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Learn Memoir Writing and Genealogy:


A Joint LVW/WCHS Workshop

Ligonier Valley Writers and Westmoreland County Historical Society will present an all-day workshop on recapturing the past through memoir writing and genealogy on Saturday, March 14, at the Calvin E. Pollins Library of the Westmoreland County Historical Society (Suite 1 at 362 Sand Hill Road, Greensburg).  In the morning session (10:00 a.m. to noon), Marge Burke will teach participants how to write a memoir.  In the afternoon (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), Joanna Moyar will introduce attendees to genealogy and genealogical resources.

Registration and welcoming remarks begin at 9:30 a.m.  Morning refreshments and a box lunch will be provided.  The registration deadline is March 9.  The cost is $35 for LVW and WCHS members and $40 for nonmembers.  For more information, call Mary Ann Mogus at (724) 836-1099 or email her at jaguar263@verizon.net.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Mary Ann.

In "Writing Your Memoir," Marge will present exercises and prompts to help you recall incidents long forgotten and tap into formative moments in your life.  Exercises will include building a string of memories from one event and making use of all five senses.  Come prepared to map out your childhood neighborhood, paint mind pictures, and discover how events you have nearly forgotten shaped the person you are today.

Marge is the author of a historical novel based on an ancestor's Civil War letters.  She has been published in the Albion News, Small Town Life, the Laurel Mountain Post, Pennsylvania magazine and the Tribune-Review's Focus.  She is a site interpreter for Historic Hanna's Town.

In "Genealogy for Beginners," Joanna Moyar will explain the basics for beginning research and discuss the specific resources available in Westmoreland County.  Writers may find inspiration and compelling subject matter in their own family histories.  Joanna is education coordinator of WCHS and on the editorial board of Westmoreland History, the society’s magazine.

For more about any Ligonier Valley Writers events, publications, and contests, visit www.LVWonline.org.  For more about the Westmoreland County Historical Society, visit www.westmorelandhistory.org.

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Registration Form for Memoir Writing and Genealogy, March 14, 2015

Name _______________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________ Email _________________________________________

Member LVW or WCHS ______ Nonmember ______________

The registration deadline is Monday, March 9.  The cost for members of LVW or WCHS is $35; the cost for nonmembers is $40.  Make your check payable to Ligonier Valley Writers. Send it with this form to Ligonier Valley Writers, c/o Mary Ann Mogus, PO Box 594, Greensburg, PA  15601.

About Ligonier Valley Writers


Ligonier Valley Writers is celebrating 27 years of serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. Check out our blog at http://ligoniervalleywriters.blogspot.com/. If you'd like to get involved in putting together LVW talks, workshops, or publications, leave a note at www.LVWonline.org or contact Judith Gallagher at (724) 593-7294 or jgallagher@LVWonline.org.

We’d love to know what kinds of programs you want to see. For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit the website. And watch the site for news on the 24th annual Student Poetry Contest, which begins in January and offers cash prizes to poets in grades 4-12.

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Ligonier Valley Writers


Ligonier Valley Writers is celebrating 27 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 2014 edition is now available online.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.