2014 Susquehanna Valley Writers Luncheon and Workshop – Sat., October 4, 2014



Carriage Corner Restaurant, Mifflinburg, PA


10:30 am until 1:35 pm


Soup and salad bar with beverage

Two Speakers This Year: Nonfiction and Fiction Focus

Two Nonfiction Workshops

 Speaker:  Elaine W. Miller

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Two Fiction Workshops

Speaker: Marsha Hubler

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1.      FREE Peer Critique Group – monitored by Dorothy Pollock

2.      Private Critiques with the speakers  (CRITIQUE FEE: $20)             

(Limit: 4 private critiques for each speaker – first come, first served)

3.      Book Table – authors’ books, budget books, and freebies

The Tentative Schedule

10:30 – 10:55   Registration, Book Sales, and Get Acquainted

11:00 – 11:50   Session One: (Your choice)

NONFICTION: Elaine W. Miller: “Touching Hearts With Words — Writing Non-fiction from A to Z.” (Part I) Travel with Elaine on her writing journey as she shares the ABC’s and XYZ’s of becoming a published author who touches hearts. Over two sessions, Elaine will cover topics including how to be published, traditional vs. self-publishing, speaking, editing, marketing, and the writer’s life. Pre-requisite: A desire to write books that change lives and to do so with excellence.

FICTION: Marsha Hubler: “What Does That Editor Expect?” You’ve written the next best seller and you want to send it to an editor–any editor. But what do you need to know about writing, such as manuscript preparation, polishing the PUGS, and actually working with an editor to get your work published in excellent form? Come to this session and find out how to present your work in such a manner that the editor can’t turn you down.

11:55 -12:45 – Lunch Break

12:45 – 1:35– Session Two: (Your choice)

Elaine W. Miller: “Touching Hearts With Words — Writing Non-fiction from A to Z.” (Part II)

Marsha Hubler: “Make Your Fiction Jump Off the Page” Character development, plot with climax and resolution, natural dialogue, flowing narration….these are all important facets of writing page-turning fiction that wows your reader. Learn the basics of developing a story that the editor and the readers in the marketplace will not be able to resist.

1:35 –  Goodbye until next time


1:50 – 2:45 Private Critiques ($20) 

with either speaker 

(Limit of  four critiques at about 12 minutes each for each faculty member)

*(After you register, contact Marsha Hubler at marshahubler@wildblue.net for the details to submit critique samples to either speaker.)



   FREE Peer Critique Group – open to all

(Monitored by Dorothy Pollock)

Details to register for the FREE Peer Critique Group are on the REGISTRATION FORM PAGE




To register, click on “2014 Luncheon Registration Form” at the top of this page

 About Our  Speakers

Elaine W. Miller

Elaine W. Miller is an author and international speaker who uses warmth, enthusiasm, and humor to connect with her audience. A member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she has been a featured guest on Miller.Photo.Dan and I skiing in NY (2)radio and television, a keynote retreat speaker and seminar leader, and a faculty member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference,  Montrose We all Married Idiots cover (2)Christian Writer’s Conference, and the Upstate New York Christian Writers’ Gathering. Elaine is the author of three books, We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can, Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Moms, and Splashes of Serenity: Bathtime Reflections for Drained Wives. Her writing is in Sanctuary: A Devotional Bible for Women as well as several magazines. Elaine and her husband Dan, an ordained minister, live in Campbell, NY. Together they lead marriage retreats and travel annually to Europe as the Pastoral Care Couple to International Workers. They are blessed with three children and ten lively grandchildren.  For more information, please see Elaine’s website at http://www.SplashesofSerenity.com.

Marsha Hubler

The author of the best-selling Keystone Stables Series from Zonderkidz,  Marsha lives in central PA with her husband and two dogs. She has a master’s degree in education, over 40 years experience with children of all ages, and MyPictureforContact Pagepresently works with homeschoolers in her home office.  Her latest published works, THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES and THE SNYDER COUNTY QUILTING BEE 12 SHORT STORIES, Amish/Mennonite fiction romance by Helping Hands Press, was created out of Marsha’s friendship with many Plain Folk who live in Snyder County. On the side, Marsha serves as acquisitions editor for Helping Hands Press, the Christian division of Trestle Press, Levittown, PA. She’s always looking for excellent writing in fiction forHubler.SCQB.Latest.Release.Cover tweens and older, horse stories, Christmas and Easter stories, and curriculum on all grade levels for the Helping Hands Supplemental Educational Division. A frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, she has a passion to help beginning writers get their work primed for publication. Visit her website, http://www.marshahubler.com and her blog that features writers’ tips for all genres and Amish and Mennonite traditions: http://www.marshahubler.wordpress.com

Map and Directions to the Carriage Corner Restaurant


Open 7 days a week, Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on Route 45 just east of downtown Mifflinburg.


http://www.carriagecornerrestaurant.com/ Bks.Freebies.Tables

GPS Coordinates: 40.923466-77.030178

View Carriage Corner Restaurant‘s location on a small map

FROM THE NORTH: Take Route 15 south to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Turn right on Route 45, traveling approximately 8 miles to Mifflinburg. Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the left at the first red light in town.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take Routes 11-15 north toward Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Turn left onto PA Route 104. Travel approximately 25 miles to Mifflinburg. Turn right onto Route 45/Chestnut Street, traveling approximately 1.5 miles. Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the right, just past the red light at Sheetz.

