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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Building Your Audience and Your Platform – will meet online via Zoom

Tuesday, April 13, 1-2:30 pm

You are a writer; you have beautiful words you want to send out into the universe—but first you have to get published! In today’s world, most agents and publishers will insist you have a platform before they consider representing you. In this webinar, Pamela Varkony will guide you through the steps you need to start building that platform now in advance of contacting an agent or self-publishing your book. The framework of building a successful author’s platform begins with a website and a blog. If you don’t have one, you don’t exist. This class will provide you with action items and resources designed to build your reputation and name recognition. $25 registration fee.

Pamela Varkony is a dynamic speaker who has inspired audiences from America to Australia to Afghanistan through her passion for improving the lives of others. Her insights on life, leadership, politics, and the human condition are read and heard across four continents. From 2012-2014, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women. In 2017, Pam was named a Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence. An author, freelance columnist, and commentator, her stories cover subjects from business ethics to the status of women in the third world.

Pam has contributed stories to National Public Radio for regional and national broadcasts, and hosted her own radio program on Voice America Network. She is the co-author of a history of Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, “Our Lost Tohickon Valley,” a portrait of the early 20th century and now in its third printing. She is also a contributing writer and poet to the anthology, “Songs of Ourselves…America’s Interior Landscape.”

Her columns and features have appeared in major U.S. newspapers and magazines. Her poetry has been published in The New York Times. In 2008, the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association recognized her with an “Excellence in Journalism” award for her editorial writing. Visit her at www.pamelavarkony.com.

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

Foundations of World Building for All Genreswill meet online via Zoom

Saturday, April 17, 1:30-3 pm

All stories happen somewhere. Whether you write fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, or even about the “real world,” world building is key to creating a meaningful story.

With several science fiction and fantasy books under her belt for adults and children, Donna shares methods of world building that any writer can apply. From the smallest details to the rules of its universe, discover the way a considered approach to world building can govern the hearts of your characters and help drive your story.

Topics include: elements of world building, using world building to support conflict and tension, world building questions and resources, seven main areas that serve as the foundation for your worldand what to avoid in building your world. Donna also shares real-book examples to supplement her topics. $25 registration fee.

Donna Galanti is the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “A heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.” She’s also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, the popular Unicorn Island series, and the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy for adults.

Donna is also a writing contest judge at nycmidnight.com, regularly presents as a guest author at schools, and teaches writers through her online Udemy courses. Visit her at donnagalanti.com.

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

Journaling the Pandemic and Its Aftermath – will meet online via Zoom

Tuesday, June 1, 1–2:30 pm

Centered around the Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘new normal’ soon to come, this session will offer journaling strategies to go beyond simple noting of current events to processing the resulting emotions and challenges. Strategies include: lists, dialogues, letter writing, altered perspective, and prompts. Attendees will write in response to a few of the techniques and a list of resources and additional prompts will be provided for future use. $25 registration fee.

Jude Walsh writes memoir, personal essays, poetry and fiction. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” Before retiring and beginning her writing career, she taught for 33 years, serving students from the preschool to the doctoral level. She is the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me (Morgan James Press), a 2020 Indie Excellence Awards Winner and 2020 International Book Awards Finalist. More information is at her website www.secondbloomcoaching.com

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

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. This class is for adult writers, ages 18 and up. 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

Each month, you will be guided to turn segments of your life into compelling stories, whether your goal is to share them with family and friends or a wider audience. Each session includes practice writing and gentle, constructive feedback. Between sessions, you will then have the opportunity to discuss readings and share your writing with other students and the instructor for a more comprehensive response.

Linda C. Wisniewski writes about life and the connections we make by giving each other the space and time to be heard. A former feature writer and columnist for the Bucks County Herald and the Bucks County Women’s Journal, Linda’s work has been published widely in literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the memoir, Off Kilter, published by Pearlsong Press, and a novel, Where the Stork Flies, forthcoming from Sand Hill Review Press. More about her athttp://www.lindawis.com. $200 registration required. 

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 – A Woman in Conflict Part I by Nora Sterling
April 19
May 17 – A Woman in Conflict Part II by Nora Sterling
June 21 – Our Life and Work in China by Absolom Sydenstricker
July 19 – Letters to Emma
August 16 – Of Men and Women
September 20 – A Biography Part I by Pearl S. Buck and Ted Harris
October 18 – A Biography Part II by Pearl S. Buck and Ted Harris

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 – “Enough for a Lifetime”
April 13 – “Heat Wave” and “The Refugees”
May 11 – “The Truce”
June 8 – “Mrs. Mercer and Herself”
July 13 – “Home to Heaven”
August 10 – “Home Girl”
September 14 – “Mr. Right”
October 12“Mothers and Sons” and wrap-up

All short story selections discussed are 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.