hummingbirds at the zinnias,” Joan says, reaching up to replace an unruly tendril of frosty hair.  “They give me a good reason to sit!”

            “The bower was my idea.  I like the idea of vines,” she says in a gentle, lyrical voice. “I had seen a picture of Kentucky pole beans and thought it would be fun to try a different shape.”  Cut in the spring, the flexible twelve-foot poles last for two or three years.

            This ritual of watching her garden grow begins (to continue reading, click on River Song: Part 1 or https://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/river-song-part-1/

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 can 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

Several members are attending a Saturday workshop on creating blogs. Watch for their blogsites to be listed on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine.

BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY MEMBERS

SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA STORIES

The Beanery Writers, Volume 3, 2009, Writings on Southwestern Pennsylvania, includes 14 articles by Beanery Writers Group members and one written by a guest writer. It is available in large print. Look for our table with limited hours at the Second Hand Bookstore during Ligonier Days. 

To order by mail, send check or money order to Carolyn C. Holland, P. O. Box 300, Laughlintown, PA. 15655. Make check payable to Carolyn C. Holland. Please include number of copies, your mailing address. Add $1.75 (TOTAL $6.75) shipping and handling charge for each booklet ordered. Allow six weeks for delivery. Available at the Second Chapter Bookstore, Ligonier, PA.

JOKES/QUOTES

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile. — Robert Cormier in WOODENBOAT, USA

Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance. No source found

A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys. —Barbara Holland quotes.

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence. —Cyril Connolly

Every writer I know has trouble writing. —Joseph Heller

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

POST REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER:  

SITE VISITS: Total to date: 33,400
MOST VIEWED POSTS in the last week:

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

Al-Waq’ia

JOURNALIST ETHICS CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF GIFTS

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!! An Adoption Reunion Story

A PIECE OF ME

To Andrea Bocelli: A Valentine

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE

MOST VISITED POSTS in the last week:

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A Story of Two Boats

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 02

Earthquakes in Maine?

March days to celebrate

Why women stay in abusive relationships: Is this the right question?

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

For further information http://ligonierliving.blogspot.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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WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHERS SOCIETY

KEITH LEWIS, Portrait Photographer

March 8, 2010 (Monday)

7:30 p.m.

St. Vincent College: Prep Hall #215 (near library on second floor)

For further information:

e-mail Kern Little kernlittle@hotmail.com, or call him at 724 317 4821

“Our goal is to promote the Art of Photography!”

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LAUNCHING OF PENDULUM (Pitt Greensburg’s student literary magazine)

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Village Hall)

Tuesday, March 16. 2010

7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the magazine’s newest issue at a launch and reading. Sponsored by the Writing Program and funded by the Student Government Association.  Refreshments after the readings.

For further information, contact Linda Szypulski, FOB Secretary, las166@pitt.edu or 724-836-9883

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STUDENT POETRY CONTEST

Sponsored by LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS

For students in grades 4 through 12

Deadline March 19, 2010

Cash prizes will be awarded at all grade levels in different forms of poetry. Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus the McGough Awards for the three best poems overall).

Winners will receive a booklet of all the winning poems.

For further information and entry forms: click on www.LVWonline.org or email, or contact LVW publicity chair Judith Gallagher at jgallagher@LHTOT.com or (724) 593-7294

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WRITER’S VOICE WRITERS WORKSHOP SERIES

Journaling: Memoir Writing for Adults and Teens.

Instructor: Marge Burke

LIGONIER VALLEY YMCA & LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS

March 20, 2010 (Saturday)

2:00-4:00 p.m.

No fee.

Upcoming workshops:

April 17. Practical Writing (resumes, college application essays, etc.). Instructor: Judith Gallagher.

May 15. How to Write a Mystery Play. Instructor is Mary Ann Mogus.

June 19. CSI for Writers. Instructor: Ed Kelemen.

July 17. Hands-on CSI for Kids. Instructor: Marilyn Newcomer.

Sept  18. Round Robin Storytelling. Instructors: Barb Miller and Judith Gallagher.

For further information contact Joyce Shaffer at the Ligonier Valley YMCA: (724) 238-7580 

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Pitt-Greensburg Writers Festival

Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, 2010

Features National Book Award Winner Gerald Stern

March 22-March 26, 2010

The week-long festival features readings, lectures and book signings from nationally known poets and writers. All events will be in the Village Hall Coffeehouse and are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kick-off

7:00 p.m.

Readings from Pitt-Greensburg faculty authors and alumni. Faculty authors include Judith Vollmer, Stephen Murabito, Richard Blevins, and Lori Jakiela. Alumni readers include Tim Gebadlo, Shane Duschack, Meghan Tutolo, Joseph Reed, and Adam Matcho.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Noon

Kim Chinquee, fiction writer and prose poet, will give a craft lecture

Tuesday, 7:00 p. m.

Kim Chinquee, fiction writer and prose poet, will give a reading/book signing

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Sherrie Flick will give a reading

Thursday, March 25, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Opening readings by Liz Russell and Jeff Sharon, senior writing majors at Pitt-Greensburg

Readings by Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Noon

A craft talk with Joseph Bathanti

Friday, March 26, 2010

7 p.m.

Opening reader: David Humbertson, a Pitt-Greensburg senior writing major/fiction writer

Readings by Joseph Bathanti.

For further information, contact Lori Jakiela, associate professor of English and festival director: loj@pitt.edu or 724-836-7481

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ONE-ACT PLAYWRIGHTING COMPETITION

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing

Deadline: April 1, 2010

Writers are encouraged to submit their one act plays (running time of 40-minutes or less) first annual competition to showcase new works. All entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality.

First prize: $750 and production of their play at The Frostburg One-Act Playwriting Festival to be held on the FSU campus in September of 2010. 

Second prize: $250 and staged readings of their work

Third prize: $100, and staged readings of their work

For submission guidelines, click on The Center for Creative Writing’s website: www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter.

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BEANERY WRITERS GROUP

TIM LANDY, GUEST SPEAKER

April 9, 2010

1:00-3:00

Tim Landy will join us at our regular meeting time on April 9. This is a celebration of our 4th anniversary as a writers group. If you are coming as a guest please let us know at beanerwriters@yahoo.com (with April 9, 2010 in the subject line). We have limited space in our meeting room.

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MURDER BY TROWEL AND ERROR

Play and catered dinner

LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS

April 16, 2010 (Friday)

April 17, 2010 (Saturday)

First Reformed United Church of Christ

312 S. Maple Avenue, Greensburg

Tickets: $30.00, Two or more $25.00 each

For further information or tickets, contact Ron Shafer: 724 853 7769

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TAWNI O’DELL, New York Times Author

Ligonier Valley Writers & the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

April 18, 2010 (Sunday)

2:00-4:00 p.m.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Westmoreland County Community College

For further information click on: www.LVWonline.org

or contact Judith Gallagher at jgallagher@LHTOT.com or 724 593 7294

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ST. DAVIDS ONE DAY CONFERENCE

WRITING SUCCESS XIX

April 24, 2010 (Saturday)

Emmanuel Christian Church, Stoneboro, PA

Featured Writer: John Olson

For further information click on: http://www.writingsuccess.info/

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STUDENT POETRY CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY

Sponsored by LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS

For students in grades 4 through 12

Saturday, May 1, 2010

4:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble (1099 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg)

Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for the three best poems overall).

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ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

JUNE 22-26, 2010

Grove City College, Grove City, PA.

Theme: Wellsprings

For further information click on: http://www.stdavidswriters.com/

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LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Writers Conference: July 17, 2010

Book Fair: August 7, 2010

For further information visit their website: www.LVWonline.org

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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/

WRITERS SITES ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.writersweekly.com

http://www.writersdigest.com

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com

www.WritingRaw.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

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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