Saturday, May 24, 2014

EVENT: Free Writing, Marketing, and Researching Workshops at #PALitFest

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Only 22 FREE seats in each session... 

“If I rest, I rust.” This maxim is true for all of us, writers included!
Key to the Pennsylvania Literary Festival’s mission of educating and informing the public is providing growth opportunities for writers of all skill levels. Our workshops are offered in a small classroom setting, conducive to interaction. With this idea in mind, the seating capacity for each workshop is 22 people. Registration is first-come, first-served, and should be completed online.
Not a writer? Not a problem, workshops are open to the public and free of charge.
"Intimate Scenes for Improved Fiction"
Presented by: Marian Szczepanski
Friday, May 30, 6:30-7:30 PM
Focus on characterization, setting, physical detail, and situational conflict to write intimate scenes for compelling fiction. Includes handout/writing exercise.
"If I can do it, so can you: A no nonsense no gimmick approach to marketing your book"
Presented by: Eric Beebe
Saturday, May 31, 10:00-11:00 AM
Discuss how the cornerstones of basic marketing—like promotion, engagement, and audience—can provide authors and small publishers with an edge in today's dynamic marketplace.
"Public Speaking"
Presented by: Carla Anderton
Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM-Noon
Calling all authors and other creative professionals: Learn invaluable tips and techniques for effective public speaking in any situation.
"Joy of the Unforeseen" about Writing and Ideas
Presented by: Jody Spedaliere
Saturday, May 31, 1:00-2:00 PM
"The Joy of the Unforeseen" will focus on the positive aspects of experience as it is applied to the creation of poetry. Participants will devote their energy and talents in constructing poems which resonate from the positive and often overlooked aspects in their lives.
"The Shortest Stories Ever Written: Where to Find Them and How to Write Them"
Presented by: Lawrence C. Connolly
Saturday, May 31, 2:00-3:00 PM
This workshop will consider the shortest stories ever written and determine what makes them work.
"Writing Deep POV"
Presented by: Ann Kopchik
Saturday, May 31, 4:30-5:30 PM
Deep POV provides an overview of POV, then dives into what makes Deep POV intimate—and how to achieve it.
"Extreme Grammar"
Presented by:  J.L. Gribble
Saturday, May 31, 7:00-8:00 PM
This is not your high school English class! Learn some obscure grammar rules and pick the brain of a professional technical editor.
“Relaxing the Mind, Body, and Spirit for Writing” [Yoga Workshop]
Presented by: Cathy Kumor
Saturday, June 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Writing demands focused attention that is only possible when proper care is given to the mind, body, and spirit. A primer on yoga will give writers a tool in awakening creativity and rejuvenating the whole self. 
“Digging Up Your Roots: Genealogy”
Sunday, June 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Genealogy is the vehicle for an exciting journey into the past, introducing a person to ancestors whose lives have shaped his or her own life in some way. This workshop demystifies genealogical research and shows participants that this hobby can be accessible to everyone. 
“Library Resources”
Sunday, June 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
A library is so much more than a place to borrow books! Explore the rich resources that exist within your community libraries, and the ways in which libraries are evolving every day to remain vibrant and relevant.

#PAlitFest sponsorships are still available by contacting
David Slusarick at 724.550.4493 Ext. 9 or at
Your support is greatly appreciated and crucial to the success of this event!
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

EVENT: Seton Hill University In Your Write Mind Conference 2014


13th Annual Writing Popular Fiction Workshop

In Your Write Mind

June 26 – 29, 2014

Margaret Bail is an agent with Inklings Literary Agency. 
Beth Phelan is an agent with the Bent Agency.
Adrienne Rosado is an agent at Nancy Yost Literary Agency as well as the Foreign Rights Director.

When completing your weekend registration, please also register for pitch sessions by listing the name of agents in order of preference:
Bail, Phelan and Rosado OR N/A if not participating.
Session times will be assigned by a Lottery System. Assigned pitch times available when you arrive for the workshop.

