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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

WV Writers eNews for 3/28/06

WV Writers President Emeritus George Lies has posted his latest WVWriters eNews to the WVWriters Roundtable.

This edition has information about three flash-fiction contests as well as a Belinda Anderson workshop and writing classes taught by Geoff Fuller.

If you're a member of West Virginia Writers and are not receiving the WVWriters eNews as e-mail, feel free to drop George a note to add your name to the list.

Follow the link below to the latest edition....

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cheryl Ware to be Honored

Morgantown, WV, March 15, 2006: Cheryl Ware, the author of four remarkable children's novels, (and member of WV Writers --admin eric), will be honored by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University with its Alumni Recognition Award.

Ware's award will be presented in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. As part of the award ceremony, Ware will read from her work, in an event sponsored by the Department of English and the Eberly College.

The event is free and open to the public.

The BookExpo America/Writer's Digest Books Writer's Conference

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

  • Meet editors, authors, and agents. Hear what they're really buying and how you can get your work accepted.
  • Attend specific workshops taught by industry professionals that will help you get your writing published. Breakout sessions include workshops on fiction and non-fiction writing, magazine writing, mystery writing, proposals, e-queries and more.
  • Pitch your book and get instant feedback. One of the largest collection of agents and editors will be there to listen to your pitch and give you solid advice.

    Additional information and registration available at Registration fee is $189, which includes a free one-year subscription, or renewal, to Writer's Digest magazine!

  • Saturday, March 25, 2006

    WV Writers eNews for 3/24/06

    President Emeritus George Lies has posted his latest WVWriters eNews to the WVWriters Roundtable.

    This edition is full of valuable information about the Ohio River Festival of Books, including a list of guest authors and featured speakers.

    Follow the link below to the latest edition....

    If you're not receiving the WVWriters eNews as e-mail, feel free to drop George a note to add your name to the list.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    The ComedyCures Foundation

    A grasshopper walks into a bar and sits down. The bartender says, "you know we have a drink named after you?" And the grasshopper says " you have a drink named steve?"

    This is a typical joke posted on the Comedy Cures Foundation site. The ComedyCures Foundation is a national non-profit organization bringing joy, laughter and therapeutic humor programs to kids & grown-ups living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities. Through private and corporate donations, and the goodwill and humor of the comedy industry, it is their mission to entertain and educate kids and grown-ups living with illness, their families, and medical caregivers about the benefits of laughter and a comic perspective on the mind, body, and spirit.

    If you have a nice (not off color or vulgar) joke or if you know of someone who needs uplifted a bit, try this place. I've donated a few and I think its great.


    President Emeritus George Lies has posted his latest WVWriters eNews to the Roundtable. This edition is full of valuable information about the spring contest, including a list of judges sorted by category, the literary arts fellowship award winner, and more.

    If you're not receiving the WVWriters eNews as e-mail, feel free to drop George a note to add your name to the list.

    Follow the link below to the latest edition....

    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    Poetry Read-a-thon 2006

    From the Academy of American Poets & The National Council of Teachers of English:

    In April 2006, the Academy of American Poets will launch the first-ever Poetry Read-a-Thon. Geared for middle school students (grades 5-8), the Read-a-Thon’s goals are to celebrate the reading of poems and writing about poems. In addition to emphasizing the pleasure and fun of reading poetry, the Read-a-Thon will facilitate the students’ development of writing and comprehension skills.
    The Academy of American Poets is partnering with the American Poetry & Literacy Project (APLP) to edit and produce a special anthology of poems appropriate for ages 10-The Academy and APLP will distribute approximately 30,000 copies of this free anthology to participating classrooms and community partners.
    For more information:

    14th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards

    Gain international exposure for your book! Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers! Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition for self-published books. ENTER NOW!


    We're looking for the best self-published books in these categories:
    Ø Nonfiction
    Ø Mainstream/Literary Fiction
    Ø Genre Fiction
    Ø Life Stories — Autobiographies, Biographies, Family Histories, Memoirs
    Ø Children's Picture Books
    Ø Inspirational — Spiritual, New Age
    Ø Reference Books — Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books, How-to, Travel, etc.
    Ø Poetry
    Ø Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Allegheny Echoes 2006, June 18 – 24

    Come join us for the 2006 Summer Workshops!

    Allegheny Echoes invites students of all ages and all skill levels to join us for a week of instruction, enjoyment and intense fun at Marlinton, in beautiful Pocahontas County West Virginia. Classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal, dulcimer, creative writing, and more. Mini-classes and private instruction. West Virginia Masters presentations each day. Entertainment and activities each night.

    The Allegheny Echoes Workshops

    Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians, writers and artists who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their art in a traditional way in a traditional setting. Their goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. There is a strong emphasis placed on West Virginia style with an acknowledgement of the encompassing Appalachian culture. The Summer Workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities to come together to learn, appreciate, and enjoy our West Virginia ways. It is an opportunity for students to join accomplished, honored performers for a week of instruction and fun in beautiful Pocahontas County, West Virginia. In addition to learning in an intimate workshop setting, students will be invited to participate in exciting outdoor activities in the heart of the mountains that provided inspiration for some of the greatest work of West Virginia musicians and writers. Participants will be exposed to a type of interactive, collaborative instruction that is fresh and unique, yet preserves the honesty and emotional legacy of the culture.
    Allegheny Echoes is proud to continue our association with the Town of Marlinton and the Marlinton Motor Inn for the 2006 edition of our workshops. The event will be held in the town and surrounding area of scenic and beautiful Pocahontas County

    Call, write, or e-mail for more information. The Allegheny Echoes Workshops RR2 Box 128M Marlinton, WV 24954 Phone: (304) 799-7121

    Classes & Instructors Evening Activities Concerts The Music Workshops

    Ten Minute Play Contest

    The Charleston Stage Company, in conjunction with Festivall Charleston has developed the new Location!Location!Location! Play Project. The purpose of the project is to explore the dramatic possibilities of some of Charleston’s unusual spaces and to get theatre off the stage and into the public places.

