Calendar of Events 2021

 

WRITERS GUILD

Our Writers Guild meetings held the first Sundays
from March through October from 1 to 3pm
have been switched to Zoom meetings for the balance of 2021
due to COVID-19 concerns.
We will not be holding in-person meetings.

If health guidelines permit in future, we will resume our regularly monthly
in-person sessions, and will notify registered participants accordingly
.

Cost of participation is $80 for all eight sessions, or $10 per session. To register, please contact Cynthia Louden at clouden@pearlsbuck.org or call 267-421-6203.

All genres of literature are welcome from novels and short fiction to memoirs, essays and poetry by all levels of writers. Registered Guild members must send writings for editing consideration and distribution to lindadonaldson@verizon.net  2 weeks prior to our meetings so attendees can read and be prepared to discuss. Please consult the blog at psbwritingcenter.org for more details.

Meeting Dates:

March 21st , April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, & October 17th

WRITING WEBINARS

Building Your Audience and Your Platform
A Webinar with Pamela Varkony
Tuesday, April 13th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

You are a writer; you have beautiful words you want to send into the universe. First you have to get published. In today’s world, most agents and publishers will insist you have a platform before they consider representing you.

In this webinar we will guide you through the steps you need to take to start building that platform now in advance of contacting an agent or self-publishing your book. 

The framework of building a successful author’s platform begins with a website and a blog. If you don’t have one, you don’t exist.

Next, don’t overlook the obvious: Write! Write! Write! Publish! Publish! Publish! There are thousands of outlets for guest blog posts, journals, both in print and online, and ezines covering every topic under the sun.

At the core of all author platforms is your presence on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram can make or break a book launch.

This class will provide you with action items and resources designed to build your reputation and name recognition.

Registration fee of $25 required. (see registration info below)

Pamela Varkony is a dynamic speaker who has inspired audiences from America to Australia to Afghanistan through her passion for improving the lives of others. Her insights on life, leadership, politics, and the human condition are read and heard across four continents.

From 2012 to 2014 she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women. In 2017 Pam was named a Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence. An author, freelance columnist and commentator, her stories cover subjects from business ethics to the status of women in the third world.

Pam has contributed stories to National Public Radio for regional and national broadcasts, and hosted her own radio program on Voice America Network. She is the co-author of a history of Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania: “Our Lost Tohickon Valley,” a portrait of the early 20th century, now in its third printing. Pam is also a contributing writer and poet to the anthology “Songs of Ourselves…America’s Interior Landscape.”

Her columns and features have appeared in major U.S. newspapers and magazines. Her poetry has been published in the New York Times. In 2008, the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association recognized her with an “Excellence in Journalism” award for her editorial writing.

Visit her at www.pamelavarkony.com

Foundations of World Building for All Genres
A Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Zoom Webinar
with Donna Galanti
Saturday, April 17th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

All stories happen somewhere. Whether you write fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, or even about the “real world,” world building is key to creating a meaningful story.

With several science fiction and fantasy books under her belt for adults and children, Donna shares methods of world building that any writer can apply. From the smallest details to the rules of its universe, discover the way a considered approach to world building can govern the hearts of your characters and help drive your story.

Topics include: elements of world building, using world building to support conflict and tension, world building questions and resources, seven main areas that serve as the foundation for your worldand what to avoid in building your world. Donna also shares real-book examples to supplement her topics.

$25 registration fee required. (see registration info below)

Donna Galanti is the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “A heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.” She’s also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, the popular Unicorn Island series, and the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy for adults.

Donna is also a writing contest judge at nycmidnight.com, regularly presents as a guest author at schools, and teaches writers through her online Udemy courses. Visit her at donnagalanti.com

Our 3-step Registration Process for All of our Zoom Classes:

  • Please send Cindy Louden your complete street address/zip, preferred Email address and your cell phone number to clouden@pearlsbuck.org.
  • Cindy with then forward your info to our PSB Volunteer Association President, Nancy McElwee.
  • Nancy will call you to ask for your credit card info to process and will return your receipt via snail mail. Payment by check or money order can also be arranged with Nancy.

MEMOIRS CLASS

PSBVA’s Linda Wisniewski will once again offer her very popular monthly Zoom Memoirs Writing Webinars starting on the 1st Wednesdays from 1-3pm beginning March 3rd through October 6th. This class will guide you towards centering on one segment of your life and turning it into a compelling story, whether your goal is to share it with family and friends or to publish it for a wider audience. Each session includes time to practice writing that month’s lesson and to give and receive gentle, constructive feedback. Between class sessions, you will also have the opportunity to discuss articles on memoir writing and to share your writing with other students and the instructor for a more comprehensive response. Linda C. Wisniewski writes about life and the connections we make by giving each other the space and time to be heard. A former feature writer and columnist for the Bucks County Herald and the Bucks County Women’s Journal, Linda’s work has been published widely in literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the memoir, Off Kilter, published by Pearlsong Press, and a novel, Where the Stork Flies, forthcoming from Sand Hill Review Press. More about her at http://www.lindawis.com. $200 registration required.

To register for any Writing Center Webinars or if you have any questions about any of the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center offerings, contact its Chair, Cindy Louden, at clouden@pearlsbuck.org or call 267-421-6203.

Complimentary Zoom Discussions

Join us for these zoom discussions of the works of Pearl S. Buck

Pearl’s Short Story Discussions will begin Zooming on the 2nd Tuesdays of March through October from 10-11:30 a.m.  Dr. Carol Breslin leads the discussion of stories from Pearl’s “Hearts Come Home” anthology. “Hearts Come Home” is the anthology discussed using specific stories TBA.  Wonderful information can be gathered from Pearl’s short stories for Docents, Gift Shop volunteers or anyone who wants to know and share more about Pearl. Complimentary registration.

Pearl’s Novel Discussions will begin Zooming on the 3rd Mondays of March 22 through October from 1-2:30 pm. We will begin with “The Final Chapter” by Beverly Rizzon, who was Pearl’s Secretary while living in Vermont.  For more information, email facilitator Cindy Louden, clouden@pearlsbuck.org. You don’t have to have read the book to enjoy the discussions. Wonderful information can be gathered from Pearl’s novels, her non-fiction, and from her biographers for Docents, Gift Shop volunteers or anyone who wants to know and share about our Pearl.  Complimentary registration.