The Cape Cod Writers Center is delighted to announce that B.A. Shapiro, award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and The Muralist, a national bestseller will keynote the 2017 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference.  She will speak during the luncheon on Saturday, August 5th at the conference site, the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

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Without light nothing can be seen. And with it, still so much is unobserved.”
B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger


A Timely Writers Night Out, February 15, 2017

by Artistic Director on February 19, 2017

Procrastination and distraction are prime obstacles to a writer’s efficient use of time.

That was the consensus of the twenty eight authors who attended the lively Wednesday evening February 15 CCWC’s Writers  Night Out at the Sandwich Public Library.


The evening began with Executive Director, Nancy Rubin Stuart’s, explanation of how to best utilize writing time using the G.R.O.W.L. technique

G= Goals  R = Respect for your work k O_ Off-line and off-phone   W — Write at Your Peak Energy and L= Let Things Go Momentarily.

Barbara Struna, CCWC president of the board, also offered her own suggestions, including establishing a set time for writing a section of a book or article, creating a self-imposed deadline experience and the disciplined use of social media.

Members of the audience then volunteered their own time-management problems and offered tips they found useful, among them the importance of hourly stretches, regular exercise, notebooks, and alerting family members to their need for uninterrupted time.


     The lesson? Time management is nearly as important as writing that perfect paragraph.


February 15, 2017 CCWC’s Writers Night Out   TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR WRITERS

6-8 p.m. Sandwich Public Library
Main Street, Sandwich, MA. 02563

Finding quality time to write is always a challenge.

That’s why you’re invited to attend the February 15, 2017 CCWC’s Writers Night Out to learn tips and tricks about finding that time and using it productively.

Discover the G.R.O.W.L. technique and bring your own tips to share with fellow authors.

Networking and Refreshments 6-6:45 p.m
Presentations 6:34-7:45 p.m.

RSVP to with subject heading “WNO February 15, 2017.” Walk-ins are welcome.

Member Donation: $5.00 Nonmembers $10.00

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 David Litwack With this month’s release of The Light of Reason, the entire Seekers trilogy is now available in audio, thanks to my wonderful narrator, Erin deWard. David Litwack Author Page

 Kathy Aspden was at Titcomb Bookshop for a popular author discussion and book signing event this past Saturday, January 28th at 2-3 pm. for her latest book, Baklava, Biscotti and an Irishman. Kathy Aspden

Gene Jones Author Gene Jones has merged poetry with fascinating backstories in his new book Younger & Wiser, A Collection of Backstory Poetry and Inspirational Prose. This unique book combines storytelling, poetry, philosophy and spirituality with insightful self-help wisdom.
Kirkus Reviews says about Younger & Wiser: “…free verse poems that are intimate, philosophical and replete with existential wisdom.”     Younger & Wiser


Gustaf Berger just released his novel, Death Postponed. It is available on Amazon as paperbook and ebook. Death Postponed

Sandra Bolton, author of Explore Contemporary Marstons Mills, Cape Cod and Cape Cod Brewery host a Valentine special:  A BOOK AND A BREW book signing February 9, 12-2:00 pm. A perfect pairing for your Valentine – an autographed book and a 22oz. bottle of Cranberry Harvest Ale. Gift wrapped $32.  Bolton will also give a presentation and book signing at Barnstable Senior Center March 1, 2017, 11:30am.

Jim Coogan will be taping an interview with Books and the World on February 24th about his new novel, Sears Point.  He is also going to be featured with Mindy Todd on WCAI Cape and Islands public radio at a date to be announced in February.  He’ll be speaking about his book during an open forum at the Chase Library in West Harwich on Tuesday, February 21st at 2:00 p.m.  Jim Coogan

Lorri Ann Devlin RN BSN MS author of Cape Cod Critters is writing a new book,  “The Reluctant Medium.”  Intuition and its place in modern culture is examined through research, interviews and personal experience.  If you have intuition or an experience you’d like to share, please email Lorri at

Joan Graham recently finished copyediting the just-published book, The Norton Brennan Family: Dreamers, Adventurers, Builders, by member Mary Norton and her sister, Helen White. Contact Joan at for a free consultation to discuss how she might help you with your manuscript.

Debi Graham-Leard will begin narrating her debut mystery The Uninvited Guest in late January, using the recording equipment at the Norton Media Center, her local cable access office. They permit the free use of their studio to all Norton residents, and will handle the post-recording details. An exciting new venture indeed!  Debi Graham-Leard Author Page

 Trisha Leaver has been chosen as one of two guest faculty members to present at the Ireland Writing Tour’s 2017 Summer Retreat. ( The writing retreat/conference entitled WRITING A NOVEL THAT SELLS, is a week-long event that includes small, tailored writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring for all participants, partial manuscript critiques, and tours of some of the most scenic places in Ireland. Trisha Leaver Author Page

 Debbie McNaughton short story, Life Changes has been for selected for publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness. Release date 2/7/17.  Debbie will be signing books Friday February 17th at Consigning Women in Harwich.

Paula Norton’s new book, Sweet Dreams, Sweet Death is the first in a series of Amy Lynch investigations. Date of publication is January 9, 2017.

