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Uncle Terry’s Gift Ideas from WV Authors List 2015

Nigh on a decade ago, Terry McNemar, our former president who recently passed away, began an annual gift guide for books by West Virginia authors.  The last time we ran one on this blog, however, was 2011.  With his passing this year, we felt it was time to re-institute this annual tradition in his honor.  And as such, it's only fitting that Terry's books are #1 and #2 on the list.

So while you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to support these WV Writer, Inc. authors. And don’t forget to stop at your local bookstores: Tamarack, Taylor Books in Charleston, Empire Books & News in Huntington, the Open Book in Lewisburg, Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, Vandalia Press, Main Line Books in Elkins, …to name just a few.  Those are great places where you might find these books!

If you are a member of West Virginia Writers and your book is not listed here, please send it in immediately and we will get you added to the list.  Send those to  You may also send links to your own website.  We'll be happy to post them as well.


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Michael Knost leads workshops in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, W.VA., November 13, 2015 –  Bram Stoker Award®-winning author and editor Michael Knost will be signing copies of his latest book, Return of the Mothman, at the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company Taproom (862 Industrial Park Road, Maxwelton, WV) on November 13, from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  The book, about a man who returns to his home town of Logan, W.Va., only to become embroiled in strange events involving the Mountain State’s most infamous monster, the Mothman, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in a first novel.

The signing event at the brewery promises to be unique, as well as a fitting location, since Greebrier Valley Brewing Company produces a black India Pale Ale named after The Mothman, which will also be on sale, among their other varieties.

The following morning, Saturday, November 14th, Mr. Knost will conduct two FREE writing workshops at the Greenbrier County Public Library (152 Robert W. McCormick Drive, Lewisburg, WV 24901) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The first of the workshops will focus on plot and story while the second workshop will focus on creating dynamic characters in fiction.  There will be a short break between workshops, which are free and open to the public.

Knost has written many books in various genres, and, as editor, helmed anthologies such as the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Barbers & Beauties. His Writers Workshop of Horror won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in nonfiction. His critically acclaimedWriters Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy was published in early 2013 and became an Amazon #1 bestseller.



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Literary Tea series continues tonight

Tonight, at 5:30p at lit-teathe Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, W.Va., the West Virginia Writers co-sponsored Literary Tea series continues. Tonight we feature a revenge-themed reading of "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner, as read by Aaron Christensen (King Claudius in The Tragedy of Hamlet).

Additionally, we will feature a full-cast radio-style adaptation of the short story "Old Country" from Eric Fritzius's collection A Consternation of Monsters--also a revenge-themed story. The adaptation stars Shane David Miller (Rozencrantz), Sarah Elkins, Aaron Christensen and Fritzius himselff.

So please join us at 5:30p for tea, goodies and literary readings at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

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Terry McNemar passes

Terry McNemar

We at West Virginia Writers are saddened to report the passing of former president Terry McNemar, shortly after midnight on August 27.  You can read his official obituary HERE.

Terry, who was WVW president from 2008-2010, was a great friend of the writers of West Virginia and Appalachia even beyond his office.  He was a fixture at organizational appearances and events, but was often found at non-WVW functions and writers groups.

A prolific short story writer and poet, his work often won awards in the West Virginia Writers annual writing contest, often in the humor category.  He published a novel entitled Ragdoll Angel, as well as an ebook of short fiction entitled So This is Christmas.

For 30 years, Terry was the owner of McNemar Construction.  A skilled carpenter, his woodwork graces hundreds of homes throughout northern West Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and his two daughters Molly Feldman, of Lexington, KY, and Mady McNemar, of Hattiesburg, MS.

His funeral visitation will be Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 3:00pm - 8:00pm, at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, WV.  The funeral service will be 
Monday, Aug. 31, 11:00 am, also at Burnside Funeral Home.

At the family's request: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the T.W. McNemar Memorial Scholarship Fund through the West Virginia Writers.  If you would like to donate, make checks payable to WVW, Inc., with "T.W. McNemar Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. You can send your checks to our treasurer, Jessica Murphy at 807-1 Alpine Street Morgantown, WV 26508.  You may also donate via Pal Pal at the link below.

