Poet Hadaway & Non-Fiction Author Riedal Win First Delmarva Book Prize

The 2015 Delmarva Book Prizes, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, were announced tonight at a presentation and reception at the Easton, MD Library. The prizes were awarded to Delmarva residents who participated in a contest seeking the best books in the Non-Fiction and Creative Writing fields. $500 was awarded to the winners in each category.

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 8.56.35 AMThe winner of the Creative Writing award for $500 went to Meredith Davies Hadaway, for years associated with Washington College, for her poetry collection At the Narrows. Honorable Mentions in the creative field were given to Melissa Reddish of Wor-Wic Community College for her short story collection, My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud and Adam Tavel also of Wor-Wic Community College for his poetry collection Plesh and Levitation.

The winner of the $500 Non-Fiction category went to Bruce Riedal of the Brookings Institute for his Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 8.58.02 AM Honorable Mentions in Non-Fiction were given to Kate Livie of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for her new book, Chesapeake Oysters and to Thomas Ryan of Bethany Beach, DE for Spies, Scouts and Secrets of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Special Awards went to Barbara Ellis of Chestertown for her colorful Chesapeake Gardening and Landscape and Richard LaMotte also of Chestertown for The Lure of Seaglass.

The Eastern Shore Writers Association is devoted to the encouragement of good writing on Delmarva. The organization also manages the Bay to Ocean Writing Conference and publishes the Delmarva Review, a literary journal. ESWA also sponsors writer’s workshops and holds meetings throughout the area.

 

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Eastern Shore Writers Offers Course in “Flash Fiction”

The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) will present a workshop on Flash Fiction on January 16 at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton on Washington St. from 9:30 until noon. Lynn Stearns, who currently leads the Flash Fiction and Memoir workshops at the Bethesda Center, will share her expertise with the Delmarva’s writing community. The workshop is open to the public.

Flash fiction, according to Wikipedia, “is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity.” Although there is no accepted definition of the length of the genre, flash fiction, micro fiction or short-short fiction is part poetry, part narrative and deceptively complex. It forces the writer to pay close attention to every word and detail that is put to paper. Whether you are a novelist, poet, or short story writer, all writers can benefit from the lessons learned in flash fiction writing and how it impacts the reader.

Lynn Stearns has taught a variety of classes at BlackRock Center for the Arts and Strathmore Hall as well as Bethesda. She has helped edit several publications including the Potomac Review. Attendees are invited to bring their own short work to the workshop for critique.

The workshop fee is $30 for ESWA members and $40 for non-members. To register, write Kathy Winfield at kathykwinfield@gmail.com or call 240-375-1305.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and sponsors the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website www.easternshorewriters.org.

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2015 Delmarva Book Prize to be Announced December 17

The 2015 Delmarva Book Prize, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will be announced on December 17th at the Talbot County Library in Easton. The $1000 prize will be split between the winner of the Creative Writing category and winner of the Non-Fiction category. Two Honorable Mentions for outstanding creative output will also be announced for each field. The program begins at 6pm with a reception to follow the event. David Harper of Chesapeake College has agreed to judge the work of the finalists and will announce the winners.

Contestants were required to be residents of Delmarva and all books were published in 2015. Fifty-three books entered the contest. There was an almost even split between fiction and non-fiction entries. Nine collections of poetry were also submitted. About a third of the entries came from ESWA members, and the other two-thirds from around the peninsula. Thirty five reader/scanners participated in the event, almost all current or former ESWA members, including college literature teachers, high school English teachers, renowned writers, museum personnel, clergy members, newspaper editors and other literary lions.

The Book Prize was supported by a generous grant from the Talbot County Arts Council and Ms. Ruth Saff.

The 2016 Delmarva Book Prize opens on January 1.

For more about the Eastern Shore Writers Association, go here.

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Delmarva Writers Can Qualify For $1000 Prize

Delmarva authors who publish a book in 2015 will be eligible for the Eastern Shore Writers Education Fund Prize for $1000. Book writers of any genre are welcome to submit their work to the contest including authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Participants are required to be full-time or seasonal residents of the peninsula.

