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Greater Lehigh Valley
Writers Group

 Due to PA Act 153 of 2014 and House bill 1276 of 2015, any person under 18 years of age
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at any GLVWG event.
    

GLVWG Events

Upcoming Events

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palmer Library

    Regular Meeting -at the
     Palmer Library

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

    Coffee, Tea and Goodies.

    11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

    Larry Schardt: Putting a Positive Spin on Rejection

    As a writer, your work is always on the line for possible criticism and rejection.

    When rejected you may be tempted to toss your computer off a cliff, watch your hard work smash into tiny shards on the rocks below, and sink into the gloomy dungeon of self-pity.

    This workshop will provide you with the tools to help you explore rejection from a different perspective, hold your head up, and be proud of your accomplishments . . . So you can grow, persist, and flourish!

    You will learn the secrets of fulfilling your dreams, making happiness a habit, and overcoming the diseases of cynicism, negaholism, and blame. You will also learn (and reinforce) the secrets of enjoying a life of “Success That Rocks.”

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    Afternoon workshop

    Larry Schardt: Success That Rocks: Live a Life of Happiness and Success

    Larry is on a mission to help you find your happiness. He has worked with audiences in all corners of the United States and territories sharing his secrets for “Success that Rocks.”


    You Must Register to Attend This Workshop

    Member Free

    Non-Member $15

    REGISTER HERE

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Palmer Library - See Contact Page for directions
    Register
    GLVWG

    Afternoon Workshop

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    Larry Schardt

    Success That Rocks: Live a Life of Happiness and Success

    Did you ever wonder: How you can ever obtain happiness and success with all that’s going on in life? Why are some people happy and others can’t find happiness? What it takes to enjoy your days? What it takes for you to feel successful?

    As authors, not only is it important to make time to write, but to use our time in the best way possible . . Write in flow. When our mood improves our writing improves  ... We kick stress out of our heads and let the creativity and positive thoughts pour in ...

    During “Success that Rocks" ... Author, speaker, and professor Dr. Larry Schardt shares tips for a happy and successful life. His presentation, “Success that Rocks,” is designed to inspire and motivate you to live life to the fullest.Larry is on a mission to help you find your happiness. He has worked with audiences in all corners of the United States and territories sharing his secrets for “Success that Rocks.”

    During "Success That Rocks" ...

    • You will experience ideas on how to enjoy life to the fullest.
    • You will learn the 3 Key Habits for Happiness and Success.
    • You will learn the success formula to change adversity into victory
    • You will learn how to be a victor instead of a victim.
    • You will learn ideas for fixing problems.
    • You will learn the many virtues of happiness and success.

    Much more . . .

    Make your days rock . . . “Success that Rocks!”


    You must Register to attend this workshop.

    Members: FREE

    Non-Members $15.

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Now Meeting at Palmer Library
    The Writers Cafe
    Open to the public and free.

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    Topic for this month is "Open."

    Followed by Read & Critique session.  

    If you would like a Read and Critique, bring about 500 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work.  Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.

    500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1" margins all around.

    Or just sit and listen.

    Schmooze with fellow writers and meet some GLVWG members.   
    Writers Cafe meets at Palmer Library get directions: HERE.
    We meet on the second THURSDAY of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palmer Library

    Regular Meeting -at the
     Palmer Library

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

    Coffee, Tea and Goodies.

    11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

    TBD

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    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 23 Mar 2019
    Register


    150 Hungry Writers
    Need Your Services!

    Ad Space is Limited - Reserve Early.

    Even if you don't have the copy yet!

    Your ad is printed in-line with the text of the
    6x9 conference guide booklet as below:


    3 ad sizes available:

    1.5" x 4" $30
    2.5" x 4" - $45
    4" x 4" - $60

    Copy to be provided by advertiser in .jpg, or png graphic format, 300 dpi minimum resolution for clarity.  Ad will be printed in grayscale.

    That's all there is to it!
    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA, 18017
    Register

    Ben Wolf, Our Main Presenter
    and Keynote Speaker.


    Thursday $100
    Friday $110
    Saturday $120

    Discount
    for Full Conference
    3 day Registration $299


    Persons less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


    Thursday Full Day Seminar
    (Lunch Included)

    Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe

    Into the Deep: An Advanced Study
    of Speculative Fiction.

    Speculative fiction rules today's popular culture in books, movies, and TV shows. Learning the ins and outs of the various genres is absolutely essential for writers who intend to compete in a saturated yet hungry market.

    Thursday Night:
    7:00-9:00 Writers Cafe,
    an informal discussion and read-and-critique session

    All Write Stuff attendees are invited


    Friday Workshops and Evening Events
    (Lunch Included)

    Morning: Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe

    The Three Pillars of Storytelling.

    12-12:45    Lunch (Included)
    Networking Opportunities

    Afternoon:  Janeen Ippolito

    Book to Market: Tips to Package, Promote, and Publish Your Book 

    Friday Evening 

    6:30-8:30  Page Cuts Critique 

    LIMITED SEATING: Additional $10 

    Anonymous read and critique with industry pros.

