Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Online Q&A with editors of Cup of Comfort series
In this interactive webinar, writers will have the unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Paula Munier, the creator of the Cup of Comfort series, and Meredith O’Hayre, the in-house editor of the Cup of Comfort series. This is a great chance for contributor and hopeful contributors alike to ask Paula and Meredith for advice and tips to get their COC story selected from the thousands of competitors.
CLICK HERE for more details and how to sign up.
Labels: online classes
Friday, October 23, 2009
Bridgeport Library "Author Extravaganza"
Author list includes:
12:30 Phyllis Wilson Moore, Literary Historian June Langford Berkley, Poet Opening remarks.
1:00 Puppet Show
Patsy Pittman, Author
1:30 Cheryl Denise Miller, Poet
Cheryl Ware, Children’s Author
2:00 Lori Wilson, Poet
Anna Egan Smucker, Children’s Author
2:30 Debra Conner, Portraying Rebecca Harding Davis
Sonya Dunlap & Sharon Snider, Author & Illustrator, Children’s Books
3:00 Susanna Holstein “Granny Sue”
3:30 Steve Goff, Comedian
4:00 Dwight Harshbarger, Author
4:30 Charlotte Snead, Author
Thank you to the Bridgeport Library for this exciting event.
Labels: author appearance
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Meredith Sue Willis Online Writing Classes offered for January
Meredith Sue Willis is offering a four-session online creative writing class called Jan Plan 2010 for intermediate and advanced prose writers who want to get a project started or restarted– or who just need feedback on their writing. The class takes place on four Tuesdays in January:
January 5, 2010
January 12, 2010
January 19, 2010
January 26, 2010
The class welcomes writers of all kinds of prose narrative (novels, stories, memoir, and more).. We will explore the techniques that are common to these forms, emphasizing narrative, dialogue, description, and the shaping of a piece through story arc. There will be exercises and individual feedback on up to 900 words per week.
Until January 1, 2010, the course costs $200, payable in advance. On January 1, the price goes up to $240. To apply, send an email to Meredith Sue Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you think this class would be a good match for you. If you are accepted, she will send you the next steps. You must apply, be admitted, and have your payment arrive by Monday, January 4, 2010; however, the class will close early with no notice if it fills. There will be no cash refunds. For testimonials and more information, see http://www.meredithsuewillis.com/summerstories2008.html
Please pass on to others who might be interested!
Meredith Sue Willis
Labels: Classes Offered
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sotto Voce Event on Shepherd University Campus tonight!
Earn strong culture points for attending and writing up your impressions . . .
Do plan to attend readings and discussions by poets from across the country! ==
Especially wonderful this year are Peggy Shumaker and Alice Friman, superb
tellers of tales that weave a net of enchantment and surprise. Biographies of the poets
and more information about the festival can be found at
THIS READING WILL BE WONDERFUL!
7:30 pm Readings by
Rick Campbell and Peggy Shumaker
Stanley Plumly and Alice Friman will also read
Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium, Shepherd University
Free and Open to the Public
8:30 – 9:00 pm Dessert and Coffee Reception and Book Signing
Sponsored by Shepherd University
Erma Ora Byrd Foyer, Shepherd University
Free and Open to the Public
9:00 pm Open Mic
Stone Soup Bistro
Ethan Fischer, MC
Workshop participants have priority for reading at Open Mic.
Labels: poetry reading
Friday, October 16, 2009
Press53 Call for Submissions
WVW Podcast Bonus Show 4
Our 4th WVW Podcast Bonus Show is now online and features trimmings from our Episode 12 interview with Pops Walker.
We also pass along the results of the Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Fest and Songwriting Contest, which we talked to Pops about in Episode 12.
Click HERE to go THERE.
Labels: WVW Podcast
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Legends of the Mountain State 4 Accepting Submissions
Publisher: Woodland Press
Editor: Michael Knost
Format: Trade Paperback
Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.
No reprints (and please do not resubmit rejected stories from previous editions)
Story length: Up to 2000 words
No multiple or simultaneous subs
Deadline: April 1, 2010
Do NOT query about submission status until August 1, 2010
Send submissions to: LOTMS4@yahoo.com
E-mail submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do NOT copy and paste story into the body of your e-mail. Send submissions or inquiries to the above e-mail address.
Publication date: September 1, 2010
I do NOT want stories with legends or ghosts already covered in previous editions of this series. Reading the other books is a great way to see what I am buying.
Stories MUST expand a known legend/ghost tale from the state of West Virginia.
You do not need to be a West Virginian to submit, but you will need to keep the story (and legend/ghost) true to the state. All stories should include real towns and counties from the Mountain State. Do not tell us the biography of a legend/ghost-tell us a story with the legend or ghost at story's center.
We are looking for tales with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories containing explicit language or content.
The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and failure to follow the guidelines. Please visit www.shunn.net/format/story.html for the only manuscript format we accept.
We purchase First World Anthology Rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.
Labels: Seeking Submissions
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Fest Songwriting Contest Winners
Those songwriters are: 1st place: Bryan Elijah Smith, of Dayton, VA, for his song, “The Other Side of Town”. Bryan won $500, six hours of studio time, and a future gig with Performing Arts of Luray.
2nd place: Judith Avers, of Weirton, WV, for her song, “Raining”. Judith won $300 and a guaranteed future booking.
Con Burch, Fort Valley, VA, for her song “Maybe Someday”. Con won $200.
The finals competition took place on October 3, 2009, at the BB&T Center for the Performing Arts in Luray, VA.
