Area 6 Events


DATE/TIME: Begins Thursday, March 10; 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Nine 2-hour sessions meeting once per month, plus reserved monthly peer critique group, and a dedicated online group.

  FEE: $250.00

FACULTY:  This program will be co-taught by four professional authors: NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, Marie Lamba, Dennis Tafoya and Jon McGoran (scroll down to the bottom for their bios!)

LOCATION: The class will meet in the coffee shop at the Borders Bookstore in Valley Square Shopping Center (on Route 611 just north of Street Road/132 in Warrington).  The store is in the center of the mall.

DESCRIPTION: This writing-intensive program takes that idea that’s been knocking around in your head all these years and gets it onto the page. This 9-month course covers every aspect of writing and developing the novel, including:

  • Building your platform
  • Creating a flexible book outline
  • Crafting  Believable Characters
  • Developing the story idea
  • Voice, POV and Person
  • Figurative and Descriptive Language
  • Developing various versions of the storyline synopsis
  • Writing and Finishing the First Draft
  • Social Media and Networking for Writers (before, during and after the sale!)
  • Identifying Your Market; Insider tips on the writing business
  • Learning how to find an agent and/or publisher Outline the Novel
  • Preparing for Revisions
  • Finding the right Agents and Publishers
  • Setting a Practical and Possible Daily Word Count
  • Time management for writers Working the markets
  • And much more.

BONUS is that literary agents and a film agent will be scouting the finished books for potential clients!

TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM: Contact Jonathan via e-mail at, or via phone at 215-808-0945 to reserve your spot today.  If responding by e-mail include the name of the program in the subject line, and provide us with your contact information.

CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Payable to: Jonathan Maberry — PO Box 84 — Southampton, PA 18966.   You can also opt to bring check, money order or cash to the first class (but please register first in order to hold your place).


 JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestseller, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Marvel Comics writer.  His novels include PATIENT ZERO and THE DRAGON FACTORY (in development for TV), THE WOLFMAN, ROT & RUIN, DUST & DECAY (2011), GHOST ROAD BLUES, DEAD MAN’S SONG, BAD MOON RISING, THE KING OF PLAGUES (2011), DEAD OF NIGHT (2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (2012), and THE VISITORS (2013).  He has also written a number of nonfiction books and is a popular writer for Marvel Comics (DOOMWAR, PUNISHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE, MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, etc.).  Jonathan is the co-founder of the Liars Club –a Philly-based group of celebrated authors who support reading, literacy, and publishing; and runs the Writers Coffeehouse, a free monthly networking session for writers of all kinds.  Visit him on the web at

Writing as D. H. Dublin, JONATHAN McGORAN is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, all from Penguin Books. Writing as Jonathan McGoran, his short fiction appears in the anthology The Stories in Between and is podcast at and His satire has appeared in Philadelphia CityPaper. A charter member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, McGoran is also a member of the Mystery Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. When not writing under his own name or as D. H. Dublin, McGoran is editor of The Shuttle, a monthly newspaper in Philadelphia.

MARIE LAMBA is author of the humorous young adult novel What I Meant… (Random House Books for Young Readers), which Publisher’s Weekly dubbed “an impressive debut.” Marie’s essay, “The View from the Outside,” is published in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2009). Her features have appeared in more than a hundred magazines including Garden Design, Your Home, and Sports International, and her most recent piece, “Plotting a Novel Group,” can be found in the 2009 Novel Writing Yearbook issue of Writer’s Digest. For more info, visit

DENNIS TAFOYA ‘s first novel, Dope Thief, was published by Minotaur Books in 2009. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Liars Club, a Philadelphia-area writers group. His second novel, The Wolves of Fairmount Park, will be released by Minotaur in June of 2010. His short story “Above the Imperial” will appear in Philadelphia Noir, coming from Akashic Books in November as part of their award-winning City Noir series. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania . _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

**This Week at the Kelly Writers House**

** Now call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636) for KWH updates **

Monday, February 28th at 12:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A lunch pro-
gram with MATT KATZ. Introduced by Dick Polman. Please RSVP
to or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

Monday, February 28th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE

Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A reading by non-
fiction writer JAY KIRK. Introduced by Greg Djanikian. Co-sponsored
by the Creative Writing Program.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Feminism/s pre-
sents performance artist KAREN FINLEY.

