Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Literary Day

Saturday was wonderfully literary. I attended the Hollins Literary Festival at Hollins University and heard three authors read from their works, talked with Amanda Cockrellchildren’s lit teacher, author of several novels including Pomegranate Seed, and the leader of the panel I’m on at the Children’s Literature Association Conference this June at CNU.

Several Valley Writers were there, too—Millie, Dick, Leonel, and Nancy—as well as former Valley member, Mildred Sandrich, whose work on her degree in English at Hollins now consumes much of her time.

I love lit conferences! Being around so many serious writers is always stimulating.

When I returned home and turned on my computer, I found that Valley Writers president Jim Morrison had sent me an email—my essay “Crit Group” had won the Virginia Writers Club “Back Page” contest. I’ll get some cash, and my essay will be in the next issue of The Virginia Writer.

Saturday was a good day.


Blogger CountryDew said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. Congrats on the Back Page. Cool beans.

5:39 PM  

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