Reminder: Oct 2 ArtDOG Event

Arts Day of GivingArtDOG is an 18-hour fundraising event through the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Parsec is eligible for some funds to match donations. Funds raised during on 10/2 will be channeled to the YA Lecture Series. The next YA lecture/writing workshop/book signing event will be held on Nov 15 at CMU. Please support Parsec in bringing favorite authors to teen readers and other fans along with instruction in YA writing for all ages.

Children’s book author Caroline Carlson has agreed to give the YA writing workshop on November 15 at CMU in the University Center. (Free parking in the East Campus Garage on Saturdays.)

Other plans for the day’s main lecture are still being worked on. You can help! Even a small donation will go a long way towards bringing outstanding guest speakers to Pittsburgh.

Parsec benefits from ArtDOG event Oct 2

Arts Day of Giving

On Thursday, October 2nd we will have the opportunity to help Parsec by donating between 6am and midnight. ArtDOG, or Arts Day of Giving, is enthusiastically sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Both organizations invite the public to make a monetary contribution with the added incentive that all donations up to $1,000 will be partially matched by The Heinz Endowments.

This is our moment to celebrate and thank the arts and culture oriented non-profits we cherish the most. Your commitment furthers the advantage of Pittsburgh as a home, industry backer and playground.

Whether your gift is large or small, dedicated to one organization or split between several, each and every donation is 100% tax deductible and partially matched – making your dollars go even further.

Last ArtDOG nearly $1.9 million was raised! What can we do together this year?

Book launch party Sept 23

Josh Bellin bookThe launch party for Parsec member Josh Bellin‘s debut novel, the Young Adult science fiction adventure Survival Colony 9, will be Tuesday, September 23 at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, from 6-7:30 pm. There will be books for sale and signing, cake and other delicacies, prizes, and fun! Here’s the link:

Josh Bellin Book Launch Party at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop

About the book:

Fast-paced and action packed, Survival Colony 9 paints a vivid, gritty landscape of a future world ravaged by war, where a small colony’s hopes for survival hinges on one teenage boy. Can he save himself? Can he save them all?

About Josh:

Joshua David Bellin is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Wesleyan University with a PhD. in English from University of Pennsylvania. He taught English and has published three books for college students, including one about monsters. Josh has his own popular blog, YA Guy and belongs to several YA author groups including OneForKidLit, The Fall Fourteeners and Darkly Delicious YA.

Survival Colony 9 already has fans that include fellow YA authors Margaret Peterson Haddix and Jonathan Mayberry who says: “Joshua David Bellin brings serious game in a post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!”

Young Adult Lecture Series Writing Workshop (Nov 15)

Caroline Carlson [Photo courtesy of Amy Rose Capetta]

Caroline Carlson (Photo courtesy of Amy Rose Capetta)

Caroline Carlson will run a writing workshop on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Danforth Lounge at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213.

The title of the workshop is Blueprints for Enchantment: Constructing a magical world for your fantasy novel. Advance registration is required (see link below) and a there is a $10 suggested donation.

Caroline Carlson is the author of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, a funny and fantastical series of novels for young readers. Her first book, Magic Marks the Spot,  was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children, and a Junior Library Guild selection. The Terror of the Southlands was published in 2014, and a third book in the series is forthcoming, all from HarperCollins. Caroline holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Pittsburgh with her husband.

Schedule of events:

11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Writing Workshop with Caroline Carlson in the Danforth Lounge in the University Center at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy. Advance registration required, free parking on weekends in CMU’s East Campus Garage.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, YA Author Lecture “Keeping it (Un)Real” with Nalo Hopkinson: Free lecture; McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L Cohon University Center, free parking on weekends in CMU’s East Campus Garage.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Book Signing in the Conan Room of the University Center. Books for the signing can be purchased in the CMU bookstore in the University Center or brought from home.

To register, click on the donate button below.

Register for the Caroline Carlson writing workshop and send in your donation by clicking the PayPal button:

Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is a Success

Alpha once again went swimmingly. In our 13th year now, guest authors were Rachel Swirsky, Tobias S Buckell, Tamora Pierce and Bruce Coville. They shared the love of writing with twenty teens from as far away as Shanghai, China and as close as Pittsburgh!

Our ten-person staff outdid themselves filling in a couple days during the ten-day workshop, which went so well we’ll be scheduling Alpha for eleven days next year. Two bookstore readings at Barnes and Noble in Greensburg were well populated (and Bill Keith showed up!). We won’t find out how the B&N Bookfair went for a month or so, but last year we made over $100 on it (for the scholarship fund).

We videotaped students and staff for a promotional video that’s being put together by the alpha-support team. We enjoyed sharing the UPG campus with a local band camp so much more than previous years where we were overrun with cheerleaders, oldsters and a military camp, but we’re still looking into alternative schools due to the increased rigid regulations necessary for any Pitt campus after the Pitt Main bomb threats of 2012. Twelve students sent out stories they wrote during Alpha at our mailing party and the students are now on a list where they can get free critiques from former Alphans. You can follow their publishing progress at the Alpha blog

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