Nittany Valley Writers Network
Anticipating the spirit of St. Paddy's Day, Welsh poet Zoë Brigley will be discussing the Celtic bard and what modern writers can take from this ancient tradition. While poets are often thought of as dreamy and unpractical, the Celtic bard was regarded with respect. The bardic tradition dates back to the sixth century and presents a very different role for the writer. Rather than being about personal expression, the position of bard dictated serving the community.more info
Is social media a time-waster? A networking tool? It's both, of course. Sarah Goslee, author of science fiction, science non-fiction, and other types of literature will discuss how social media can be used to establish a writer's presence. Sarah's Twitter posts led to an anthology publication, her blogging inspired article assignments, and social media in general has led to increased book sales and invaluable networking, as well as helping her keep up with news in her field.more info
The Nittany Valley Writers Network meeting will feature Jeff Munnis, speaking about the ways we enter into different communities of accountability when we ask others to read or listen to our work. Jeff has had two collections of poetry published by Pessoa Press: Next to a River (2007) and Vision (2008). Two more books, Hide of Elephants and The Orange and Blue Drive-In, will be published in 2012.more info
Heather will discuss how her fiction, poetry, nonfiction and creative nonfiction (the fourth genre) fits into her life and informs each other, as well as the relationship of her writing to teaching. She is the author of a novel, Through Your Hands (iUniverse, 2011), a poetry chapbook, Cheap Grace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and literary criticism, including How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen and the Landscape of War (University of Michigan Press, 1992), with additional books in the works.more info
Hülya will discuss autobiographical fiction, including her work in progress, For the Sake of a Necklace, prefaced by a brief overview of Snow, a novel by Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient. Hülya, a native of Ankara, Turkey, is senior lecturer in German, Comparative Literature Studies and Turkish at The Pennsylvania State University.more info
Walk away from that copy of Writer's Market. Sue Marquette Poremba will discuss what it takes to make freelance writing a sustainable career and will include things like reaching out to editors, getting assignments, the importance of networking and marketing, and the changing scope of publishing opportunities. Sue started freelancing in 2001 while still working full time at Penn State and made the jump to full-time freelancing in 2005. Her articles have appeared in local and national print magazines, web publications, and blogs. Tuesday, September 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Lyn Elliot, filmmaker. Lyn writes and directs short films, and teaches screenwriting and film production at Penn State. She will discuss what makes screenwriting a distinct form of storytelling, and ways to approach screenwriting when your own writing experience is in fiction, poetry, or drama. This discussion will not focus on selling films or scripts, but rather on the art and craft of screenwriting. http://www.lynelliot.com/
Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Join us for a screening of "Writing Down the River." This exhilarating 1999 documentary of a 10-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon offers the perfect stimulus for the New Year! Join Linda Ellerbee (journalist & cancer survivor), Barbara Earl Thomas (painter), Ruth Kirk (naturalist), Denise Chávez (novelist & playwright), and other creative women as they confront their fears, challenge their preconceptions, and write about their impressions of life, nature, and the journey.more info
John Carr will discuss his career, which has spanned more than three decades and continues to prove fruitful, with two books coming out in 2010 and three scheduled for 2011. His earlier books include Ophidian Conspiracy (1975) and Kalvin Kingmaker, (2001), as well as others written with Roland J. Green and Don Hawthorne.