Award-Winning Author Laurel McHargue to Present Novel Writing Workshop

Author/podcast host Laurel McHargue

My goals are to eliminate the fear of tackling such an important project and to empower storytellers at every stage of their writing development…

SALIDA, Colo. (PRWEB) January 15, 2020
On Saturday, February 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., award-winning author Laurel McHargue of Chaffee County Writers Exchange will present a writing workshop on creating a publishable novel.
“My goals are to eliminate the fear of tackling such an important project and to empower storytellers at every stage of their writing development,” said McHargue.
McHargue will guide participants through every aspect of creating a publishable novel/novella—from the initial generation of a fertile idea to the nitty-gritty details of populating the metadata. “I’ve produced and published many times, and will help simplify the process for participants,” she said.
After this full-day workshop, participants will know how to:
Generate novel ideas
Understand novel length and genre specification
Organize chapters
Develop story arcs
Develop characters
Research methods for characters and plot
Select Metadata and acquire ISBNs and PCNs
“It will be an action-packed day with time to mingle over a potluck lunch,” said McHargue. Participants are reminded to being something to share with all.
“Bring your laptop, paper and pen, and any work in progress,” she said, “and if you’re not quite there yet, bring an open mind! I’ll fill it!”
EVENT REGISTRATION: $60 for Non-Members; $40 for CCWE Members. Visit for registration forms and membership information. Please mail your check soon, as seating is limited, to: Chaffee County Writers Exchange, P.O. Box 245, Buena Vista, CO 81211.
Award-winning author Laurel McHargue, a 1983 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, was raised in Massachusetts, and somehow found her way to the breathtaking elevation of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where she created Waterwight—her fantasy adventure trilogy—and several other publications. Laurel writes in many genres and hosts the podcast Alligator Preserves in which she tells stories and discusses the human condition. She also has been known to act.

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Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands Wins Emerging Destination Award as Top 30 Place to Travel in 2020

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands

“A landscape so beautiful that it inspired two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, today the Laurel Highlands beckon with luxury resorts offering prime ski slope access and cozy woodland accommodations perfect for cuddling up next to a cup of coffee and a book.”

LIGONIER, Pa. (PRWEB) November 05, 2019
Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands has been voted one of the top 30 emerging travel destinations on the planet for 2020. The annual awards honoring trending destinations were published this morning on the site, which promotes emerging destinations around the world as a solution to overtourism.
The article with the full list of winners can be found here.
Winners were selected after voting by 30 of the most popular travel bloggers in the industry, who collectively sport more than 12 million followers on social media.
The Laurel Highlands region was nominated for the award by The Pennsylvania Tourism Office/Visit PA.
“We are incredibly happy Travel Lemming has selected the Laurel Highlands as one of the top travel destinations in the world for their 2020 Emerging Destination Awards,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary, Marketing, Tourism, & Film, PA Department of Community & Economic Development.
She continued: “With 3,000 square miles of breathtaking natural scenery, the newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage site Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Flight 93 National Memorial, adventure at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and the tremendous oasis Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, it is no surprise the Laurel Highlands made the list. The nearly eight million who visit the region annually agree with Travel Lemming. It’s time to move the Laurel Highlands to the top of your bucket-list while pursuing your happiness in Pennsylvania!”
The article explains the selection of the Laurel Highlands as follows: “Who would have thought that one of the best nature destinations in the United States was just an hour outside of Pittsburgh? A landscape so beautiful that it inspired two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, today the Laurel Highlands beckon with luxury resorts offering prime ski slope access and cozy woodland accommodations perfect for cuddling up next to a cup of coffee and a book. You’ll find plenty to get the adrenaline flowing in the summer too – from whitewater rafting to rock climbing to hiking, the possibilities for adventures are endless in the Laurel Highlands.”
“Another overlooked destination in the Eastern US that’s home to incredible architecture, nature, and cultural sites that makes for the perfect escape at one of their luxury resorts and an amazing road trip,” said Megan Indoe, one of the judges and the travel blogger behind Bobo & ChiChi.
Travel Lemming also invites readers to cast online votes for their favorite destination, with winners on each continent being crowned with the annual Readers’ Choice Award. Voting is open through December 5.
Travel Lemming is a travel blog founded by Nate Hake, an American who has been traveling the world full-time since 2016. The site’s mission is to help highlight emerging and underappreciated destinations as a way to fight overtourism.
About Pennsylvania’s Laurel HighlandsA magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located an hour east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater®, Kentuck Knob, Mäntylä and Duncan House – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park and more.
Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91 and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at, calling 724.238.5661, and Established in 1958, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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RLS Logistics Showcases Company’s New Office in Mount Laurel, NJ

RLS Logistics, an industry-leading third-party logistics provider (3PL), hosted an open house and lunch on Friday, October 25th. The event showcased the company’s new office, located in Mount Laurel, NJ. This new location will enable RLS to double its Freight Brokerage business unit and house its Business Development and Marketing Team.(PRWeb October 30, 2019)Read the full story at

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital With the Aid of Local Businesses to Bring Explosives Detector Dog to Community

Specialized K-9 would be first for South Jersey town’s force.
Press Release – updated: Oct 16, 2019 13:43 EDT

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., October 16, 2019 ( – Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, 220 Mount Laurel Road, has partnered with the Mount Laurel Police Department to expand the force’s police dog unit.
Currently, the Mount Laurel Police Department has two K9s trained as police service and narcotics detector dogs, assisting with and locating missing persons, as well as those attempting to evade apprehension. These dogs also are trained to find illegal narcotics and keep the town’s eight public schools drug-free, as well as to protect officers and the public.
Mount Laurel Animal Hospital has created a fundraiser for the purchase, training and associated expenses to add an explosives detector dog, the first for the township police, to the force. The dog will be used to respond to threats within the Mount Laurel community and at its schools, as well as in other municipalities working with the Mount Laurel Police Department. The increased canine presence also will provide the department with the ability to conduct random, and as needed, searches of area schools for firearms and explosives.
Dr. Robert Mankowski, co-owner and veterinarian at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital says, “We are honored to play our part in keeping the Mount Laurel Police Department K-9s safe and healthy as they work each day to protect our neighborhoods, schools and surrounding communities. In discussions with the K-9 Officers, we felt compelled to step up and help to bring the first bomb dog (explosives detector dog) to Mount Laurel.” Mankowski continues, “We are asking that local businesses and community members join us and rally around this amazing cause by donating. Given the nature of local businesses and corporations in Mount Laurel, Moorestown and neighboring towns, having this asset as part of our community would be such an amazing benefit on every level!”
Businesses such as Kerbeck Automotive and Lockheed Martin are helping support the mission of expediting the process of bringing an explosives detector dog to the community by donating to the project. Members of the community are encouraged to contribute through the project’s GoFundMe page,
The Mount Laurel Police canine unit trains to the highest standard and certifies with the United States Police Canine Association, the largest and oldest canine organization in America. Most recent, Corporal Christopher O’Prandy and K-9 Gunner participated in the USPCA National Detector Dog championship in Albany, NY, where 100 of the top detector dogs in the nation came together for training, certification, and competition. Corporal O’Prandy and K-9 Gunner were recognized as one of the top dogs in the nation and in-room search portion of the competition finished in 1st place with the fastest time.
For sponsorship information, please contact Dr. Robert Mankowski at or 856-234-7626.
Source: Mount Laurel Animal Hospital