Be on the lookout for news about next year’s show and competition. Details are forthcoming at: http://www.popswalker.com/ and http://www.performingartsluray.org/.
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Morgantown Writers Group presents "The Pale Light of Sunset: Conversation With Novelist Lee Maynard"
"The Pale Light of Sunset: Conversation With Novelist Lee Maynard"
Special Literary, Jazz, and Arts Event -- Tuesday October 13 - Arts Mon Gallery
(next to Huntington Bank) Starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments. No Charge.
AUTHOR LEE MAYNARD JOINS
A BRASILIAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
IN RARE 'IMAGINED JOURNEY'
Morgantown Writers Group is proud to feature Novelist LEE MAYNARD in a unique literary arts program that combines literature with an incredible Brasilian jazz ensemble called Music Alive! plus a unique Exhibit of Local Artists in the Jackson Kelly Gallery.
WVU Director of Jazz Studies Paul Scea leads a great Brasilian jazz ensemble playing flute, piano, bass, guitar, and the pandero at 7:15 p.m. Lee Maynard follows at 8:00 p.m.
This special program is next Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Arts Mon Gallery (next to Huntington Bank) is on High Street, just off corner of Pleasant Street. downtown Morgantown.
This Literary Arts event allows WV writers (and community residents) to converse informally with Lee Maynard, the controversial author of "Crum" and "Screaming with the Cannibals". In the Jackson Kelly Gallery at Arts Mon, there is the Fall 2009 Regional Invitational Exhibit featuring 14 wonderful WV artists -- a fabulous background to jazz and literary nuance. - G.
The WVU Press released Maynard's latest novel and will host Lee in a premiere reading at WVU Mountainlair Ballroom, Monday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Complete Book Tour is below.
Morgantown Writers worked closely with the WVU Press, Arts Mon, WVU Jazz Studies, and the Greater Morgantown Community Trust, to set up this gig. It gives all local writers an opportunity to hear a unique blend of Brazilian beats and later, ask questions of master novelist LEE MAYNARD, in an informal setting. Come and ask about his new book, about his past, about his novels. . .
There is no charge for event. A book signing and autograph session will be hosted by The Book Shelf, during the evening. This novel is a great gift idea for West Virginians. And there will be fine refreshments offered by the Morgantown Writers Group at Arts Mon.
PODCAST -- "Conversation with Novelist Lee Maynard". For advance insights, into Lee's vision, view a 3:45 minute Podcast http://www.youtube.com/watch?
TUESDAY OCTOBER 13th EVENT SCHEDULE:
7:00 p.m. Welcome + Introductions + Refreshments
7:15 p.m. Brasilian Jazz "WVU-Brasil Music Alive Ensemble"
Paul Scea (Director of WVU Jazz Studies) leads Music Alive! Brasil and WVU musicians:
Paul Scea - flute -- Brandon Lucas - guitar
Diego Lyra - piano (Music Alive!) -- Greg Thurman - bass
Michael Vercelli - pandero (Director of World Music)
They will entertain you when you walk in the door right after 7:00 p.m. with an array of jazz, bossa nova, drums, percussion, and more. They start at 7:15 p.m. sharp. No charge for the event.
8:00 p.m. Lee Maynard "Conversation with Author"
8:45 p.m. Autograph Book Signing
9:00 p.m.+ Wrap Up
Lee Maynard's recent novel, "The Pale Light of Sunset" (Scattershots and Hallucinations in an Imagined Life) is a breakthrough fiction-memoir, with a tone that takes readers through different years in West Virginia. As Chuck Kinder, the good friend of Lee's, put it: "This reads like a prose poem and memoir -- only the story is fiction." To illustrate, the "Pale Light of Sunset" is a 2009 New Mexico Book Award Finalist where Lee now resides
Consider this summary of Pale Light of Sunset:
"In 1936, a child is born in the mountains of West Virginia. In 2005, he scatters his past into a deep canyon of rock. The Pale Light of Sunset illuminates the journey of this boy, a constant tourist and visitor, who travels everywhere, yet belongs nowhere. Through tales of swarming hornets and swinging bullies, love affairs with the land and the people, and near death by frostbite and heat stroke, the absurd hilarity and clear, tender voice found within this story navigates a surreal road paved by the experiences of one man.
"As many of you know, Lee Maynard does not run from controversy. He is the author of nationally acclaimed and locally banned novels "Crum" and "Screaming with the Cannibals", Lee Maynard details an imaginative account of his journey through seventy years of hard living-from West Virginia, to Mexico, the Arctic Circle, and beyond. Scattered and hallucinated, The Pale Light of Sunset grants a long-awaited glimpse into the bent condition of the Maynard brain."
LEE MAYNARD WEST VIRGINIA BOOK TOUR
- Friday, October 9: A Reading with Lee Maynard at Taylor Books, Charleston, WV (4 pm)
- Saturday, October 10: A Book Signing WV Book Festival, Charleston, WV (1 pm)
- Saturday, October 10: Reading with Lee Maynard at WV Book Festival, Charleston, WV (4 pm)
- Monday, October 12: A Reading with Lee Maynard at WVU Mountainlair, Ballroom, Morgantown, WV (7:30 pm)
- Tuesday, October 13: A Book Signing and Reading at Borders at Meadowbrook Mall, Bridgeport, WV (4-7 pm)
- Tuesday, October 13: A Night of Brazilian Jazz and A Conversation with Lee Maynard, Arts Monongahela (7-9 pm, with a Q&A with Lee at 8 pm)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ethel Morgan Smith will be the featured author during Morgantown Poets literary even
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Come see us at the Book Festival!