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Monday, November 25, 2013

"Mystery Diseases and Me"

(From WV Writers member Ron Brunk)

"Mystery Diseases and Me" by Ron Brunk is now out on Amazon in Kindle and Print formats.

The early reviews from a variety of health care professionals and others have been incredible. For example, here are just a few...

“This book is a testament to the wonder of human resilience…Ron’s very easy-to-read and frank advice has the potential to change lives.” – Kate Chatfield, MSc, FHEA, Course Leader MSc Integrated Healthcare School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England

"Ron relates his frightening story in an entertaining manner, and demonstrates how he moved from victim to victor over his afflictions. A great read for anyone facing health challenges." – Laura Duksta, New York Times bestselling author, I Love You More

“A tale of health horrors, decline, and then recovery. Ron finds the wisdom to understand that life is about Balance and the Choices we make.” – Tad Yoneyama, M.D., Vanderbilt Medical Center

“This inspiring book will aid other patients and physicians too.” – Kelly M. Pitsenbarger, M.D

“A must-read for anyone who suffers with debilitating illness of any kind.” – Dena Bazzie, LPC, LMFT, NBCC, CTS, CEAP

“Ron’s book offers so much in what it takes to make it through life happy, whole, and inspired.” – Joseph A. Wooten, Hands of Soul, Keyboardist/Vocalist for the Steve Miller Band

Sometimes frightening, but always entertaining, "Mystery Diseases and Me" tells the true story of my battle with nearly 30 mysterious ailments including fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety disorders, degenerative arthritis, manic depressive disorder, panic attacks, shingles, eating disorders, OCD, and depression. It describes the three intestinal hemorrhages that nearly took my life, and the deep darkness into which I descended. This uplifting and engaging book will inform and inspire as it tells what I lived through, and the spiritual and life lessons I learned as a result. It also includes teaching about meditation, diet and gluten tips, and a fascinating Appendix that describes 102 of the strangest illnesses in the world. You can learn more about the book at And you can go directly here to see/buy the book on

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Grant Writing for the Arts Workshop in Lewisburg


Greenbrier Valley Theatre Hosts Grant Workshop For State Arts Grants

LEWISBURG, W.VA., November 12, 2013 Greenbrier Valley Theatre will serve as host for a grant workshop on Friday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the theatre, located at 113 East Washington St. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History in collaboration with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will conduct the free grant writing workshop.

The arts staff will offer a grant writing overview with program deadlines, tips and timelines for success, and procedures to be used for an application. They also will discuss new initiatives and programs to support local arts projects, changes in current guidelines affecting fiscal year 2015 applicants, and how to plan for grant success.

Arts administrators, arts educators, arts volunteers, artists and art patrons are invited to participate in these practical and informal sessions. Greenbrier Valley Theatre encourages all interested participants to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about potential funding opportunities for our community and to meet and talk with arts section staff.

The grant writing workshops are the result of needs identified during the "Listening Tour" sessions conducted statewide by the arts staff.

"With the help of local hosts, we can reach the most people and have more impact in each community. We appreciate these hosts for assisting with bringing this much-needed workshop to their communities," said Renee Margocee, director of arts for the Division.

To pre-register or for more information about the grant writing workshops and the programs of the arts section and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, contact Debbie Haught, community arts coordinator for the arts section, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 714 or e-mail her at


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Shakespeare in the `Burg Playwriting Contest

Shakespeare in the 'Burg



Our Inaugural One-Act Playwriting Competition


Shakespeare in the 'Burg is pleased to announce our inaugural one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the 'Burg theater festival scheduled for April 5-7, 2014, in Middleburg, VA.


There are two categories of plays that will be judged: Plays written by students ages 12-17, and plays written by adults, ages 18 and over. Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a "Shakespeare" writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.


Competition Rules:


Open to all playwrights


Scripts must be original, unpublished and unproduced. Musicals, monologues, adaptations, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible. Scripts may be performed in a workshop environment but may not have a public performance or play reading.


The goal should be to produce a small to medium-sized cast, one-set show with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.


All scripts must be typewritten. If sending a hard copy, please number the pages and use paper clips or staples to ensure your pages stay together. Send a duplicate copy, not your original. Send hard copies to Genie Ford, 36523 Mountville Road, Middleburg VA 20117.


You may also email your script to:, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the 'Burg One-Act Play


Scripts should include:


Name, address and telephone number of the author, along with the title of the play on a separate page. On all subsequent pages, only the title of the play should appear at the top of each numbered page. This will be a blind competition. Judges will not know the names of the authors while judging the plays.


Cast of characters with descriptions and a brief synopsis should be included as part of the play.


Scripts should be formatted in keeping with traditional playwriting manuscripts. Since these are one-act plays without scene changes, it is not as critical to include scene headings. However, feel free to include stage directions and an "at rise" description (what will happen as the lights come up or the curtain rises). Please put all stage directions in parentheses.


Use 8-1/2 x11 paper if submitting a hard copy. Please number all pages in the upper right hand corner. Please include the title of the play in a header on every page. Margins should be one-inch, right and left, top and bottom. Please use ALL CAPS to identify the character speaking.  If a character's speaking lines go over a page break, identify the character speaking with a second character tag on the new page—e.g., JOHN (cont'd).


Double space after stage directions or dialogue and before a character tag. If formatting becomes confusing or difficult, then choose a format and stick to it. Consistency in formatting is the most important thing.


Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue.

All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.


The decision of the judges is final. While we do not assume responsibility for the loss, damage or return of scripts, all reasonable care will be taken. If you want your script back, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will make every effort to return it to you.


The deadline for entries is a postmark or email of December 15, 2013.


A good website that can help you in writing your play is: There are also lots of helpful sites all across the web to help you write your script, but always remain true to your own vision. Seek feedback from people you trust and remember, proofread your work!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Appalachian Penworks Prose Poem Workshop

WORKSHOP:  Is It Still a Poem if It Doesn't Have Rhyme, Meter, or Lines?
Appalachian PenWorks Writing Group, Tuesday, November12, 2013, 6 PM

Everyone Is Invited

Have You Always Wondered What Is a Prose Poem?  Come to The Princeton Public Library to hear from educator and poet Rob Merritt just what a prose poem can be.

920 Mercer Street, Princeton, West Virginia

304- 487-5045 or 304-920-1860