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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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Orlando R. Barone, a noted op-ed writer, script writer, poet and author of well-regarded college texts, whose op-ed pieces appear regularly in The Philadelphia Inquirer, will lead “Creative Writing is Needed for ALL Writing,” an inspiring course about how to make all writing engaging. The course will run on the second Thursdays from March through October, 6 to 8 pm.

No reason exists for any writing to be dull, including business reports and personal blogs. Prose need not be prosaic. Poetry need not be pretentious. This will be an experience in writing to inspire and captivate. Students will use samples of their own work to investigate the keys to engaging readers in their own words.

Every session dedicates a portion of time to actual writing samples of participants with feedback from Barone and other writers. He will cover the following Creative Writing topics in individual sessions:
* Creative writing is the only kind – explores the creative nature of all writing
* Sentence, paragraph, verse – what brings the English language to life
* The backbone of language – how metaphors, similes, analogies, synecdoche, and other figures of speech enhance writing
* Write with authority and power – appealing to the intellectual and feeling centers of a reader
* What it means to create a complete piece in any form of writing — nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Barone, a resident of Doylestown, is on the graduate faculty of the Fox School of Business where he teaches effective writing in his highly-rated course on business skills. He is also an instructor and leadership coach at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

2nd Thursdays, 6-8 pm: 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, No August class, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12. $150.
Classes scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of every month starting 3/9/2017 and ending 10/12/2017 at 6:00PM
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
The message to students in this class is: no matter what you write—blogs, poetry, novels, letters to the editor, church bulletins—your work can be a catalyst for change in the world. Whether you want to send a message or cry out for justice, the world needs your words right now. Author Susan Wagner will lead the course which will feature guest speakers sharing what it takes to craft language that sways the social conscience. The course will run on the third Mondays from March through October, 6 to 8 pm.

Guest speakers and participants will share their thoughts on the issues they are passionate about. Students will be encouraged to let their desire for justice drive them to find their most authentic voice. They will go home with inspiration and ideas about how to incorporate their passion into their work. If we provide opportunities for diverse thought and people to come together, we can change the world. As Pearl Buck
said, “we are one nation … and that doesn’t mean we give up on our nationhood or our differences.”

Susan Wagner is a published author who has taught both professional and creative writing. A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University and an active member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Sue also serves on the planning committee for the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center and is an editor of its Writers’ Guild.

3rd Mondays, 6-8 pm: 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16. $150
Classes scheduled on the 3rd Monday of every month starting 3/20/2017 and ending 10/16/2017 at 6:00PM
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. Website:h ttp:// Blog:

3rd Tuesdays, 1-3 pm: 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, No August class, 9/19, 10/17.
Classes scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of every month starting 3/21/2017 and ending 10/17/2017 at 1:00PM
Author Anita Nolan will discuss the various considerations of writing a novel, including characterization, plotting, pacing, conflict, showing vs. telling, voice and theme, as well as submission and publishing considerations in her class, “Writing a Novel in a Year”.

This workshop series is suitable for adults considering writing a novel or currently working on one, whether it is for adults, middle grades or young adults. A Yahoo group will be utilized to share notes, writings, and critiques.

Anita Nolan writes middle-grade, tween, and young adult novels. She has written a book for an educational publisher and served as editor of magazines for children’s writers, the food industry and the commercial real estate market, as well as for an e-publisher.

A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Anita has spoken at writing conferences throughout the northeast and launched the “Write a Novel in a Year” class at the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center. Nolan is a resident of Bucks County. Website:

4th Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am: 3/25, 4/22, No May class, 6/24, 7/22, No August class, 9/23, 10/28. $150
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/25/2017 and ending 10/28/2017 at 9:30AM
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
“Ready! Set! WRITE!”
Meet and learn from published authors in this annual conference for, by and about writers. This very special day of instruction will also include an abbreviated Writers Tour of the Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark Home.

Conference Presenters:

Orlando R. Barone
Barone is a writer, poet, and author whose op-ed pieces appear regularly in The Philadelphia Inquirer and other papers. He is on the graduate faculty of the Fox School of Business where he teaches effective writing, and is an instructor and leadership coach at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote, developed, produced and is featured in video-assisted training packages in Leadership, Presentation Skills, Performance Management, Teamwork, Communication, Motivation, and Credibility used by such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Exxon Mobil, the University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Justice of California. He is a sought-after lecturer who has conducted seminars for executive groups and community leaders throughout the US and abroad. He has designed, developed, and delivered such training to clients including all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, colleges and universities, chemical, pharmaceutical, and industrial firms, educational and public sector organizations. Barone received his BA, magna cum laude, from Villanova University where he was class valedictorian. His master’s degree was awarded at the University of Delaware, where he earned the prestigious Unidel Fellowship for two consecutive years. Barone is a resident of Doylestown.

Jennifer Lin
Lin, an award-winning journalist, spent 31 years as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, including stints as a correspondent in China, New York and Washington, D.C. She left the paper in 2014 to finish writing her family memoir, Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family, which will be published in March by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Her father, Dr. Paul Lin, a Philadelphia neurosurgeon, left Shanghai in 1949 and took Jennifer and two sisters back in June 1979 for a family reunion. Hours after arriving, an uncle pulled Dr. Lin aside and whispered, "Do you have any idea what happened to us after you left?" This memoir is Jennifer's attempt to answer that question and more. She weaves oral history with archival research to tell the complicated history of the Lin family going back 150 years. Of her manuscript, noted TV journalist, Connie Chung says, “Only an experienced and dogged journalist like Jennifer could possibly investigate and write such a thoroughly gripping historical personal narrative.” Lin is a resident of Doylestown.

8:30 to 9:00 Check In
9:00 to 9:15 Welcome
9:15 to 10:45 Session 1- Orlando Barone
10:45 to 11:00 break
11:00 to 12:30 House Tour and Lunch (bring your bag lunch—coffee, tea and water provided)
12:30 to 2:00 Session 2 – Jennifer Lin
2:00 to 3:00 Q&A with Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Staff and Presenters

Saturday, April 8, 9 am – 3 pm. $75
Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Often used for meditation, a labyrinth can also be used to allow the creative mind to make associations that will help develop characters and story, connect with past experiences for memoirs, and see new angles and connections for poetry. Wellness writer Susan Wagner will offer a one-day “Labyrinth & Wellness Writing” workshop.

The workshop will include writing exercises and sharing, as well as the opportunity to walk a labyrinth. Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Saturday, July 15, 9 am to 3 pm. $50
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Beginners, experts, or lovers of poetry will find something in this one-day workshop to expand their thinking about poetry. Writer Susan Wagner will offer the “Poetry Writing” workshop.

Students will examine a selection of poems and poetry, including some from Pearl S. Buck, to understand how and why their poems were successful. There will be mini writing exercises and participants will go home with new work and inspiration.

Saturday, October, 9 am – 12 pm. $50
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM