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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


The 2008 Dogwood Writing Conference takes place this weekend at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, APRIL 25-26, 2008

Join KYOWA members and fellow writers at the Third Annual Dogwood Writing Conference
at beautiful Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.

LOCATION: Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
965 Lodge Road (off KY Route 1)
Greenup, KY 41101-9517
606-474-7324, 800-325-0083


We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children and young adult,
inspirational, family journals and genealogy, and others

Includes Friday night Ice Cream Social/Mixer, Saturday Continental Breakfast, and all Workshops. $10.00 for Friday night only. Discounted rate for students.

Accommodations at the Park at special rates.
Phone the park directly for reservations.


PAMELA KING CABLE, Motivational Speaker, Author (and former WV Writers workshop presenter)
Born in West Virginia, Pam claims a tribe of wild Pentecostals and storytellers raised her. She attended The University of Akron and Kent State University. Her award-winning stories, articles, and essays have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and newspapers in several states. The most recent award—her book, SOUTHERN FRIED WOMEN, was a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year and Fiction and Literature-Short Story, Best Books of 2006 Book Awards.

RICK MCMAHAN, Author, Special Agent with the Bureau of ATF
Rick McMahan worked for the federal government as a civilian criminal investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, for six years and as Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) investigating federal violations of gun and explosives laws for the last nine. As an ATF agent, Rick has investigated extremist militias, violent street gangs as well as outlaw motorcycle gangs. In addition, he’s a firearms instructor and has served as an on-the-job trainer for new agents. In his free time, Rick enjoys writing, and in the past year he’s had short stories appear in the anthologies such as---TECHNO NOIRE, LOW DOWN & DERBY and the Mystery Writer’s of America DEATH DO US PART edited by Harlan Coben.

Ellora's Cave
Cerridwen Press

MADDIE JAMES, Author, Speaker
Maddie James is published by Resplendence Publishing, Thorndike Press and Kensington Books. She has dozens of published non-fiction titles to her credit. Her romance fiction stories fall predominately in the suspense, paranormal and contemporary realms, tagging herself as an “edgy suspense and thrilling romance” author. Current Releases: The Curse, Blue, Ladies of Legend: Finding Home (with Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Jan Scarborough)

Wild Rose Press

CHRISTINE WITTHOHN, Agent Book Cents Literacy Agency, LLC (and current WV Writers workshop presenter)

For more information, contact Mary Shortridge at or call (606)-326-2148.

Mother's Day Celebration Short Story Contest

Mother‘s Day Celebration Short Story Contest
(short stories about mothers)
(sponsored by the United Black Writers Association (UBWA) in support of CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

April 26, 2008

Judging by the UBWA Board

Winners announced at the 2008 Afrocentric Book Expo -- Mother’s Day Celebration
Saturday, May 10, 2008

READING FEE: $3.00 per short story entered

Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

One time publication rights to CONCEIT MAGAZINE.
$50.00 - First Prize
$30.00 - Second Prize
$20.00 - Third Prize

E-mail entries to:

PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website

Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:
Perry Terrell, Editor
Mother‘s Day Celebration Short Story Contest
c/o Conceit Magazine
P. O. Box 8544
Emeryville, CA 94662

(NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or snail mailed)
(Cash, check or money order - Make payable to Perry Terrell)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pianfetti Poetry Sunday

(This news courtesy Holly Cross)

UUC Sunday Service - 11pm - April 27: Pianfetti Poetry Sunday

In honor of long-time UUC member and poetry-lover Lucille Pianfetti, we close out National Poetry Month by sharing poems and the importance of poetry in expressing what is going on in our lives. We have Haiku Poetry written by Lucille. We are looking for poems you have written or ones that are especially meaningful to you that you would like to share. In keeping with the theme of concern for our earth, we encourage you to share poems with a nature or earth-centered theme. If you would like to share a poem (yours or someone else’s), please get in touch with us (

Stay after the service for our annual May Day dancing of the Maypole and picnic.

Paul Epstein concert and songwriting talk at Putnam County Library

WV Writers' own Paul Epstein will be singing and talking about songwriting at the Putnam County Library, Tuesday, April 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm.

For more info:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

WV Writers' own Karin Fuller wins Writers' Digest Award

(This news courtesy T.W. McNemar, the once and future king of WV Writers)

Karin Fuller, lifestyle columnist for The Charleston Gazette, WVW Regional Rep, WV Press Association award winner, and of course, Celeste’s mom, has a new trophy for her mantle. The judges at Writer’s Digest have notified her that she won first place in their genre short story contest. That’s right folks, it’s bonafide.

