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Lansdowne Writers’ Workshop General Information

Whether you’ve been writing for years, just want to get started, or are ready to get started again, the Lansdowne Writers’ Workshop will provide you with the support and focused quiet you need to access your authentic voice and write your deepest, most honest, stories. The first hour of each session is devoted to a writing exercise. The second hour is available for students wishing to receive verbal and written feedback on a pie...ce of writing and learn how to take it to the next level.

The January/February is underway.

The March-April session begins Wednesday, March 7 and includes the following dates: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25.

Cost for the eight-week session is $240.

To sign-up for the workshop, please write to Louise Bierig, lsbierig@verizon.net, or call 610.892.7604.

The workshop includes fiction, poetry, autobiography/memoir, and creative non fiction.

Louise Bierig graduated from the University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Writers’ Workshop. She has written countless short stories, several personal essays, three novels, a few poems, and is currently working on a novella. She has previously taught at the William Way Center in Philadelphia and at Soul Source in Swarthmore and Aston. Her essays have been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Swarthmorean, and Fresh Picks, The Lansdowne Farmer's Market newsletter (a column titled The View from Lupine Valley). Her fiction has won the following awards: 2004: Finalist in novel writing contest sponsored by Suspect Thoughts Press; 1997: Finalist for The Heekin Group Foundation Writer’s & Education Fund; 1992: First prize in Mercyhurst College’s short fiction contest.

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Whether you’ve been writing for years, just want to get started, or are ready to get started again, the Lansdowne Writers’ Workshop will provide you with the support and focused quiet you need to access your authentic voice and write your deepest, most honest, stories. The first hour of each session is devoted to a writing exercise. The second hour is available for students wishing to receive verbal and written feedback on a piece of writing and learn how to take it to the next level.

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Patricia King Haddad
· November 4, 2017
The Lansdowne Writer's Workshop has much to offer. It is always inspiring to work with Louise Bierig who is a dedicated writer, herself. She provides great prompts to get the creativity flowing and gi...ves excellent, constructive, positive feedback. Don't forget to sign up for her upcoming workshops - you'll be glad that you did! See More
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Workshop Centerpieces The November/December workshop starts in three days on November 6. What is less certain is if we will still have fresh garden flowers for our workshop centerpiece. If we're hit by frost before now and then, I will find something equally natural and decorative for a centerpiece. Will you write with us? Registration is nearly full, but there are spots available. To sign-up, please write to Louise at lsbierig@verizon.net or call 610.892.7604.
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Pat Schneider's romantic tribute to her 60th wedding anniversary.

http://patschneider.com/pat/60th-anniversary/

August 17th was the 60th Anniversary of our wedding — August 17th, 1957. Here’s a new poem and some old and new pictures. TO A HUSBAND Today the Visiting Nurse Association has pronounce…
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On a plateau at the center of the island of Hawai'i, Saddle Road runs between two nearly fourteen-thousand-foot volcanoes, one of which is active. "It is a strange, isolated, and terribly beautiful land of black lava and vast light," says Ruth Thompson, the publisher of Saddle Road Press, in the latest installment of Small Press Points.

https://www.pw.org/co…/small_press_points_saddle_road_press…

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...
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Open Call for Writers for the March 2018 Creative​ ​
Women​ of Lansdowne Juried Gallery Show

The Lansdowne Arts Board is pleased to announce an Open Call for Writers for the March 2018 Creative​ ​
Women​ of Lansdowne Juried Gallery Show.

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You can click​ https://lansdowneartsboard.submittable.com/…/2018-creative-… here to go to the writer's application. The deadline for writers to apply is February 12, and the fee is $5. ​​ ​

(All other artists can still apply to the show, of course, but the deadline for all visual arts work is February 5).

All female writers either currently residing in Lansdowne, PA, or with a significant connection to Lansdowne, are welcome to apply. The Creative Women of Lansdowne juried show will highlight the wide variety of talents and creative work done by women connected to Lansdowne, and we hope to make women writers central to this project!

Please encourage all the​ ​women writers you know to apply to this show​.​
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Writers: Please submit up to four pages of poetry, or a prose piece no longer than 1,000 words. Prose pieces can be fiction or nonfiction, and either a stand-alone work or an excerpt from something longer. Published pieces are fine as long as you own the rights. Accepted work will be printed in a chapbook distributed at the 20*20 gallery during the Creative Women of Lansdowne gallery show. You may also be invited to participate in a reading. Please include a 50-word bio with your submission.

The show will be juried by members of the Lansdowne Arts Board.

The show will be at the 20*20 House gallery during Women's History Month, March 2018, and will run March 9 - March 24. The show's Gallery Opening is scheduled for Friday, March 9 from 6 – 9 pm.