    For the 2006 play competition, the space chosen is the first floor lobby of the Security Building (100 Capitol St.) at the corner of Virginia & Capitol. Specifically, playwrights will be asked to write a ten-minute play based on the enigmatic mural (SEE IMAGE) in the lobby of this office building.

    The plays will be read and judged by out of state judges who will consider (among other things) creative use of the dramatic possibilities of the space. The three top plays will be given a staged reading in the lobby of the building on Saturday June 24, 2006 as part of Festivall Charleston

    Please see the Location! Location! Location! site for more details.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Jean Battlo Playwriting Workshops

    Come take advantage of this opportunity to learn some fundamentals of playwriting, particularly the concept of adaptation. Ms. Battlo’s own plays (like Shakespeare’s) draw from history, philosophy, literature, and personal writings; she will demonstrate how to create plot and other elements of drama by adapting from sources.

    Ms. Battlo will conduct a writing workshop and discussion at Pike View High School on March 31, 2006 and a workshop for the community at the Summit Theater in Bluefield on April 1. Participants will be able to see Ms. Battlo’s brand new adaptation of Don Quixote, presented an assembly at Pike View High School on March 31, or at the Summit Theater in Bluefield on April 1.

    Friday, March 31
    8:30-9:30 AM: Pike View High School,
    Presentation of Jean Battlo’s just completed adaptation of Don Quixote

    9:40-11:00 AM: Pike View High School
    Creative Writing Class, Jeannie Christianson
    Jean Battlo: “Where Do Ideas Come From? A Playwright in Search of a Plot”: Workshop on adaptation

    Saturday, April 1
    10:00 AM-12 PM: Jean Battlo: Playwriting workshop, Summit Theater Bluefield, West Virginia

    1:30 Presentation of Don Quixote

    All events, thanks to the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia Writers, are free of charge

    For more information contact Rob Merritt, Bluefield College, 276-326-4270,

    24-Hour Story Contest is accepting entrants for a 24-Hour short story contest entitled A Break Out into Spring.

    Start time for the Spring 24-Hour Short Story Contest will be 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time on Saturday, April 29, 2006.

    Participation is limited to 500 entrants. Contests always fill up; so don't delay if you want to sign up! You can see
    the list of prizes (first prize is $300) and sign up at their website:
    PO Box 2399
    Bangor, ME 04402-2399
    Fax (207)262-5544
    Angela Hoy, Publisher

    Virginia Book Festival

    The 2006 Virginia Book Festival will run Wednesday, March 22 through Sunday, March 26.

    This is a free event.

    Morgantown Association of Poets

    An informal group called Morgantown Association of Poets (M.A.P.) has recently been formed to promote poetry and spoken word events in Morgantown, WV.

    M.A.P. acts as an umbrella organization, a "one-stop-shop" for all the poetry and related-arts events in town. It promotes The Poetry Lounge, Tha.Speakeasy, Hungry Poets Prize, and any other poetry or spoken word event. You can get all the information in one stop by visiting the official website,

    Or you can add M.A.P. to your friends' list on MySpace

    If you have ideas for M.A.P. (to improve the group or the websites) or want M.A.P. to help promote your poetry, spoken word, or arts event, then shoot an email to

    Academy of American Poets Membership Special

    Join the Academy of American Poets now through April 30, 2006, at the Associate level or above and receive How to Eat a Poem, a new anthology from the Academy and the American Poetry & Literacy Project. With a foreword by U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, the anthology includes 70 poems for young readers by Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and others. Academy membership includes a subscription to American Poet, discounts on CDs, poetry books, and other great benefits.

    On the web at:

    Long Poem Contest

    The Pelléas Long Poem Contest is open to writers in North America and abroad. The entry fee includes a discounted one-year subscription to The Modern Review. Winners will be published in their first anniversary issue in September 2006.

    Electronic submissions are not accepted. All entries must be mailed to:

    The Modern Review/Long Poem Contest
    RPO P.O. Box 32659
    Richmond Hill, Ontario
    L4C 0A2

    Unpublished poems only. We will accept simultaneous submissions only if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Entry fees will not be returned.

    Minimum length for entries is 200 lines and the maximum is 900. Book-length poems cannot be considered. There are no limitations on form or theme. Include a cover letter with name, address, home phone, e-mail and the titles of the poems submitted. Winners will be chosen without prejudice and based entirely upon literary virtue.

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006


    The following are updates to WV Writers Website
  • 6/15/09 the winners of the People's Choice and Writers Wall have been posted.
  • 6/14/09 WV Writers is now available via Twitter and Facebook. Those links were added to the main page and sprinkled around the site.
  • 6/14/09 the winners for the 2009 Annual Writing Competition have been posted.
  • 4/1/09 the 2009 Annual Writing Competition is closed for entries.
  • 3/31/09 Added the pre-registration information for the 2009 Summer Conference
  • 1/21/09 Added Judge Bios for the 2009 Writing Contest.
  • 11/01/08 Added entry forms for the 2009 WV Writers Writing Contest