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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. 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
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