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Ligonier Valley Writers to Hold Community Picnic and Readings:
Be Part of the Entertainment

Would you like to share your writing with a supportive audience?  Or be in the audience to hear talented local writers read from their work?  For an entertaining afternoon of fun, food, and fiction (not to mention nonfiction and poetry), come to Ligonier Valley Writers' annual community picnic.

It's on Sunday, September 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector.  The event is free for LVW members and just $5 for nonmembers.  The public is cordially invited.  If you like to talk, read, and eat, you'll enjoy the LVW picnic.

Bring a covered dish or dessert if you like, though it’s not required.  Join us for good food and good conversation in the scenic Laurel Highlands.  Both LVW members and nonmembers are welcome to read from their own writing after the meal.  You’ll also have a chance to win raffle prizes.

Copies of the 2018 edition of The Loyalhanna Review, one of the longest-running literary magazines in the area, will be available free of charge.  The magazine features top-quality essays, short stories, and poems, as well as photos and fine art.  Among the offerings this year are a reminiscence of childhood kite-flying by Joe Potts and a murder mystery by Jan Sady.  As always, the Review also publishes breathtaking full-color art, including many locally shot photos.  The cover photo, Blue Bicycle by perennial fan favorite Candace Kubinec, is guaranteed to grab your attention.  And this year for the first time the Review features three pieces by local teens.

St. Michael's is located at 2535 Route 381 in Rector (Ligonier Township): (724) 238-9411.

Calendar

Ligonier Valley Writers Calendar of Events, 2018

September 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Annual Ligonier Valley Writers potluck picnic. Attendees are invited to read from their work in progress.

October.  Readings of the winning Flash Fiction stories at local venues.  Details TBA.

November.  Joint workshop with Westmoreland Museum of American Art on writing a memoir.  Details TBA.

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

2019

January.  Dues are due for 2019.  $30 per year; you can download a membership application from LVWonline.org.

January 2019.  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.

March 11.  Deadline for Student Poetry Contest.

April 20 or 27, 4:00-5:00 pm.  Student Poetry Awards Ceremony at Barnes & Noble.  The winning poets in grades 4-12 will read their work to the audience.  LVW will have a bookfair at B&N.

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

Please check www.LVWonline.org for the latest info and date confirmations.


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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, ?

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, ?

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