The NVWN is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice,
published and hopeful.


NVWN Meeting and speaker:  “Tips for Starting a Freelance Writing Career ” with Sue Marquette Poremba.

The 2nd Tues of the month, 13 Sep,
7-8:30pm in Schlow Library’s Community Room.

Walk away from that copy of Writer’s Market. This talk 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.

Wed 21 Sep – NVWN Early-Risers Breakfast

Every 3rd Wed, 7-8am at The Waffle Shop, 1610 W College Ave, State College. All are welcome – ask for the Writers Table.

Tues 27 Sep – NVWN Writers Social

Every 4th Tues, 5:30-7pm at The Autoport, 1405 S Atherton St., State College. All are welcome – ask for the Writers Table.

Tues 27 Sep – John Connolly at Schlow Library

7pm – the author of The Book of Lost Things, The Gates and the Charlie Parker mystery series speaks about his crime fiction.


Network News
Dr. Heather Jordan, our November speaker and author of the novel Through Your Hands (2011), a poetry chapbook, Cheap Grace (2010), and literary criticism, including How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen and the Landscape of War (1992), will be signing books at Barnes and Nobel from 1-3 on September 17th and giving a poetry reading at the Palmer Art Museum at noon on October 5.


Monthly Forum

This month’s topic is “How do languages other than English affect your writing?” Share your ideas at the next Social (or with  or Yahoo or Facebook).


Why Poetry Matters
by Zoë Brigley Thompson

Environmental destruction and ecological balance are at the heart of Neil Astley’s anthology Earth Shattering, which brings together over 200 poems to celebrate the natural world, lament its corruption, and consider how it might be preserved. When it comes to the power of nature and the possibility of apocalypse, however, one poem particularly struck me.

Working out of genres that he calls `Alternative Realism’ and `European Darkness,’ the Irish poet Matthew Sweeney imagines the
breakdown of the civilized world in ‘Zero Hour’ ( As oil reserves slowly run low in this frightening, new society, Sweeney imagines cars left useless on the roadside and people attacking one another for the most basic goods. Sweeney’s scenario is one that we all doubtfully envision at times of crisis, and his final question is chilling:

… who
out there could have predicted
this sudden countdown to zero hour,
all the paraphernalia of our comfort
stamped obsolete, our memories
fighting to keep us sane and upright?


Worthy Links
This Month’s Recommendations:

Novel writing play-by-play:\

PSU English Dept events:


Critique Groups

New! All-In Writing – Thu 6-8 at Panera – Steve Brezler,

New! The Artist’s Way for Women – Tues 7-8:30pm, –

CLAW (Creating Literature At Webster’s) – Fiction – Jen,

W4K (Writers for Kids) – Virginia Loewen, 238-1817,

Christian Writers Roundtable – Laurel West at 237-3010,

OLLI Writers Group – All genres – Rita,

Memoir Writing Group – 1st Thu 1pm – Barb Foley,

State College Writers Group – Fiction/poetry – Glenn, 234-1949,


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In France, cocks crow “cocorico” and bombs go “padam” instead of kaboom.
What other animals “say” in other languages:

The great American philosopher and language theorist Steve Martin once said: ‘Let me give you a warning, if you’re going over  there… “chapeau” means hat… “oeuf” means egg… it’s like those French have a different word for everything.’