Beanery Online Literary Magazine

April 29, 2011

A Paranormal Mystery/Romance Crossover Workshop

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A PARANORMAL MYSTERY/ROMANCE

CROSSOVER WORKSHOP 

Kathleen Clark

     Eighteen eager and aspiring writers gathered at the Greensburg-Hempfield Library on Saturday, February 19, 2011 to participate in and learn about Writing Paranormal Mysteries with a Romance Crossover. The two and a half hour Workshop was led by Mary Ann Mogus and Barbara Miller, both local authors and instructors who have published novels and articles. Although the time frame permitted only a mini-overview of writing for both genres, attendees appetite for the genre was wetted.
     Participants of all ages interested in developing their writing technique signed up, including a fourteen-year-old Connellsville Junior High student. Three local writers groups were represented: Ligonier Valley Writers, Greensburg Writers Group and the Beanery Writers of Latrobe. Representing the Beanery Writers group were facilitator Carolyn Holland, Lois Kalata and Kathleen Clark.
     Writers were given two to five minute exercises to develop workable plots, characters and

(more…)

March 29, 2011

DAVID: Part 10 of a 10 Part Romance Story

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DAVID Part 10 of a 10 Part Romance Story

Jane

 

This is Part 10 of a ten-part romance story, David. Each Wednesday evening a part of the story is being posted.  Writer Jane is a long-distance member of the Beanery Writers Group, participating via the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. To start at the beginning of this story click on: DAVID Part 1 of a 10 Part Romance Story  

 

     The days flew by for us, and I have to admit it was much better spending my time with David than it was at work. Most of the time I stayed the night at my “suite” at his home, rather than the long drive home. Who am I kidding! It wasn’t the drive home that kept me there.

     With “The Event of the Century” under control, and with me confident that our guests would be well taken care of there was a little more time to relax and just enjoy the approaching winter. There was also the Thanksgiving feast to prepare for. David’s mother would be coming up from Texas to prepare the meal. This was her tradition and I didn’t mind one bit not having that to contend with.

     Every morning we would take his two dogs out running, and usually go to the stables down the hill at the back of the house. He kept a black stallion named Satan in there, and we would let Satan out to walk, and later run. Sometimes David rode him. I would watch and my breath would catch in my throat. What a beautiful site it was.

     As Thanksgiving neared, his family began to arrive and the house became full of sounds. The kitchen more often than not was the meeting place in their morning, and everyone would discuss (more…)

February 11, 2011

If I Were a Fly on the Wall…Finding a Writing Angle

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IF I WERE A FLY ON THE WALL…FINDING A WRITING ANGLE

     What can a fly tell us about finding an angle in writing?

     Some members of the Beanery Writers Group are having difficulty writing about structures—rather, some of us are. It’s not that we can’t write about a structure. It’s that we have a block that asks What is there to say about a structure? It’s an inanimate object!   

     One genre is descriptive writing. Simply describing.

     Yet we’ve all heard and said If only I could be a fly on the wall… We use that phrase when we anticipate something very interesting is about to occur at a site where we cannot be present…

     If only I were a fly on the wall…

June 3, 2010

Blogsite or a Website: What’s the difference?

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BLOGSITE OR WEBSITE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    What’s the difference between a blogsite and a website?

     This question was raised at the Beanery Writers Group (Latrobe, PA) meeting in early May. It is a significant question, because the group’s unique project is publishing the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com ).

     Being computer illiterate, I had to plead ignorance of the answer. I held the impression that blogs were easier and cost less.

     To answer the question, I plugged it into the search engine.

     Examining various sites made me feel better about being unable to define the differences. …since the differences have become increasingly blurred for many bloggers and users*— the difference…is steadily vanishing. These channels are definitely converging.*** there are shades of gray.##

     Initially blogs, a condensation of the word “weblog,” were viewed as a web log or online diary… a place where a blogger can generate a log of interesting personal comment and intimate details and information about a particular niche subject or topic * Today, although many blogs continue to be personal ramblings about daily life,that is only one aspect of the blogosphere – and a fairly trivial one at that.***Currently, blogs range (more…)

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 (more…)

January 25, 2010

Announcements for Writers: January 24, 2010

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WRITERS: JANUARY 24, 2010

UPDATE ON CLAUDETTE KANE

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JOURNALIST DEBORAH NELSON TO SPEAK IN LIGONIER, PA.

DEBORAH NELSON TO SPEAK AT UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH, GREENSBURG

CBS CORRESPONDENT BYRON PITTS TO SPEAK AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PA.

WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS GROUP MEETING DATES

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CLAUDETTE KANE

Claudette Kane, a Beanery Writers Group member who was in Petionville, Haiti, when the earthquake struck, is expected to arrive home in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Monday, January 25, 2010. She’s been in Florida for a number of days.

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Investigative Journalism in a Democracy (more…)

January 8, 2010

Memoir Writing Can Elicit Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

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MEMOIR WRITING CAN ELICIT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME

Carolyn C. Holland

     When you present someone with the harsh information on child abuse and domestic violence, whether in groups, educational settings, or individually, there is a risk: the information can trigger emotions from the hearer’s past. Occasionally someone will have a melt-down. It comes with the territory. It is to be expected.

     Many people who know me are aware that I have a background working with (more…)

November 17, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 Issue 8 November 1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

 Vol. 2 Issue 8  November 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. 

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 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 (PA) (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 and all skill levels!

NOTE: The second meeting in November (27) and the second meeting in December (25) are cancelled for obvious reasons. The next meeting dates are: November 13, December 11, January 8 and January 22.

PROFILE:

     Mary Marcum was born in Santiago, Chile. When she was about five years old, her family moved to Long Island in New York,

     Part of her culture shock included language. She didn’t know a word (more…)

November 1, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WRITERS: NOVEMBER 1, 2009

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WRITERS: NOVEMBER 1, 2009

This is excerpted from the November 2009 issue of the Beanery Writers Newsletter. To -subscribe to this newsletter send an E-mail to beanerywriters@yahoo.com (to insure the E-mail is opened, please type “Beanery Newsletter” in the subject line).

UPDATE ON BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEMBER

Bob Sanzi experienced a severe heart attack October 9. Kern, an inactive member of the Beanery Writers Group, E-mailed this update:

Today Vic & I…found a vibrant and alive Bob Sanzi…(who) had his IV removed…(and) walked, no (more…)

October 17, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 Issue 8 October 1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)

VOL. 2 ISSUE 8 OCTOBER 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: DMITRI BELJAN

Dmitri expresses himself artistically in his drawings and improvisations on the (more…)

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