Pearl S Buck Writing Center


2015 Writing Events

Anita NolanNovel Critique & Revision Workship
Teaching Sessions:  1/10, 2/14, 3/14  from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Class Fee: $100  - Please register online by January 3rd
Presentor: Anita Nolan -

For writers who have successfully completed the "2014 Write a Novel in a Year" unless granted permission by instructor after review of submitted manuscript.  For more information,  please call Cindy Louden at 215-249-0100 X310

Write a Novel in a Year Class 
Teaching Sessions:  3/28, 4/25, 6/27, 7/25, 9/26, 10/24   from 9:30  am – 11:30 am
Class Fee: $150  - Please register online by March 14th
Presentor: Anita Nolan -
For fiction writers of all levels. Author and Editor Anita Nolan will lead a year-long writing workshop taking participants through the complete novel-writing process.  It will also include a Yahoo Writing Group and an abbreviated Authors Tour of the Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark House . This workshop is for adult writers interested in working on juvenile, young adult, or adult novels.
For more information, please call Cindy Louden at 215-249-0100 X310

Writing Center - Linda WisniewskiMemoirs & Family Stories Part II
Teaching Sessions: 3/16, 4/13, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 9/21, 10/19 from 2 pm – 4:00 pm 
Class Fee:  $175 - Please register online by March 7th
Presentor:  Linda C. Wisniewski -
For writers who have successfully completed the "2014 Memoirs Part 1" unless granted permission by the instructor after review of submitted writings.  Life’s stories, Adoption stories, Personal histories, Meet the Family Character, Tell your story. Pearl S. Buck wrote the biographies of her parents so that her children would know about them.  Workshop will be lead by Linda C. Wisniewski who teaches memoir writing workshops throughout the Philadelphia area. She has published in newspapers, literary magazines and anthologies both print and online. Linda’s memoir, Off Kilter, was published in 2008 by Pearlsong Press and she was the 2012 adult category winner of the Pearl S. Buck Short Story Contest. Linda also writes for the Bucks County Herald and Bucks County Women’s Journal.

For more information, please call Cindy Louden at 215-249-0100 X310

Writers Guild:  "Writing At a Writer's House" ~ Monthly Meetings to Share & Critique
3rd Sunday Afternoons:   2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18  from 1:30 pm – 3:30  pm 
Annual Membership:   $50 Annual Membership
Editor:  Anne K. Kaler, Ph.D. -

Bring your writings, musings, and questions to the Writers Guild and in the editorial spirit of Miss Buck's second husband and publisher, Richard J. Walsh, enjoy advice, critiques, suggestions, and good conversations.  Pearl S. Buck was a member and President of the Writers Guild of America.  The writers guild will be lead by Dr. Anne K. Kaler, the Editor of the Writers Guild, is Professor Emerita of Literature at Gwynedd Mercy University. Dr. Kaler is an editor, published author, poet, and writing workshop presenter.

Fiction Writers Conference - March 7th from 9 am - 3:30 pm
Conference Fee:  $50

Fiction as the Bridge to Truth & Author Readings. Presenter:   Robert Moulthrop.  How to get from “I have nothing to say” to “I can’t wait to write.”  Writing about what makes us go “ah.”  Finding what you really want to say by writing about something else.  Dialogue: “What’s that you said?!” The privilege of The Writing Journey.  Writing is re-writing. Is it ready for the real world?  Dot that “i” and cross that “t.”  What is the real world today?  Journals and e-zines and blogs and…oh my! Setting your own goal.  Building a tool kit.   Robert Moulthrop lives and works in New York City.  Three NY International Fringe Festival plays won two awards. His short story collection To Tell You The Truth (“highly recommended for followers of modern short fiction.” Clarion Syndicate) is available on Amazon and Kindle. He received a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for prose fiction; his award-winning short stories have been published in such journals as Reed, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, Eclipse, The MacGuffin, and Sou’Wester. His stories also appear in the invitation-only premiere and subsequent two issues of the fiction-only magazine Lovers and Other Strangers.  His short story collection Grace was awarded a 2011 e-Chapbook publication by Wordrunner, and his story “Four Stories From the Quiet” won first prize in Literal Latte’s 2010 Fiction Contest. Robert is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA, Music) and the Catholic University of America (MA, Theatre).  “Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” The Buddha.