Along with her columns, Karin's stories have appeared in such publications as Woman's World, Appalachian Heritage, Front Porch, and Atlanta Baby and in a few weeks one of her stories will be featured in Family Circle Magazine.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Irene McKinney Interview in Wonderful West Virginia

(This news courtesy WV Writers 2nd VP T.M. McNemar)

In a few days, the May issue of Wonderful, West Virginia Magazine will hit the newsstands and will feature an interview with the State's poet laureate, Irene McKinney, written by the WV Writers, very own Cat Pleska.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


The following information was made available to Arts Monongahela by SteppingStones.
Please contact (304) 983-STEP (7837) for more information or to participate.


Event: SteppingStones 2008 Arts Festival
Where: 400 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV 26501
When: Wednesday May 7, 2008
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Info: SteppingStones is a non profit organization whose mission is to provide high quality year round arts and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities. In the past the arts festival has brought over 500 school age children with disabilities to Morgantown. The goals of the festival is to give the children a wide variety of arts activities, as well as performances to view. We hope that with the interactive hands on activities we will peak the interest or spark their artistic ability. If you have a special talent (painting, singing, dancing, poetry, story telling, etc) and would like to share it with some special children please contact SteppingStones for additional information.

Monica Marietta
Interim Executive Director/Recreation Coordinator

400 Mylan Park Lane
Morgantown, WV 26501

Phone #(304) 983-STEP (7837)
Fax # (304) 983-8037


Appalachian Film Festival kicks off Thursday.

APPALACHIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrate filmmakers from the 13-state Appalachian region at the 5th annual Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington April 17, 18, and 19, which is sponsored by the Huntington Regional Film Commission. More than two dozen films (features, docs, shorts, music videos) are packed into the 3-day festival at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 924 Fourth Avenue, and many of the filmmakers will be present throughout.

The first screening kicks off Thursday morning at 10:00 am and continues with films back-to-back leading up to the opening night world premiere of Francesca Karle's docu-drama "Back to the Bottle", which comes complete with red carpet arrivals, dinner, and musical performances (Rick Ruggles, Eddie Riffe, Tony Maynard, and George Huff of American Idol fame) prior to the film's debut at 9:00 pm. Check out the festival's website for details so you don't miss any of the opening night festivities! Proceeds for the opening night festivities will benefit the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership.

The festival continues on Friday and Saturday, with a cocktail party at the conclusion of Friday's screenings and an awards banquet to close out the fest Saturday night. The West Virginia Film Office will give a presentation Saturday at 9:00 am to all interested filmmakers about the latest tax incentives for filming in the Mountain State. And at 12:15 pm Saturday, festival guest Ken Rotcop will conduct a workshop on the "Art of the Movie Pitch". Rotcop's bio is available on the festival website.

The West Virginia Film Office is a proud sponsor of the Appalachian Film Festival. For a complete schedule, ticket prices, and contact information, visit www.

10:00 "Devil's Oven" Documentary
11:00 "Troubles Sens"
11:22 "In Silent Spaces"
12:00 "Simulacra"
12:10 "Spiral Bound"
12:20 "Inside"
12:30 "Joe"
12:45 "Change comes Knocking"
2:15 "Mountain Top Removal"
4:00 "Back to the Bottle" (opening night festivities begin)

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008
10:00 "Anthropophobia"
10:15 ""Speaking Truth"
10:30 "Meter" Short
11:00 "What Ana Left Behind"
11:25 "Joe Mover"
11:45 "Gravida"
12:15 "Moving Mountains"
1:10 "Fashionable: Music Video"
1:30 "Johnny Boy"
3:00 "Kilowatt Hours"
4:15 "Tattered Angel"
6:00 "Stomp! Shout! Scream!"
7:25 "Playdate"
8:00 "Elizabeth Gunness"
10:00 "Cocktail Party - Club Luna"

10:00 "Spring 1386"
10:45 "Doors"
11:30 "Nothing But Net"
11:45 "Church of the Good Thief"
12:00 "Steak Dreams"
12:15 Ken Rotcop, Guest Speaker
3:00 "Crash Gordon"
4:30 "Grilling Bobby Hicks"
6:30 Rocco's 21 Awards Banquet

Bluefield College Presents Poet Ethan Fischer TONIGHT

Bluefield College Presents Poet Ethan Fischer

Thursday, April 17, 2008 Easley Library 7 P.M.

