Scheffreen, Carol Thompson
Rostron, Jeb Kahn Greene, Pierre E. Soom
Amy Dengler (Marcia Doehner Award) is the recipient
of a Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers. In 1999
she was awarded Best of Show and the Marcia Doehner Award in Writers'
World for her poem, Her Room. In the same year, she was
awarded Outstanding Work for her poem, Not Solitaire, making
Amy a triple prizewinner. Additionally, she has been honored at
the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Newburyport Arts Association,
and Seacoast Writers.
Amy lives in Gloucester, and her collection of poetry, Between
Leap and Landing, was published by Folly Cove Books in 1999.
Linda Dini Jenkins is the author of Journey
of a Returning Christian: Writing Into God (Chalice Press,
1994); and she has published in Vermont Voices (I & II);
South Florida Poetry Review; Phoebe: Journal of Feminist
Scholarship Theory & Aesthetics; Poeti italo-americani:
Italian American Poets, Vol. II; Tampa Review; Writer
to Writer; Color Wheel/Mink Hills Journal; and Bay
Windows. Her poems were also included in Christmas Blessings,
edited by June Cotner (Warner Books, 2002).
She is the author of the one-act play, Things I Never Told My
Mother, and is co-author, with Barbara Worton, of If I'm
Talking, Why Aren't You Listening? Linda lives in Salem with
her husband, Timothy, and their dog, Maxine.
Bill Purdin (Poetry) is a prolific writer, photographer,
artist and the author of 15 books of poetry. His poems have been
published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the
Christian Science Monitor. Bill is the founder, editor
and publisher of Marblehead Magazine, established in 1980
and published in print continuously until 1994 when it became an
Internet publication. Today, Marblehead Magazine receives
readers at the rate of 20,000 page views per month (marbleheadmagazine.com).
He is also the founder of Legendinc.com, an awarding-winning Internet
site with large sections dedicated to photography, history and creative
writing. In addition to being a writer, Bill is also a graphic artist.
In 1999, he submitted the winning entry in the Marblehead Festival
of Art's logo competition.
Joan Thompson was born in Boston and educated at
Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is the author of three adult
novels, Marblehead, Parker's Island, and Interesting
Times, as well as five intermediate novels for the middle school
audience, including the Lucy Russell series and the Susan Hubbard
books. She has resided in Marblehead with her husband, Stephen,
since 1965 and has two grown sons.
2 pm – 4 pm
Linda Weltner: Writing From Personal Experience
For nineteen years award-winning columnist Linda Weltner invited
readers of her syndicated Boston Globe column "Ever So Humble"
into her life. She is currently working with her daughter Laura
on a book about juvenile diabetes.
Linda will lead a discussion of personal writing in which participants
will have an opportunity to try their hand at writing creatively.
4 pm – 6 pm
Jon Oliver: The ABCs of Life
Jon Oliver has spent nearly thirty years working to develop the
Lesson One program. A frequent workshop and conference presenter,
he has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight and Dateline NBC,
as well as in publications such as USA TODAY. He has also been honored
by the White House. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Jon will
present a workshop based on his book co-authored with Michael Ryan:
The Skills We All Need But Were Never Taught, A Guide for Adults
One of the greatest challenges to our culture today is that far
too many children and adults are simply out of control. This chaos,
which affects not only schools but also family life and communities,
stems from the fact that many children lack the basic skills of
self-control, self-confidence, responsibility, problem solving,
Drawing upon inspirational stories from his own life and thirty
years of teaching experience Jon provides a much-needed answer to
the violence and discipline problems that continue to grip our culture.
It gives adults and children alike a lesson plan that works for
The book has received endorsements from Bill Cosby, Marian Wright
Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, Dr. James
Comer of Yale University, Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard University,
Dr. Jane Healy, author and educational psychologist, and Peggy Charren,
Founder of Action for Children’s Television, among others.
Noon – 2 pm
Safety in Numbers: The Value of a Writing Group
Facilitators: Pic Harrison, Betsy Morris, Clem Schoenebeck, and
Contact information: email@example.com or (781) 631-1667
Members of the group will relate their personal experiences as members
of an on-going group. This interactive workshop will guide participants
through the process of creating a writing group. Questions of membership,
frequency of meetings, format and time sharing, number of members,
genres of writing, confidentiality, support and resources for publication
will be addressed. Participants will have the opportunity to form
small groups, do a simple writing exercise and get a brief feel
for what a writers group is all about.
Noon – 2 pm
Sue Anne Willis and members of her writing group, which has been
ongoing for many years, will lead a workshop in journal style writing.
The group’s style of writing may express deeply personal matters
and takes the writer into the body. Writers will read their journal
pieces, often decorated with art, back to the group. Professionally,
Sue integrates text and movement as a performing artist and a part-time
Selections from the Winning Writers’ World Entries
Readers: Members of the Mugford Street Players
As they have done since Writers’ World started, the Mugford
Street Players will read selections from the winning entries. The
Players will read pieces from each of the categories. Please join
us, along with the authors, to enjoy their contributions to Writers’
World, the Festival of the Arts and the art world.
Festival attendees and Mugford Street Players are invited to a reception
for the winning writers at the Literary Arts Café immediately
following the Reading of Winning Entries.