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LIFESTYLE
January 10, 2011
Stories are being sought for the Write On! Wetlands Challenge 2011. Open to writers in grades sixth through ninth grade. Students are asked to write a story that tells about the different types of wetlands all over the world. Stories must be typed and single-spaced on 8 1/2-by-11 inch paper. For a list of full contest guidelines, as well as helpful tips and a checklist, go to www.wetland.org/education_writeon.htm . To submit stories to Environmental Concern by mail, write to: Attention: Write On!
EDUCATION
June 2, 2013
Hagerstown Community College student Jeremiah Sater of Waynesboro, Pa., recently published his first short story, “Planet 239,” in the online literary magazine The WiFiles. According to Sater, “Planet 239” tells the story of crew members in the National Galaxy Alert Program who track comets and prevent them from crashing into the planet. The crew soon comes to realize that one of those comets is far more dangerous than it first appears. Sater, 18, first began writing short stories at the age of 8. He most often writes in the science fiction and fantasy genres and hopes to publish a collection of short stories and a novel within the next 10 years.
OPINION
June 8, 2013
Thumbs up to Hagerstown Community College student Jeremiah Sater of Waynesboro, Pa., whose first short story, “Planet 239,” recently was published in the online literary magazine The WiFiles. Sater began writing short stories at the age of 8 and hopes to publish a collection of short stories and a novel within the next 10 years. Thumbs up to the participants in the Operation God Bless America benefit motorcycle ride, which traveled 45 miles from Greencastle, Pa., to Martinsburg, W.Va., to raise money for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | September 16, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Austin teaches English at Shepherd University, so when he had a few free minutes Saturday, he chose to drop by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library with his two children. What he encountered was the latest activity of The Big Read, a nationwide push to get adults to do more reading through a program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts. "We just discovered this by chance," Austin said. His daughter, Clarissa, 6, worked long and hard creating a Chinese paper dragon, while her older brother, Porter, 9, was content to watch.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | September 15, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Austin teaches English at Shepherd University, so when he had a few free minutes Saturday, he chose to drop by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library with his two children. What he encountered was the latest activity of The Big Read, a nationwide push to get adults to do more reading through a program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts. "We just discovered this by chance," Austin said. His daughter, Clarissa, 6, worked long and hard creating a Chinese paper dragon, while her older brother, Porter, 9, was content to watch.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
Hancock Senior Site 126-128 High St. Hancock 301-678-7163 Needlework - Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Short stories, "Skipping Christmas" - Wednesday, Oct. 19, conclusion. Weight workout - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. Exercise - Thursday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. Bingo - every Thursday and Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25, noon to 1 p.m. Tole painting with Rhonda - every Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Hymns on piano with Shirley Divelbliss - every Friday, 9:30 a.m. Breast cancer awareness with Helen House - Today, 10 a.m. Pokeno - Mondays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31, 9:30 a.m. Red Hat Society dinner - Monday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Program with Julie and Holly Luther - Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. "Witches' Warts" with Helen House - Thursday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. "What Your Dentist Would Like You to Know" with Ita Kavanagh - Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. Uno - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.
NEWS
May 26, 2010
This June, Hagerstown Community College's Continuing Education and Community Services division will offer its first online fiction writing workshop. The eight-week non-credit course will provide aspiring writers with step-by-step guidance in creating short stories, as well as offer tips on getting published. The course is designed to be accessible to writers of all levels and skill sets. "Anybody who's into writing stories can benefit from this workshop whether they've already been published or they just want to see if it's their cup of tea," said HCC instructor Julie Castillo.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | January 17, 2005
"This book is being published because I want it to be published," wrote Herbert W. Gestl on the first page of "Love, A Fantasy," a collection of poetry, short stories and short plays the Sharpsburg resident has written over many years. Some of the poems were written while the Allentown, Pa., native was in high school and college. He said he even strung a few of them together, and his cousin, a composer in Vienna, Austria, recorded them with background music by J.S. Bach. The plays, "The Four-Thirty Whistle," "The Last Frontier" and "The Devil's Helping Hand," were written and take place during the sexual revolution in this country and reflect attitudes and thoughts during that time period, Gestl wrote.
