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The Nittany Valley Writers Network Newsletter
April 2012

Network Events

Tues 10 Apr – NVWN Meeting and Memoir Discussion – The 2nd Tues
of the month, 7-8:30pm in Schlow Centre Region Library’s Community
Room. Members will engage in a discussion of the memoir genre –
bring examples or things to say!

Wed 18 Apr – 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.

Wed 18 Apr – Seven Mountains Haiku Club – 7-9pm in Schlow
Library’s Community Room. Bring haiku. – Anne Burgevin, 235-6362,
anneatpeace@yahoo.com <mailto:anneatpeace@yahoo.com> .

Tues 24 Apr – 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.

Register now for Sat 28 Apr Writers Workshop in State College –
10am-4pm – Schlow Centre Region Library’s Community Room. C. Hope
Clark is the editor of the Funds for Writers newsletters and website,
one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. She is a full-time
freelance writer and the author of The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide
to Writing Success. The first book of her agricultural mystery series,
Lowcountry Bribe–A Carolina Slade Mystery, was released in February.
Hope will speak on four topics: The Story of Carolina Slade–A Mystery
Becomes a Reality; Revisions–Polishing for Publication; Funding Streams
for Your Freelance Career; and Platform and Other Tools for the Serious
Writer, including a discussion of The Shy Writer. Afterward, she will
hold a Q&A session and a book signing. Seating is limited. Registration
is $20 through 21 April and $25 at the door if any spaces remain. To
find out more information on how to register, contact Karen Dabney at greywing228@verizon.net
<mailto:greywing228@verizon.net> ). (Seehttp://www.fundsforwriters.com
<http://www.fundsforwriters.com/> and http://www.chopeclark.com
<http://www.chopeclark.com/> ).

Sun 29 Apr – Teen Poetry Slam – 2:30-4pm – Schlow
Library’s Community Room – Prizes, Refreshments, First Prize $25.
Poets will perform original work alone or in teams. The work will be
judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of the performance as the
content or styles. http://www.wompoetryslam.com/
<http://www.wompoetryslam.com/>

Monthly Forum

This month, let’s talk about our current writing projects, the memoir genre and the upcoming NVWN Writers Workshop. Share your comments / questions at the next Social (or with mts@uplink.net <mailto:mts@uplink.net> or Yahoo or Facebook).

Worthy Links

NVWN web page: http://schlowlibrary.org/nvwn
<http://schlowlibrary.org/nvwn> > Nittany Valley Writers Network
NVWN Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nvwn/
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nvwn/> (see Links and Files)
NVWN Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nvwritersnetwork
<http://www.facebook.com/nvwritersnetwork>
NVWN Blog: https://nvwn.wordpress.com/<https://nvwn.wordpress.com/> –
email nvwnblog@gmail.com to get started.

This Month’s Recommendations:
Subsidized vs. Self-publishing:
https://nvwn.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/nvwn-problem-page-subsidized-versus\
-self-publishing/

<https://nvwn.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/nvwn-problem-page-subsidized-versu\
s-self-publishing/
>
New Pastiche magazine (with pieces by NVWN members):
http://olli.centreconnect.org/images/Pastiche_Mags/pastiche_mag_issue_5_\
spring_12.pdf

<http://olli.centreconnect.org/images/Pastiche_Mags/pastiche_mag_issue_5\
_spring_12.pdf
>
New Haiku Club:
https://nvwn.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/seven-mountains-haiku-club-of-centr\
al-pennsylvania/

<https://nvwn.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/seven-mountains-haiku-club-of-cent\
ral-pennsylvania/
>
Never too old:
http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/health/2012/03/07/pkg-gupta-l\
earning-to-read-at-90.cnn

<http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/health/2012/03/07/pkg-gupta-\
learning-to-read-at-90.cnn
>

Critique Groups

Creative Writing Group – 3rd Tues 7-8:30pm – FrankRocco38@yahoo.com
<mailto:FrankRocco38@yahoo.com> , 861-3625
The Artist’s Way for Women – Tues 7-8:30pm, – elisha@etchdance.com
<mailto:elisha@etchdance.com>
CLAW (Creating Literature At Webster’s) – Fiction – Jen,
facilitator@clawcritique.com <mailto:facilitator@clawcritique.com>
W4K (Writers for Kids) – Virginia Loewen, vloewen@verizon.net
<mailto:vloewen@verizon.net> , 237-0947
Christian Writers Roundtable – Laurel West, laurelwest975@gmail.com
<mailto:laurelwest975@gmail.com> , 237-3010
OLLI Writers Group – All genres – Rita, ritalouise@gmail.com
<mailto:ritalouise@gmail.comMemoir>
Memoir/Non-Fiction Writing Group – 1st Thu 1pm – Barb Foley,
knock3xs@hotmail.com <mailto:knock3xs@hotmail.com>
State College Writers Group – Fiction/poetry – Glenn,gbv750@hotmail.com
<mailto:gbv750@hotmail.com> , 234-1949
New! Poetry/Haiku – Anne Burgevin, anneatpeace@yahoo.com
<mailto:anneatpeace@yahoo.com> , 235-6362

Contacts

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

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It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I
couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert
Benchley

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. – George
Bernard Shaw

“State College: A town is actually named that.” “It’s just so generic…
there was a movie ‘Repo Man’ in which a young Emilio Estevez was eating
from a can of generically labeled food and it just said ‘food’. State
College is just a hair away from just being called ‘town’ or ‘that huge
thing that is here.’ I don’t want to deny its identity, but if you
would just add a ‘-ville’ or a ‘-ton’… ‘Statecollegeton’… – John
Hodgman (AreasOfMyExpertise.com) in the CDT

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