Ethan Fischer, author of Beached in the Hourglass, teaches at Shepherd University and “calls summer a gold tooth in God's smile. A radio newsman who sings in his sleep. . . and bills himself Johnny Dime, poet of crime.”

Guest appearance by: Bluefield College poet Rob Merritt, author of Landscape Architects

Poetry Workshop/Discussion: Easley Library, Friday, April 18, 10:00 A.M.

“Ethan Fischer’s poems are a delight. By turns funny and poignant, angry and joyful; each line delivers with utter clarity.” – Denise Giardina

“Ethan Fischer has acute vision for what can tweak us back to life— and a bevy of authentic voices to insinuate such stuff under our skin. These are startling, humorous, grounded, and at times healthily unnerving poems. Good medicine for real life: Take two of these and go see Doctor Johnny Dime first thing in the morning.” – Ed Zahniser

For more information: 276-326-4270 or

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library Author Signing

(This news courtesy T.W. McNemar, WVWriters 2nd VP)

The Clarksburg – Harrison Public Library will host an open house and reception on April 20, from 2-4:PM. Several area authors will be available for book sales and signings (including many, many WV Writers, Inc. luminaries).

For questions, contact: Gretchen Beach Ph. 304-627-2236

Barbary Chaapel's Anthology Appearance

WV Writers member Barbary Chaapel will have two poems included in the upcoming anthology From the Other World, Poems in Memory of James Wright ( These poems originally appeared in her own collection No Name Harbor, Poetry of Barbary Chaapel.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Update to Conference Info

One of our members helpfully pointed out that our Conference Pre-Registration form mentioned one on one sessions with literary agent Scott Hoffman as an option. I regret to say that this was an artifact left over from last year's form which I cannibalized in making this year's form.

So in short, there are no sessions with Scott Hoffman this year.

I've now updated the form.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Summer Stories 2008 Online

Meredith Sue Willis is offering a four-session online creative writing class called Summer Stories during the month of July 2008 for writers of memoir and personal essay as well as short story and novel. The class is appropriate for beginning writers but will give ample stimulation to advanced writers who want to move forward with their projects. Students who have taken this class before will find new exercises included and, of course, new responses to your new work. There will be exercises and individual feedback on up to 1000 words per week. Sessions will be posted online and emailed on July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2008, with homework due a week later. If the class fills up, it will close early.

For complete information, see

Friday, April 04, 2008

West Virginia Public Radio Broadcasts Poems from 'Kettle Bottom'

West Virginia Public Radio Broadcasts Poems from 'Kettle Bottom'

On April 10 at 9 p.m. (and a repeat on May 22), West Virginia Public Radio will air a riveting radio version of Dianne Gilliam Fisher's poetry collection "Kettle Bottom." The broadcast was produced by Kate Long and funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council. The 14 readings provide highly personal glimpses into realities of life in a coal camp. The poems they read reflect the thoughts and emotions of children, miners, mothers, immigrants, and sons of freed slaves speaking from the height of the West Virginia Mine Wars when, as one character said, "that old kettle bottom is just waiting to drop."

Written in the voices of people living and working in the coal camps during the West Virginia coal mine wars of 1920–1921, 'Kettle Bottom' shows how a community responded to a time of danger.

These vivid poems imagine the stories of miners, their wives, children, sisters, and mothers; of mountaineers, Italian immigrants, and African American families — people who organized for safe working conditions in opposition to the mine company owners and their agents.

Fisher, who has a Ph.D. in romance languages and literature from Ohio State University, wrote her poems in the language of the time. "That is the language that was spoken in the house where I grew up," she said. "It is a beautiful language. When you take a language that is commonly thought of as unbeautiful, and you put it in a poem, I believe that is a political act. You say `This language is poetry.' And it is."

Fisher considers herself a displaced West Virginian. Like many mountain families, her parents families went north to Ohio in the 1940s to work. "But I grew up in an Appalachian household," she said.

In 2005, "Kettle Bottom" was named one of the nation's top 10 poetry books by the American Bookseller's Association. It has been adopted for the reading list at more than 30 colleges and universities nationwide.

Kate Long also produced the 2002 award-winning radio series In Their Own Country, which highlighted 14 of the state's best authors.

Tune in to WV Public Radio on April 10 and May 22, (or to WV Public Radio's streaming site online), at 9 PM to hear poems from Diane Gilliam Fisher's poetry collection 'Kettle Bottom' (Perugia Press, 2004).

