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Noted Authors, New Classes, Writers Conference and More Offered at Pearl S. Buck Writing Center

Every year since 2010, the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center—one of the many offerings at the National Historic Landmark home of Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author Pearl S. Buck—has grown exponentially, with more classes, workshops and contests to inspire writers and readers. The just announced 2017 schedule proves that the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center is continuing its stellar growth. Noted authors and creative subjects fill the 2017 schedule of events, all of which will occur from March through October in the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center at Pearl S. Buck International, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA.

The Pearl S. Buck Writing Center is a special function of the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association. The group maintains their own blog on writing and writers:

Questions about the classes, workshops or other offerings of the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center, contact Cynthia L. Louden, Chair of the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center, at 267-421-6203 or

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For adult writers of all levels, Anne K. Kaler, PhD., Professor Emerita of Literature from Gwynedd Mercy University, will lead a monthly authors’ sharing, critiquing, and networking group.

Writers should bring sample writings and questions for monthly critiques, sharing and networking.

3rd Sundays, 1:30-3:30 pm: 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15. $50/year or $10/meeting.
Classes scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of every month starting 3/19/2017 and ending 10/15/2017 at 1:30PM
Author Sandra Carey Cody, will present a “Writing Short Stories in a Year”.
Short Story writing points to be covered include: type of story, desires of your character, hurdles for your character, choosing a setting, what the dialogue reveals about your character, different voices for different characters, a character’s body language, and balancing dialogue/narrative and action/reaction.

Cody is the author of the Jennie Connors/Riverview Manor mystery series (Left at Oz, Put Out the Light, Consider the Lilly, By Whose Hand, and Lethal Journal), the standalone mystery, Love and Not Destroy, and a number of short stories.

Cody grew up in the St. Louis area and attended Washington University. She has lived in Bucks County for more than half her life.

3rd Tuesdays: 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, No August Class, 9/19, 10/17. $150
Classes scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of every month starting 3/21/2017 and ending 10/17/2017 at 1:00PM
Emmy-winning writer and journaling expert Janet Ruth Falon will teach “Journaling and How to Use it in Your Other Writings”.

The goal of this class is twofold: First, students will learn the basics of vital journaling, which will present new information and exercises that will expand the process of journaling for even the most committed journal keeper. Then participants will learn how to take information and ideas recorded in their journals and incorporate them into more public writing, such as memoirs, personal essays, poetry, etc.

Janet Ruth Falon is an award-winning former newspaper reporter and magazine editor. She is the author of four books, and has written for prestigious publications such as The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A journaling expert, she wrote The Jewish Journaling Book (Jewish Lights, 2004). Falon teaches a variety of writing classes at The University of Pennsylvania and won a local Emmy for the writing she did for WHYY-TV. She lives in Elkins Park. Website:

4th Tuesdays, 1-3 pm: 4/4, 4/25, 5/30, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24. $150
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/4/2017 and ending 10/24/2017 at 1:00PM