Sarah Bolme – Author, Director of Christian Indie Publishing

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group

Sarah Bolme largeSarah Bolme,  Director of Christian Indie Publishers Association (CIPA).will be at theGLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Sarah will discuss:  

Three Things to do Before You Publish

The number of books published each year keeps increasing. With so much competition, it is difficult to stand out and get your book noticed. Doing the three things presented in this session before you publish a book helps every author—whether traditionally or self-published—get a jump start on marketing to make their book stand out among the competition.

Sarah will also be hosting Marketing Sessions throughout SaturdayTo sign up for a consultation session, follow the instructions on theregistration form. Your actual times for the consult will be assigned after registration is closed, and will be attached to your personal…

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Harrison Demchick – Author, Editor, Filmmaker, and Musician

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group

Harrison Passport Photo 2Harrison Demchick, Author, Editor, Filmmaker, and Musician, will join us at theGLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™, “2020 Vision”, on Saturday, March 14, at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center.

Harrison will facilitate 3 sessions.

Bad Math: How the Right and Left Brains Work Together

It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine

The Blueprint, or Building the Perfect Draft

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Raised on a steady diet of magical realism, literary fiction, science-fiction, and Spider-Man comics,Harrison Demchickspent most of his formative years inside his own head, working out strange thoughts and ideas that would eventually make their way into stories, screenplays, and songs.

He went to Oberlin College to attain one of modern day’s most notoriously useless degrees, a BA in English with a creative writing concentration, but then actually used…

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I miss childish times when believing was unhampered by the distractions of adulthood; making a living, raising a family – you know, the stuff of life.  The little guy above; he doesn’t quite understand the meaning of a simple tree ornament, but he believes there is magic in his hand.

I attended holiday gatherings the last couple weeks with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. The inevitable question arose, “how’s the writing going?” I delivered the usual pitch; published a couple short stories; working on finishing another manuscript, etc. etc.

We’re expected to call ourselves writers when asked. It is part of shoring up the walls of self-belief. Folks who ask, respond as expected with, “Gee, that’s neat. What have you written?” Cue awkwardness. “Oh – uh – I write apocalyptic, little paranormal – got a couple short stories in a mag you never heard of – oh, there’s my wife. Can you excuse me a moment?”  

For those of us who write but have few if any credentials to show for our hard work, the magic of believing wanes over time.

When I first embarked on this venture decades ago, it was to prove that I had it in me to write a book. I had fun doing it. Wrote another. I believed in myself.  I graduated to magazine articles and crafting words for new stories. A real full-time job and being a parent kept the effort to stolen snippets of time. I wrote without a clue how the book industry worked, blissful in my belief that I was ready to test the literary waters.  

I discovered myself afloat against a tsunami of content and woke up on a desert isle of disbelief. Reality set in with the chain of five-percenters – five percent of all writers finish a book, five percent of that never submit, five percent of that never land an agent, five percent of those never see the publishing light of day …   

What the hell was I thinking? Even if I managed to flag down one of many gatekeepers, I was up against seasoned professionals. That childish belief melted like a snowman in a winter thaw.  

Imagining stories and writing them down had always been easy for me.  Who knew there were rules, lots of rules, pretty rules for the gate-keeping cadre? Took the next few years to learn how to write, but at least I kept at it. It changed my writing style, some of it good, some of it that chipped away at my writing voice. I emerged as a self-taught gatekeeper and entered a mobius strip of write, edit, critique, prune, rinse, repeat. I’d write ten-thousand words, and trash about eight. Where once it took me six-to-eight months to finish a book, now swelled to a couple years.

Then someone asked, “Why are you still at it after all these years?” It was the same as asking, why do you still believe?  Good question. I didn’t have an immediate canned reply. In a moment of self-reflection, I rephrased the question. What plants me in front of an empty screen starving for words? I found the answer in the bio I’d written many years ago.

With an imagination that never sleeps, DT has a muse who refuses to be hobbled as a mere dream.

I’d forgotten that I write because I can’t help myself. I don’t need a reason. All I need is to believe I can translate the muse in my head and create magic on a page.

As for swimming the murky waters of publishing, cue line from the movie, Galaxy Quest. Never give up, never surrender. If the current project doesn’t float, I’ll move on and write something new. For me, the real fun is in the creating. 

To my fellow writers, may your holiday spirit be amply laced with a child-like belief in yourself.



GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ Introduces CYBER WEEK! December 1st-December 7th, 2019


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Want to attend a Writers Conference that celebrates

Creativity, Craft, and Community?

Want the perfect gift for that special writer or reader in your life?

-What about treating yourself to the perfect gift?

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group presents:

The Write Stuff Writers Conference™

“2020 Vision”

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GLVWG is excited to present you with the opportunity to attend our annual 3-day conference from March 12-14th at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel in Bethlehem, PA.

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For full PDF Copy of Conference Brochure, Click Here: Brochure – Website edition

Want the best value for an invaluable conference?

Sign up to be a member of the GLVWG Writers Group.

For more information about the 2020 Conference,

Keynote & International Bestselling Author J.D. Barker and other conference presenters, visit:

GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ Registration Page


Cyber Week Special Rate  – December 1 through December 7 ONLY

Full Conference:  Member – $299 : Non-Members – $309

                                    Thursday:       Member $99   Non $109

                                    Friday:             Member $99   Non $109

                                    Saturday:        Member $119   Non $129

Regular Registration: December 8 through February 20, 2020

Full Conference:  Member – $349 : Non-Members – $369

                                    Thursday:        Member $119   Non $129

                                    Friday:             Member $119   Non $129

                                    Saturday:         Member $139   Non $149

                                    Students – enjoy member rates!

(Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by parent)


So Mark Your Calendars and Please Save the Date

December 1st – December 7th, 2019 (Cyber Week) to Register for the

2020 Write Stuff Writers Conference™

March 12-14th, 2020

and take advantage of GLVWG’s CYBER WEEK deals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

And until then…WRITE ON!!


~The GLVWG Conference Committee


Save the Date – 2020 GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™



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I’ve been a participant and supporter of the GLVWG Write Stuff Writer’s Conference™ for several years.  The 2020 Conference has some great speakers lined up.  

The links aren’t up yet on the GLVWG Website, but follow the Facebook Page to get notices. 

Hope to see you there. 


Reflections on Expression with Good Intention


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On July Fourth, we celebrate our country’s basic human freedoms – one of which is Freedom of Expression.  We live in sensitive times, however, where words can inflame or incite reactions from others who take deference to those words.

That’s why I write fiction, where …

names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or locales is entirely coincidental.

It’s a cop-out, but it keeps the litigation worms from getting into the creative literary food bin.  Of course, there are times when someone might ask – “what was really on your mind when you wrote this?”  Um – sounded like a good idea at the time?   

I revisited an article I posted five years ago, titled: The Fourth of Fantastic, where I wrote about the imperfection of our freedom of expression.

Right versus left, up versus down, it is enough to make your head spin. That’s what makes it great. People voicing opinions, standing up and saying what for. Democracy is chaotic, inclusive, confusing, open-minded, batty, and downright fantastic. Like all large families, a potpourri of multi-generational next of kin comes with large doses of squabbling and that crazy uncle we whisper about. And man, do we love to bicker.

Just for the record, I’m that crazy uncle they whisper about.

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Ashkan Forouzani –

I didn’t shy away from espousing opinions in my younger years. It’s the passion of youth.  Winston Churchill never actually said it, but I like the quote: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” I like to think of myself as having one foot in, one foot out.  Guess that means I have half a brain. 

As an older man, I tend to avoid espousing my opinion in public forums. It’s not healthy for a writer beginning to emerge like me. Why piss off a potential reader?  I don’t want to be one of those curmudgeons who grouse at a newspaper article, then proselytize my differing opinion to anyone who happens to walk by. I save all that for my long-suffering wife, who has learned to shake her head and follow-up with, “did you cut the lawn yet?”  

Another quote I liked from an unknown author used to be pinned on my desk. 

Speak with good intention. Remember your goal is to communicate, not just be heard.

