Area 6 Events

Some upcoming writing events in the Area. If you know of any, please let me know!______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Don’t miss the Pennwriters Philadelphia Critique Group which meets Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM in 525 S. 4th. St., Studio 240A, Philadelphia, PA.  The building is on 4th St. between South St. and Lombard.
Take the elevator to the second floor.  Turn right and then take your immediate left.  The studio is on the left.  On the door it is noted, “Running Wild” and “Luna Theater”. 

If you are a Pennwriter, then the critique group is free.  If you are not a Pennwriter, then you are welcomed to join us for up to three times and then we ask that you join.

This critique group is one of the many perks of joining Pennwriters.  For more information on Pennwriters, go to
Critique Rules:
1. Bring up to five pages of your work (following standard manuscript guidelines) to be read silently by your fellow attendees. Remember to bring multiple copies to share.
2. Initially, fellow writers will read the work and then provide feedback.
3. Feedback is provided with the best intent. Three positive aspects and three areas of focus for revision.  Focus on the positive and how to improve the piece.
4. If your work is being reviewed, keep an open mind. Don’t respond to the feedback initially. Wait until the last person has provided input and then you are welcome to ask questions.

If you have any questions about the critique group, feel free to call or email me.


LINDA ARNTZENIUS & ANNE WITT present Burns Night: The poetry of Robert Burns presented with music.

Monday, January 24 @ 7:30 PM
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ
Contact: Janie Hermann 609-924-9529, ext. 228


GOT CABIN FEVER?  DOODLIN’ ON PAPER?  We have a great, local writing solution! 


The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association’s House of Buck Writing Events Series will offer two writing workshops for interested adult writers at its CABIN FEVER WRITING WEEKEND, Saturday Feb. 19th from 10-3pm and Sunday Feb. 20th from 12:30 – 3:30pm.  Saturday’s Workshop “Memoirs & Life Stories” and Sunday’s Juvenile Fiction Clinic  Writing Workshop will be held in the Pearl S. Buck International Cultural Center, 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie, PA (Hilltown Twp/Dublin).    

Saturday’s Theme ~ Memoirs Life Stories: Feb. 19th from 10am-3pm Memoirs are not only about you, but are stories of your life and those in your life. Events in your life that affected you personally may be written as your memoirs. Events that strongly implicated another person, or your family are a life story. All of these should be documented and often merit publishing both for your personal circle and for public interest. Join us for an in-depth day of putting your story on paper. Noted Memoirist Jerry Waxler will lead writers through all the steps. (Workbook optional, $8.00 paid to instructor.)  Bring a bag lunch. Snacks and beverages are available.   Saturday Workshop: $40.00 

Sunday’s Theme~ Juvenile Fiction Clinic:  Feb. 20th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm – Whether your plot is still in the idea stage or captured in manuscript form, this hands-on, interactive workshop will help the writer focus on getting a manuscript together. It will include instruction, analysis, discussion, draft writing, revision, and critique. Led by popular children’s author Chrysa Smith, (The Adventures of the Poodle Posse Series) writers will leave many steps closer to being published.  Sunday Workshop: $30.00 

Register online at:          Registration must be by noon February 17th                    

Saturday workshop: $40.00  Sunday workshop: $30.00  Both: $60.00   *Snow dates: February 26th and 27th

For more info:    215-794-2562


Brad Meltzer to read from The Inner Circle  

Tuesday, January 25 @ 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA
Contact: 215-567-4341
Poetry Potluck

Wednesday, January 26, 2010 6:00-7:30pm at the Free Library of Philadelphia — Falls of Schuylkill Branch Warden & Midvale, Philadelphia 19129

Please join us as we generate and share new and old poems! Bring paper, pen, poetry and whatever else you can share. We need you. We want you. All styles welcome!
The library is located on Midvale Avenue between Ridge and Henry. It is easily accessible from the East Falls Septa Station (R6/Manayunk-Norristown) and a number of buses: K, R, 32, 61. For more information, reach me by phone at 267-240-3249 or at
This Week at the Kelly Writers House
** Now call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636) for KWH updates **

Monday, January 24th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE
musical guest MATT MCANDREW. Hosted by Michaela Majoun
and 88.5 WXPN.

Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00pm throughout the first floor: 5TH

Wednesday, January 26th at 5:30pm in the Arts Cafe: MIND OF
or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

Thursday, January 27th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: UAB WINTER


Our hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday,
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday,
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

All events take place at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk,
and are free of charge.If you have any questions or would like further
information, please e-mail us at, or call 215-
746-7636. For a more detailed Writers House calendar, visit our web-


Monday, January 24th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE
musical guest MATT MCANDREW. Hosted by Michaela Majoun and
88.5 WXPN.

THE EXCELANO PROJECT is the University of Pennsylvania’s first,
only, and flyest spoken word group. (Supposedly) derived from latin,
“excelano” means “we march forth” and from its foundation in 2003
by poets and then Penn students Carlos Gomez and Warren Long-
mire, EP has been doing just that. EP is known for our heart-felt
words, striking performances, and well… our fury. For more infor-
mation please visit:

MATT MCANDREW is a sophomore at the University of the Arts,
majoring in music. He plays in Hollow Shoulder.

