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, May 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm
An interactive exploration of Dave’s work to explore and portray the live and times of a woman who was way ahead of her time here in Berks County.
Dave Kline is a business person, musician, composer, entertainer, writer, photographer, traveler and bard who has traveled the world bringing back folkloric tales of traditions, customs and culture. Dave writes, produces and hosts the award-winning, weekly Mountain Folk radio and web show that is herd on terrestrial radio stations in the USA, as well as internationally via satellite and Inet networks, including Apple iTunes and PlanetBluegrass Network. Dave writes the weekly Mountain Folklore column for Berks County Magazine in the Reading Eagle newspaper, has written and taken photographs for other publications such as Pennsylvania magazine and is an experienced mountain guide with more than 50 trips to the alps and beyond to his credit.
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Writing is an invaluable tool for self-development. It is an exercise in organizing our experiences, both real and imaginary, through language. However, writing is also a means of communication and communication necessitates an audience. Garrett Buhl Robinson will describe his adventures in his attempts to reach the public. His presentation will include excerpts from his performance works adapted directly from his books. Through this, he may reveal ways to engage, entertain, enrich and inspire the public through the literary arts.
Garrett Buhl Robinson (www.gbrobinson.com) left his home town in Alabama by jumping on a coal train in 1992. For over 25 years, he has been wandering around the country, supporting himself with various jobs while studying intensely and writing prolifically. In 2012, he began marketing his books and performing his works directly to the public in Manhattan. In 2015, he made his Off-Broadway debut performing his solo musical, Letters to Zoey, which he adapted from his second novel, Zoë. In 2017, he published his 5th book of poetry – Fortune. His website is: www.gbrobinson.com
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Come learn about the Emotional Locks that keep you from living a peaceful life and the Spiritual Keys… Forgiveness, Gratitude and Faith that open the way to contentment. Marcia will talk about how her own spiritual journey led to these concepts. She will offer an opportunity to explore them for yourself through writing, sharing and breathing practices.
Marcia Rowe designed, illustrated and wrote The Three Keys to Contentment. She has focused her life on creating beauty in many forms. She received BFA from Moore College of Art, and is a fine artist, muralist and graphic designer. Marcia lives in Berks County
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
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.
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.