    7:00-8:00 p.m. Evening Session: 

    Pixar Method with Charis Crowe 


    8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Social Gathering

    Network with editors, agents, presenters, and fellow authors over hors d'oeuvres, cash bar,
    and conversation.



    Saturday Activities

    • Choice of 24 Saturday Sessions & Workshops
    • Lunch & Keynote Address

    • Pitch Sessions

    • Marketing Consults

    • Friday Night Social Gathering

    • Friday Night "Pixar Method" Session

    • Thursday Writers Cafe

    Friday Night Page Cuts Critique, $10 fee

    Saturday Workshops

    Time

    Cedar Crest Rm

    Muhlenberg Rm

    Lafayette Rm

    Moravian
    2 hour workshops

    7:00
    7:50

    Check-in and

    Announ-cements

    in Lehigh

    Room
    8:00
    8:50

    Are Your Characters Right for the Part

    Jon Gibbs 

    Agent Panel

    Suzanne Mattaboni Moderator 

    Backstory: Your Secret Weapon to Engaging Readers  

    Ben Wolf

    2 hour workshop

    Strengthening Your Writing

    9:00
    9:50 

    Marketing Execution for Authors

    Charis
    Crowe
    The Publishing Contract 
    David Fessenden
     Writing Flash Fiction that Sells
    Ben Wolf
     Donna Brennan

    24 seat limit 
    10:00
    10:50
     Finding Your Author Voice
    Charis
    Crowe
    Those Critical First Pages 
    Kathryn Craft

    Powerful Tools to Enhance Your Writing
    Larry Schardt

    2 hour workshop 

    The Seven-Sentence Solution
     11:00-11:50

    YA is Here to Stay 

    Charis
    Crowe
     
    The Writer/Editor Relationship
    David Fessenden 
    Putting a Positive Spin on Rejection
    Larry Schardt 

    Jon Gibbs

    24 seat limit

    12:00
    1:30
    Lunch in Salon
    A and B 
    Ben Wolf - Keynote: "Writing Through Adversity"   
    1:40
    2:30

    Fund-amentals of Fiction: Inside Out

    Janeen Ippolito 
     The Dreaded Outline

    David Fessenden

     

    Getting Started Writing for Magazines

    Donna Brennan
    2 hour workshop 

    Say That and More: Writing Effective Dialogue

    2:40
    3:30

    How to Write Romantic Subplots –

    Janeen Ippolito 

    Editing Your Own Material

    David Fessenden 

    Putting Off Procrast-ination

    Donna Brennan 

    Kathryn Craft

    24 seat limit



    Pay on-line with PAYPAL

    Rather pay by check?
      Register on line, you will receive an invoice

    T
    hen send a check with the
    Invoice Number Payable to GLVWG to:

    GLVWG Conference
    1495 Par Causeway
    Allentown, PA 18106
    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA, 18017
    Register

    Ben Wolf, Our Main Presenter and Keynote Speaker.

    First Time Attendees Only w/Special FB Discount Code

    Thursday Regular $110 - Discount $89
    Friday Regular 120 Discount $99
    Saturday Regular 130 Discount $109

    Discount
    Full Conference
    3 day Registration $249


    Persons less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Thursday Full Day Seminar (Lunch Included)

    Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe

    Into the Deep: An Advanced Study
    of Speculative Fiction.

    Speculative fiction rules today's popular culture in books, movies, and TV shows. Learning the ins and outs of the various genres is absolutely essential for writers who intend to compete in a saturated yet hungry market.

    Thursday Night:
    7:00-9:00 Writers Cafe,
    An informal discussion and read-and-critique session
    All Write Stuff attendees are invited


    Friday Workshops and Events
    (Lunch Included)

    Morning: Ben Wolf and Charis Crowe

    The Three Pillars of Storytelling.

    Storytellers throughout the ages have employed three essential elements to weave compelling tales: the high concept, the characters, and the plot. Each of these elements, when utilized efficiently, work together to support everything from short stories and flash fiction to epics sprawling across multiple movies, shows, and books.

    This half-day workshop begins with a discussion of the story's high concept and what makes for an irresistible idea. Then follows a breakdown of how to create engaging and realistic characters with backstories and motivation. The class concludes with an exploration of how to create interesting plots based on the classic three-act structure. Developing these three pillars of storytelling will help propel any story (and any storyteller) to new heights.

    12-12:45    Lunch (Included)
    w/Networking Opportunities

    Afternoon:  Janeen Ippolito

    Book to Market: Tips to Package, Promote, and Publish Your Book 

    Should you aim for a traditional publisher or try to publish yourself? Is there a way to make selling books easier? And what social media should you really be using? Get clarity on your publishing and marketing options from publishing industry pro and marketing coach Janeen Ippolito. These three sessions take out the "overwhelm" and enable you to make decisions with confidence about your manuscript's future.

    Friday Evening 

    6:30-8:30  Page Cuts Critique 

    LIMITED SEATING: Additional $10 

    Anonymous read and critique with industry pros.