Thursday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Whenever We Feel


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, February 28th at 12:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A lunch pro-
gram with MATT KATZ. Introduced by Dick Polman. Please RSVP
to or call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636).

MATT KATZ, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, covers New Jer-
sey Gov. Chris Christie, a rising national star on the GOP scene.
 From 2008 until this past January, he wrote about Camden, NJ, one
of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America, and authored a
four-part series about the failure of New Jersey’s unprecedented seven-
year takeover of city government. In the summer of 2010, Matt went to
Afghanistan, where he covered the U.S. military’s efforts at reconstruction
under fire. Before coming to the Inquirer, Matt was a municipal and edu-
cation reporter for the Daily Record in North Jersey and later the Courier-
Post in South Jersey, where he also wrote a dating column, “The Bach-
elor Pad,” that was syndicated nationally by Gannett Newspapers. Matt
is a native of Queens and Long Island, and he graduated from George
Washington University in Washington DC.

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Monday, February 28th at 7:00pm in the Arts Cafe: LIVE AT THE

CATZIE VILAYPHONH, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, will create
“Laos in the House,” an innovative writing and performance workshop.
The show will promote and provide an accessible art form via live
storytelling among Lao American refugees in Philadelphia.

DR. TANJI GILLIAM, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, has a created a
project entitled “do you have any scars?/The Architecture of Violence”.
It is a photography, video, and literary project that gives voice to women
who have been impacted by domestic violence, broadly defined. Tanji
hopes that this work will encourage other circles and communities of
black women and promote dialogue and inspire healing.

2010 Arts and Change Grantee MONIQUE E. HANKERSON will pro-
duce A Voice That Bears a Likeness to My Soul, a photographic and
poetic journey that will document the story of ten homeless LGBTQ
youths in Philadelphia. She hopes to shed light on homelessness and
force people to become advocates of those in need.

LORELEI SHINGLEDECKER, 2010 Arts and Change Grantee, will
document an oral and photographic history of her Filipino female rela-
tives in the United States – those who immigrated and those who
were born here–exploring their experiences assimilating and resisting
Western culture, the dichotomy of a traditional or Western life, and
the notions of success and beauty.

2010 Arts and Change Grantee BENITA COOPER will facilitate
“Seniors Storytelling Day”, an interactive performance art event bring-
ing Philadelphia teenagers and seniors together to collaborate on
documenting and re-telling the stories of the seniors. Benita hopes to
develop a stronger sense of community by building a common ground
for understanding between generations.

The Leeway Foundation, which began in 1993 as a foundation dedi-
cated to supporting women artists in the Philadelphia area, is com-
mitted to art making as an integral part of social change, to move-
ment building, and anti-oppression work where Leeway is account-
able, accessible, part of and governed by, the communities Leeway’s
programs support.

Leeway is guided by the values of fearlessness in action, speech,
and self-examination and commits to breaking down boundaries and
barriers with creativity, respect, and openness to the process.

Leeway funds women and trans artists creating social change.

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Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A reading by non-
fiction writer JAY KIRK. Introduced by Greg Djanikian. Co-sponsored
by the Creative Writing Program.

JAY KIRK’S fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Har-
per’s, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Peregrine, The Nation,
Chicago Reader, Philadelphia City Paper, Saturday Night and Nerve.
His work has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003,
Best American Crime Writing 2004, and Best American Travel Writing
2009. He was also included in the anthology, Submersion Journalism:
Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine (New
Press, 2008). He was a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts,
as well as a 2007 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship from the Penn-
sylvania Council on the Arts. His first book, Kingdom Under Glass: A
Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the
World’s Great Animals (Holt, Henry & Company, 2010) is about the
taxidermist-sculptor Carl Akeley.