Barbara Eppich Struna was interviewed for  The Writing Life Blog

 Rick Shakalis recently published his second novel, Broken In Boston, which is a sequel to his first one, The Shoemaker’s Castle. Broken In Boston

Hugh Blair-Smith will do a read-sign-sell session for Left Brains for the Right Stuff at Sturgis Library, with a miniature slide show, on Saturday Feb 11, 10:30 to noon. Hugh Blair-Smith Author Page


Wednesday, January 18 was indeed a dark and gloomy night, but that didn’t stop the twenty-six members of the Cape Cod Writers Center from appearing at the Dennis Port Public Library for Writers Night Out. After networking, food and drink, the ten writers who had reserved space for the event read from their work for five minutes.  After each reading, the audience offered constructive comments, suggestions and praise.

With appreciation to our readers and audience who made January 18 an exciting and productive event!

We look forward to seeing you for our next Writers Night Out on Wednesday, February 15 at the Sandwich Public Library from 6-8 p.m.


In Memoriam, Former CCWC President Shirley Eastman 1931-2016

by Artistic Director on January 3, 2017

Shirley Lou Miller Eastman of Cotuit passed away on November 1,  2016 at Harbor Point in Centerville.  Mrs. Eastman was a former president of the Cape Cod Writers Center and frequently interviewed authors for the  Center’s television series, Books and the World.

She is survived by her husband, Jim, their three children and four grandchildren. The family asks that memorial donations be sent to the Massachusetts SPCA  Capital Campaign at 157i7 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA  02632 or to the Cape Cod Writers Center, P.O. box 408, Osterville, MA  02655.




Join your friends from the Cape Cod Writers’ Center on Wednesday, January 18th for our Writers’ Night Out at the Dennis Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennisport, MA.  6:00 -8:00 p.m. 

Eight to ten lucky members will read from their writing for 5 minutes and hear 3 minutes of constructive comments from the audience.  To read, please email as soon as possible. First come, first serve, but there’s a waiting list in case of cancellation.

 Even if you don’t read, we hope you’ll come to this meeting It’s a great way support and share your thoughts with your fellow writers – and obtain new insights and inspiration! 


 To attend, please RSVP to  and write “WNO January 18 ” in the subject heading.  Not sure? Last-minute participants are also welcome. 

 If you’d like to contribute an  appetizer or dessert, please email Be sure to write “WNO Food” in the subject line. Our Hospitality Coordinator will reply soon.  With thanks for your contribution!  

Suggested Donation for Members:  $5.00     Non-Members:  $10.00 


Forty-five writers turned out for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Holiday Bash from 6-8 p.m. on December 7, 2016 Writers Night Out at the Osterville Village Library.   The celebration began with seasonal refreshments, social networking and a large display of books published by  Cape Cod Writers Center’ members.

At 7:00 p.m. members were treated to an inspiring talk by social media expert Kelly Ahern, accompanied by information sheets and followed by a lively Question and Answer session.


All and all it was a great evening.  Happy holidays to everyone!



Tips on Publishing

by barbara struna on December 5, 2016


Great article from Cape Cod Times on publishing your manuscript from members Kevin Symmons and Barbara Eppich Struna, along with Katie O’Sullivan, Kathryn Knight, Sally Cabot Gunning, and Ira Wood.

November Member News

by barbara struna on November 11, 2016

Ray Anderson’s latest AWOL Thriller, Sierra is selling out and garnering rave reviews. Available at independant bookstores, B&N, and online.


Anita A. Caruso will be selling her books: A memoir, As Ever, Pudd; two children’s books, Brayden’s Magical Jungle and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse at the 30th Annual Cape Cod Tech Holiday Craft Fair, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich, Ma. on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th from 10am to 4pm.


Anita A. Caruso and Barbara Eppich Struna The Old Cape Series will be selling their books at the 22nd Annual Arts Fair Upper Cape Tech, Buzzards Bay on Sat.& Sun.- Nov. 19 & 20, 10am -3:30pm and Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club, West Dennis Graded School House, 67 School Street on Saturday,November 26th from 9:30am-4pm.


Jim Coogan will be launching his first novel, Sears Point, at the Brewster Book Store on Saturday November 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The 234 page story centers on a character who lives through a century of change in Brewster.  During his life time Washington Foster Sears experiences the transition of his small and rural Cape Cod town, the kind of community featured in the many novels by Joseph C. Lincoln, to the growth-related challenges that have affected the peninsula in our own time.  Featuring universal themes relating to change and aging, Sears Point is a Cape Cod story for Cape Cod people written by a person who has lived here for seven decades.  Sears Point is Coogan’s 10th book and is published by Harvest Home Books.

Debi Graham-Leard was acknowledged as one of this year’s Debut Authors at the Sisters in Crime annual conference Crime Bake in Dedham on Friday, November 11, 2016. Debi’s first mystery is titled The Uninvited Guest.


Melanie P. Merriman, PhD has launched a new website ( in connection with her recently completed memoir Holding the Net: Caring for Mom on the Tightrope of Aging. Both the website and the book address the growing issue of adult children parenting their aging parents, and both offer information and validation. The central message is that uncertainty and confusion are normal when caring for aging parents, even for the author who is a recognized expert in quality of care at the end of life.