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Flash Fiction 2017


Meet Author Ed Kelemen

at Greensburg Craftique August 26

 

Do you like to read about things that go bump in the night?  Do you want to write about them?  If so, you'll enjoy noted paranormal researcher Ed Kelemen, who will discuss and sign his new book, Paranormal PA, on Saturday, August 26,  2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This event is part of the series “Meet Your Local Authors,” presented by Ligonier Valley Writers and Craftique Collections in the Café at Craftique , 770 East Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.  The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

Ed traveled throughout Pennsylvania to research his new book.  He will be happy to tell you about his experiences, answer your questions, and even give you some tips on how to write your own paranormal story.  He will also encourage people to share their stories with him.

Ed is an author, columnist, and paranormal documentarian.  He has published several books about paranormal events, as well as mystery novels and horror for adults and for middle graders.  He has had articles and fiction published in numerous local and national publications.  He writes a weekly column for the Blairsville Dispatch.  And he runs Ligonier Valley Writers' flash fiction contest, now in its twelfth year.

A founding member of the Allegheny County Police Bomb Squad, Ed spent 23 years as a police officer and received many citations and awards during his career.  He has taught numerous workshops for writers on including accurate police procedures and investigative techniques in their mystery stories.

Ed's books and books by other local authors are for sale at the Book Nook at Craftique.  Phantom Detectives on Vacation, the third Sleuths and Serpents mystery anthology, features stories by seven members of the Greensburg Writers Group, which published it as a fundraiser for Ligonier Valley Writers.  The story authors are Ronald J. Shafer, Thomas Beck, Michele Jones, Barb Miller, Judith Gallagher, M. A. Mogus, and Marge Burke.  Ed Kelemen contributed a prologue and epilogue and Barb Holliday contributed a poem.  These stories run the gamut from whimsical to noir.  You'll be dying to find out how the goddess Athena helps solve a murder at a romance convention in Nashville and how a dog figures out the culprit in a Las Vegas scam.

            Phantom Detectives on Vacation will be for sale for $10.  All proceeds go toward LVW's programs and publications, especially The Loyalhanna Review, which is distributed free throughout western Pennsylvania.  Copies of the 2017 Review, which came out just last month, will be available at no charge.

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 10, 2017, 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 (although 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 2017 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 humorous meditation on volunteering by Gwen Wolfgang and a poem about the importance of bards by Linda Ciletti.  As always, the Review also publishes breathtaking full-color art, including many locally shot photos.  Don't miss Jan McLaughlin's photo of two deer on a snowy deck trying to touch noses with the cat inside; it's hard to tell who's more curious.

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

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Student Poetry Contest 2017


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, please click on the button on the left.

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