meets from September through June on the 4th Saturday of the month at
the Palmer Library, Palmer Township. Note: no monthly meetings are
held in December, July, or August. We typically skip either March or
April due to the conference—check the calendar on the home page for
details. Click here for upcoming programs.
Join us for refreshments
GLVWG business meeting
all members; prospective members are invited to attend up to three
times. We introduce new members/guests and what they write; encourage
members to share publishing news/writing triumphs; announce upcoming
events; gather member opinions about how best to use organizational
funds to serve their needs; and let people know about volunteer
opportunities within GLVWG and other ways to promote networking with
other writers. The participation of all members is highly
valued--otherwise, you are leaving important decisions up to others!
Spotlight or Tech Talk
presents either a Spotlight (a reading of original work) or a Tech
Talk (tips on writing craft for fellow writers). To volunteer, contact
any Member Representative.
A guest speaker—a published author or other publishing industry
professional—focuses on some aspect of the craft of writing or the
business of publishing.
where an afternoon workshop is
scheduled, don’t run off! Those staying through often lunch
together. An announcement to this effect will be made.
Afternoon Workshops are
no charge to members,
BUT YOU MUST STILL REGISTER HERE.
members are $15.00 Register HERE.
am-12 noon Following Monthly Meeting
No registration or fee for the morning
workshop Saturday May 25th, 2013.
YA (Young Adult) panel discussion,
Panel discussion goes till 1:00PM.
Our phenomenal panel
of published YA authors will answer all your questions about this up
and coming genre for readers of all ages:
I prefer to write short fiction and young-adult novels. I had my first
short story published when I was seventeen, but it took me many years
to write well with consistency, and I continue to learn more every
year. My short fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Willow
Review and North American Review, and a short story called
“Confessions and Chocolate Brains” appears in the 2011 anthology Truth
& Dare. My contemporary young-adult novels are The
Secret Year (2010) and Try
Not to Breathe (2012).
Alissa is the author of the novels Popular
(Flux, 2011) and Ferocity
Summer (Flux, 2012). Her third novel Shallow Pond is
due out from Flux in July. She
grew up in New Jersey and graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers with
a B.A. in English. These days she lives in a small town in
Pennsylvania, but she can walk to New Jersey (There’s a bridge.)
When she isn’t working on a new
novel, she might be busy with a freelance writing project or sharing
her love of all things vintage in her Etsy shop Planet
Alissa. In the past she has worked as a newspaper editor, a
children’s librarian and a long, long time ago as a tavern wench
complete with Colonial style costume.
Alissa is a member of The
Class of 2K11, The
KidLit Authors Club, The
Elevensies and The
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Nicole has always been fascinated with
the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. She devoured books about chivalry
and knight, love and romance, she even had a Renaissance themed
wedding. Throughout her research, she wondered if there were any
female knights, knowing how women were treated back then. To her
surprise, she uncovered information about an entire order of female
knights - the Order of the Hatchet in Catalonia. These brave women
protected their town of Tortosa from Moor attack. Along with their new
status, the women were exempted from taxes and preceded over men in
public assemblies. This inspired her to write about a young girl
who wishes to become a knight, citing these brave women.
Her debut novel - Woman
of Honor (2009) is the first in the Kingdom of Arnhem series,
the story of the young would-be female knight. Book II - Knight
of Glory further explores the medieval fantasy land of Arnhem.
of Valor is the third book in the series.
Our own John Evans is a published author with a special interest
in Mark Twain. In 1993, University Press of America published his
first book, A
Tom Sawyer Companion,
which draws a parallel between The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
and Twain’s personal adventures as a boy. He has also written
personal essays and articles. “Getting the Bugs out of Tom
Sawyer”, a humorous look at an entomologist obsessed with insects
mentioned by Twain, was published in McGraw Hill’s 2000 edition of Tom
Sawyer. He has also reviewed books for the Mark Twain Forum, an
on-line website consisting primarily of Twain scholars who share an
interest in Twain’s life and writing.
In 2006, John retired from teaching and has
turned his energies to writing fiction. In 2003, his first novel The
was published by Beachhouse Books to favorable reviews. He has
just completed writing a second novel,
A Dead Issue, which will be released by Sunbury Press in the
spring of 2013. John has been an active member of the Greater
Lehigh Valley Writers Group since 1994 and has served on the board
as Member Representative (2003-2006), vice president (2006-2007),
president (2007-2008), and Author Advocacy Chair (2008-2013). He lives
in Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, and the obligatory cat and
workshop Saturday June22nd, 2013
Moment in Your Writing
the morning session,
will describe a technique called “link and shift”, a central
concept in Japanese poetic forms.
will present an overview of these forms as they developed over 1,300
years to the present day. The
forms include tanka (a 5-phrase poem), haiku (a 3 phrase poem), haibun
(poem + reflective prose), and haiga (poem + art).
will touch on how the Japanese forms develop the ability to discover
vivid detail that can illuminate all genres of prose, as well as
will describe a technique called “link and shift”, a
central concept in Japanese poetic forms. She will present an
overview of these forms as they developed over 1,300 years to the
present day. The forms include tanka (a 5-phrase poem), haiku (a
3 phrase poem), haibun (poem + reflective prose), and haiga (poem +
art). Marilyn will touch on how the Japanese forms develop the
ability to discover vivid detail that can illuminate all genres of
prose, as well as poetry.
a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her
work includes residencies in France, Japan and Morocco. A regular
presenter at Haiku Society of America meetings in Manhattan, she
is Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School in Allentown. She
received an Arts Ovation Award from the Allentown Arts Commission in
2006, in the category of Literary Arts. Her writing has been
published in a number of journals and venues.
edits red lights, an international tanka