Thursday, March 21, 2013

Third Thursday Poetry Reading is TONIGHT, March 21!

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective Poetry Reading and Open Mic is TONIGHT, Thursday, March 21! Readings are at The Vintage, 326 Spruce Avenue, Scranton, and begin at 8:30 PM. Bring something to read, or come and enjoy poetry readings by others. Admission is free!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Writing prompt challenge: expanded and revised edition!

The writing prompt challenge has been extended for another week to March 30! And I forgot to list a critical piece of it last time - a second prompt!

The challenge is to write "Flash Fiction", a short-short story of six hundred words or less, using one of these two prompts:

  • During the long Arctic nights we held grave discussions.


  • And then I asked him with my eyes to ask again - yes.

Present your story at next Saturday's the March 30 meeting at the Vintage, and the group will decide on a winner! We've already had three presentations, from Leslee, Harold, and Wendell, and they can revise and re-present their work, too!

For more on flash fiction see these sites:

Flash Fiction Online:
Flash Fiction World:
Flash Fiction Friday:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Writing prompt challenge!

Leslee Klapp came up with a contest at the March 2 meeting. First, the group would collectively decide on a prompt. Then, since we will not be meeting on March 9 due to the Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade, we would have two weeks to compose short-short stories - flash fiction - of no more than six hundred words that use the prompt either in the title or somewhere in the story. The group will collectively decide on the best story, and the writer of that story will win a prize!...of some sort.

We grabbed random books scattered around the loft of the Vintage and began pulling out sentences for consideration. The group then voted, and we settled on one to be the prompt:

During the long Arctic nights we held grave discussions.

So. That's the challenge. Using that prompt as the title or part of the story, write a story of six hundred words or less for presentation at the March 16, 2013 meeting. The group will vote on all presented works, and the best story will win a prize. Good luck, and get writing!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Laurel Radzieski to be featured reader at New Visions

Laurel Radzieski will be one of the featured readers at the New Visions Bi-Monthly Writers Showcase & Poetry Reading at the New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine Street, Scranton on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

Other featured readers will be Andrea Talarico McGuigan, Shelby Fisk, Chris Campion, Stanton Hancock, and Heather Davis. Featured Music during intermission will be by Danny Jackowitz.

The show starts at 7:00, and admission is free.

Storing and accessing your work online

Here's a simple solution for storing and accessing your work online in a way that it's easily accessible to you but not accessible to anyone else: Create a blog with the privacy settings set to allow only you to access it, and upload all your works there! No one else will be able to see what you've uploaded, but you'll be able to access your work as easily as signing in to your blog.

More details here:

Another Monkey: I've got a new blog (that you can't see!)