The Lansdowne Arts Board’s 20*20 House, which is located at 20 Lansdowne Court, in Lansdowne, PA, hosts a white-walled, first-floor gallery, and upstairs residency and workspaces.

Located just six miles west of Center City, Lansdowne is a historic Borough that is proud of its architecture, its charming, tree-lined streets, and its highly engaged citizenry. Serving on behalf of Lansdowne Borough, the mission of the Lansdowne Arts Board is to create, foster, and promote Lansdowne's identity as a vibrant and inspiring artistic community.

For more information please contact Hanne Weedon at the Lansdowne Arts Board, 610.623.7300 x125, or email: LansdowneArts@gmail.com.

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OPEN CALL for Writers: Creative Women of Lansdowne gallery show. The Lansdowne Arts Board is pleased to announce an Open Call for Writers for the March 2018 Lansdowne Women Artists Show. All female writers either currently residing in Lansdowne, PA, or with a significant connection to Lansdow...
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57 Upcoming Contest Deadlines from Poets and Writers

Each month we let you know about approaching writing contest deadlines. Our Grants & Awards database currently lists 57 writing contests with deadlines between now and March 15, including:

Nelson Algren Short Story Award: A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune's digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Deadline is February 7.

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Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Deadline is February 28.

Mad Creek Books Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize: A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose (short stories, essays, or novellas). Deadline is March 1.

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Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...
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Glimmer Train: Upcoming deadline:

We're at the mid-point of the first New Writer Award of the year, 1st place $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train.
Deadline: 2/28.

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Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online submission is fine.)

The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700.

Winners and finalists will be announced in the May bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.

Most submissions run 1,000 - 4,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine. Writing Guidelines

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Writing Days

I had twelve writing days in January. How many did you have?

A writing day counts as any day when you meet your daily writing goal, whether it is 20 minutes a day, an hour, or longer.

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Every time I meet my daily writing goal, I put a sticker in my calendar.

In the last few years, caring for young kids, I was lucky to get 12 days a year...so 12 days in a month is something to celebrate!

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Looking for places to publish quirky, funny, offbeat stuff that pay a small amount? Check out this list...

https://twitter.com/ambernoelle/status/953627906315517954…

“I’ve seen a bunch of folks asking where young writers can get a start now after The Awl and The Hairpin are gone and I thought - let’s put together a list! What are some places that publish quirky, funny, offbeat stuff and even pay at least a little? Go!”
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One of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Strout, shares a short clip on her writing.

“The whole engine to my writing is always to try and understand what it feels like to be another person…” Elizabeth Strout, author of Anything Is Possible (Random House, 2017), talks to Mary Laura Philpott on A Word on Words about her attempt at stand-up comedy and what inspires her to write.

https://www.pw.org/theater?tag=Elizabeth%20Strout

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Ms. Le Guin brought literary elegance and a feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy tales, drawing millions of readers around the world.
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Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...
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7 Ways for Writers to Make 2018 a Successful Year

https://womenwhosubmitlit.wordpress.com/…/7-ways-for-wome…/…

by Danielle Mitchell Tip 1: Make new friends. Surround yourself with good people digitally & physically. You can make friends on social media by interacting through comments and re-tweets, you …
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The world, organized by books!

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Pat Schneider is on the air now. To listen, go to www.wmua.org.

It looks like the program will be archived.

Per Pat: Today two very nice things are happening for me and my poetry!

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The first is that an interview of me by Daisy Mathias and reading of my poems is being broadcast at 5 p.m.on WMUA, 91.1 FM., the radio station of UMass.

For eleven years, Daisy Mathias has produced a weekly radio program on WMUA-Amherst, 91.1 FM, the student and community radio station of UMass-Amherst. Poetry à la Carte features poems both ancient and modern, commentary, and interviews with local poets. The program is streamed live at www.wmua.org, Mondays, 5 pm EST.

In her spare time, Daisy consults as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Shriners Hospital, Springfield, MA.

And the second is that a poem of mine is being featured on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.

Newspapers carrying the column download it as a PDF and run it on their usual print schedules.

People in 71 countries now receive the column in Nepal, Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, Tunisia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, most of Europe, Mexico, India, The Philippines, Turkey, China, Viet Nam, South Korea, Canada, Myanmar, Argentina, Tarawa Atoll, the U.K., and U.S. Readers from Maine to Hawaii. It’s amazing to think of people in all these places reading the work of contemporary American poets each Monday.

Current readership is about 3,500,000 per week. Subscribers receive it electronically.

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"The stories we return to, in both our lives and our reading habits, are the ones that elude us, the ones we can never quite pin down, explain away, make coherent. The moment we can, we're released from them, and we move on to other things." --J.T. Bushnell