WESTFIELD - The Patterson Library in Westfield will be the location again of the Vineyard Writers Conference to be held on Sunday, May 19.
The conference, "The Grapes of Concord: Writing on the Vine," will be an all day event open to all writers interested in expanding their skills, meeting published authors, understanding publishing methods and learning more about the skill and craft of writing. All writers of any genre and interest are urged to attend. This year's conference includes poetry.
The tuition cost for the full-day conference is $45, which includes all speakers, registration for two seminars and a luncheon. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the conference seminars begin at 9 a.m. Registration and conference payment can be made on the morning of the conference. Additional questions, pre-registration and contact information is available by emailing march4thconference.com.
Five presenters will conduct lectures in the morning and in the afternoon. Early registration for the seminars is strongly recommended. There will be an open reading of participant's work. Readers are asked to pre-register for the reading.
This year's event features Gary Earl Ross, a language arts professor, and author of more than 200 published short stories, poems, articles, op-ed articles, scholarly papers and public radio essays, as well as plays. His works include the books "The Wheel of Desire," "Shimmerville," "Blackbird Rising" and the play "Sleepwalker."
The seminar topics will focus on several themes: memoir writing; fiction work; e-publishing; character/craft; portrait and narrative; and marketing techniques for writer's work. The authors for the seminars will also have their published books available for sale. A group discussion will conclude the day's events.
There will be a luncheon for attendants at which time participants and seminar presenters can meet and discuss the day's events. Coffee, breakfast foods and beverages will be furnished during the event.
The conference also features many published authors. Nancy Kay resides near Lake Erie in Western Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books in the romantic suspense genre, "Deadly Reflection," "Deadly Revenge" and "Deadly Encounter." She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her books focus on romance, intertwined with love of hearth, home and family.
Chuck Joy was highly educated before heeding the voice of poetry having completed medical school and has since pursued child psychiatry. He has attended workshops at the University of Iowa, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Chautauqua Institution while maintaining participation with the Second Tuesday Community Poetry group at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.
LouAnne Johnson was a U.S. Navy journalist, high school teacher and the author of The New York Times bestseller "Dangerous Minds," originally "My Posse Don't Do Homework." At present, she is an online instructor for two teacher ed programs and is always working on her next manuscript. She is native of northwestern Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in psychology from University of LaVerne, a Master's Degree in teaching English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., and Doctorate in educational leadership from Sage Colleges in Albany.
Linda Lavid is an author, artist and publisher from Westfield. Her work has appeared in The Southern Cross Review, Wilmington Blues, Plots with Guns, Unlikely Stories, Zimmerzine, Cenotaph, Tangents and many others. Her short story, "The Accident," was a finalist in Otto Penzler's Great Mystery Stories of 2003. "DMV," another short story, received an award from Ascent Magazine. Her recent book, "101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self," was a finalist in the 2011 Global E-Book Awards. She has given talks on every aspect of writing, painting, publishing and marketing.
Peter Hamilton is a columnist and a newspaper feature writer. He is currently a fiction writer of short stories. He is a member of the Author's Guild, Associated Writers and Publishers, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, Sewanee, GoodReads Writers, Gotham Writer's Group and other writer's affiliates. He lives in Sherman.