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Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Feminism/s pre-
sents performance artist KAREN FINLEY.

No other contemporary performing artist has captured the psycholo-
gical complexity of this decade’s political and social milestones as
KAREN FINLEY has in the past ten years. In her inimitable style, Fin-
ley has embodied some of the most troubling figures to cast a long
shadow on the public imagination, and has envisioned a kind of cath-
arsis within each drama: Liza Minnelli responds to the September 11
attacks; Terri Schaivo explains why Americans love a woman in a
coma; Martha Stewart dumps George W. Bush during their tryst on
the eve of the Republican National Convention; Silda Spitzer tells the
former governor why “I’m sorry” just isn’t enough; Jackie O cries,
“Please stop looking at me!”

Finley’s new book and transcripts of her performances The Reality
Shows blazes through a dark and vivid era. These seething performance
pieces are fully contextualized with introductions by the author and a
time-line of cultural and political milestones since the beginning of the
twenty-first century.

Karen Finley’s raw and transgressive performances have long provok-
ed controversy and debate. She has presented her visual art, perform-
ances and plays internationally. The author of many books including
A Different Kind of Intimacy, George & Martha, and Shock Treatment,
she is a professor at the Tisch School of Art and Public Policy at New
York University. Visit The Feminist Press to find out more about Fin-
ley’s book The Reality Shows.

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Thursday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Arts Cafe: Whenever We Feel

ELIZABETH ROBINSON’S most recent books are The Orphan & its
Relations (Fence) and Also Known As (Apogee). Three Novels, a col-
lection of poetry, is forthcoming this year from Omnidawn. Robinson
has been a recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foun-
dation for Contemporary Arts. She co-edits EtherDome Chapbooks
and Instance Press. With Jennifer Phelps, she is also co-editing an
essay collection, Quo Anima, on contemporary women poets and

The Collage Poems of Drafts (just published in 2011) and Pitch: Drafts
77-95 (2010) are the newest poetry books by RACHEL BLAU DU-
PLESSIS from Salt Publishing. She is a poet-critic whose other works
include The Pink Guitar and Blue Studios. Forthcoming from Iowa is
Purple Passages: Patriarchal Poetry and its Ends.

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


James Gleick, author of “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood”  

Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 1
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Contact: 215-567-4341

Author Michael Sims of The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime  

Monday, February 28 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)


Contact: 215-567-4341

Poetry Reading Series
On Thursday, March 3, Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA will feature poet Marie Kane beginning at 8 PM.  Marie will delight us with various readings from her prolific and widely-honored body of work.
Farley’s is located at 44 South Main Street, New Hope, 18938. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with the poet.
About the Poet
Marie Kane is the 2006 Bucks County Poet Laureate.  She has received a recognition award for her poetry from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and an award for her teaching of young writers from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  She co-chaired, and then chaired, the James A. Michener Art Museum scholastic poetry contest for ten years.  After twenty-eight years of teaching High School English in Central Bucks in PA, she  retired in 2007.  She continues to influence young poets through the Montgomery County Poet Laureate organization on their PoetryWITS website.  Her publishing credits include The River, Stirring, The Bucks County Writer, U. S. 1 Worksheets, Wordgathering, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Hot Metal Press, the Delaware Valley Poets Anthology, The Poet’s Touchstone, two Inglis House Chapbooks, The Meadowland Review, the Shreveport, Louisiana Library electronic poetry board, and others. 
One of her poems, “Radio Interview,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010.  She is a Second Place winner in the 2008 Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s National Contest, and an Honorable Mention winner in their 2010 contest, a 2008 Honorable Mention winner in the Inglis House National Contest, and a Second and Third place winner in their 2010 Contest.  She was a finalist in the 2009 Robert Fraser contest and her chapbook, Survivors in the Garden, was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Black Lawrence Press National Chapbook competition.  Recently, she has enjoyed being a juror in regional and national scholastic poetry contests.  She lives in Yardley, PA, and is very happily married to Stephen Millner, an artist.

