Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jason Macey to read at Narrowsburg October 5

Jason Macey will read a selection of poems at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library in Narrowsburg, New York on Friday, October 5. Open mic will begin at 7:30, with features to follow. Jason will open for the main featured writer, Nina Burleigh. From the official announcement:

We will celebrate National Banned Books Week with author and international journalist NINA BURLEIGH who will read a short selection from her favorite banned book, speak on international perspectives of censorship and read from her own newly forthcoming book regarding women and the "Arab Spring" in Egypt coming our on Byliner. NINA BURLEIGH is a journalist and the author of five books. Her latest book, The Fatal Gift of Beauty, was a New York Times bestseller. In the last several years, she has profiled a wide array of subjects, including American politicians, Israeli archaeological forgers, an Arab feminist, a small-town Italian mayor murdered over slow food politics, asteroid deflection experts and Chinese immigrants to Italy.  She's written for numerous publications including Businessweek, The New Yorker, Time, New York, The New Statesman, New York Times and is a contributing editor at Elle. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours,  MSNBC, CNN and C-Span, on NPR and numerous radio programs.  Nina was born and educated in the Midwest, has traveled extensively in the Middle East and lived in Italy and France. She covered the Clinton White House for Time and reported and wrote human interest stories at People Magazine from New York.  She is a an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has lectured around the United States, in Italy, and in Mexico. Her book, Mirage, published in 2008 by Harper Collins, was selected by The New York Times as an editors' choice and won the Society of Women Educators' Award in 2008.

Directions to the event:

Tusten-Cochecton Branch
198 Bridge Street
Narrowsburg, NY

Take Thruway to Route 17. Take Route 17 to Exit 104. Follow Route 17B West approximately 15 miles through Bethel (do not turn on Route 55 in White Lake). Once through Bethel look for Russell Farms on the Right (approx 1 1/2 miles past Bethel.) Just past the farm turn left onto Route 52 (sign says 12 miles to Narrowsburg.) Follow Route 52 to junction of Route 97. Turn right on 97 (which is also still Route 52). After 1/2 mile, Routes 97 and 52 split. Stay on Rt. 52 straight through light and over a bridge. Library is the first right after the bridge. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Prompt for Saturday, September 29

From K.K.: "You and your yellow lightning."

Leslie Rakowicz's "Celia" to appear in issue 18 of Copper Nickel

Congratulations to Leslie Rakowicz, whose story "Celia" will be published in issue 18 of Copper Nickel! Copper Nickel is a literary journal published by the students and faculty at the University of Colorado Denver.

This issue will arrive in subscribers' mailboxes in late October.  To order copies, you can try their "Buy" link (which isn't working as of this writing) or contact the journal directly at element25 (at) copper-nickel (dot) org.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thanks to writer, poet, and playwright Art Walsh, who passed along this excellent resource for getting your play into the hands of people who might be interested in producing it. For a small fee, you can post information about your play, as well as the first ten pages of it, on Interested parties can then contact you through the website, and you split the revenue from the play 70/30 with the website. also offers many excellent resources for aspiring and established playwrights. Check it out and see what the site has to offer!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Call for submissions: Word Fountain

1,000 words or less, any genre, any topic
Ages 13+
Deadline: September 30, 2012

Submissions and Inquiries:
Osterhout Free Library
Attn: Word Fountain Editors
71 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570-823-0156 phone
570-823-2475 fax

We are still looking for submissions for our all ages, multi-media flood issue, too!
This will be a special issue whose donations will benefit local flood victims through the Luzerne Foundation. Please help us spread the word!
Submission Guidelines:
1,000 words or less, any genre, from any age group
Original photos and 2-D art will also be considered
Topic: Hurricane Irene and/or Hurricane Agnes
flooding in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2012

Prompt for September 22, 2012

The prompt for next Saturday was inspired by one of Chaz's poems this week: "Writing our own self-help book."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vintage Theater Grand re-Opening Party, Friday September 14

The Vintage will celebrate its grand reopening on September 14th at its new home of 326 Spruce Street. This party will feature great food, drinks, music, art, friends and more- and all FREE! The Vintage team wants to thank everyone in the community for their incredible support and patience as this transition occurred.

Featuring special performances by -
Days In Transit , A Fire With Friends , Adam Catscratch, Matt Montella, Zach Graham and Senntenial!

September 14th 2012 
6:00 pm 
Free & Open To All

326 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

K.K. Gordon's "The Operatives of Game Theory" to be performed

NEPWC member K.K. Gordon's "The Operatives of Game Theory" is one of twelve short plays that will make up Dyonisia '12: Apocalypse at the Old Brick Theater, 128 W. Market Street in Scranton, PA. It will be presented on September 21, 23, 27, and 29. Kait Burrier's "Patient/Fracture" will be performed on those same nights!

See here for the entire program:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cutting out "Lard"

Your Editing Toolbox: Cutting Out Lard

In Revising Prose, Richard Lanham lambastes writers for composing sentences fattened with meaningless "lard." Lanham offers his "Paramedic Method" for cutting out a sentence's fat and reducing its "lard factor."

- Courtesy of Chaz Bennett

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Prompt for September 15, 2012

"Did someone say 'medieval?'"

About the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective (NEPWC) is an open writing group that meets every Saturday at the Vintage Theater in Scranton from 1 to 3 PM. Membership is free, and new members are always welcome.

We also hold Open Mic readings at the Vintage Theater on the third Thursday of every month starting at 8:30 PM. These were on hiatus during the relocation of the Vintage Theater, but will resume on October 18, 2012. Admission is free, but donations to the Vintage Theater will be gladly accepted!

Attention all writers!