His counsel and wisdom will be missed within the organization, but his friendship will be missed the most.


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West Virginia Writers past president John Zierold passes.

John R. Zierold, 87, of Weirton, passed away Tuesday, July 07, 2015 in the Salem Regional Medical Center, Salem, Ohio. He was born July 18, 1927 in Weirton, a son of the late Carl Reinhart and Mary Lucas Zierold. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and William Zierold. Jack started his career with the Weirton Daily Times in 1945 and then worked the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Press, and Post Gazette for a combined total of 50 years. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Typographical Union; a member of the West Virginia Writer's Association, where he served as President from 1982 – 1985. A very creative man, Jack will always be remembered for his loving of writing, as he penned a novel at the age of 84. He also wrote and produced four plays, and had a very special talent in photography. John is survived by his daughter, Billie Jean Kren (Kenneth) ;a step daughter, Carla Douglass (Rodger) all of Lisbon, OH; a sister, Alice Snyder of Somerset, PA; grandson, Jackson Stark Dunlope (Ashley Dillinger); step grandchildren, Mark Kren (Gina), Renee Foley, (Mike) and Brittany Kren. Visitation will be held 6-8PM Thursday, and 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM Friday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Re. Dana Snodgrass will officiate. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice. Share tributes and memories at 304-748-3219.

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Norman Jordan Celebration of Life ceremony

FROM WVW Region 3 member Amy Breckeller:

On July 11, 2015, the family of Norman Jordan will host a "Celebration of Life Memorial" for poet and playwright Norman Jordan. The event will be held at the Tamarack Arts & Craft Center in Beckley, West Virginia in the Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater, and will begin at 1:00 p.m. A portion of the event will allow for brief comments or tributes to Norman.

If anyone wishes to participate in this way please contact Eric Jordan at (304) 685-4059 or email him at .


Those who attended the Lions and Authors and Books...Oh My! event in Alderson had the honor to see and speak with Mr. Jordan. We send our condolences to his family.

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Certificates are in the mail

Winners certificates for the 2015 annual writing contests have now been mailed (6/25/15).  

We apologize on the delay here, but our contest coordinator had to be out of state for a week following the summer conference.

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WV Writers Annual Writing Contest Winners List 2015

The winners of the 2015 West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Contest were announced during our Annual Awards Banquet at the WVW Summer Conference, June 13.

You can now download the 2015 WINNERS LIST.

Keep in mind this is the preliminary winners list and does not yet include the winners of the Writers Wall and People's Choice contests from the conference itself.  Check back next-week for those.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest this year. It was a pleasure to have served as contest coordinator for my third year.

--eric fritzius

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Conference Countdown: Primer for First Time Conference Goers

As a service to first time attendees or potential attendees of WV Writers Summer Conference, this document is being provided as a guide to planning your conference experience. There are answers to frequently asked questions below...


  • If you plan to stay overnight or dine in the cafeteria, be sure to fill out the separate Cedar Lakes Lodging and Meals form, as well. No need to choose a meal for the banquet, unless you have special dietary needs, as it will be served buffet style.
  • You don't have to register for the individual workshops in advance. Just pick them as you go. Some people find that it's easier to print out the schedule (or use the one given to you at registration, which will be the most accurate) and then highlight two classes each session that you're interested in. Then, when the time arrives, you can pick between the two. Some people like to have a "back up class" in case one is overcrowded, or in case you find yourself enjoying a particular track so much that you want to stick with it (poetry vs. non-fiction, for example). We would recommend that you take at least one class outside of your chosen genre; not just for the broadened experience, but because you might find inspiration or a particular nugget of writing wisdom that you can apply to what you're working on. For example, if you write fiction, take a poetry workshop or a nonfiction editing workshop, which can help with your craft.
  • Be sure to dress light because the classrooms can get warm.  However, do bring a sweater, cause it can get chilly at night.
  • Bring an umbrella. One of our annual traditions at the WVWriters Conference is to host a vertical torrential downpour, usually on Saturday. Last year, it knocked out the air-conditioning in the cafeteria.
  • Bring shoes that are comfortable for walking, not only for walking to and from the dining hall but for taking strolls around the grounds of Cedar Lakes. However, don’t bring shoes you’re not willing to have soiled by Goose Poo, as there’s a lot of it around.
  • We also hope you're planning to attend the banquet and stick around for entertainment.