    7:00-8:00 p.m. Evening Session: 

    Pixar Method with Charis Crowe 

    Through the magic of engaging characters and heart-tugging plot lines, Pixar has brought us stories that ring true to who we are for over 20 years. Discover their methods, unpack the Pixar secrets for success, and learn how to apply them in your own writing.

    8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Social Gathering

    Network with editors, agents, presenters, and fellow authors over hors d'oeuvres, cash bar,
    and conversation.
    Saturday (Includes):


    Friday Night Pixar Method with Charis Crowe

    Friday Night Page Cuts Critique, $10 fee

    Friday Night Social Gathering

    Saturday Agent Pitch Sessions

    Saturday Marketing Consultations


    Saturday Workshops
    Includes Friday Night activities (extra for Page Cuts)
    and Thursday Writers Cafe


    Room/
    Time

    Cedar Crest Rm

    Muhlenberg Rm

    Lafayette Rm

    Moravian
    2 hour workshops

    7:00
    7:50

    Check-in and

    Announ-cements

    in Lehigh

    Room
    8:00
    8:50

    Are Your Characters Right for the Part

    Jon Gibbs 

    Agent Panel

    Suzanne Mattaboni Moderator 

    Backstory: Your Secret Weapon to Engaging Readers  

    Ben Wolf

    2 hour workshop

    Strengthening Your Writing

    9:00
    9:50 

    Marketing Execution for Authors

    Charis
    Crowe
    The Publishing Contract 
    David Fessenden
     Writing Flash Fiction that Sells
    Ben Wolf
     Donna Brennan

    24 seat limit 
    10:00
    10:50
     Finding Your Author Voice
    Charis
    Crowe
    Those Critical First Pages 
    Kathryn Craft

    Powerful Tools to Enhance Your Writing
    Larry Schardt

    2 hour workshop 

    The Seven-Sentence Solution
     11:00
    11:50

    YA is Here to Stay 

    Charis
    Crowe
     
    The Writer/Editor Relationship
    David Fessenden 
    Putting a Positive Spin on Rejection
    Larry Schardt 
    Jon Gibbs

    24 seat limit

    12:00
    1:30
    Lunch in Salon
    A and B 
    Ben Wolf - Keynote: "Writing Through Adversity"   
    1:40
    2:30

    Fund-amentals of Fiction: Inside Out

    Janeen Ippolito 
     The Dreaded Outline

    David Fessenden

     

    Getting Started Writing for Magazines

    Donna Brennan
    2 hour workshop 

    Say That and More: Writing Effective Dialogue

    2:40
    3:30

    How to Write Romantic Subplots –

    Janeen Ippolito 

    Editing Your Own Material

    David Fessenden 

    Putting Off Procrast-ination

    Donna Brennan 

    Kathryn Craft

    24 seat limit

    See Full Saturday Course Descriptions HERE

    But really... you know you need this.


    Pay on-line with PAYPAL

    Rather pay by check?
      Register on line, you will receive an invoice

    T
    hen send a check with the
    Invoice Number Payable to GLVWG to:

    GLVWG Conference
    1495 Par Causeway
    Allentown, PA 18106

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Now Meeting at Palmer Library
    The Writers Cafe
    Open to the public and free.

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    Topic for this month is "Open."

    Followed by Read & Critique session.  

    If you would like a Read and Critique, bring about 500 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work.  Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.

    500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1" margins all around.

    Or just sit and listen.

    Schmooze with fellow writers and meet some GLVWG members.   
    Writers Cafe meets at Palmer Library get directions: HERE.
    We meet on the second THURSDAY of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palmer Library

    Regular Meeting -at the
     Palmer Library

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

    Coffee, Tea and Goodies.

    11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

    TBD

    ________________________________________________


    • 09 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Now Meeting at Palmer Library
    The Writers Cafe
    Open to the public and free.

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    Topic for this month is "Open."

    Followed by Read & Critique session.  

    If you would like a Read and Critique, bring about 500 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work.  Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.

    500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1" margins all around.

    Or just sit and listen.

    Schmooze with fellow writers and meet some GLVWG members.   
    Writers Cafe meets at Palmer Library get directions: HERE.
    We meet on the second THURSDAY of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
    • 25 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palmer Library

    Regular Meeting -at the
     Palmer Library

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

    Coffee, Tea and Goodies.

    11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

    TBD

    ________________________________________________


    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Now Meeting at Palmer Library
    The Writers Cafe
    Open to the public and free.

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    Topic for this month is "Open."

    Followed by Read & Critique session.  

    If you would like a Read and Critique, bring about 500 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work.  Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.

    500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1" margins all around.

    Or just sit and listen.

    Schmooze with fellow writers and meet some GLVWG members.   
    Writers Cafe meets at Palmer Library get directions: HERE.
    We meet on the second THURSDAY of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Palmer Library

    Regular Meeting -at the
     Palmer Library

    Any person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this or any other GLVWG event.

    10:00 - 10:50 Success Stories, Introduction of new members, Officer reports.

    Coffee, Tea and Goodies.

    11:00 - 12:00 Morning Program:

    TBD

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