August Guild Meeting Update

By Anne K. Kaler

The PSB Writers Guild met on Sunday, August 20, 2017 with nine members present.  The next meeting will be on September 17th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Cindy Louden opened with a welcome to a prospective member Joe Vitella.

Melissa Triol started off the sharing session with a two- page vengeful murder-by-candlestick in London in early 20th century. Among favorable comments, Cindy said that it was the finest piece of her writing to date.

Joe Vitella presented the beginning page of a novel, describing a man who has been imprisoned and is being interrogated.

John MCabe read the final two pages of his restructured novel, by ending with two lovers meeting. His Irish editor has helped him.

Cheryl Godschall read a new piece Ghost Train Pickup which caused a flurry of suggestions and questions about where the action should start. Some also commented on her use of “ing” words. Cheryl also supplied the pretzel treats for the meeting.

Jane Bleam presented her final version of freeing the gosling from the fishing line on the Delaware River. Don’t want to give away the ending, but it’s happy.

Holly Odell read her prologue to her memoirs, citing Peace as an active narrator. This led to an active discussion of how the possible processes and order of writings may differ from one writer to another.

Jennifer Klepsch graciously postponed her reading for lack of time and will email her book to the members for their comments.

Anne Kaler distributed samples of modern writers who are worth reading. She also showed the quilt which started the Guild in 2010. The meeting adjourned at 3:35 pm.

The theme for the Fall 2017 Issue, Volume 2, Number 2, of the Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal is Justice and Mercy. We see a host of possible avenues for writing about justice and mercy  —  the lack of either virtue OR the presence of either virtue. We include both sides of this theme, for, in Anne Kaler’s words: “If there were perfect justice, we would not need mercy.  If there were perfect mercy, we would not need justice.”

Click here for the guidelines for the upcoming Fall Literary Journal. And click on the link in the upper right side of this blog to read previous issues of our Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal.

For more information about the Writers Guild or our Writing Center programs, contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or or Linda Donaldson at

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