Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Mindful January

I will be taking part in the Mindful Writing Challenge in January.  Join me!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Big Day is HERE!

The time has come to dust off your ugly holiday sweaters and join us at Awesome Books tonight!
You need a good laugh, don't you?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Only 1 Week Away!


December 8 is just around the corner.  Why not enjoy a night of laughter, bad sweaters and wine?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dec. 8 Holiday Reading

Dec. 8! Dec. 8! Dec. 8!
Words cannot describe how excited I am to be a part of this reading. You simply MUST come!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Workshop Flyer

The official workshop flyer is here! Check it out and sign up!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Hot Cup of Coffee and Creative Writing Workshop


The holidays are just around the corner and your relatives will supply you with enough material to write a book!

Are you looking for informed, creative and constructive feedback on your writing from a published author? Please consider attending this one day Creative Writing Workshop to obtain valuable insight and individualized comments on your work.
This supportive workshop is open to writers of all levels. Each student will receive thoughtful comments from me and fellow attendees. Articles, theories and instructive materials will also be provided.
Please e-mail to register.

Please submit 2 pieces of your work to me by Dec. 1. One sample should be a piece you feel is strong and polished and the second should be a piece that you are currently struggling with.
Class size is limited to 7 writers.
Cost: $35, scholarships and sliding scale fee available
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Biddle's Escape, 401 Biddle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Bio for Stefanie Wielkopolan:
Stefanie Wielkopolan is a Michigan poet that keeps moving back to Pittsburgh. Up until the age of eight, she grew up in the family’s bowling alley in Dearborn, MI and she credits this experience for her love of a good dive bar, people watching, and writing poetry. She received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Michigan and in 2008 her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her first collection of poetry, “Border Theory,” was published by Black Coffee Press in 2011. Her work has appeared in The New Yinzer, Silk Road, Temenos, Coe Review, Zaum Press and Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Her chapbook, "Lavender and Honey," was published by Open Hearth Press (Blast Furnace Press) in 2008. She currently teaches Creative Writing at CCAC and has taught English and Creative Writing at various colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reading, Saturday September 29

Check it out! Don't miss this great reading at Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield on Saturday, September 29.

Who: Adam Sukhia, Stefanie Wielkopolan, Carolyne Whelan, Bob Walicki
Where: Big Idea Bookstore, 4812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 pm
Why: It's gonna rock!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 9 Reading

I'm reading this Sunday, September 9 from 4:00-4:15 as part of the City of Asylum show. You can find us at the intersection of Jacksonia and Monterey streets in the North Side.
Bob Walicki reads from 2:30-2:45
Carolyne Whelan reads from 3:45-4:00
You literally can't go wrong!
Hope to see you there.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

September Readings

Excited to be reading September 9th in the North Side with City of Asylum AND later in the month at Big Idea Bookstore with Bob Walicki, Adam Sukhia and Carolyne Whelan. I think I feel fall around the corner!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Beer and Gratitude

There is some relief this morning from the scorching heat of the week. Yesterday, the temperature reached close to 100 degrees and sweat was my constant companion.

I usually have Sunday mornings off and try to use it as a time for reflection and writing. When being pulled in multiple directions, due to work or other commitments, it's challenging to find the space to sit with one's ideas.

Last night I met up with a group of friends at a local bar. Most of the group did not know each other as they are friends from different areas of my life, yet they all gelled and got along. Our common thread was personality. Most of us are writers, some are mothers, others are single, some are married, and others are in relationships. As I looked around the table I felt a deep gratitude because I was surrounded by wonderful and creative people.

So much in life depends upon who orbits your world. When orbited by negative or selfish people, it is easy to become frustrated, lonely and jaded. In contrast, upbeat, optimistic and supportive rings of friendship make life enjoyable, inspiring and joyous. I am lucky to have the latter of the two.

This morning, I am grateful for friendships far and near, pear cider, love and the inspiring cosmos of friends.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Gratitudes

On this hot Sunday afternoon, I am most grateful for breakfasts spent with loved ones and friends, the sun shining through the window, fat cats sleeping in chairs and on the floor, gentle words and sweet bird songs.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Afternoon Gratitudes

This afternoon I am grateful for optimistic people, cool summer days, windows that lookout onto lush greenery, Christmas lights, a single cup of coffee, familiar voices and my home.