August 27, 2013
“West Virginia or elsewhere, people selling dope, driving a second time drunk, speeding from the police: Have a hard-labor camp, Quonset huts, one pot-bellied stove, double bed racks, 6-to-10-hour days, working days, of picking up trash, or anyone that needs help. It would ease the prison problem. Don't like the labor camp, then send them to prison.” - Charles Town, W.Va. “Probably our second biggest ally in the Middle East is Egypt. Of course, Israel is No. 1. And where's our president at?
August 3, 2013
To an aspiring writer, accomplished authors often are viewed as a symbol of hope, representing what they hope to one day be and the heights they hope to one day reach. Whether their names can be found on a New York Times best-seller list or on the shelf at the local bookstore, Andrea Bowersox said some authors even are thought of as “magicians” for their abilities. “But that makes you afraid to talk to them,” said Bowersox, a wife and mother of two from Waynesboro, Pa., hoping to launch a writing career of her own. However, the authors in attendance for this weekend's Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College were anything but, Bowersox said.
July 20, 2013
As a child, Erica Bauermeister lived in books. Even on long car trips, she recalled, she would claim a space in the back of the family station wagon amidst the suitcases, where she would make her own hiding spot and read her way through the miles. Books took her to far off places, introduced her to fascinating people and created magic. “They also taught me that you could make your own magic simply by observing the world very carefully and noticing things other people didn't,” Bauermeister said.
July 10, 2013
It's the thrill of the chaste - strong-willed heroines pursued by handsome, chiseled men - that makes romance novels so popular among readers. But as a 14-year-old, Mary Blayney had little interest in hearts and flowers. Instead, she set her sights on becoming a script writer for her favorite television show, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” “You will now know how old I am,” she joked. “Most of your readers have probably never heard of it.” A storyline she developed for the 1960s program was the first thing she ever wrote, Blayney recalled - “It was about a 14-year-old girl who solved a mystery.” It might not have landed her a job, but it did plant a seed of one day becoming a writer.
June 16, 2013
On May 29, at Boonsboro High School's annual senior awards ceremony, Dan Aufdem-Brinke of the Nora Roberts Foundation announced that Allyson E. Wallace has been named the 2013 Nora Roberts Scholarship recipient. The $30,000 scholarship was set up by New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Nora Roberts, who resides in Boonsboro, to promote literacy and can be used at the recipient's college or university of choice. To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a student of Boonsboro High School, major in English, journalism, or some form of the literary arts at a college or university, must have a 3.0 grade-point average or better, and must write an original short story of 2,000 to 2,500 words.
April 6, 2013
As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a young writers institute for high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The young writers institute will be held Aug. 2 and 3, the same weekend as writing institute, and will feature a series of workshops and events geared toward aspiring, young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, as well as the opportunity to network with other teen writers.
February 27, 2013
The advisory committee for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College recently held a planning meeting at Dan's Restaurant and Tap House in Boonsboro. Best-selling author Nora Roberts welcomed the group at the beginning of the meeting. The writing conference will be held Aug. 2 and 3 at HCC and will feature keynote speakers Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling author, and critically acclaimed author Erica Bauermeister. Roberts has lent her name to HCC's writing institute to help provide participants with a solid foundation upon which to build a writing career.
February 18, 2013
1. Lifting their voices in song Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum will present the Bowie State University Gospel Choir Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Doors open at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. African-American inductees of the Washington County Hall of Fame will be honored. $10 per person. For tickets, call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org . 2. A collection of authors Valentine's book signing with Nora Roberts will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro.
December 8, 2012
Hagerstown resident Amanda Rankin said she didn't mind waiting in a long line Saturday afternoon to take a brief tour of the Inn BoonsBoro. The inn is owned by best-selling romance author Nora Roberts, who Rankin said is one of her favorite storytellers. “I haven't heard much other than it's beautiful on the outside,” Rankin said. “I just wanted to see the inside.” The free, 10- to 15-minute tours of the inn were given as part of the annual Holiday in Boonsboro celebration.