For additional information regarding the workshop, please call
Jamie Swarm at 724-830-1005 or email

Monday, May 12, 2014

EVENT: PA LitFest Children's Activities

Children's Activities Announced!!!
May 30, 31 & June 1, Uniontown Mall

We want to invite your entire family to become part of the #PAlitFest. With the help and support of local service organizations like the Rotary, PNC’s Grow Up Great program, Albert Gallatin Amedisys Home Care and Hospice, and Waddell and Reed there will be constant activities for the entire family including: art projects, readings, face-painting, give-a-way items, and even a 20 x 30 map of the Commonwealth. A full schedule of events can be found at: Descriptions of select Children's Activities can be found below: 

DINO DETECTIVES (Saturday, May 31 – 10:30 AM)
Travel back in time to a world ruled by massive plant-eaters and vicious carnivores! Dino Detectives, a hands-on learning program presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, allows children to investigate prehistoric times through a series of “Science Stations”: activity station, imagination station, data collection station, and analysis station. Program recommended for children in Pre K through Grade 3.  Parents are encouraged to help their youngsters, and the number of participants is limited to make the experience more fun and meaningful for everyone. (Register for free ONLINE, only the first 30 registered children may participate.)

CAKE BAKE (Saturday, May 31 - Registration at 12:30 PM)
First through fifth grade students can work together with a parent, grandparent, or other adult friend to bake a cake with an imaginative design. After the cake is baked, it should be brought to the Uniontown Mall to be iced and dressed up with edible decorations! The cake should be decorated to represent a scene from a child’s favorite book. What story will you tell with your cake? (Official Rules)

COSTUME CONTEST (Saturday, May 31 – 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM)
Have you ever wanted to be your favorite book character? Now you can, with our Costume Contests for Infants/Toddlers and first through fifth graders. These contests are fun to watch, and even more fun to participate in, as your favorite stories come alive. (Official Rules)

ONCE UPON A TOON® (Sunday, June 1 – 1:00 PM)
Once Upon A Toon is a unique blend of storytelling and live cartoon illustration that is meant for children and adults of all ages. Presented by Joe Wos, a creative mind who has been recognized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, the show combines the performing, literary and visual arts in an interactive adventure featuring original stories and heartwarming, hilarious versions of folk tales and fairy tales with a twist. (Visit Joe Wos’s Site)

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME (Various times throughout the weekend –Check Schedule)
Nothing is more relaxing or better for your imagination than hearing a good story! Children (and children at heart) are welcome throughout the weekend at our special story area, a comfortable area where they can hear exciting books read by local celebrities.

Nothing is more relaxing or better for your imagination than hearing a good story! Children (and children at heart) are welcome throughout the weekend at our special story area, a comfortable area where they can hear exciting books read by local celebrities. The student essay (fictional or non-fictional) is based on a photograph taken and selected by the author. Pennsylvania Literary Festival Essay Contest grade divisions include: Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle (Grades 5-8), and Secondary (Grade 9-12). All essays and entry forms must be received by the Pennsylvania Literary Festival judging committee on or before the contest due date on May 16, 2014. (More Information & Official Form)

Additional #PAlitFest sponsorships are still available online at: or contact
David Slusarick at 724.550.4493 Ext. 9 or at
Your support is greatly appreciated and crucial to the success of this event!

Our mailing address is: 
65 West Main Street
UniontownPA 15401

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

BOOK: Running into the Darkness

From the darkness there is no escape.

Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.

Swept from the frigid New York City winter, Dr. Samantha Bartlett returns to the Midwest to once again confront the sting of death – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs “Shades” haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother’s life, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever shatter the image of those she only thought she knew.

Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the seat of domination behind the Resolute desk that is the powerhouse of nations – the presidency of the United States of America. Samantha becomes the Elite’s unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.

The Hippocratic Oath. All doctors swear by it. But the most despicable deeds must be avenged. The quest for blood swallows Samantha in a veil of darkness and threatens to destroy everything she once stood for.

Novel by D. A. Bale:

Cover Design by Genevieve LaVO Cosdon:

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