Nittany Valley Writers Network
John Carr will discuss his career, including two books released in 2010 and three scheduled for 2011. His earlier books include Ophidian Consiracy and Kalvin Kingmaker as well as other written in collaboration with Roland J. Green and Don Hawthorne. He will also discuss his thirty year journey writing the biography of H. Beam Piper, author of the Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen saga.more info
Karen Dabney, the new coordinator for the NVWN criique groups, will be hosting an informal session for new critique groups. Stop by and sign up for a group, offer to organize a new group, or talk with NVWN members about how best to make a critique group run smoothly.more info
This workshop, presented by novelist Natalie J. Damschroder, will break down the elements of a "good hook"; how to keep a reader engaged to make your book a can't-put-it-down page turner. Ms. Damschroder is known for her short stories & different forms of romance novels, however the techniques she brings to the workshop can be used in any genre. This program is open to the general public yet is not for women only!more info
Sheila Squillante is a senior lecturer in English at Penn State as well as the associate director of the MFA Program. She is also a poet who will be sharing her poetry with us and discuss how writers can tune in to their inner poet.more info
Steven Sherrill is not only an associate professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, but an author of three novels*; one of which, Visits from the Drowned Girl, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. His presentation will touch on character and plot development in his own work and techniques culled from his wildly popular intensive novel writing workshop offered each summer at the University of Iowa.
*He is also an accomplished painter and a novice banjo player!
Paul Yeager & his wife Sherry Coven present a practical yet humorous session on words, phrases, and expressions that writers should avoid as well as grammatical errors that make editors cringe. Together, Paul & Sherry write a popular language & grammar blog languageandgrammar.com Visit their blog, then visit with them in person at this month's get together of the Nittany Valley Writers Network.
Join local authors Suzan Erem and Paul Durrenberger as they talk about their experience co-authoring On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5, their non-fiction account of an 18 month struggle between a black longshoremen's union in the South and a white neoconservative attorney general that started in late 1999 and continues to reverberate through the global economy.more info