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Loyalhanna Review Publication Party | JULY 13, 2019

Ligonier Valley Writers to Hold Loyalhanna Review Publication Party at SAMA July 13

One of the longest-running literary magazines in the Laurel Highlands is celebrating the publication of its 2019 edition, and the public is invited. Ligonier Valley Writers has been publishing The Loyalhanna Review continuously since 1991. LVW will host a publication party on Saturday, July 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier (Route 711 South and One Boucher Lane). If you like good writing, art, food, and conversation, you'll have a good time.
    Join us to enjoy the museum's exhibits, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by Loyalhanna Review authors reading from their work. See this year’s cover and other beautiful artwork suitable for hanging. From a laugh-out-loud essay about chicken tractors to a poem about the music of engines, you'll be entertained and inspired. You’ll have an opportunity to talk with the authors and artists whose work is featured in the magazine.
    The suggested donation is $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away. Each guest will receive a copy of the new Loyalhanna Review, hot off the presses and crammed full of writing and art that will knock your socks off, most of it created by local talent. Help us celebrate the literary life of the Laurel Highlands.
    Ligonier Valley Writers is an all-volunteer nonprofit group that has been bringing workshops, talks, and publication opportunities to writers and readers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. LVW offers events throughout the year, including the flash fiction contest and workshops on the craft of writing.

We send heartfelt thanks to those LVW members and friends who donated money toward printing the Loyalhanna Review this year. Your kindness exceeded all expectations. We will indeed

be able to afford to send 1,500 copies of the magazine out into the world, thanks to your generosity.

F.J. Hartland | MAY 5, 2019

The workshop will focus on creating interesting characters. We will discuss how to differentiate characters, creating individual voices, and how character can build conflict.

"Not only do your characters need to be different

from one another, they need to be memorable,"

F.J. explains. "Think of Antigone, Stanley Kowalski, Willy Loman--all memorable characters."

F.J. brings enormous expertise to bear. He has made

a record-setting sixteen appearances in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, winning Best Play four times. In 2018 his play Rust was produced by Things Unseen Theatre in Altoona. Last summer his short play

Santa Secret was one of eight plays selected for the Weathervane Playhouse's 8x10 Festival in Akron. Currently F.J. is an assistant professor of theatre at Saint Francis University. He holds a BA in English

from Westminster College and an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a professional actor and an award-winning director.

Open to writers in all genres, including those who have never written a play before. It's a perfect opportunity

to explore the form--and learn about creating living, breathing characters--in a supportive atmosphere.


Sunday, May 5, from 3-5 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church

(2533 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677)

The workshop is free to LVW members and $5 to nonmembers.

Click here to register by April 30, 2019