LIVE at the Writers House is a long-standing collaboration between
the Kelly Writers House and WXPN FM (88.5). Six times annually
between September and April, Michaela Majoun hosts a one-hour
broadcast of poetry, music, and other spoken-word art, along with
one musical guest, all from our Arts Cafe onto the airwaves at WXPN.
LIVE is made possible by generous support from BigRoc. For more
information, contact Producer Erin Gautsche (gautsche@writing.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00pm throughout the first floor: 5TH

The Common Press is a letterpress project founded in January, 2006,
the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, as a collaboration
of the Kelly Writers House, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and
the School of Design. Last year, our imprint within the Common Press–
the Robinson Press – was generously endowed by Nina Robinson Vitow.
We’ll mark the 5th anniversary of the Common Press–and thank Nina–
with two events:

* Friday, January 21 at 5:00 PM: an anniversary printing at the
Common Press
* Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00 PM: a show and tell party at KWH

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Wednesday, January 26th at 5:30pm in the Arts Cafe: MIND OF
or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

In January of every year, the Writers House Planning Committee em-
braces the post-holiday doldrums with a celebration of winter’s com-
forts, inspired by Wallace Stevens’s chilly poem, “The Snow Man.”
We gather here at the Writers House, stoke a big fire in the parlor,
simmer several big pots of soups and stews, and share our favorite
winter-themed readings with one another. Let it snow! Please RSVP
to or call 215-746-POEM.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Thursday, January 27th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: UAB WINTER

The English Undergraduate Advisory Board presents its 2011 Winter
Reading Project: Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being. Join
us for a discussion of the novel with beloved Penn professors and liter-
ature scholars, including our own Jean-Michel Rabaté. We’ll have plenty
of food, alongside good reading and discussion. Extra copies of the
book are available at Fisher-Bennett for free, so pick one up and come
to the panel to explore literature and writing with your colleagues and

The Writers House is proud to host a number of ongoing writing and
reading groups. For more information about joining the following groups,
contact the group organizers listed below.

A journal of feminism, gender, and sexuality. For more information con-

The Green Couch
A literary journalism project that publishes once a semester and is open
for submissions! For more info contact Jessica Lowenthal at

Jabberwocky: Writing for Children
Interested in writing for kids — stories, poetry, picture books?
will bring together all those interested in writing, illustrating, or
being involved in the world of literature for children. If you’ve ever
considered writing for kids, come check out Jabberwocky! For more
information please contact both Tracy Byford at
and Kermit Oswald III at

A Lacan discussion group. For more info contact Patricia Gherovici at

Penn Appetit
A journal of food and food writing. For more information contact

Penn and Pencil Club
A creative writing workshop for Penn employees. For more information,
contact John Shea at

Pennomicon is a writing group for those who create worlds of fantasy,
science fiction and horror. Whether your medium is short story, novel,
or screenplay, bring an idea to discuss, pages to read, or a writer’s
block to smash, in the company of like minded visionaries. Please
contact Matthew Spizuco ( for details.

Penn Review is the premier mainstream magazine devoted to the literary
and visual arts on Penn’s campus. The magazine accepts literary and
visual arts submissions for annual publication. For more information,

The Plays’ The Thing
An open-ended monthly play reading and thinking group, designed to
get people together to study the genre of writing for theater and to share
and discuss their work. For more info contact Christine at

Writers Workshop
For writers, published or working in that direction, interested in sharing
their stories while giving and receiving feedback. This is a mixed genre
group — fiction writers, memoirists, creative nonfiction writers and
essayists. Writing is submitted via the Internet, but critiqued in person
using a traditional writers workshop format with scheduled meetings.
For more information, please contact Martha Turner (

Suppose An Eyes
A poetry workshop where poets can come to share and discuss their
work. For more information contact Pat Green at

34th Street Poets
Meets weekly to workshop poems that range from experimental forms
to carefully crafted sonnets.

Virginia Woolf Discussion Group
For Virginia Woolf, the politics is in the writing. With this in mind, our
discussions will focus on Woolf’s language and how it functions in her
texts. For more information, contact Judith Allen at

Write On!
Is a group for Penn students working with middle school students on
expository and creative writing projects. For more information contact
Visiting Writers Series presents Victor LaValle @ Rutgers

January 26 @ 7PM
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building
314 Linden Street
Camden, NJ
Contact: (856) 225-6121 or (856) 225-6490;
If you are a lady poet who would like a shot at representing Philadelphia at the Women of the World Slam, or anyone who would like to see an amazing bout, host, and feature, come out and see us January 28! Our feature will be Simone Beaubien and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will host! Whaaaaat!

 10$ to compete– the winner will have her registration paid by us as well as assistance with room and board.

Admission: 5$, 3$ for students–1$ off if you pass this invite along on your fb, Twitter, etc.

 I cannot wait to hear you all!

Simone Beaubien is a decade-plus-veteran of the New England slam poetry scene, seven-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam, and SlamMaster of the world-famous Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge. She has hosted, produced, and performed her work in colleges, bookstores, theaters, rock clubs, coffeehouses, and bars up and down the east coast, including a whole three minutes on the Finals Stage of the 2008 National Poetry Slam. Lifetime nerd and part-time athlete, she lives and works as a paramedic in Medford, Mass. She will operate as the Host City Director for the 2011 National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge.
Love! Jane

Home of the Philadelphia Poetry Slam
Second and last Fridays, 7:30 pm
InFusion Coffee and Tea
7133 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA
I am co-hosting with Judith Schaechter and several other friends a musical and poetical tribute to the soon-to-close Germ books/gallery and its proprietor David E. Williams – it is a valuable spot for authors, filmmakers musicians and artists with all sorts of alternatives as their bent.
I know it’s going to be cold on Monday Jan 24 at 9pm. But it’s free and if you’d raise one (or two) toast(s) to some one who’s helped change/aid Philly’s weird landscape, it would make a difference. Participation – even better.
A.D. Amorosi
National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St Monday 9-midnight Jan 24 tomorrow

Here’s their website:

Our open mic is a monthly event; so, if you are not able to join us this time, try to catch up another month. We usually meet the 4th Wednesday of each month; our next open is on Wednesday, February 23 at 6:00.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s