Peevish Pen

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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.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Out and About

Though I’m but a lowly self-published/vanity-published author (with a couple of exceptions), I still get out and about in the writing world. In March, for instance, I spoke to the Piedmont Writers in Martinsville and had a great time.

One reason why I make writing-related appearances is that I’m a member of a couple of writers groups.

On April 21, several other Lake Writers and I—to celebrate April as National Poetry Month—will read a few poems at the Westlake branch of the Franklin County Library to warm up the crowd for poet (and essayist) Jim Minick’s reading.

On May 11, as part of the Valley Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, I’ll be part of the “Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing” panel at the Roanoke Public Library headquarters on Jefferson Street.

On August 1, at the Hanover Book Festival, I’ll speak to some members of the Young Virginia Writers Club (as a member of the VWC Board of Governors, I’m on the planning committee for the YVWC) on the topic “What Your English Teacher Never Told You But Should Have.”

Now, here’s a mystery: It appears I’m a member of a writing group that doesn’t even exist. According to a post on the Roanoke Times website:

There is no Franklin Writers Guild (unless it's a secret no one told us about). Those of us doing the program at Phoebe Needles—Marion, Jim, Sally, and I—are actually members of Lake Writers. All four of us are self-pubbed, so we certainly can’t address “All About Writing.” Each of us plans to talk about our own writing. Maybe our presentation should be called “A Little Bit About Writing.”

A little is a long way from all. Anyhow, I know we'll have a good time.



Blogger Betsy Ashton said...

You are way too modest, Becky. You may be self-published but you have a very active speaking life as a professional writer. And you never hesitate to share your experiences in the writing arena. Keep up the good work. All new writers need to know the truth about what it takes to get a work in print.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

That's funny. Leave it to the RT!

12:23 PM  

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