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Author to Give Talk on Getting Published

Karen Dietrich will give a talk on working with agents and editors for Ligonier Valley Writers on Sunday, November 18, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector.  The talk is free for LVW members and $5 for nonmembers.

"Every well-known writer was once unpublished and unknown," Karen points out.  "How did they make the leap to publication?  While there are myriad paths, many writers find success working with literary agents and editors in the publishing industry."

Karen Dietrich will discuss her own experiences in publishing, from small independent literary magazines to commercial publishing houses.  She will focus on how writers can build their careers by working with editors and agents.

Questions Karen will answer include these:

· What exactly does a literary agent do?

· Does every writer need a literary agent?

· How can writers find agents and editors who will be interested in their writing?

· How does a writer craft a compelling query letter?

· What is the best way to approach literary magazine editors?

· Should you submit your work to literary magazines that don’t pay writers?

In 2010, Karen won a scholarship to the Ligonier Valley Writers' Conference, an experience that helped jump-start her writing career.  She soon began getting published in literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Main Street Rag, Weave, Joyland, and Smokelong Quarterly.

Her first full-length book, The Girl Factory: A Memoir, was published by skirt/Globe Pequot Press in 2013.  She is the author of three chapbooks from small presses: Understory (dancing girl press, 2013), Girl Years (Matter Press, 2012) and Anchor Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2011).  Karen grew up in Connellsville and now lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  She is an adjunct writing instructor at Westmoreland County Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.  She is also on the faculty of the online MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  For more information, samples of her work, and links to other fascinating websites, visit TheGirlFactory.net.

To join LVW and receive discounts on this and other events, download a membership application at LVWonline.org.  Dues are $30 per year.  Ligonier Valley Writers serves writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania.  LVW's next event is the 2014 Christmas party on December 7, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., also at St. Michael’s Church (2535 Route 381 in Rector).

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Poetry Tutorials

Click on the button on the left to access the four poetry tutorials by Barbara J. Miller, internationally published author and faculty in Seton Hill University's Masters in Fine Arts Creative Writing Program.

Ligonier Valley Writers

Ligonier Valley Writers is celebrating 26 years of serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania.  For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit this website often.  The next major event will be the Student Poetry Contest, which offers cash prizes to poets in grades 4-12.

Ligonier Valley Writers is a non-profit writers group in Southwestern Pennsylvania which encourages interest in the written word and the continued perfecting of the art and craft of writing.

Ligonier Valley Writers sponsors workshops, programs, and the Loyalhanna Review is the literary journal published each year by the Ligonier Valley Writers.  Check for submission guidelines on the Loyalhanna Review section.  The 2012 edition is now available online.

For LVW services and activities, click one of the menu buttons to the left.

Questions about writing or getting published?  Ligonier Valley Writers has resources of experienced published writers in most genres who would be glad to respond to your questions.  If one of us can't come up with some good advice, we can probably point you in a good direction.  Try us out.  Just click Email on the menu and follow the links.

New members are always welcome!  Join now for full benefits in 2013.

We depend on the much appreciated financial support of members and donors.  Without it, our many programs could not have been developed.  Contact us with the email link on the rightside of this page.

You may know of the many member benefits LVW dues help fund, but you may not know how valuable your financial support is in promoting a literary presence in our region that encourages all aspects of the written word, both for writers and readers.

1. The Loyalhanna Review is the literary journal published by the Ligonier Valley Writers.  It is an ongoing expense but one that is a valuable advocate for regional writers and readers.

2. As this new website continues to develop, it will provide online services for the general public and special features exclusively for members.

3. Ligonier Valley Writers depends on volunteers to maintain the organization, serve on committees, and do other work necessary to keep the organization functioning.  If you would like to volunteer, please email a message to the Secretary.

As you can see, yearly dues are critically important to the success of Ligonier Valley Writers.  Many thanks for your past and continuing support.

Because we get many messages, if you request an email response please make certain that your email service will accept the reply.  This organization is run by volunteers and it is time-consuming for those answering your questions to register at different sites just to get a message to you.

Student Poetry Contest

Twenty-five students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers’ twenty-third annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.  The judges received several hundred entries from school students and homeschoolers throughout western Pennsylvania.