Thursday, September 27, 2007

WVW AUTHORS NEEDED

Hello All!

WV Writers still has openings on both Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th for authors to display their published books and sign autographs in the WV Writers booth at the WV Book Festival in Charleston, WV.

If you are a MEMBER in good standing (membership dues of $20 paid), have published a book, and have copies of your book available for sale, then WV Writers has a spot waiting for you! This is the perfect venue in which to sell your book, network with other authors, poets, and publishers who frequent the book festival, and acquire more new fans of your work!

Simply send an email to me at:
rwhite_writes@suddenlinkmail.com, and let me know if you prefer a Saturday or Sunday slot, and which time(s) would be best for you. Slots are available in one-hour increments, and you can easily schedule them back to back (for example, from 1pm-3pm).

If you are not a current member of West Virginia Writers, now is the time to join! In addition to our participation in book festivals and fairs around the state where members can display their books free (in lieu of paying booth rental) you will receive a quarterly newsletter, and you will be networked with the state's greatest group of writers to date! You can obtain more information on the group, including a membership application (you can even join online and pay your $20 membership dues via PayPal) by visiting us at www.wvwriters.org.

Please contact me ASAP if you'd like to sell your wares at our booth, or if you are interested in volunteering a brief shift at the booth during the festival. Slots are filling, so don't delay!

Thanks,
Rhonda White

Friday, September 21, 2007

Joyce Carol Oates lecture in Charleston

(This News Courtesy of GORDON SIMMONS)

The West Virginia Humanities Council invites you to "An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates," as the American literary icon delivers the 2007 Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities. The event is free and open to everyone.

It will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 in the Geary Auditorium of Riggleman Hall on the campus of the University of Charleston. Ms. Oates will share her experiences and read from her work. A public reception will follow the program and Ms. Oates will sign copies of her books.

Ms. Oates is an author of fiction and non-fiction as well as a publisher, playwright, poet, reviewer and teacher who has influenced the literary landscape in this country for four decades. She has helped many emerging authors through the years, including West Virginia's own Breece Pancake and Pinckney Benedict, by bringing their work to the attention of a wider audience. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

Contact Mark Payne, Program Officer for the Humanities Council, at 304-346-8500 for more information.

Mark Payne, Program Officer
West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301
304.346.8500 ~ 304.346.8504 (fax)
www.wvhumanities.org

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The seventh annual West Virginia Book Festival

Mark your calendar! The seventh annual West Virginia Book Festival will be held October 13 & 14, 2007, at the Charleston Civic Center. Each year the festival offers something for book lovers of all ages and interests: authors, publishers, book vendors, the Festival Marketplace, a special section just for children, a used book sale, meet the author events, workshops and panel discussions.

Admission is free.

Informational Links:

Festival Overview

2007 Program Presenters *updated 8/24/07*

Marketplace

Prospective Authors

Used Book Sale

Book Festival News

Directions & Accommodations

Volunteers



Now, here’s the best part, if you are an active member of WV Writers and you have authored a book that is ready for sale, we are extending an invitation to join us at the WVWriters, Inc. booth to sell and sign your book. We provide the venue and you provide the lit and ink. Please contact us in advance (email MCNCON@iolinc.net or efritzius@gmail.com) so that we may schedule your time slot for a signing.

So, visit their website (listed above and below), check out the program, and get ready!

I'm really looking forward to seeing the many friends from last year and perhaps some new faces as well.

http://www.wvhumanities.org/bookfest/bookfest2.htm

Monday, September 17, 2007

New WV Autumn Festival Writing Contest

THIS COMPETITION IS FOR ALL AGES. Children ages are 3 and under, 4 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to 12 and Teens are 13 to 15, 16 to 18 and the Adults are 19 to 39 and 40 & over.

Entry fee is $2.00 per piece for children, $5.00 per piece for Teens,and $10.00 per piece for adults. There will be one winner per age group and one winner per category PLUS there will be one OVERALL age division winner and one OVERALL category winner and ONE GRAND OVERALL winner for the best piece in general. Winners receive a CASH award (amount to be determined ) and a trophy or plaque and the overalls and GRAND overall receive more CASH (amount to be determined) and a trophy or plaque. ALL contestants receive at least a trophy. GRAND OVERALL wins a minimum of fifty dollars and this amount can increase dramatically as the contestant numbers grow. Everyone winning will at least get their investment back or more.
YOU MAY ENTER MORE THAN ONE PIECE PER CATEGORY AND YOU MAY ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY. WE USE PUBLISHED WRITERS AND INSTRUCTORS OF ENGLISH, CREATIVE WRITING AND LIKE TO JUDGE. OUR JUDGES ARE EXPERIENCED.

CATEGORIES will include Poetry (rhyme), Poetry (non-rhyme), Essay and Short Story.

NON PUBLISHED, PUBLISHED BUT WITHOUT PAY, SELF PUBLISHED writers are welcome to enter but writers with agents, publishers other than self or professionals are not permitted.

ENTRIES will be displayed at our pageant and our Talent and Karaoke Championship so please enter early and we need you to preregister by October 5th, 2007. You may register but mail the entries later or drop them off but we must have them in hand no later than the morning of October 20, 2007.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN ANY CONTEST BUT WE'D LIKE A PHOTO OF YOU WITH YOUR CASH (CHECK IF WE MUST MAIL IT) AND YOUR PLAQUE OR TROPHY.

The entry form and address for the writing contest can be found at the following link...

http://www.wvautumnfestival007.4t.com/rich_text_2.html

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Geoff Fuller Lecture

(This news courtesy of WVW 2nd VP T.W. McNemar)

TOMORROW AFTERNOON, GEOFF FULLER WILL PRESENT A LECTURE FOR THOSE WHO . . . “WANT TO WRITE THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE?”

AND THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING…

Almost everyone secretly wants to write the story of his or her life, and today we have a wide variety of publishing choices available to us. First, though, you need to determine what story you want to tell and who you are writing your story for. Learn the basics in this Saturday afternoon discussion.

Saturday, September 15, 2-4 p.m.

THEN . . . . . .


You Have a Novel in You!
8 Thursday Nights, 6:30-9:00
September 27-November 15
Charleston Newspapers Virginia Street Parking Building Conference Room
FREE PARKING

Hey, folks! The novel class is two weeks away now. It's time to give yourself (or your spouse!) the gifts of time and inspiration necessary to write that novel that's been nagging for years. This class went VERY well last spring, and even resulted in most participants saying they wanted to go on to advanced work in the novel. (Special announcement coming on that, available only to graduates of the Dr. Write Novel Class!)

GIVE AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT! I've been going over notes from the last class--fleshing out, tightening, improving--and this new incarnation of the class should be even better!

We'll cover all aspects of the novel: story, characters, beginnings, point of view, pacing, dialogue, motivation, and many more. Everyone should learn tons of useful stuff and have fun doing it. I'll be working on my own novel right along with you all.

(I hope everyone--including me--will have their novels well underway by the end of class.)

DETAILS:

(September 27) Talking about Story
(October 4) Building Your Novel with 360 Degree Character Development
(October 11) Jeopardy: In Media Res
(October 18) Psychology and Fortune, Floating and Grounded
(October 25) Depends on How You Look at It: Point of View
(November 1) All You Do Is Talk, Talk
(November 8) Setting as Element, Setting as Character
(November 15) The Working Writer

Again, that's eight Thurdays in a row, more than 20 hours of writing instruction, for only $225. Class size is capped: first come, first serve.

Email fuller.geoffrey@gmail.com or call 744.4556 to sign up now!

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Oh, and the class Write the Story of Your Life! will take place on six Tuesdays, October 16-November 20, so watch for the announcement soon. LAST OF THREE FREE WRITING CLASSES THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2-4 PM, TAYLOR BOOKS.

Geoff Fuller
Writer-Editor
From conception to publication!
304.744.4556

Monday, September 10, 2007

Barbour County Writer in the Spotlight

Garrison Keillor, of NPR’s ‘The Writer’s Almanac’ and of course, Prairie Home Companion fame will be reading a poem entitled "They'll" from Cheryl Denise’s book of poetry, I Saw God Dancing. Mark your calendar for October 9th.

Cheryl is a member of WV Writers, Inc. and the Barbour County Writers' Workshop. A hearty congratulations and job well done Cheryl.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

OUT AND ABOUT WIT' "MOTHER WIT"

This fall, Colleen Anderson is involved in leading two (very different) workshops. These outings are designed for the female writer and both sound extraordinary.

Giving Voice: Words and Music that Change the WorldOctober 8-14: This weeklong seminar will be led by Juie Adams and Colleen at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico. If you've ever been to that part of New Mexico, you know what a beautiful place it is. Ghost Ranch was Georgia O'Keeffe's ranch; now it is an arts/retreat center run by the Presbyterian Church. This year, the seminar will concentrate on songs that move people to action. Think Bob Dylan. Holly Near. Pete Seeger. And YOU.

Women's Writing Weekend at Tygart Lake State ParkNovember 16-18: A weekend retreat for women who write or want towrite. Take this opportunity to nourish your creative soul as winter begins. You'll have a good time and take home some tools to make your writing more vivid and shapely. And the price is right: packages start at $155 and include meals, workshop fees, and two nights' lodging at Tygart State Park's lodge.

Feel free to e-mail or contact Colleen if you want more information about either workshop.
Mother Wit Writing and Design
P.O. Box 525
Charleston, WV 25322
304-342-1213
motherwit@suddenlink.net
http://www.motherwitdesign.com/