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NPCA Conference in Chicago
Peace Corps Writers will hold a series of workshops at the National Peace Corps Association Conference hosted by the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (CAPCA). The dates of the conference are August 58, 2004.
Workshops titles are:
- Publishing Your Peace Corps Story (fiction or non-fiction)
- Careers in Publishing
- Peace Corps Prose: Literature from the Peace Corps
- Self-publishing with the new technology
If you are attending the conference, and wish to be considered for participation in one of these workshop panels, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Corps Writers will also have a table at the International Bazaar, and any writer who would like to sell and sign books at out table is welcome to do so. We will NOT do the selling for anyone. If you would like to avail yourself of this opportunity, please contact Marian Haley Beil at: email@example.com.
In all probability, there will be a bookstore at the conference that will handle books by Peace Corps writers from the larger publishing houses. We have not, however, heard any specifics from the NPCA or the Chicago RPCVs.
Writing course underway by Peace Corps Writers
Nine RPCVs are now on line in the first writing course offered by PeaceCorpsWriters.org. The class has RPCVs living across the continental U.S., and as far away as southern France and Hawaii. Once a week we gather for a live chat room to discuss the current lesson, ask and answer questions, and review what we have written. The ten week course will finish in May. For information on how the class is conducted check out our course Q & A.
Writers donate your Peace Corps book to the NPCA
Up until now there there has not existed a library of books written by RPCVs about their Peace Corps experience. Now the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) has announced that it will host such a collection in a special library in their Washington, D.C. office. Help build this library of Peace Corps experience books by RPCVs by sending a signed copy of your Peace Corps book to:
1900 L. Street NW, Suite 205
Washington, D.C. 20036
In This Issue
This issue is filled with some wonderful writing.
- New to our site in this issue is the first of a series of essays by RPCVs who came of age during the Vietnam War. Some of these RPCVs served both in the Peace Corps and in the army, others were in the diplomatic corps and assigned to Vietnam, while more than a few avoided the war by joining the Peace Corps. The first essay in the series is The Commander Wore Civies by Leo Cecchini (Ethiopia 196264).
- Our Letter from . . . was written just a few weeks ago by Melinda Porter (Gabon 198283.) Melinda lived in the town of Tchibnaga with Fisheries Volunteer Michael Pensak (Gabon 198283), a PCV friend who she has lost touch with after all these years.
- We interviewed Laurence Leamer (Nepal 196466) about his new book on the Kennedy Kids and we reviewed Larrys book.
- In A Writer Writes this issue we have two essays. One is written by Jac Conaway (St. Lucia 196163) entitled, I Returned about going back to St. Lucia after of the death of his sons mother. Jac writes, My sons mother died suddenly. I hadnt seen her for 22 years. It was strange to think of her dead or even to think of her as 44 years old. We were kids in so many ways. Now we are old and our son is my age.
A similar piece, Meditations on an Old Peace Corps Poem that Surfaces, in a Bar is by Tom Hebert (Nigeria 196264).
- Our Journals of Peace continue.
- We have four books reviews.
- Maybe our longest list ever of new books by RPCVs.
- A piece from our man in Romania, Andy Trincia (Romania 200204).
- And, of course, in Literary Type we have all the news we could find on what Peace Corps writers are writing, winning, or just doing.