Find Your Unique Vision to Jump-Start Your Writing & Author Readings.  Presenter:   Janet Benton.  Writing powerful fiction and memoir is an ongoing process of finding out who we are. Writing draws on where we’ve been in life, on what we know, and on what we have to say as a result. Any formative experience is a gift, and we each have a unique voice and vision. What gifts do you bring to the page? What stories are you uniquely positioned to tell, whether in nonfiction or fiction? In this workshop, we’ll engage in discussion and exercises to explore our story resources. You can take them farther for many years to come! Janet Benton has been a professional writer and editor for 30 years and a writing teacher for 20 years, both privately and at four universities. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her fiction has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and Glimmer Train published her interview with novelist Valerie Martin. An essay appeared in the New York Times “Modern Love” column in 2013. She has co-written documentaries on Philadelphia history, of which Fever: 1793 won a regional 2013 Emmy for Best Feature Documentary. She has received three fellowships, co-directed Cummington Community of the Arts, and attended Cottages at Hedgebrook. Benton is completing a historical novel.

Writing Workshop for Teachers of Writing - April 18th from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Workshop Fee:  $35 - Bring a Bag Lunch
Act 48 Available to Teachers/Register at BCIU

8:00 am - 8:30 am  REGISTRATION - Coffee, Tea, Breakfast Snacks provided
8:30 am – 9:40 am   The World of Poetry: Imagining the Possibilities - Presenters: Janice Ewing  & Lynne Dorfman, Co-directors of the PA Writing & Literature Project.  Participants will explore myriad forms of poetry: acrostics, poems for two voices, persona poems, haiku, free verse, found poems, pantoum, and list poems. 
9:45 am - 10:55am   Tools for Writing & Publishing - Presenter: Rita Sorrentino, fellow of the PA Writing & Literature Project and co-president of Philadelphia Reading Council. Participants will explore tools to work towards getting published; including writer’s notebooks, Internet sites, writers’ magazines and professional books about writing (available for browsing), and other options such as animoto, kizoa, and story bird. 
11:05 pm - 12:15 pm     Exercises for Writers: Writing Daily in a Writer’s Notebook - Presenters: Kathy Wirth & Lynne Dorfman - Kathy Wirth is a professor at Arcadia University where she orchestrates the reading practicum for future reading specialists. Many of us need a structured way to overcome writer’s block and get our ideas flowing. Writer’s notebooks allow children, teens, and adults to take in the world around them and document their daily lives.  A notebook will be provided for each participant in this session and a packet of simple, interesting writing exercises to awaken the writer within!
12:15 am - 1:30 pm    Pack a Brown Bag lunch & take part in an abbreviated Writers Tour of Pearl S. Buck House. 

Labyrinths & Wellness Writing Workshop - July 18th from 9 am to 3pm
Conference Fee $50 - Bring a Bag Lunch & good walking shoes.
More Information to Follow!

PSB Book Discussion Group - Read, Come & Share or just Listen!
3rd Mondays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm ~ Led by Charles Snyder, PSBVA Librarian Emerita and Book Tour Leader - Complimentary
March 16          Portrait of a Marriage
April 20            Pavillion of Women (Video - Rated R)
May 18             Come, My Beloved

June 15             The Townsman
July 20              My Several Worlds - 1st Third 
August 17         My Several Worlds - Middle
September 21   My Several Worlds - Last
October 19       Peony
November 16    Kinfolk

Pearl S. Buck "Short Stories Discussion Group - Read, Come & Share or just Listen!
2nd Tuesdays from 10 – 11:30 am - Complimentary
Discussion Leader:  Carol Breslin, Ph.D. - Professor Emerita of Literature at Gwynedd Mercy University
Book can be purchased in the Gift Shop for $8.

You’ve enjoyed Pearl Buck’s many successful novels. Here’s an opportunity to read and discuss her short stories, a genre in which Buck explores some familiar themes and many new ones.  In the collection to be discussed, Buck imaginatively and fearlessly tackles some complex, controversial issues, including women’s reproductive rights, gender equality, and the prospects for healthy marriages and families in the nuclear age.  Pearl Buck is at her best here when she carefully constructs the thought processes of men and women trying to make decisions in a world where ethical, gender, and class boundaries have shifted and blurred.  This thoughtful, provocative volume of short stories is bound to lead to lively discussion and further insight into Buck’s own life and character.

March 10            The Woman Who Was Changed & Other Stories: A Novella
April 14              The Woman Who Was Changed & Other Stories: A Novella
May 12                John - John Chinaman

June 9                 If It Must Be So 
July 14                The Castle
August 11           Pleasant Evening
September 15       The Three Daughters
October 13         Discussion:  Pearl Buck & Her Short Stories

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Act 48 Credit: In partnership with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU), Act 48 Credit is available for specific professional learning opportunities offered at Pearl S. Buck International.  Interested educators need to register for each qualifying event through our web site and then separately apply to the BCIU for Act 48 documentation. Visit the BCIU web site to view which of our events qualify for Act 48 Credit.

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