WVW 2008 Summer Conference Workshop Descriptions

4/24/08 We've updated the Workshop Descriptions in a handy PDF file. Please find it at the following link...

WVW 2008 Summer Conference Presenter Bios

4/24/08 We've updated the Workshop Presenter Bios in a handy PDF file. Please find it at the following link...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Patsy Pittman's Blood Kin & Other Strangers now available!


Blood Kin and Other StrangersIt is with great pleasure that I share the release of Patsy Pittman's short story collection, Blood Kin and Other Strangers. Patsy is one of the state's most prolific and published authors, not to mention one of the very best. Long after my eyes were exhausted, I kept reading these stories--they were simply too good to put down. I know of no better gift than a gift of the heart--and this book is full of heart.

In this collection, Patsy In this collection, Patsy Evans Pittman focuses with deft precision on that most intimate of mysteries—the family. The characters and settings reflect the author’s Appalachian heritage and occasionally her grandmother’s mountain dialect.

Maggie, torn between her twelve-year-old-daughter and her Alzheimer’s afflicted mother, faces the problems of the “sandwich generation.” Rachel wonders if her marriage will survive her unplanned pregnancy. And nine-year-old Carla breaks two of the “Thou Shalt Nots” and suffers the consequences of a guilty conscience.

Then there are those caught in the web of their own deceit. Godfrey Burke learns it was not a good idea to leave Cousin Joyce at the altar. And Horace Moneypenney, bless his heart, discovers that “poor, simple Sally” has Outfoxed him.

Blood Kin & Other Strangers by Patsy Evans Pittman, ISBN: 0-929915-78-X,
6 x 9, Hard Cover, Illustrated, 168 pages, Retail Price $22.95

Patsy Pittman will take your breath away with her imaginative, excellently written stories of love, loss, revenge, and family.

Order your autographed copy now at a special pre-publication Price! (Click the link for the order form)

WV Storytelling Guild Presents the Storytelling Institute

The WV Storytelling Guild and Fairmont State University are offering the first-ever Storytelling Institute at Fairmont State the same weekend (April 4-5) as the Writers Toolbox event. For those of you in the north-central part of West Virginia, the Storytelling Institute offers an excellent alternative to the event at the Capitol (and less travel time and expense).

Keynotes will be offered by Joseph Sobol, noted folklorist, and Bil Lepp, well-known storyteller. Here is information from the Institute brochure. Contact me if you have any questions, or contact Fran Kirk at the address below:

Fairmont State University and WV Storytelling Guild

The Power of Story: Transmitting Culture and Transforming Lives Featuring Joseph Sobol and Bil Lepp

The Storytelling Presentation on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information contact:
Dr. Francene Kirk
Fairmont State University Falcon Center
April 4-5, 2008

What is the Mountain State Storytelling Institute?
The Institute is a two-day conference featuring scholars and storytelling professionals. Fairmont State University, FSU’s Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center and the WV Storytelling Guild are committed to the use of storytelling to preserve Appalachian culture. The intent of this institute is to provide academic, professional and personal development for those interested in storytelling as scholarship, art, a teaching tool, and a profession or an avocation. Workshops will feature members of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and FSU Faculty.

How can I participate?

Adults can register through the FSU
Community Education Homepage: and click on Mountain State Storytelling Institute.

Students may register at the door. ID
required. For scholarship information
contact Dr. Kirk:

Fees $35 for adults/$15 for students

Tentative Schedule
Friday, April 4

8:00 – 8:45 Registration
9:00 Institute Welcome and Opening:
Introduce theme and institute questions
9:30 – 10:30 Visiting Scholar – Joseph Sobol
10:45 – 11: 45 Concurrent Sessions
Noon Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 3:15 Concurrent Sessions
3:30 – 4:30 Story Swap
featuring FSU storytellers
5:00 Dinner on your own
7:30 – 9:00 Storytelling Presentation with
Lepp and Sobol and members of the WVSG
(Free to the public)

Saturday, April 5
8:30 Registration
9:30 -10:30 Keynote speaker – Bil Lepp
10: 45 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions
Noon Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:00 Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 3:13 Concurrent Sessions
3:30 – 4:30 Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 5:00 Closing session
Address questions and themes

Keynote Scholar
Joseph Sobol will address the preservation of culture through story and storytelling as scholarship. An artist-in-residence for many years in North and South Carolina, Sobol received a Masters in Folklore from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. His book on the American storytelling revival, The Storytellers’ Journey, was published in 1999 by the University of Illinois Press. Sobol is the Director of the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University.