Two Honorable Mentions will also be awarded as well as the grand prize of $1000. The deadline for submission is November 15 and awards will be made in December. Judging the finalists will be David Harper of Chesapeake College. Details at www.easternshorewriter.org or e-mail sweeneygf@aol.com.

The prize is designed to honor and encourage all local authors. Entrants need not be ESWA members and the subject matter can be universal. That aligns with one of the goals of the Eastern Shore Writers Association to enhance the quality of writing from the bay to the ocean and offer opportunities to recognize and stimulate good writing.

To join the contest, follow instructions on the website. Send send a copy of the publication and $25 to G. F. Sweeney, 4227 Claylands Rd., Trappe, MD 21673. Each entry will be evaluated by at least two scanners prior to a final judgment.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and sponsors the Delmarva Book Prize along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula.

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Brookings Expert Bruce Riedel to Speak at June ESWA Meeting

Bruce Riedel, one of the most popular speakers to appear before the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will make an encore appearance at ESWA’s next meeting in Easton. The 30-year CIA career officer will speak at the Easton Club at 11 am on Saturday, June 13. The meeting is free and open to the public with an optional lunch to follow.

Riedel is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and is the Director there of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He has been a senior advisor to the last four presidents on South Asia and Middle Eastern policy, working as a senior member of the National Security Council. In the 1990’s Riedel served as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In addition, he was a member of President Clinton’s Camp David peace negotiations team and has been advising President Obama on American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr. Riedel’s books include Becoming Enemies, US-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War 1979-1988; The Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad. His latest book is titled What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan 1979-1989.

June is also ESWA’s Annual General Meeting to elect a new Board and approve the budget. Lunch is $20 and attendees can RSVP at sweeneygf@aol.com. The Greens at the Easton Club is at 28449 Clubhouse Dr., along the Oxford Rd. off the Easton Bypass.

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Ex-CIA’s Bruce Riedel to Speak at June ESWA Meeting

Bruce Riedel, one of the most popular speakers to appear before the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will make an encore appearance at ESWA’s next meeting in Easton. The 30-year CIA career officer will speak at the Easton Club at 11 am on Saturday, June 13. The meeting is free and open to the public with an optional lunch to follow.

Riedel is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and is the Director there of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He has been a senior advisor to the last four presidents on South Asia and Middle Eastern policy, working as a senior member of the National Security Council. In the 1990’s Riedel served as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In addition, he was a member of President Clinton’s Camp David peace negotiations team and has been advising President Obama on American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr. Riedel’s books include Becoming Enemies, US-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War 1979-1988; The Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad. His latest book is titled What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan 1979-1989.

June is also ESWA’s Annual General Meeting to elect a new Board and approve the budget. Lunch is $20 and attendees can RSVP at sweeneygf@aol.com. The Greens at the Easton Club is at 28449 Clubhouse Dr., off the Easton bypass along the Oxford Rd.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and sponsors the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website www.easternshorewriters.org, or email Gerald F. Sweeney at sweeneygf@aol.com.

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ESWA presents Half-Day Nature-Inspired Writing Workshop

RuthAnn Purchase

RuthAnn Purchase

The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association presents a workshop on the importance of indigenous wisdom on creative writing from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 20 at Evergreen-A Center for Balanced Living in Easton.

The session is open to a holistically inclined public with a spiritual outlook on issues of cultural sustainability.

“Spirituality of Place — Inspired Writing” is an interactive program facilitated by RuthAnn Purchase, honoring ancient wisdom, not only as a trendy ‘take’ on nature narratives, but also as a dynamic force informing all disciplines in this age of re-enlightenment.  Assisting will be Dennis Coker, Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, accomplished speaker and member of the Chesapeake Bay Advisory Council, consultant on the indigenous landscape initiative of Captain John Smith Water Trail and advocate for Woodlawn’s inclusion in Delaware’s National Monument.

