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Third annual Vineyard Writers’ Conference to be held May 18

April 24, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The third Vineyard Writers' Conference will be held this year at the Patterson Library in Westfield, Sunday, May 18. The conference, "The Grapes of Concord: Writing From The Vine," is an all day event which is open to all writers, poets, and anyone interested in fiction/poetry where expanding their skills, meeting published authors, understanding publishing methods, and learning more about the art of writing is valuable. This is the third year of the successful conference. Many accolades have been expressed by those who attended in previous years.

Five nationally published authors will present lectures and workshops with suggestion and guidance on many writing levels. Some workshops will require attendants to bring samples of their work. Early registration for the conference is strongly recommended.

A special highlight of the conference will be the luncheon. Participants will enjoy their meal in the dining room of the McClurg Museum across the park from the Patterson Library. A brief tour will follow.

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Gary Earl Ross speaks to a group of the 2013 Vineyard Writers’ Conference participants. The 2014 conference will be held May 18.

Ron Androla is this year's featured reader. Ron received an Erie Poet Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. He is a widely-published poet, in print and on the Internet, with over 40 books which span 40 years. Ron has appeared on Erie's public access television, CATV, and over the course of his poetry career has read in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Kent, Washington D.C., and Erie. Some of his recent books include "The Water of Mars," What to Say to Death" and Quantum Aquarium." Each available on Amazon.

New to this year's conference, but eagerly anticipated is Tom Noyes' newest book, "Come by Here: A Novella and Stories," which won the 2013 Autumn House Prize in Fiction. He is the author of two story collections, "Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories" and "Behold Faith and Other Stories," which was shortlisted for Stanford Libraries' William Saroyan Award. Tom has writing degrees from Ohio University, Wichita State University and Houghton College. His stories have appeared in American Literary Review, Ascent, Colorado Review, Image, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Sycamore Review, and Third Coast.

He received grants from The Sustainability Arts Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently, he teaches in the BFA program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he also serves as a consulting editor for the literary magazine Lake Effect.

The conference is pleased to have three of the five authors returning to the 2014 conference: Nancy Kay, Chuck Joy, and Linda Lavid. Each is an author of several books on themes ranging from, but not at all limited to: mystery/thriller, poetry and woman's fiction.

Nancy Kay resides in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, a former Marine who served with the Pennsylvania State Police. He provides valuable insight for her stories. She belongs to three chapters of Romance Writers of America, keeping her involved and informed with her writing career. She has four books published by Desert Breeze Publishing; available in both e-book and print. Her story settings are small towns along the shores of the Great Lakes. Her stories focus on romance, intertwined with the love of hearth, home and family, yet sprinkled with suspense, danger and intrigue.

Chuck Joy returns to the Vineyard Writing Conference. He is the author of Fun Poetry (; Key West Quartet (Edinboro Book Arts Collective), and All Smooth (Destitute Press). His poetry has appeared in Great Lakes Review, Ampersand Review, Chiron Review, Tobeco, and Tempus as well as in anthologies edited by Jack Coulehan, Sean Thomas Daugherty, and Berwyn Moore. Chuck Joy has appeared at Poets' Hall, the Blue Planet Cafe, Woodlawn Diner, Dog Ears Bookstore, Authors Books, Mac's Backs, The Orange Bear, Mahall's 20 lanes and every Snoetry. He wrote and directed the poetry stage shows "Silver Creek," "Dreamville," "All Aboard," and "Pure Doctor."

Linda Lavid is an award-winning writer from Western New York. Her books include fiction, nonfiction, art catalogs and translated work. Presenting on every aspect of writing and publishing, she has given workshop/classes at Just Buffalo, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Chautauqua Institution, and Lily Dale Assembly. She is a publisher and consultant. This is her third year at the Vineyard Writers' Conference.

Peter Hamilton is the conference facilitator and is a columnist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. Primarily, he is a fiction writer; the short story. 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. His recently published collection of short stories, "The Devil Hates a Coward," will be available at the conference.

The seminar topics will offer many themes: poetry settings; E-publishing, character/craft; revisions; portrait and narrative; and marketing techniques. Authors presenting seminars will have their published books available. There will be an open reading of participant's work. Readers are asked to pre-register for the reading.

A group discussion will conclude the day's events.

Conference attendance includes a luncheon at a cafe in Westfield. Here participants and seminar presenters can meet informally to discuss the day's writing experience. Coffee, breakfast foods and beverages will be furnished during the event.

The tuition cost for the full-day conference is $60. Tuition will include all speakers, registration for two seminars, and the 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, or by contacting Peter Hamilton at Additional questions, pre-registration and contact information is also available on Twitter at Vineyard Writers Conference.



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