FROM THE EAST: Take I-80 west toward Bloomsburg. Take Route 15 south to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Turn right on Route 45, traveling approximately 8 miles to Mifflinburg. Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the left at the first red light in town.

FROM THE WEST: Take Route 45 east to Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. Route 45 becomes Chestnut Street – travel approximately 1.5 miles to the end of town. Carriage Corner Restaurant is located on the right, just past the red light at Sheetz.




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October 8, 2011’s Conference a Success!


Thank you, loyal writer friends who attended the 8th Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop on October 8, 2011, at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg, PA. If you did not attend, scroll down to the last post and see what you missed! We had great speakers, great food, and great fellowship with intense workshops about a variety of genres.

Our next gathering will be on Saturday, October 6, 2012. For a break from our conference venue, we are planning to “downsize” by having only a luncheon at Country Cupboard from 11:30 to 1:30 pm with one speaker to challenge us in our writing ventures.

There will be a small registration fee of $20 (due before the luncheon), which will cover  your cost for the huge Country Cupboard buffet and help us with expenses for our speaker. We always have much positive feedback about the time we share around the table discussing our writing projects and getting to know other authors with the passion to write.

We hope you’ll decide to join us for this short but sweet gathering of writers of any genre on October 6th, 2012.

In the meantime, sign up for my writers’ tips blog at www.marshahubler.wordpress.com where I share many tips about writing different genres, much of the information coming from past workshops, and join the Writers of Any Genre group on Facebook, where we discuss each other’s passions, hopes, dreams, and disappointments in the fascinating world of writing.

Happy writing!




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Mark Your Calendar for October 7-8, 2011!

Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2011, at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg, PA!


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1. Daniel Gasteiger, Lewisburg, PA – social networking expert: find out how to market yourself online most effectively


Daniel Gasteiger, social networking whizDaniel Gasteiger

Daniel Gasteiger’s book, Yes, You Can!  And Freeze And Dry It, Too! – about preserving food – is a new title from Cool Springs Press. Why is this significant? Gasteiger landed the book contract through effective Internet Marketing (SEO) and Social Media Marketing. In real life, Gasteiger is a social media evangelist, teaching social marketing strategies at corporations, civic groups, economic development organizations, and conferences throughout the northeast.

Gasteiger began his career as the Macros and Technical Editor of Lotus Magazine. There, in the first years of the personal computer revolution, he taught highly technical concepts to non-technical audiences. His readers were people who bought IBM PCs so they could use the newfangled electronic spreadsheet called Lotus 1-2-3.

Gasteiger wrote hundreds of articles about personal computing and he spoke at dozens of trade shows, corporate offices, and user groups on behalf of the magazine. Subsequently, he authored or co-authored five books about computing and worked extensively as a programmer and software designer.

As an independent consultant and freelance writer, Gasteiger has handled marketing and advertising for most of his career. With the emergence of social media, he became a student of SEO and Social Media Marketing and he works with several Pennsylvania companies to build web presence and extend their marketing reach online. Gasteiger also leads classes in which he teaches writers how to become relevant in the emerging online publishing industry.

The traditional publishing industry is failing, Gasteiger says, because the Internet is flourishing. Social media has given rise to a new economy, and learning to participate effectively opens amazing opportunities for new and established writers.

Gasteiger’s social network knows him as Cityslipper. His premier blog is Your Small Kitchen Garden which draws more than 8,000 visitors each month—even when he treats the blog poorly. He invites you to visit at Your Small Kitchen Garden, to follow him on Twitter, to “Like” his Facebook page, to subscribe to his vlog on Youtube, and to explore social media with his class for writers on his Social Marketing Strategies blog.

Your Small Kitchen Garden: http://www.smallkitchengarden.net

Small Kitchen Garden on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Kitchen-Garden/71949896627

Cityslipper’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/cityslipper

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cityslipper

Social Marketing Strategies blog: http://www.websocialmarketingstrategies.com


Eight Workshops and a Faculty Panel Discussion with the Following

2. Vie Herlocker – editor w/Sonfire Publishing Co, Galax, VA; what’s the difference between a paranormal and a thriller? Is there such a genre as Christian horror?

Vie will present two workshops: “Christian Horror: Get Outta Here” and “Your Publishing Options.”

Vie Herlocker, editor

Vie Herlocker, editor

Vie, AKA “The Book Mama,” is the managing editor for Sonfire Media, an independent Christian publishing house in Galax, Virginia, where she recently edited and published Thomas Smith’s Christian Horror, Something Stirs.

