Valley Writers Read

Valley Writers Read was a program that showcased readings by authors from the San Joaquin Valley, both professionals and amateurs. Longtime educator and author Franz Weinschenk hosted the show before his death in 2018. The program is no longer in production, but is still available through our web archive. 

  

Larry Warkentin brings us this week's story on Valley Writers Read.

"A Coat of Many Patches" is about a guy named Young Pete, who jumps on a freight train to go to Albuquerque so that he can find some work and send home some money to his struggling parents.

  

A really intriguing story awaits us on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Why I'm Calling 911" is about an elderly saleswoman who becomes a little too pesky.

We have another story from Bonnie Hearn Hill on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

In "If It Bleeds", a reporter named Corina Vasquez is assigned to cover the murder of the town's mayor. During her investigation, she uncovers many twists and turns that leave her and the audience guessing.

  

He have two science fiction stories by Howard Hendrix on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Our first story is titled, "The Son of the Sun". It is a myth about the possible origins and beginnings of man's trek on the planet earth.

Our second story, "The Self-Healing Sky" is about the possibilities of the endings of our society and who will come after us.

  

There are two fast-paced short stories on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Don Moody's "The Oklahoma Boys" is about two young men who build their own bi-plane and share in some adventures together.

Wayne Damron's "Bynum" is about a grandfather who has to overcome an encounter with a rattlesnake to retrieve his watch that was dropped under the porch.

  

Paul Hernandez brings us this weeks' story on Valley Writers Read.

In "The Reflection", a guy named Gordon is struck by lightning while trying to cross the street in a thunderstorm.

  

This week's story is by author Marilyn Larson.

In "My Stuga", a fourth grader named John tries to deal with the complexities of his strict and unapproachable parents.

  

There are two stories on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Our first story is by David Creighton and is titled, "War's Confluence". It asks whether or not children of people who fought on opposite sides in war can overcome certain prejudices and biases implanted in them.

And then, Gary Hill reads our second story, the magical fable "Hanna and the Magical Cucucaroo".

Bonnie Hearn Hill brings us this weeks story on Valley Writers Read.

In "Black Moon Lillith", a woman named Lily is abducted and enlisted in to a gang of professional shop lifters.   

  

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Barbara Link brings us a story called, "Yellow Airplane".

This story is about a girl named Dessie, who can't wait until she's old enough to fly her father's yellow Piper Cub all by herself.

We have a very touching story on this edition of Valley Writers Read. 

Charlotte Abram's "Everybody's Got Troubles" is about a woman named Maddie who is recovering from the loss of her husband Harry.

Local award-winning author Mark Arax is the author of this week's story on Valley Writers Read.

"The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman" is about a family of Triqui Indians from Oaxaca, Mexico, who are forced to deal with the death of their father and husband, Hilario.

Valley Writers Read's Franz Weinchenk brings us this weeks story.

In "60 Years of Teaching", Weinschenk discusses about his many years as an educator at Fresno City College.

This week's story is by author John Walke.

"Escaping Karachi" is about how a family dealt with the Great Partition of India following World War II.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Diane Miniel brings us a story called, "Mystery Spot", about a lonely girl and her time spent at the theme park Knott's Berry Farm.

On this week's edition of Valley Writers Read, Jim Benelli brings us a story called, "Spaghetti Farming in Kansas".

This story is a satire about a man named J. Nicholas Worthmore, who is one of the richest financiers in the country.

There are two stories on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Our first story is by Anne DaVigo and is titled, "Dog Day". It is about a man who runs away from his home in Illinois to Mexico because of public humiliation at the hands of his friend and business partner.

The second story, James Varner's "My 40 Ford Coupe", is a memoir about his many adventures in the family car.

We have two stories for you on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

Our first story was written by Earlene Holguin and is titled, "The North Fork Caper". It describes how the police-with the help of a Rottweiler-apprehended a shifty and dangerous criminal.

And in our second story, Janice Stevens reminds us of the natural beauty of Yosemite with "Yosemite: Spiritual Renewal".

There are two stories on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read.

Terry Phillip's "Cortini's Quandary" is about a middle-aged man's unique response to losing his long, thick locks of hair.

John Gruberg's "The Number 1 Woman" is about the tennis scene in Fresno's Roeding Park.

Two more stories are featured on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

C.B. Mosher's "Sasquatch Journal" is about a man who gives up life in the big city for a home in the country, only to have problems with a wild animal.

In the second story, "The Boy Who Vanished", author Dolores Levy describes the shock and grief a mother experiences when two military men come to her door and inform her about her son.

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