Dear writers, editors, and other creative folks,
I’m writing to let you know about two special events at The Word Studio in March and April, one about strategies for getting into print, the other about writing deeply on the theme of home. The attached pdf gives a quick view with pictures, and the email below offers more thorough descriptions, as does www.thewordstudio.usI’d also like to let you know about two new writing groups: The Word Studio Manuscript Group (a yearlong group for writers aiming to complete a work of fiction or creative nonfiction) and a workshop for beginning writers called Writing from Life. Short descriptions follow the event descriptions. Thanks for reading, and If you have an audience that would be interested, thanks for passing the news along. I hope The Word Studio can become a meaningful place this year for you or for someone you know.  

THE WORD STUDIO was founded in 2010 by Janet Benton, an experienced writer, editor, and teacher,

to offer editorial support, workshops, and community to writers in the Philadelphia region.

UPCOMING EVENTS at 26 E. Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



Novelist Pam Jenoff went from being an unpublished author to an international bestseller with no special contacts or shortcuts. The author of four published novels, Jenoff will share the lessons she’s learned that have enabled her continuing success. Topics will include perfecting your query letter, getting an agent, finding the right market, promoting your book, and surviving in the changing book business.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a discussion and questions with Pam from 12:45 to 1:30 in our lovely space. Pam Jenoff worked at the Pentagon and the State Department and is currently an attorney and a law professor. The Kommandant’s Girl was an international bestseller and was nominated for a Quill award;  The Diplomat’s Wife, Almost Home, and A Hidden Affair were also acclaimed. Her fifth novel is due out shortly. Her Web site is Attendance limited. To sign up, use the link to PayPal at or write to $45 by check or $48 through PayPal.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Susan Tiberghien of Geneva, Switzerland will lead us to write deeply, blending Jungian insight with methods honed in 20 years of teaching. Her fourth book, One Year to a Writing Life, is an Amazon bestseller in its category. This workshop will introduce us to Hestia (Vesta), the keeper of the hearth, with reflections on the longing for home in our fragmented world. We will read excerpts from contemporary authors, seeing how they find images that lead them homeward. With guided writing exercises, we will write about our own images in whatever form comes naturally–journal entries, essays, short stories or poems. We will shape these pieces into mosaic-like memoirs. Afterward, attendees can enjoy snacks and conversation with the author. This is an International Women’s Writing Guild event. Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs—Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps: A European Album—and a popular book on writing, One Year to a Writing Life. She has taught creative writing for twenty years. Her website is Attendance limited. To sign up, use our Web site’s link to PayPal or write to $35 by check, $38 by PayPal (or $30 per IWWG member by check, $33 by PayPal).
 WRITING FROM LIFE This workshop offers those relatively new to the writing process a chance to discover and draw upon material from their own lives to craft works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. An assortment of writing prompts and discussions will provide a solid foundation for growth. Limited to eight writers. For more information, contact 

THE WORD STUDIO MANUSCRIPT GROUP The only group of its kind in the area!  This manuscript group is a 12-month program for writers working on book-length manuscripts who aim to make major progress. The group provides a full year of structure, support, feedback, and individual guidance to enable writers to complete their fiction or creative nonfiction manuscripts and hone their talents. For more information, contact

In addition, our biweekly Writing Intensive is open for enrollment for a new session that will begin in June, and the Thursday Morning Jump-Start is open for enrollment. See   

Sarah Mook Poetry Contest
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for entries, March 31, is fast approaching. Poems are trickling in, and we hope to see many more before the end of March. You can visit the website below for details. In addition to cash prizes, this year the winning poems will be published on the Poetry WITS website.
The Sarah Mook Poetry Contest is open to all students K-12. Donations, though not required, are always welcome and will be forwarded this year to Smile Train, a charity which provides free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries. Please pass along the word about the contest to other teachers and student poets. Thank you for your support and consideration.
Happy writing!                                                                                                                                                                 
David Mook
Sarah Mook Poetry Contest     P.O. Box 20 Lahaska, PA 18931


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