'Seinfeld' writer Peter Mehlman discusses challenges of media writing, reads at Bowers Writer's House Feb. 18

Elizabethtown College venud hosts additional writing workshops, lectures, readings

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ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (01/29/2013)(readMedia)-- "Seinfeld" writer and producer Peter Mehlman discusses the challenges of writing for two distinct media -- print and television -- during his talk at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Elizabethtown College's Bowers Writers House.

Mehlman who rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as "Yada Yada" "spongeworthy," "shrinkage" and "double-dipping," presents "Playing with Fire: Moving Between Print and Screen."

He also will read from his own work during "Beyond the Narrow World of Sports," at 8 p.m. in the College's Brinser Lecture Room. Both events are free, but reservations are required for the 4 p.m. talk.

In recent years, Mehlman has written screenplays, a novel and humor pieces for NPR, Esquire, The New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times, while also appearing on-camera for TNT Sports.

Bowers Writers House hosts a number of additional free events this winter. Space is limited; arrive at least 30 minutes early.

  • 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 -- Writing/Poetry Workshop with Daina Savage --The Lancaster (Pa.) Poet Laureate and founder of the Spoken Word Festival held annually in Lancaster, offers a poetry workshop for those interested in creative writing. Contact: Carmine Sarracino at sarracct@etown.edu or 717-361-1237
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31-- Daina Savage Poetry Reading -- Held in Brinser Lecture Room, Daina Savage will read from her original poetry. Contact: Carmine Sarracino at sarracct@etown.edu or 717-361-1237
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 – Reading with Jay Varner -- Pennsylvania native Jay Varner's memoir, "Nothing Left to Burn," is the story of a son's relationship with his father, a fire chief and local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist.
  • 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 – "Right Angles, Write Directions: Writing and Success in the Engineering Sciences" -- Scott Ganz of Data Tactics Corp. discusses the strong writing skills needed in the engineering world.
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 – "Powerful Science, Purposeful Language: My Journey Writing through the Worlds of Progress" -- Award-winning journalist Nancy Shute discusses current trends in science writing and significance of effective writing in the sciences
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 – "The Curious Reception History of Edward MacDowell" -- Dr. Douglas Bomberger discusses the effects of modernism, recording technology and composer Edward MacDowell.

Contact: Jesse Waters at writershouse@etown.edu or 717-689-3945

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Elizabethtown College, located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees. Through personal attention, creative inspiration and academic rigor, Elizabethtown College students are encouraged to expand their intellectual curiosity and are given the opportunity to become a bigger part of the world through experiential learning-research, internships and study abroad. Elizabethtown College's overall commitment to Educate for Service is fulfilled as students are prepared intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership.

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