Encouragement and Inspiration
All Meetings will be held at 1840 Lorraine Road, Reading, PA 19604. Networking and conversation at 12:45, workshop begins promptly at 1:00 pm. Just come in.
Saturday, August 04, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Description of Michael Miller will describe several of the public art projects he has helped to coordinate in the Greater Reading area, focusing on works that feature writing or text in their process. His current project, The West Reading Museum of Temporary Art and Personal Histories, is an installation combining storytelling and site specific artwork. This project will feature the art of more than one hundred artists from around the world.
Michael L. Miller earned his Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. After showing his own artwork for several years in the Philadelphia area, he became interested in community-based art. This interest stemmed from the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. Over the past 15 years, he has created collaborative murals together with hundreds of people and many community organizations in the greater Reading area. He is currently an art teacher in the Wyomissing Area School District.
Brian will discuss how Reading’s Big League Exhibition Games evolved from research in response to an inquiry by a fellow at his gym about an exhibition game played at George Field in 1946 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Bowers Battery team, to an article published in the Historical Review of Berks County (HRBC to those in the know), to a project for a display at an annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR to those in the know) convention, to becoming a book as a result of favorable response to the SABR project and the HRBC article. He will also discuss various issues, challenges, and experiences he encountered in the creation of the book and in its promotion. Royalties from the sale of the book were assigned equally to The Historical Society of Berks County and to Baseballtown Charities, however Brian has retained all movie rights.
The author of Reading’s Big League Exhibition Games, Brian has contributed to several publications by the Society for American Baseball Research. He is a regular contributor to The Historical Review of Berks County, his articles in that publication being equally divided between matters of local history and baseball. A Berks County native who resides in Cumru Township with his wife Suzanne, with whom he raised three wonderful daughters who are Phillies fans, although the one who lives in Pittsburgh has a picture of Bill Mazeroski in her living room. Brian is a graduate of Dickinson College and University of Pittsburgh School of Law whose emotional growth was stunted at age 13 in 1964- the year in which not only the Phillies epic collapse occurred, but also in which his mother threw out his baseball cards.
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm
While leading their young children 3,100 miles across the Rocky Mountain wilderness on llamas, author Cindy Ross learned how experiences can generate extraordinary learning. She created a whole new way of nurturing and supplementing her children’s education, focusing on two major arenas for learning- the natural world and travel. The result is Cindy’s 7th published book: The World is Our Classroom- How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education. For 25 years, Cindy has been writing about outdoor adventure, experiential learning and lecturing on how to craft a life utilizing it.
For more than 35 years, Cindy Ross has walking and cycling the trails of North America. She has crossed the Appalachian Trail as a single woman penning her first book, A Woman’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail, which has become a hiking classic. Then she tackled the Pacific Crest Trail through the Sierra and Cascade Mountains with her husband, Todd Gladfelter and wrote and illustrated, Journey on the Crest. Her 6th book, Scraping Heaven- A Family’s Journey Along the Continental Divide is the rousing adventure of a family’s incredible five-summer trek over the rooftop of North America. They traveled across the Rocky Mountains, through the desert of New Mexico and down to the Mexican border all with her children. Her newest book, The World is Our Classroom- How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education, will be published by Skyhorse Publishing, NYC in September 2018.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm
You have the “too afraid to speak in public” flu? On October sixth, ‘tween one and three p.m., you will be a finer speaker than you ever were! This interactive afternoon can be the cure…
so if you ‘uh’ and ‘um’ and your mouth gets dry anytime you’re asked to speak (or even try), bring your long-held fears, your inner quakes and share the speaking tips and tricks that planning makes!
David Miller has built a successful creative career in advertising, marketing and publishing, heading three successful advertising agencies. Accounts included Mack Trucks, Inc., The Lutheran Church in America, major accounting firms in the New York metro, plus timeshare properties from Maine to Aruba. Miller has published a spy-adventure novel, “Time Birds,” featuring birds that can travel in time. A second novel, “Bravo 26”, is in final phase. He has also published ‘A Gift of Love’, a history of the first 100 years of The Lutheran Home at Topton. He has conducted workshops at Bernard Baruch College, NYC and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, plus GLVWG (Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.)
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Designed for active discussion among all participants, this Workshop will consider the notion of leaving a legacy of poetry behind. Our visit won't be morbid or depressing, I promise! Instead, we'll explore a subject that's rarely discussed among poets but that's endlessly fascinating for the powerful sway it holds on us as we write. In preparation for the Workshop you may want to look over the 4-pager that raises a few questions about the topic.
Larew's work has appeared in several journals, books and collections, most recently in vox poetica, Every Day Poems, Seminary Ridge Review, among others. His third collection, Utmost, was published by I. Giraffe Press in 2016. Nominated for four national Pushcart prizes, he is a member of the Shakespeare Folger Library’s poetry board, and organizes poetry events in and around Prince George’s County, MD and the Greater Capitol Region that showcase the wonderful diversity of poetic voices in the area; using an Individual Artist Grant from the County’s Arts and Humanities Council, Larew organized The Poetry Poster Project, an exhibit of framed poems by six County-based poets in libraries, office buildings, churches, galleries and other venues in and beyond the County. His poetry page on Facebook is at "Hiram Larew, Poet" Retired from the federal government, Larew is a global food security specialist with courtesy faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, Oregon State University, Baylor University and Montana State University. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and is very, very tall.
Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm
For part of my workshop I am going to educate people on my illness, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndome (POTS), a dysautonomia disorder. I will share some of personal story and how it lead me to writing my book titled 'So Close to Death Yet So Far Away". The next part I will share some brainstorming exercises I did before I wrote my book and how it helped me organize everything and accomplish publishing my book. One question, I get often is "How I put my ideas into a book?" so I would like to share some stuff I did. I'm sure a few memebers may have already written a book but new ideas never hurt.
Derek was born, raised and has lived in Reading, PA his whole life. At 17, he was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a dysautonomia disorder. In March 2016, he published his first book titled “So Close to Death Yet So Far Away” as a way to bring awareness to POTS and dysautonomia. Ever since the release of his book, he has been a huge advocate in creating awareness for dysautonomia disorders.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Messineo will describe her unorthodox journey to becoming a historical fiction novelist, touching upon her own ties to Berks County. She will describe what it is like working with agents and publishers in the competitive world of big house publishing, without losing one’s sense of self. Energetic and engaging, Messineo comes alive when speaking, drawing the audience into her presentation, learning from them even as they gain important knowledge from her experiences. Lively and interactive, this is a presentation not to be missed.
Teresa Messineo is a Berks County native whose historical fiction novel, The Fire by Night, was recently published by HarperCollins. In her debut novel, Messineo graphically depicts the lives of frontline military nurses during the Second World War. After seven years of research, The Fire by Night sold overnight and is now available in three languages and seven countries and the movie rights are for sale in Hollywood. Messineo is passionate about her work, her four children, social justice and sticking up for the underdog. A voracious reader and lifelong learner, her motto is, We Learn from Our Mistakes.