NEWS
By ERICA SYVERSON / Pulse Correspondent | June 10, 2008
Coming from a writer, the description of what goes on inside a writer's head can get pretty complicated. If you were to remove the skullcap of an author like Harpers Ferry, W.Va.-born John Cummings, you might see rolling out a mash of John Updike, 15 years worth of writing, and some Springsteen lyrics. Cummings' first published novel, "The Night I Freed John Brown," (see review at left) was released at the end of May, but the Pulse team had the opportunity to grab a word with the author prior to the release date just to see what kinds of things he rolls around upstairs.
LIFESTYLE
September 21, 2012
A malevolent, talking clock. A witch's soul locked in an old book. A prisoner locked in poisoned chains. A young man with a frightening body-double. These chilling characters haunted The Herald-Mail during the 2011 Scary Story Contest. Who will star in this year's contest? The Herald-Mail Lifestyle section invites readers to write original short stories for the 2012 Scary Story Contest. Entries will be accepted in one of three age categories — adults (ages 19 and older), teens (13 to 18)
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OPINION
June 8, 2013
Thumbs up to Hagerstown Community College student Jeremiah Sater of Waynesboro, Pa., whose first short story, “Planet 239,” recently was published in the online literary magazine The WiFiles. Sater began writing short stories at the age of 8 and hopes to publish a collection of short stories and a novel within the next 10 years. Thumbs up to the participants in the Operation God Bless America benefit motorcycle ride, which traveled 45 miles from Greencastle, Pa., to Martinsburg, W.Va., to raise money for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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EDUCATION
June 2, 2013
Hagerstown Community College student Jeremiah Sater of Waynesboro, Pa., recently published his first short story, “Planet 239,” in the online literary magazine The WiFiles. According to Sater, “Planet 239” tells the story of crew members in the National Galaxy Alert Program who track comets and prevent them from crashing into the planet. The crew soon comes to realize that one of those comets is far more dangerous than it first appears. Sater, 18, first began writing short stories at the age of 8. He most often writes in the science fiction and fantasy genres and hopes to publish a collection of short stories and a novel within the next 10 years.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Washington County Free Library has announced its annual Poetry and Short Story Writing Contest is under way. The contest includes five age divisions: children in grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card. Writers may enter up to two poems and one short story. Short stories can be up to five pages long. All entries must be original work and can be on any topic.
LIFESTYLE
September 21, 2012
A malevolent, talking clock. A witch's soul locked in an old book. A prisoner locked in poisoned chains. A young man with a frightening body-double. These chilling characters haunted The Herald-Mail during the 2011 Scary Story Contest. Who will star in this year's contest? The Herald-Mail Lifestyle section invites readers to write original short stories for the 2012 Scary Story Contest. Entries will be accepted in one of three age categories — adults (ages 19 and older), teens (13 to 18)
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
The story of how @katie met @katieshow starts with fewer than 140 characters. Twitter, a social media platform known for short messages, connected Mercersburg's Katie LaRue with Katie Couric, who has a new daytime talk show on ABC. When establishing an Internet presence for “Katie,” show staff found @katie was taken by Katie LaRue. Then, they realized LaRue had a story that could be told on the show and emailed her. “I thought it was a joke,” LaRue said, saying she thought the email was a well-written scam.
LIFESTYLE
April 26, 2012
Washington County Free Library announces the winning and honorable mention entries in its annual poetry and short story contest. The contest was open to writers from second grade through adult. Residents of Washington County or people with a valid Washington County Library Card were eligible to enter. Winners were declared in five age divisions - grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six to eight; grades nine to 12; and adult. Two winners were chosen for each category and in most cases an honorable mention was also included.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2011
Mark Appenzellar wants to offer solutions to people who see no hope in life. So he wrote a book, "The Year of Losing Things," to tell the story on a young woman struggling to find things of value in herself. The book has an inspirational message, but Appenzellar, a worship leader at his Smithsburg church, tried to avoid writing a stereotypical Christian novel. "A lot of Christian fiction is preachy," he said. "I do present a Christian message, but I don't ram it home. " Another of Appenzellar's pet peeves: oversimplified storytelling.
LIFESTYLE
January 10, 2011
Stories are being sought for the Write On! Wetlands Challenge 2011. Open to writers in grades sixth through ninth grade. Students are asked to write a story that tells about the different types of wetlands all over the world. Stories must be typed and single-spaced on 8 1/2-by-11 inch paper. For a list of full contest guidelines, as well as helpful tips and a checklist, go to www.wetland.org/education_writeon.htm . To submit stories to Environmental Concern by mail, write to: Attention: Write On!
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