Aug 22nd, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, ArtsQuest

Bethlehem, PA –A new program for Lehigh Valley writers and those interested in the literary arts will be launched by ArtsQuest in September.  “The Writers’ Salon” will be held two Tuesdays a month in the Yee Family Connect Zone of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Writers’ Salon events are free and open to all those interested in the literary arts.  Debuting Sept. 11, the format for the first Tuesday of the month will be a “roundtable discussion” where writers and those interested in writing may discuss current projects, writing elements, and share inspirations and challenges. The second Tuesday, Sept. 25, will be a performance format and offer an open mic for attendees to read passages from their current works, such as short stories, poems or songs they may be writing. Future dates will feature lectures by published authors, workshops and special events.

“ArtsQuest is proud to add the literary arts to our menu of offerings,” said ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks.  “This project will provide an opportunity for local writers and those aspiring to write to come together on a regular basis and form a new community.”

The salons will be in the tradition of the famous French and American salons that formed in the 1920s-1950s, where famous writers would regularly meet for roundtable discussions.  One of the more famous salons was formed by American writer Dorothy Parker.  Starting in 1919, “The Round Table” met weekly for more than 10 years at the landmark Algonquin Hotel in New York City and was attended by famous writers, critics and actors such as George S. Kaufman, Robert Sherwood, Margaret Leech and Harpo Marx.

The Writers’ Salons will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. and are coordinated by Sharon McCarthy, local writer and owner of Surge Communications, a local public relations company. For more information, call 484-707-3282 or visit



Mark Demko, ArtsQuest

610-332-1342 or gro.tseuqstranull@okmedm

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