In addition to her work at Sonfire, Vie provides freelance editing services through Cornerstone-Ink.com.

She is a past winner of the Guideposts writing contest and has published in many of the GP family of publications. Her work has appeared in Penned from the Heart, Miracles of Forgiveness, and Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters Soul. Vie co-wrote Building Better Schools by Engaging Support Staff and ghostwrote an award-winning memoir.

Her professional affiliations include: Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, American Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, JoyWriters, and C.L.A.S.S.

3. Mary Sue Seymour

Organization: The Seymour Agency
Title: Literary Agent and Founder
Web Site: http://www.theseymouragency.com/

Mary Sue will present two workshops: “Gone Fishing: How to Catch an Agent” and “Write a Christian Romance.”

Mary Sue Seymour

Mary Sue, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 19 years and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to ThomasNelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Guideposts and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair and has traveled to almost every American city to writing conferences and she’d loved every minute of it. If you’d like to see current sales, conference pictures or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her web site.

She represents several best selling Christian authors such as New York Times best selling author, Shelley Shepard Gray, Beth Wiseman, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman and so on; her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards, have been written about in Publisher’s Weekly and other publications.

Currently Seeking: Mary Sue sells primarily romance of the Christian variety – some secular romance and nonfiction. She doesn’t work with any other type of Christian fiction.

Guidelines: http://www.theseymouragency.com/Submissions.html

4.  Patti Souder – Montrose, PA; explore what’s involved in writing fascinating nonfiction and powerful drama sketches.
Patti will present two workshops: “Creative Nonfiction: Oxymoron or Timeless Truth?” and “Drama Sketches to Capture Your Audience.”
Director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conf.

Patti Souder, author, director, speaker

Patti is an author, speaker, and musician who has written four books and numerous drama sketches, musical productions, children’s stories, articles, and poems. She directs the Montrose Christian Writers Conference; co-hosts “Mailbag” on radio stations, WPEL, WPGM, and WBGM; and teaches writing courses at Davis College in Johnson City, NY.

Patti holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has had the opportunity to interact with numerous talented writers, editors, composers, and playwrights and brings years of experience to the podium in several genres.

Her focus at our conference will be “Creative Nonfiction” and “Drama Sketches.”

5. Jeanette Windle – Lancaster, PA; find out what the components are of good fiction; do you think you have a manuscript that Kregel Publications  would like to buy?

Jeanette will present two workshops: “Candid Confessions of a Novice Novelist” and “Write an Eye-catching Proposal”

Jeanette Windle, best-selling fiction author

Jeanette Windle

As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. She has fifteen books in print, including bestselling CrossFire and Veiled Freedom, a finalist for both the 2010 Christian Book Award and 2010 Christy Award. Jeanette is also an acquisitions representative at writers conferences for Kregel Publications.

 Jeanette has a Bachelor of Theology and thirty years ministry experience in international missions, Bible teaching, women’s ministry, and children’s ministry.  She has spent twenty years in missions journalism and has fifteen novels in print. She’s also had ten years experience training and mentoring Christian writers in two languages (English, Spanish) on four continents. Besides all that, she has had ten years experience freelance editing in English and Spanish.


For more information, contact Marsha Hubler, coordinator of the conference at
(Web) www.marshahubler.com
(Writers Tips) www.marshahubler.wordpress.com
(Horse Facts Blog) www.mhubler.wordpress.com

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Welcome to the Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop Blog

Welcome writers of all genres.

This website will keep you informed of the past, present, and future events of the Susquehanna Valley Writers’ Workshop held every October at the Best Western/Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg, PA

The Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop started back in 2004 when a group of writers in the Susquehanna Valley in PA decided to have their own conference instead of traveling great distances to attend others. Since the first workshop with one faculty member and 33 in attendance in a library social room, the conference has moved to the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg, PA, and averages five on faculty and 60 conferees. Various genres are represented every year with paid private critiques, peer critique sessions, and workshops that challenge the conferees to hone their skills to the best of their ability.

Check the home page to see who is on faculty for our next conference planned for Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th, 2011.

Marsha Hubler – coordinator of the SVWW

Writers’ tips blog: www.marshahubler.wordpress.com

Horse facts website: www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com

Website: www.marshahubler.com


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Need Social Networking?

I never knew how important social networking is to a writer until I took a class (once a week for two hours) on the subject this past fall into the spring of this year. There’s so much to learn about integrating and connecting websites, blogsites, Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, and dozens of other sites that all help you sell yourself and your books.

We’re having a social network class at our next writers’ conference with a whiz of an instructor. It is scheduled for two days, and there is MUCH interest. Even a two-day hands-on workshop will only scratch the surface of what’s free and at your fingertips online to help you market yourself.

So if you’re interested at all in signing up for this workshop, don’t delay in registering. The class is filling up fast.

Marsha Hubler

(Website) www.marshahubler.com

(Writers’ Tips) www.marshahubler.wordpress.com

(Horse Facts) www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com


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