In keeping with the literary legacy of Pearl S. Buck, the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center, organized and run by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association, offers writing classes and book discussion groups.

The Pearl S. Buck Writing Center has produced 15 books, including novels, autobiographies, short story collections, essays, poetry, memoirs, and children’s books.  Publishing by the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Press [PSB – WCP, Perkasie PA] is available to writers of every genre—our books are available on Amazon and in selected bookstores.

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Writing Classes and Workshops
Fee and Registration Required

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Writers Guild 2021all classes will meet online via Zoom
3rd Sunday every month, 1-3 pm
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17

The Writers Guild will begin monthly Zoom webinars on the 3rd Sundays from 1-3pm beginning March 21st through October 17. All genres of literature are welcome—from novels and short fiction to memoirs, essays and poetry by all levels of writers. Visit our blog at www.psbwritingcenter.org to become a follower and receive email notifications of any new blog posts.

Registered members must send writings for editing consideration and distribution to lindadonaldson@verizon.net two weeks prior to our meetings so attendees can read and be prepared to discuss. Please consult the blog at www.psbwritingcenter.org for more details. $80 fee.

To register or for more information, please contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

Memoir Writing – all classes will meet online via Zoom
First Wednesdays, 1–3 pm
March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2
July 7
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 4

This class will guide you towards centering on one segment of your life and turning it into a compelling story, whether your goal is to share it with family and friends or to publish it for a wider audience. Each session includes time to practice writing that month’s lesson and to give and receive gentle, constructive feedback. Between class sessions, you will also have the opportunity to discuss articles on memoir writing and to share your writing with other students and the instructor for a more comprehensive response. Instructor, Linda C. Wisniewski. $200 fee

To register or for more information, please contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

Honing Your Hook – will meet online via Zoom
Thursday, February 4, 1-2:30 pm

Honing Your Hook invites readers into your story in the opening lines. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, presenter Kathryn Craft writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Find more information about Kathryn at: www.kathryncraft.com. Registration required, $25 fee

To register or for more information, please contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

How to Write a Novel – will meet online via Zoom
Wednesday, February 17, 11 am-1 pm

How to Write a Novel offers a practical process from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential readers and fans. Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and the author of five mystery-suspense novels. Find out more information about John at www.johndedakis.com. Registration required, $50 fee

To register or for more information, please contact Cindy Louden at 267-421-6203 or clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

Book Discussion Groups
Complimentary

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Pearl S. Buck Novel Discussion Group – all classes will meet online via Zoom
3rd Mondays, 1-2:30 pm
March 22
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18

Pearl’s Novel Discussion Group will begin its virtual sessions with “The Final Chapter” by Beverly Rizzon, who was Pearl Buck’s secretary while living in Vermont. You don’t have to have read the book to enjoy the discussions.

For more information, email facilitator Cindy Louden at clouden@pearlsbuck.org.

Short Stories Book Discussion Group – all classes will meet online via Zoom
2nd Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
October 12

The group will discuss selections from the collection titled Hearts Come Home by Pearl S. Buck (1962 or 1970 Edition).

Carol Breslin, PhD, a Pearl S. Buck scholar and Professor Emerita from Gwynedd Mercy University, leads the group in discussions of short stories from the Hearts Come Home anthology.

For more information, contact Cindy Louden at clouden@pearlsbuck.org.