The year of the novel

January 17, 2012 – Thanks to a good friend passing along information about a writing class at the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center in Perkasie, Pa., I’ve decided to enroll and attempt to write a novel this year.

The class “Write a Novel in a Year” meets the last Saturday of each month in 2012 with author and editor Anita Nolan, and takes participants through the novel-writing and editing process. Not only am I excited about the class, which begins on Jan. 28, I’m happy to discover the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center and all that it offers. The workshops and classes are reasonably priced, compelling, and close to home in historical Bucks County.

Buck, who was born in Virginia in 1892, is a writer and humanitarian perhaps best known for her novel “The Good Earth”, which earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. The novel focuses on family life in a poor Chinese village prior to World War II, and it began Buck’s love affair with China and its people, where she lived for much of her adult life before coming back to America and settling in Bucks County for the remainder of her life.

It will be great to be back in fiction mode, and I hope I can keep up.

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