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Lions & Authors & Books, Oh my! event in one week

WV Writers, Inc. Region 3 and the Alderson Main Street are co-producing a local writers event called Lions and Authors and Books... Oh My! on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Alderson Community Center in Alderson, W.Va.

There will be games, food, music and a grand array of fantastic West Virginia authors including Belinda Anderson, Larry Berger, Amy Brekeller, Joan C. Browning, Brittney Cassity, Allan Clower, Rebecca Dean for Miles Dean, Theresa Flerx, Eric Fritzius, Tod Hanger, Kellie Honaker, Norman Jordan, Kirk Judd, Cheryl Kula, Roger "Rock" Lockridge, Rusty McQuade,Cat Pleska, Renee Porter, Fred Powers, Nancy Richmond, Joe B. Roles, S.D. Smith, Phyllis Campbell Whitley, Fred Ziegler.

Sharon Powers and Suzanne Williams will entertain and surprise you during the day. Wonderful Bob Shanks and Kirk Judd will entertain you at 6:30 P.M. with poetry and music.

You can chat with the authors and purchase books ranging from children's' literature, fitness, history, poetry and lovely photography and fiction. This is a very kid-friendly event, so bring the entire family. Oh, by the way, there will be lions. If you can find the hidden one in the main event room, you can take it home. Here's a hint--this lion is only 2 1/2 inches long and all black.

In the comfortable Library you can sit with a cup of coffee and listen to and enjoy the following:

  • 10:20 Alderson Main Street - Judy Lewallen: Alderson Grand Opening
  • 10:40 WV Writers, Inc. - Learn more about our great group!
  • 11:00 Phyllis Campbell Whitley - "Barn Raisin'" raise awareness of the importance of preservation ...... of our barns and their history.
  • 11:20 Allan Clower - "It Took 100 Years To Publish" - How the book came to be.
  • 11:40 Fred Powers - "A Mine Rat Story"
  • 12:00 Joan C. Browning and Andrea Pendleton - Rainelle
  • 12:20 Joyce Mott - What is the value of a name: The use of pen names through literary history.
  • 12:40 Joan C. Browing - Deep in Our Hearts
  • 1:00 Kirk Judd - "This Will Stay"- Some threads in my poetry and the music and the culture.
  • 1:20 Rusty McQuade - Stickyman Movements - Have less illness, less medical bills and a better life.
  • 1:40 Cat Pleska - Mountain State Press: How publishers appreciate readers.
  • 2:00 Theresa Flerx - "Writing and Reading As an Emotional Release."
  • 2:20 Anna Osborne - Seeds, Weeds, and Good Reads: Growing a Community Seed Library
  • 2:40 Rebecca Dean - The poetry of Miles Dean
  • 3:00 Belinda Anderson - "Oh, no, you didn't" - meet the characters in Belinda's fictional universe.
  • 3:20 Kristy Brown - "The Mystery of Pen Names"
  • 3:40 Kirk Judd and Joan C. Browning - Pearl S. Buck Foundation
  • 4:00 Courtney Smith - A reading of the first two chapters of Lies: Based on True Stories.
  • 4:20 Suzanne Williams - "Writers are People who can Talk/Sign..."
  • 4:40 WV Writers, Inc. - Learn more about our great group!
  • 5:00 Greg Johnson - The Upcoming Lewisburg Literary Festival
  • 5:20 Alderson Main Street - Moving Forward

    Remember to stay for entertainment starting at 6:30!

    Look for Amerindea wandering in the main event space and
    pick a stone for a personal insight. (All Day!)

Learn more about it at the Lions and Authors and Books... Oh My! Facebook Page.

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