LVW is an all-volunteer nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania.


Celebrate the Holidays with Ligonier Valley Writers

Ligonier Valley Writers will hold its annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector.  The event is free, and members of the public are welcome to read aloud from their own writing or just enjoy holiday fare and good conversation.  Bring a covered dish or dessert if you like (though it’s not required), as well as any poem, story, essay, or holiday-related piece of writing you’d like to share.

You’ll also have a chance to win raffle prizes ranging from holiday decorations to books.  And we'll have the last few copies of the Loyalhanna Review, 2018 edition, to give away free at the party.

St. Michael's is located at 2535 Route 381 in Rector (Ligonier Township): (724) 238-9411.  Ligonier Valley Writers is celebrating 32 years of serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania.

If you'd like to get involved in putting together LVW talks, workshops, or publications, contact Judith Gallagher at (724) 593-7294 or  Please note the new email address.  We’d love to know what kinds of programs you want to see. For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit  It's currently under renovation, but the basics are posted.

And watch for news on the 27th annual Student Poetry Contest, which begins in January and offers cash prizes to poets in grades 4-12.

Ligonier Valley Writers is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has been serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania since 1986.  LVW offers talks, workshops, publications, and writing contests.  To join LVW and receive discounts on events, download a membership application. Dues are still only $30 per year.

You can visit LVW's Facebook page at  Our website,, is currently in transition.

Winners of the Poetry Contest for 2018

The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers and others.  These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).  Special congratulations to Faith McDowell and Nicole Fratrich, who won three awards each this year.  Faith has won every year since 2013, including the McGough in 2013.  Congratulations also to Mara Myers, who won two awards.  Several other students are repeat winners.  For the full list, ?


Ligonier Valley Writers Calendar of Events, 2018

December 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Annual LVW Christmas Party.  St. Michael’s Church, Rector.

Ligonier Valley Writers Calendar 2019

January. Dues are due for 2019. Still only $30 per year; you can receive a membership application from or Benefits include free admission to most LVW events.

January. Call for Student Poetry Contest entries for students in grades 4-12. Cash prizes in 30 categories, no entry fee, and an awards ceremony and booklet of all the winning poems. You can receive an entry form from or

February. Workshop on family writing, taught by Jim Busch. Learn how to use writing to build bonds with your family members. Date and details TBA.

March 11. Deadline for Student Poetry Contest.

March. Joint workshop with Westmoreland Museum of American Art on using art to inspire memoir writing. We'll use WMAA's quilt show as a jumping-off point. Date and details TBA.

April 27, 4:00-5:00 pm. Student Poetry Awards Ceremony at Barnes & Noble. Winning poets in grades 4-12 will read their work to the audience.

May 1. Loyalhanna Review submission deadline. (Reading period is February 1-May 1.) Check for guidelines.

July, date TBA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Loyalhanna Review publication party. Ligonier Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA). Enjoy the art and the garden, wine, hors d’oeuvres, readings, and camaraderie.

Please check for the latest info and date confirmations.

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