Dennis Coker

Dennis Coker

Participants will consider narratives from Purchase’s own place-based writing and will compare and contrast William Penn and Vine Deloria, Carol Ryrie Brink and Judy Blume, ending with a special tribute to Wendell Berry, whom some call the Emerson of our age. Purchase and Coker bring courage and practical insights to all, incorporating honor for the original people, languages and sacred places of Delmarva.

Delmarva Peninsula Pachamama Alliance Coordinator and founder of Friends of Lenape Everywhere, Purchase is a linguist turned sociologist, advocating for Lenape language restoration. Having studied on six continents, cultural contextualization of indigenous worldviews pervades her writing, but especially for her mother’s people here in their “ehenta wehikiyankw, Lenapehokink.”

This workshop is open to the public. Cost is $25 for ESWA/Evergreen members and $35 for non-members. Register at www.evergreeneaston.org or call 410-819-3395.  Seating is limited.

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Get Your Story Out There: ESWA presents “Self Publishing 101”

The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association presents a half-day workshop on self-publishing, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Saturday, May 9 at Trinity Parish Hall in Easton.
The workshop will include marketing, learning the basics of book budgets and selling on Amazon – all of the answers on how to get your book ‘out there.’ Martha Lostrom, who has more than 50 years experience in the publishing world, will offer personalized feedback on book ideas. Also included is a take-home workbook for use as a reference.
Ms Lostrom is a start-up specialist for magazines and newspapers, and teaches all facets of publishing and publication management at colleges and professional venues.
The workshop is open to the public. Cost is $30 for ESWA members and $40 non-members.

Registration is available through kathykwinfield@gmail.com or call 240-375-1305.

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ESWA Presents “The Why is the How: Intentional Blogging 101”

The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association presents a half-day workshop on the art of blogging, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 18 at Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living in Easton.

Shalagh Hogan, veteran blogger and writer, will explore personal blogging motivations, what a blog really is and discussions on basic social media usage. The class also will explore technology phobias and the truth about branding and how these things apply to the blogger’s site.

Hogan is a personal essayist, blogger, photographer, artist and mother of two. She gathers her lessons, thoughts and small visions to share on her blog – Shalavee.com, where creative endeavors are an excuse to live happily every after.

The workshop is open to the public. Cost is $25.00 for ESWA and Evergreen members/ $35.00 non-member. Registration is available at www.evergreeneaston.org or call 410-819-3395. Seating is limited.

In an effort to enhance the writing abilities of local authors, ESWA has scheduled two additional workshops in partnership with Evergreen, which is located at 770 Port St. Subsequent workshops are set for May 30 (fiction based on historical fact)and June 20 (spirituality’s place in writing). Advance registration is recommended.

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Sue Ellen Thompson Debuts New Poem Collection at ESWA Meeting

Award-winning local poet Sue Ellen Thompson will read from her new collection of poems at the March 14 Eastern Shore Writer’s Association meeting, set for 11 a.m. at Vinny’s in Salisbury.

Thompson’s poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor, have been featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, and have received numerous awards, including the 1986 Samuel French Morse Prize, the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize, and two Individual Artist’s Grants from the State of Connecticut.

She is the author of five books, most recently They (Turning Point Books, 2014) and The Golden Hour (Autumn House, 2006), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She also is the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005), a selection from the work of 94 American poets that is now being used in college classrooms across the country.

Thompson has taught poetry at Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Binghamton University, Central Connecticut State University and the University of Delaware. She has given readings throughout New England, as well as at the National Arts Club in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and Galway University in Ireland. She was the 1998 poet-in-residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, and participated for 13 summers in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont.

Vinny’s is located at 934 S. Salisbury Rd. (Business Route 13 South) near Salisbury University. The charge for lunch is $14.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP at sweeneygf@aol.com or call 410-476-3917.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and manages the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website www.easternshorewriters.org, or email Gerald F. Sweeney at sweeneygf@aol.com.

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