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
.

Registration Fees for all PSB Writing Center Classes, Zoom Webinars, Discussions, programs, etc.
are Non-Refundable unless it is cancelled.

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

“Journaling the Pandemic and Its Aftermath”
Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Zoom Class
With Jude Walsh

Tuesday, June 1st, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Centered around the Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘new normal’ soon to come, this session will offer journaling strategies to go beyond simple noting of current events to processing the resulting emotions and challenges. Strategies include: lists, dialogues, letter writing, altered perspective and prompts. Attendees will write in response to a few of the techniques, and a list of resources and additional prompts will be provided for future use.

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

Jude Walsh writes memoir, personal essay, poetry and fiction. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” Before retiring and beginning her writing career, she taught for 33 years, serving students from the preschool to the doctoral level. She is the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me (Morgan James Press), a 2020 Indie Excellence Awards Winner and 2020 International Book Awards Finalist. More information is at her website www.secondbloomcoaching.com

Bringing Your Middle Grade Characters to Life
A PSB Writing Center Zoom Webinar with Karen Pokras 
Tuesday, August 17 from 1pm to 2:30 pm 

Every story comes down to your main character. This webinar will cover developing the middle grade character for readers up to age 13 in a context of more than just writing dialogue and narrative. It encompasses idea generation, finding your character’s voice, using character to develop plot, writing dialogue and narrative, and developing relationships between sub-characters. Brainstorming exercises will be part of this class.

$25 registration fee. To register or for more information, please contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

Karen Pokras is a daisy lover, cat wrangler, and occasional baker. She has been writing for children for over ten years, winning several indie literary awards for her middle grade works. Karen has appeared numerous times as a panel speaker for Philadelphia Stories’ annual Push to Publish conference on topics related to marketing and writing for children and has spoken at various other workshops for children and writers in the Philadelphia area. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is a writing contest judge at NYC Midnight. Karen’s newest middle grade story, The Backyard Secrets of Danny Wexler (Lerner/Kar-Ben) hits the shelves in November. For more information, visit karenpokras.com.

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.