Guild Meets, Reviews Authors’ Works

The August Writers Guild meeting welcomed some new faces, updated health issues of members, and discussed the Literary Journal and PSBWC blog.

Most important, the deadline of the Fall Issue of the PSB Literary Journal has been extended to September 30th, 2016. You can find the submission guidelines here.

Cindy Loudon announced that she and Anne Kaler have a trove of books they will offer members. That sparked a debate about how best to handle the “swap” with more members participating. Continue reading “Guild Meets, Reviews Authors’ Works”

Writers Guild Meets Sunday August 21st

Bring your work and join us in the Cultural Center (Red Barn) at Pearl S. Buck’s historic home site, Green Hills Farm, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm this Sunday, August 21st.

Be sure to make 15 copies of any poem, essay, memoir, fiction or non-fiction selection you’d like to share for comments from our friendly group of writers. We all sometimes struggle to polish our works and invite each other to weigh in with constructive critiques.

We usually limit the reading and discussion of each piece to 15 minutes, so 3 to 4 pages maximum is suggested, though longer pieces can be handed out. Please add your email address to any selection since discussion time is limited, and members can respond later via email.

Don’t forget our deadline for submissions to the Fall Literary Journal has been extended to September 30th. Guidelines for submission can be found here.

The Power of Place

Sandy Cody
Sandy Cody

I grew up in St. Louis and the surrounding area, never too far from the Mississippi River. The character of the city, the small towns, the farms and, most of all, the people, of the mid-section of the country, have been shaped, for both good and ill, by that mighty river.

On the good side, St. Louis owes its life and much of its prosperity to the fact that it is located on a major artery of transport. As for ill, The Old Man at floodtide can, in a single day, wipe out a small town’s entire business section or rob a farm family of a year’s livelihood. Yet, for all its destructive force, I don’t know anyone who has grown up within the reach of the Mississippi who doesn’t love it–an affection that baffles many visitors, especially those who grew up near other rivers. They think water should be clear−sparkling and transparent. The Mississippi is nothing like that. There’s good reason it’s called The Big Muddy. Looking into its dark, impenetrable depths, you see a living entity, pulsing with power and energy. To live near the Mississippi is to know that Nature is in charge. Continue reading “The Power of Place”

Literary Journal Deadline Extended

The editors of the Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal announce an extension to the deadline for our Fall Issue, planned for publication in mid-October. The new deadline is September 30th.

Please visit our Submission Guidelines for instructions on submitting your work.

Mark your calendars, so you don’t miss our August Writers Guild meeting on Sunday, August 21st from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Cultural Center (the red barn) at Green Hills Farm, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA.

Poets, essayists, fiction, non-fiction and memoir writers are all welcome, regardless of project status.  In the words of our fearless leader, Keep Writing!

“The power of story”

MacomberThe Doylestown Bookshop will sponsor a book-signing by romance novelist Debbie Macomber at the Pearl S. Buck House, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 pm.

In a recent interview, Macomber said she has a photo of Pearl Buck on the wall of her writing turret that extols “the power of story.” To review that interview by Liz Thompson of the Bucks County Courier Times, click here.

A registration fee of $32 includes both admission and a signed copy of her latest book – Sweet Tomorrows.  To register and pay online: http://www.doylestownbookshop.com.

The Hook, The Body and The Twist

By Linda Donaldson

July’s Writers Guild meeting this past Sunday was full of shared work and spirited discussion. Anne introduced a guest, Lonnie Barone, author, lecturer and editorial writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who spoke about blogs and opinion editorials or op-eds.

On Sunday, Lonnie told us his simple 3-step formula: a hook, followed by the body or thesis, and the twist. Start by capturing the reader’s interest, tell the story, and end with something unexpected that will make the reader think. You can find Lonnie’s blog under our Resources heading entitled On Blogs and Op-eds. Continue reading “The Hook, The Body and The Twist”

On Blogs and Op-Eds

This is a blog about blogs. I blog, I’m doing it now. I also write op-eds, short essays suitable for publication on the opinion pages of newspapers or news sites. The forms are similar but distinct.

IMG_lonnie barone
Lonnie Barone

Op-eds must conform to a set of standards established by the editors of the site or paper to which it is submitted. Typical standards may include a word limit, often 500-700 words, stylistic norms, and attribution requirements. An Op-ed usually has a thesis or central idea driving the piece. The thesis usually derives from current news or events (though not always). Continue reading “On Blogs and Op-Eds”