What Will You Be Writing This Summer?
Summer is just around the corner. What will you be writing? If you need a place to nurture your writing muse, here are a few ideas:
July 24, 11:30-5pm: Summer Write-A-Thon & Reading: Philadelphia Stories hosts a summer write-a-thon and reading at the Bombay Room in the Chestnut Hill Hotel on Sunday, July 24, from 11:30-4 (with a lunch break at 1:00), followed by a reading from 4-5. The write-a-thon cost is $20 for the day and includes snacks, writing prompts, and the creative inspiration of sharing this event with your writing peers. All proceeds help keep Philadelphia Stories in print and free! The 4:00 reading is free and features authors and editors from Philadelphia Stories, followed by an open mike. Click here to register.
June 17-24: Rosemont Writer’s Retreat: Located on a 56-acre campus in an attractive, historic suburban community, Rosemont College is a peaceful sanctuary located just minutes by train from center city Philadelphia. This year the retreat offers students either a weekend (June 17-19), a weeklong (June 19-24), or combination session (June 17-24). The retreat is also available for graduate college credit. For more information please contact the program director, Carla Spataro (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here for details and registration.
Sunday, June 26: Capturing the Muse: A One-Day Retreat for Writers at The Manor House at Whitpain Farm, Blue Bell, PA: Give yourself the gift of a day of work: a quiet day in a bucolic setting, surrounded by a small group of other writers. Join an Open Book one-day writing retreat and focus on your important creative work! Click here for details and registration. Email email@example.com to ask about the Philadelphia Stories member discount.
August 18, 6:30pm: Launch Party and Reading, followed by an open mic for Kathryn Ionata’s debut poetry chapbook Yield Signs Don’t Exist (PS Books) at Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Kathryn Ionata has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and was a finalist for the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize, the Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition, and the Main Street Voices Prize. Free event.
Women Who Rock: Two New Titles from PS Books
50 Over 50 is a superb collection of poetry, essays, and fiction by women over age 50. This anthology features work by notable authors like Robin Black, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Todd, Vickie A. Carr, and Rachel Pastan. While many of the writers included are emerging authors, all of the work has something funny, thoughtful, and compelling to say about sex, family, loss, and love. The books will be on sale at PS Books and Philadelphia Stories events and online at Amazon and IndieBound. Click here for more details.
Come As You Are is the sequel to Christine Weiser's critically acclaimed debut novel Broad Street. Come As You Are is a novel about balancing work, family, and a chick rock trio. Ten years earlier, these thirty-something women were best friends who played in the late ‘90s Philadelphia girl group, Broad Street. Time and circumstances drove them apart, but when they get an invitation to play an esteemed national tour, they put aside their differences to reform their old band. Click here to order a copy.
Read PS Books' new serial mystery novel! PS Books' Naked Came the Cheesesteak is a 13-chapter serial novel written by Philadelphia area writers Diane Ayres, Randall Brown, Mary Anna Evans, Gregory Frost, Shaun Haurin, Victoria Janssen, Merry Jones, Tony Knighton, Don Lafferty, Warren Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Nathaniel Popkin and Kelly Simmons. Each chapter of this murder-mystery novel is written by a different author. Click here to read all 13 chapters of Naked Came the Cheesesteak.
FICTION CONTEST CLOSED: The deadline for the 2016 Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction has closed. This annual national short fiction contest features a first place $2,000 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $500; and third place cash prize of $250. Click here for details. Good luck to those who submitted! Winners will be announced by October 15, 2016.
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