In honor of our 2010 Centre County Reads pick, The Maltese Falcon, we're hoping you'll jump on this contest like a starving mouse on a piece of the best cheddar. Write your best Hammett-style piece (hard boiled detective writing) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the libraries in Centre County along with a cover letter, your name, address, contact information and a brief biography.
What Prizes will there be? Glad you asked!
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
The Nittany Valley Writers Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice, published and hopeful.
Meetings are generally held at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College, on the second Tuesday of the month in the Downsbrough Community Room from 7 to 8:30 pm.
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.