October Writers Guild Meeting Recap

By Linda Donaldson

Our last meeting of the Pearl S. Buck Writers Guild brought a dozen of us to the Cultural Center at Green Hills Farm on Sunday October 15th.

Four people brought work to share, and we began with John McCabe’s new introduction to his collection of short stories about the Market-Frankford Elevated trains. Many voiced a connection to John’s depiction of the silent “rules of the riders” that discourages people from talking to each other on trains. We liked his handling of the protagonist’s reconnection with a childhood pal and their subsequent adult friendship as the “glue” that brings these stories together.

A new member, Jim McColgan, read aloud from the introduction to his book set in Cuba. This first book is part of a trilogy spanning from the Cuban revolution onward. His first scene involving children was tangential to the main theme and did not introduce the main characters or their conflict. Listeners suggested Jim revisit his plot and rearrange the action to begin with some element of the drama that will unfold, and to let us get to know either the main protagonists or villains at the very outset. We eagerly await more of his book and his rework of that scene.

Jane Bleam brought a polished version of her story about the geese family. Anne Kaler asked about what other animals Jane had rescued. Thankfully, there are many more. All listeners agreed that Jane’s stories of her summer home experiences are entertaining and, if illustrated, would make great children’s stories. Jane now has all winter to bring us more!

Meredith Betz said she was taking off her “humorous” hat and trying on a serious chapeau. Her short story excerpts from both the beginning and end of a long piece set the stage by introducing a talented musician with a domineering mother. The girl’s music teacher recognizes her ability and begins an exchange that results in a collaborative musical composition. After hearing the ending, we all want to read the middle, so Meredith was encouraged to send out her complete story.

At the end of our meeting, several members wanted to know if Cindy Louden could find a meeting place at the Green Hills Farm for mid-winter meetings before the Guild picks up again in March of 2018. Cindy said she’d pursue that and let us all know. Look for another post as details emerge.

The Fall issue of the Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal is in the final stages and will be posted in the next few weeks. The theme for the Spring 2018 issue will be announced at that time.

 

 

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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. Continue reading “August Guild Meeting Update”

Fall 2017 Literary Journal Theme is Justice and Mercy

By Linda Donaldson

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.” Continue reading “Fall 2017 Literary Journal Theme is Justice and Mercy”

Pearl S. Buck’s 125th Birthday Celebrated

By Linda Donaldson

Sunny weather welcomed guests on both days of Pearl S. Buck’s 125th birthday anniversary on Sunday, June 25th and Monday, June 26th (her actual birthday). I had the privilege of attending both days which showcased the Short Story Contest winners and the re-release by our own Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Press of Pearl’s children’s story Matthew, Mark, Luke and John on the 50th anniversary of its original printing.Coconut Cake 125

After enjoying delicious cake and lemonade, guests were treated to a free house tour which included concerts on both Pearl’s Steinway piano and her organ by talented musicians.

Short Story Contest Winners

Continue reading “Pearl S. Buck’s 125th Birthday Celebrated”

Harmony Stories Strike a Happy Note

By Anne K. Kaler

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Cynthia L. Louden at recent book signing.

Pearl S. Buck and her daughter Carol must be smiling down from heaven these days with the recent publication of Stories from the Hearts of Harmony, which is subtitled as the “uplifting stories of harmony, hope and happiness from families of adults with developmental disabilities.”

Why, you ask?

Pearl’s only biological child, Grace Carol Buck, was a victim of a birth defect of a buildup of amino acid called phenylketonuria or PKU which prevent normal physical development.  Pearl’s book on her struggles recognizing and accepting Carol’s delayed development – The Child Who Never Grew – was a clarion call to the world of the dangers of PKU.  (Babies born today are routinely tested at birth for PKU which can now be treated if caught early enough.) Continue reading “Harmony Stories Strike a Happy Note”

2017 Writing Center Calendar

By Linda Donaldson

Our PSB Writing Center’s calendar of 2017 workshops, classes, discussion groups and Writers Guild meetings is now always available through the heading Calendar of Events appearing as a link at the top center of our blog. The calendar is organized by date.

To register and pay online for any program, visit PSBI website’s Writing Center page http://www.psbi.org/writingcenter and choose the programs you’re interested in. During inclement weather, we urge you to refer to http://www.psbi.org for cancellation information.

Following is a summary of 2017 calendar:

First, classes that offer something for everyone!

  • Creative Writing is Needed for ALL Writing – 8 classes
  • Writing as a Platform for Social Change – 7 classes
  • Writing Short Stories in a Year – 7 classes
  • Write a Novel in a Year – 6 classes
  • Journaling and How to use it in Your Other Writing – 8 classes

Dates for our 2017 Writers Guild Meetings: March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15.

Save These Dates!

  • Spring Writers Conference – Sat., April 8, 2017 at 9:00 am – 3 pm
    = Ready! Set! WRITE!

Plus two Susan Wagner Workshops!

  • Labyrinths & Wellness Writing Workshop – Sat., July 15, 2017 at 9:00am
  • Poetry Writing Workshop – Sat., October 21, 2017 at 9:00am

There are Discussion Groups of Pearl S. Buck’s works held each month from March through October. The Book Discussions are from 2:00 to 3:00pm on the 3rd Mondays of each month. The Short Story Discussions on the 2nd Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Welcome back to Anne Kaler, Sue Wagner, Anita Nolan, Sandra Cody and Orlando Barone as returning presenters. We look forward to Janet Ruth Falon’s new course: Journaling and How to use it in Your Other Writing.

We’re proud to offer such a comprehensive list of programs. Three cheers to Cindy Louden for coordinating these offerings!!!

 Now, more than ever, we have an abundance of reasons to Keep Writing!

 

2016 Wraps and 2017 Beckons

By Linda Donaldson

Here is a much-delayed recap of our October 2016 meeting, followed by a call for submissions to our Spring Issue of the 2017 Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal.

We began our last 2016 meeting with an Authors’ Tour of the Pearl S. Buck residence led by Cindy Louden that highlighted both Buck’s libraries, her office, and Richard Walsh’s office. Continue reading “2016 Wraps and 2017 Beckons”