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The Nittany Valley Writers Network Newsletter
January 2012

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

Network Events

Tues 10 Jan – NVWN Meeting and speaker Rev. Jeff Munnis on “Who Do You Write For? And Why?”  – The 2nd Tues of the month, 7-8:30pm in Schlow Centre Region Library’s Community Room. Rev. Munnis will talk 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)) and two more to be published in 2012. He is the publisher and series editor for Coimbra Editions and is an ordained minister serving at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hublersburg, PA.

Wed 18 Jan – 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 23 Jan – 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.

Monthly Forum

Last month’s question was, “Can you teach/learn writing? What part is mechanics and what part art?”

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learned to dance”  – Alexander Pope (saying that writers are made, not born)

Let’s continue to ponder the topic of teaching and learning writing.  Share your ideas at the next Social (or with mts@uplink.net or Yahoo or Facebook).

Worthy Links

NVWN web page:  http://schlowlibrary.org/nvwn > Nittany Valley Writers Network
NVWN Yahoo group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nvwn/  (see Links and Files)
NVWN Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/nvwritersnetwork
NVWN Blog:  https://nvwn.wordpress.com/ – email nvwnblog@gmail.com to get started.
This Month’s Recommendations:
Tiny stories: http://www.wellreadwife.com/2011/12/20/book-review-the-tiny-book-of-tiny-stories-volume-1-by-joseph-gordon-levitt-and-hitrecord/
30 Ideas for Teaching Writing:  http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/922

Critique Groups

Creative Writing Group – 3rd Tues 7-8:30pm – FrankRocco38@yahoo.com, 861-3625
All-In Writing
– Thu 6-8pm at Denny’s – Steve Brezler, scuttlebeez@yahoo.com
The Artist’s Way for Women – Tues 7-8:30pm, – elisha@etchdance.com
CLAW (Creating Literature At Webster’s) – Fiction – Jen, facilitator@clawcritique.com
W4K (Writers for Kids) – Virginia Loewen, vloewen@verizon.net, 238-1817
Christian Writers Roundtable – Laurel West, laurelwest975@gmail.com, 237-3010
OLLI Writers Group – All genres – Rita, ritalouise@gmail.com
Memoir Writing Group – 1st Thu 1pm – Barb Foley, knock3xs@hotmail.com
State College Writers Group – Fiction/poetry – Glenn, 234-1949, gbv750@hotmail.com


Programming:  Sally Driscoll (sallydriscoll@verizon.net), (814)231-0913
Technology:  Greg Halpin (gphalpin@gmail.com)
Marketing:  Zoë Brigley Thompson (zoe.brigley@gmail.com)
Critique Groups:  Karen Dabney (greywing228@verizon.net)
Newsletter & Social:  Mark T. Shirey (mts@uplink.net). Send items by the 25th.


Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.  – William Faulkner

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.  – William Faulkner

Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing. – William Faulkner

The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.  -William Faulkner

Fiction is often the best fact.  – William Faulkner (an inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson’s so-called Gonzo journalism)