I didn’t live up to it as I’d hoped. I was too busy waiting to spout something clever or funny, and not listening. It’s still a work in process.

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Jason Roswell –

I’ve historically been one of the loud ones, as if talking in a very loud voice ensured I’d be heard.  Years ago, during a transfer to a new position, a colleague presented me a phone with a noise suppression device. Subtle.  Loud didn’t work with the kids either. They’d often blink a lot when I got on a roll; their way of semaphoring a message, “Hey Dad, turn it down a notch”, followed by a negative post debate review. Too many years passed before I realized that which is spoken loudly does not equate to truth.  

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Elijah O’Donnell –

I sort of miss the days of flaming editorials limited to one newspaper and three TV channels. Today, it’s instant access to thousands of media “information” sites whether I want it or not, with more truer than fiction facts than the number of fleas on a herd of bison.  As a responsible citizen, it’s up to me to sift for accuracy, some of which is more fiction than fact. When I add in opinions on social media platforms, one can get a migraine from all the freedom of expression.

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Eaters Collective –

My contribution to the world of social media opinionating is to avoid it (see curmudgeon on the porch comment above).  Anything I contribute tends to be pictures of the grand-boys, family gatherings, something I just cooked, clever quotes, concept art, self-deprecating jokes, vacation pics, or a rare glorious sunset in a locale I’ve come to label as Wet-sylvania.  We have plenty of podium prophets out there without my input.

What, you don’t stand for anything?  Of course I do.  When the time comes, I exercise that other American right.

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Parker Johnson –

Happy Fourth of July to you all.  Wrap yourself in the symbol of our country that allows freedom of expression. I just ask you do it with good intention, strive to not be hurtful, and look the other in the eye to ensure you’ve heard their side as well.


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Jared Sluyter –



Author’s Note:

My thanks again to the talented photographers of for allowing use of their work, in order of appearance.

Ashkan Forouzani

Sam Wheeler

Wynand Van Poortvliet

Jason Roswell

Elijah O’Donnell

Eaters Collective

Parker Johnson

Jared Sluyter



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It’s been a rough spring largely because I missed it. 

In December, we made a sudden decision to spend February through April in Florida. Our primary reason was to spend time with elderly mother-in-law in assisted living before she forgot who we were.  Secondary reason is spousal unit’s desire to skip winter in Pennsylvania. 

Who could blame her? It was a rough winter as well. My initial fear, however, is what would it do to the time I reserve for writing. I’d just come off a promise to the long-suffering muse in my head that I’d not neglect her; (click and read – The Silent Light of a Winter Night, December 2018).

Turned out, I wrote more than usual.  Cranked out 40K on the book I’m rewriting, and still had time to format and post blogs on our group’s GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™ blog about every three-four days that began in mid-January through the end of March. Lot of work, but something had to give.

Yep, bless me readers, but I haven’t blogged since February.  

During this rather busy period, I heard from an ex-colleague who used to follow humorous articles I wrote for a travel magazine overseas. Would I submit something for a quarterly newsletter they do?  More specifically, would I write about our first ever snowbird experience in the same voice as my former writing experience?  How could I turn down a fan from yesteryear?  It published a few weeks ago, and he’s given me permission to post it here.

The article is in a different voice from what I pen today, but as penance for not keeping up in blogosphere, I offer it below.  I hope you find it humorous, and perhaps it will brighten your day as well.





Never thought I’d be a Snowbird, defined as those who abandon the bitter winters of Northern America for sunnier climes in Florida. I like the change of seasons and don’t mind shoveling the times Nature dumps solidified water on my driveway. It’s also my most productive season as a writer, when I don’t have to answer the WYWA (Worldwide Yard Wrestling Association), or involuntarily submit to projects assigned by my wife.

It was an impulsive decision, sparked by a need to spend more time with my 90-year-old mother-in-law in an assisted living facility in Naples. Wheelchair bound, she’d weakened the past year after her husband passed-away in 2017. My bro-in-law knows everybody in the South Florida boating industry, and he found a place in Ft. Myers beginning February if we were willing to take it for three months.

Three months? What the heck do I do for three months in a territory commonly known as “God’s Waiting Room”. 

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