Keynote Speaker
Bil Lepp will address the preservation of personal history through story. Lepp is a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He tells original, hilarious, tales that will bring a smile to the face of even the most ill-humored person. Bil has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival six times, and at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Bil is the author of three books of tales, four audio collections, and he has had stories published in several national magazines.

West Virginia Storytelling Guild
Presenters Rich Knoblich (a workshop presenter at this summer's WV Writers Conference) will address the crafting and adapting of folktales. Knoblich’s stories have been published in Goldenseal, Reading Today, and Appalachian Life magazines. He holds a B.A. in Education from West Liberty State College and an M.A. of Humanities Literature from California State University, CA. Rich is the recipient of a WV Humanities Council Fellowship for his project, Appalachian Culture: Texture, Text, and Context.

Gail Herman will present "Coal Talk," a community history project. Herman wrote, with help from Elaine Eff of Maryland’s Cultural Preservation Office, and directed Coal Talk, an oral history project located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland. Herman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Kevin Cordi will examine dialogue, "storying" and literature. Cordi holds an M.A. in secondary education with an emphasis in storytelling and literacy from the University of Akron and is a Ph. D. candidate at The Ohio State University. He has contributed to the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge, English Journal, Storytelling World and Storytelling Magazine. Cordi received the Ann Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award for his book Raising Voices: Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes.

Ilene Evans will examine the world of symbolic language and hidden meanings in the African American context. Evans is a professional storyteller, playwright, choreographer, actor, dancer and teaching artist. She is the artistic director of Voices from the Earth, an organization which creates historical works of theatre for schools and community groups. Ilene is known throughout WV for her presentations as Harriett Tubman and Memphis Tennessee Garrison

Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein will share Appalachian and British ballads through performance and discussion and will explore puppets as storytelling partners. Susanna Holstein holds a B.S. in Education (Secondary Social Studies) from WV State College and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Holstein was a featured regional teller for the 2000 National Storytelling Network National Conference. She has contributed chapters in several books including "Storytelling with Puppets" in Telling Stories to Children published by NSN Press.

Suzi Whaples will discuss the use of the body to bring stories to life. Whaples, known professionally as "Mama", is a national storyteller, humorist, and conference speaker with 30 years of experience in public speaking, teaching and entertainment. She organized the "Mountain Women," and in 1998, Mama & The Mountain Women, a troupe of Appalachian storytellers, were chosen National Storytelling Champions.

Andy Fraenkel will examine stories across cultures and in healing. Andy Fraenkel holds a B.A. degree in Theater & Film from City University of New York and has a background in regional theater and Off-Broadway. For the last fifteen years he has traveled extensively offering multicultural storytelling programs and workshops at schools K-12, colleges, libraries, museums and special events.

JoAnn Dadisman will examine using storytelling as precursor to written narrative. Dadisman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg State College (PA) in Secondary Education. She holds a Master’s degree in English Education from West Virginia University and has done post-graduate work there, with an emphasis on Appalachian Studies. She joined the WVU faculty as the English 102 and English 103 Coordinator for the Center for Writing Excellence. She is also co-director for the National Writing Project at WVU.

June Riffle will examine preserving community history through mixed media storytelling. Riffle graduated from Fairmont State with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. She then earned a Master’s degree in Reading from WVU. June performs with JoAnn Dadisman as "Mountain Echoes." They have told stories to families at the Appalachian Studies Conference, Sumter campus of the University of South Carolina, and presented at the Popular Culture Conference in 2002.

Additional sessions will be presented by FSU

Writers Toolkit Workshops for Writers (and FREE!)

Writers Toolkit
Workshops for Writers
April 5, 2008
The Cultural Center


(Admission is free)

10am – 12 noon
Poetry Workshop – Doug Van Gundy from Elkins, WV

Historical Archives & the Writer – Geoffrey Fuller from South Charleston, WV

Whose View to Choose – Sandy Tritt from Parkersburg, WV

From Page to Screen – Robert Tinnell from Morgantown, WV

Light snacks will be available from 12 noon – 1pm

1pm – 3pm
Basics of Screenwriting – Daniel Boyd from Charleston, WV

Historical Archives & the Writer – Geoffrey Fuller from South Charleston, WV

Drop & Give Me 50: Prose Writing – Sandy Tritt from Parkersburg, WV

Graphic Novels – Robert Tinnell from Morganton, WV

Frog Creek Books will be available for book sales