Monday, March 23, 2020

Cancellation of group meetings due to COVID-19


Unfortunately, the Hellenic Writer's Group of Washington DC has had to cancel its scheduled meeting and presentation on March 28, 2020 at the Hellenic Center in Bethesda, MD due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The speaker, Dr. Mary Pittas-Herscbach who was to give a presentation on works by the Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, will give the talk at a later date.


The COVID-19 virus has reached Montgomery County, MD where hundreds have been exposed to it.
As a result of the COVID-19, the Hellenic Center is closed.

Because there is no vaccine or therapeutic drug at this time for the virus, the only way to fight the disease is through prevention - like staying at home and washing hands.

All upcoming HWGW meetings (April, May, June) will be cancelled until further notice.

Stay Safe!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Marina Theodosiu-Hall Presentation on Poet Kiki Dimoula

Marina Theodosiu-Hall's Presentation on Kiki Dimoula at the Hellenic Center, Dec. 14, 2019



Introduction and Marina Hall's Bio by Patty Apostolides, Director of the Hellenic Writers' Group


Marina Theodosiu-Hall was born in Athens Greece.
She graduated from the Franco-Hellenic Ursuline academy in Neo Psychico Athens, then left for the United States having obtained a full scholarship to study abroad.
This was followed with studies in French literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne Paris France, with Cornelius Castoriadis as mentor and lecturer.

There was a period of collaboration with Kimon Friar in translating works of Yiannis Ritsos and Odysseas Elytis, as well as with professor Thanasis Maskaleris,
 director of the newly established Kazantzakis chair at San Francisco State University. 

She did many years of research and text evaluation regarding the Pre-Socratic thinkers, with special focus on Heraclitus and the sense of time. She participated in a study paralleling the past in juxtaposition to the present. Part of this study is contained in the paper: "The Diachronic Singularity of the Greek Character” (Athens, International Congress of Philosophy, 2013).

She is the founder and member of the philosophical forum ”Anti-thesis,” in Maryland since 1993.

Her free time is devoted to writing poems, which have been occasionally presented and recited at the Federal Poets Society in the Washington area, and different venues in Greece.








Marina Theodosiu Hall speaking about the Greek Poet Kiki Dimoula





Marina Theodosiu Hall answering questions





Audience at the presentation


Information about Kiki Dimoula and her poems:


Friday, November 22, 2019

Upcoming Presentation by Marina Hall

Hellenic Writers’ Group of Washington DC
Presents

Marina Theodosiu-Hall



The Aesthetic and Symbolic Aspects in the Poetry of Kiki Dimoula (In English)








Mrs. Hall studied French literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne Paris, France, with Cornelius Castoriadis as mentor and lecturer. She also collaborated with Kimon Friar in translating works of Yiannis Ritsos and Odysseas Elytis, as well as with professor Thanasis Maskaleris, director of the Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University.  She is founder and member of the philosophical forum ”Anti-thesis,” in Maryland since 1993.  www.Anti-thesis.org


Saturday, December 14, 2019

4PM

Refreshments Available

Hellenic Center, 6506 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Article Writing




The Hellenic Writers' Group of Washington DC was honored to have Dr. Diane Helentjaris speak once more with our group. 

She explored the details involved in article writing; how to submit articles and photographs to online journals, how to obtain photographs, how to research for topics, etc.


 
Dr. Helentjaris giving her talk in an informal group meeting







Dr. Helentjaris




Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Light and Shadows Book Talk by Karen Batshaw Sep 2019




Hellenic Writers' Group of Washington DC was delighted to have Karen Batshaw return to our group and talk about her new historical novel

 Light and Shadows 



Anthropologist and social worker Karen Batshaw presents her new book of historical fiction Light and Shadows which takes place in Greece during the 20th century.  Her discussion includes researching the 1922 burning of Smyrna and the Bulgarian Occupation of Greece during World War II, and the unique challenges she experienced in creating her characters.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
4pm

Hellenic Center
6506 Bells Mill Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817




Karen Batshaw speaking about the burning of Smyrna September 1922







Well researched presentation on Smyrna and Bulgaria





Booksigning of Light and Shadows by the author






Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dr. Diane Helentjaris presentation

The Hellenic Writers' Group of Washington DC was privileged to have Dr. Diane Helentjaris, a retired physician and public health administrator, speak about her creative nonfiction articles and photography. She shared with the group an essay titled "Cousins" and displayed photographs as she explained the path to writing nonfiction articles and submitting to magazines.



 Dr. Diane Helentjaris presentation






Audience at Dr. Helentjaris's talk

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

In My Grandmother's Footsteps



We are delighted that an active member of our writers' group 
Calliopi Toufidou presented her newly released children's book In My Grandmother's Footsteps on March 23, 2019 at 3:30PM at the 
Hellenic Center, 6506 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817. 



After the introduction by Patty Apostolides, director of the Hellenic Writers' Group, Ms. Toufidou spoke about her writing and recited a poem from her book about the love of a grandmother for her grandson.


                                       
                                         Calliopi Toufidou presenting her book.









Booksigning after the presentation.