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 8 May – NVWN Meeting and Open Reading – The 2nd Tues of the month, 7-8:30pm in Schlow Centre Region Library’s Community Room.  Writers are invited to read their work – five minutes or less. All genres are welcome.

Wed 16 May – 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 22 May – 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.

Other news/events:

NVWN Writers Workshop a Success – The workshop with C. Hope Clark on April 28 at Schlow Library was a great success. We had glowing feedback from people among the 38 participants.

Hope spoke about her 14-year journey to publish Lowcountry Bribe, the first book of her Carolina Slade agricultural mystery series with Bell Bridge Books, including how she obtained an agent and publisher. She shared her approach to self-editing and revision for publication, and her thoughts about self-publishing, including her experience with her self-published book, The Shy Writer. She talked about grants, contests and other funding sources for writers, and her Funds for Writers newsletters. Hope also talked about “platform” and marketing your writing. She took questions throughout the day, and signed books.

Hope and her husband Gary had a great time at the conference. The NVWN was fortunate to have a chance to host such an informative and entertaining speaker.  [Many thanks to Karen Dabney who conceived of the event and orchestrated its success.]

Monthly Forum

This month, let’s talk about our current writing projects and what we learned at the NVWN Writers Workshop. Share your comments / questions at the next Social (or with or Yahoo or Facebook).

Worthy Links

NVWN web page: > Nittany Valley Writers Network
NVWN Yahoo group:  (see Links and Files)
NVWN Facebook page:
NVWN Blog: – email to get started.
This Month’s Recommendations:
The agony of writing:

Critique Groups

CLAW (Creating Literature At Webster’s) – Fiction – Jen,
W4K (Writers for Kids) – Virginia Loewen,, 237-0947
Christian Writers Roundtable – Laurel West,, 237-3010
OLLI Writers Group – All genres – Rita,
Memoir/Non-Fiction Writing Group – 1st Thu 1pm – Barb Foley,
State College Writers Group – Fiction/poetry – Glenn,, 234-1949
Poetry/Haiku – Anne Burgevin,, 235-6362
Creative Writing Group – Back in September –, 861-3625
The Artist’s Way
 for Women – Tues 7-8:30pm, –


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Technology:  Greg Halpin (
Marketing:  Zoë Brigley Thompson (
Critique Groups:  Karen Dabney (
Newsletter & Social:  Mark T. Shirey ( Send items by the 25th.


Are you still doing that poetry blog?
Ya, I love it! It makes me feel like a much larger audience is ignoring my work!
– Savage Chickens cartoon by Doug Savage

I do not think that word means what you think it means.  – Inigo Montoya to Fezzik in the movie “The Princess Bride”