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Friday, February 26, 2010

Episode 26: CONFERENCECAST 2010

The WV Writers ConferenceCast 2010 (a.k.a. Episode 26) is now online.

In it we reveal the full list of presenters for the 2010 Summer Conference. We'll also have information on the guest editors who will be there as well as on the pitch sessions and one on one critique sessions they are offering.

We'll also reveal the exact date we will begin pre-registration for the conference, (as well as when Cedar Lakes will begin accepting pre-registration forms for rooms and meals). A hint: it's VERY soon.

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West Virginia Writers ConferenceCast (a.k.a Episode 26) Part 2

Our 2010 Summer Conference Page

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This week (shhhh!)

There is a rumor going round, that I may or may not have started, that says this Friday's episode of the WV Writers Podcast will be chock full of information concerning the upcoming Summer Conference.

The rumor mentions something about a full list of presenters being revealed.

It continues that information on guest editors and the pitch and one on one critique sessions they will be conducting will also be revealed.

It goes on to say that workshop descriptions and quite possibly a full schedule are in the works for release in the very near future.

It wraps up that the exact date when registration will be opened is also a revelation to be imparted.

One might say that it will be a very good episode to download and that one would be wise to do so this Friday (or perhaps late Thursday if one subscribes with iTunes).

Just what I heard.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Episode 25: CONTESTCAST 2

Now that we're a wee bit past the mid-way point for the 2010 WV Writers Annual Writing Contest, we thought it would be prudent to check in with our contest coordinator, Steve Goff, to find out how things are going and answer some more of your frequently asked questions, discuss the list of contest judges and reveal some of the categories in which your odds are better for winning this year.

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West Virginia Writers Contestcast 2 (a.k.a Episode 25)


Download Contest Entry Forms

Entry Form (.doc) Entry Form (.pdf)

Student Entry Form (.doc) Student Entry Form (.pdf)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


...our CONTESTCAST 2 episode, marking the half-way point of the 2010 Annual Writing Contest. We'll cover some frequently asked questions, discuss the list of contest judges and reveal some of the categories in which your odds are better for winning.

Join us for Episode 25 this Friday, February 19, right here (or late night Thursday on iTunes).


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bonus Show 8: Writer's Toolkit

Our 8th bonus show is extry short, but is important if you're going to be in the Charleston area on February 13 and if you're interested in improving your writing.

The Writer's Toolkit event will be taking place at the cultural center, featuring free writing workshops for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and nonfiction research. The event is brought to you by the WV Division of Culture and History in collaboration with the WV Library Commission. You can find specific details about it at our BLOG, but get an overview by listening to the bonus show.

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Charleston Gazette, State Poet Laureate Irene McKinney will not be able to attend the annual Writers' Toolkit as originally scheduled due to weather concerns, but the program will still continue with the authors below and poet and essayist Doug Van Gundy will step in to take the workshop spaces left by McKinney.

As an added bonus to the bonus, you also get to hear the host of the show play his brand new cigar box guitar and the cohosts of the show supply their critique.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Bonus Show 8


Friday, February 5, 2010

This Week...

...there is no new podcast. Awww.

Cause the wife and I will off celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Yay!

Back in a couple.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Bonus Show 7 featuring Sal Buttaci

Our 7th bonus show is an extry-long entry into our Recorded Live Reading series. (Q: "But if it's recorded, how can it be live?" A: "Ahhhh, mind your Ps and Qs, Mack.")

This live reading was recorded at a poetry reading given by Salvatore Buttaci at the Princeton Public Library on December 3, 2009. Sal is the author of A Dusting of Star Fall: Love Poems, Boy on a Swing and Other Poems, A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems, Sun Sparks The Day and Sal Buttaci's Greatest Hits 1970 - 2000 published in the Pudding House books Greatest Hits series. He is also the author of Painless Poetry, which is a workshop for educators teaching poetry appreciation and creative writing. His most recent book is called Flashing My Shorts a collection of flash fiction.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Bonus Show 7


Salvatore Buttaci's website
A Family of Sicilians

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Friday, January 22, 2010

No podcast this week...

...due to the double-sized nature of our first two of the year. Please join us here next week for podcast bonus show #7, featuring a recorded live reading of WV Writers member Sal Buttaci's December poetry reading in Mercer County.

In the meantime, please enjoy this video of the smaller of my two bonus show co-hosts, recorded this past autumn.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Episode 24: Keith Pitzer Tribute with Pops Walker

“It’s with a heavy heart that I write to you today, for we have lost a great friend and performer, Keith Pitzer. Keith passed on this morning after a courageous fight with cancer. His wife Joan, and his four grown sons mourn the loss of their loved one, as do I, Bobbi, and anyone who knew Keith.” -- Pops Walker

This is the opening paragraph from a letter written by Keith's friend and our podcast composer, Pops Walker. Written on December 22, the day Keith passed, it is how many of us first learned the news. Keith was not only a friend of this podcast, but he was a friend of our organization as well.

I thought for today’s special double-sized podcast it would be nice to speak with Pops in tribute to Keith. I wanted to get Pops' perspective on Keith the man and hear about his tireless work with Friends of the Cheat, and also hear of his skill as a musician. We'll also hear some of the outtakes from my interview with him last June, including some of the amazing music he made alongside his wife Joan.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 24


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