photo-1As a new semester approaches, I’m thinking again about how I will balance my work as writing teacher with my “real” work as a writer.

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DPK HeadshotJust before this year’s Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, I was reminded of experiences from my youth that helped to shape the poetry I have been writing most of my life. Having grown up in a family of musicians, much of my creative process is related in one way or another to music. The episodes I began thinking about happened on a couple of family trips to the music festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts and during three summers spent at the “American” school for music, art and architecture in Fontainebleau, France. All involved the convening of people actively involved in the arts – as performers, composers, conductors, visual artists, architects, art historians and critics.

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Don’t Give Up! By Joe O’Loughlin

by Jim Knipp on July 28, 2014

Long time PWC board member and treasurer Joe O’Loughlin has been in this business for a loooooong time, and he was kind enough to share some of his moments of inspiration and things that have driven him.  Read more after the break!

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David Wilson Reports on ThrillerFest IX!

by Jim Knipp on July 20, 2014

Wilson PhotoPWC Board Member David Wilson is a man of many hats – including Vice President of Special Projects for International Thriller Writers.   Read his report of the 9th Annual ThrillerFest, held last week (July 8th through 12th).  See what he has to say after the break!

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“All the arts are brothers; each one is a light to the others” – Voltaire

Susan-Photo-ColorThe Rhythm and Verse Salon is a literary, music and arts salon, a community, a gathering place where both featured guests and our participants share in a variety of voices, genres and styles of artistic expression.   The Rhythm and Verse Salon welcomes lovers of literature, music, theater, art and conversation.

We have built Rhythm and Verse in the tradition of renowned cultural salons of the 17th through 20th centuries, we gather together for inspiration and conversation. Our salon is designed as a convivial forum for sharing your – our guests’ artistic creations – even your embryonic expressions within an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. And, if our guests would like, think Paris, 1920’s . . . Gertrude Stein’s living room. Entrez-vous, after the break!

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LisaLMulti-talented Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Board member Lisa Lutwyche talks about how she added playwright and director to her repertoire.  Read more after the break!

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len and eileenNews from PWC  il Presidente Eileen D’Angelo regarding upcoming Mad Poets Society events.

Check it out after the break!

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William Lashner Opening Remarks: A Deeper View!

by Jim Knipp on June 23, 2014

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I didn’t have the opportunity to hear William Lashner’s opening remarks and could only offer passing commentary.  Luckily, fellow board member Ed Krizek was there for the whole thing.  Ed was kind enough to put together a great summary that I’d like to share.

Opening speaker Bill Lashner discussed the path that led him to become a writer and about his passion for writing. Using The story of Herman Melville’ s life and the writing of ” Moby Dick,” Lashner spoke of how great works can be misunderstood when introduced to the reading public, but emphasized that this fact does not make them less important or great. He cautioned the crowd to separate the “business” of writing from one’s actual writing;  urging everyone to do his/her best work regardless of commercial success. Lashner chose to be a writer because he loves writing. His message can be summed up as “write because you love it and always produce your best work”. Commercial success may or may not come but an author can find satisfaction and fulfillment in the act of writing nonetheless, and possibly produce a great piece of writing!

Thanks Ed for the great review.  And thanks again all for your support of the PWC.  Already looking ahead to 2015!

 

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Another PWC  (our 66th!) is in the books.  Lot’s happened this year, We saw many of our friends return, and made several new friends.  Highlights, pictures, and more after the break!

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GF_self-portrait1Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and well over fifty short stories of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Oct/Nov 2013) is a current “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award; and a collaborative novella with Jonathan Maberry, “T.Rhymer,” graces the anthology of dark fantasy collaborations, Dark Duets (HarperCollins, January 2014). He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press), and currently serves as Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College.

Gregory will be teaching a workshop called “Writing a Compelling Short Story.”   When describing the workshop, he writes, “Whether you write stories focused upon character illumination or upon event-driven escapades, you need to give readers a narrative that they cannot put down.”  In the workshop, the class will examine the elements necessary to achieve this in their fiction, including everything from a “3-D” narrative structure to reversals and recognitions.

We had asked Greg to share his thoughts on the writers community, what inspires him, and what he hopes to find at this years Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.  See what he had to say after the break.

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