Last Day to Register Without a Late Fee!

by web editor on July 21, 2016

2016 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference: 

LAST DAY

to register without a late fee!

Don’t delay; register for the 54th annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 4-7 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. Workshop and class topics include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, children’s and young adult writing, memoir, graphic novels, pitches and queries, blogging and social media, marketing, and more! Classes are filling and excitement is growing as we look forward to a conference filled with inspiration, learning, networking, and fun. The final day of regular registration is today, Friday, July 22nd. After that, a $20 late fee will be applied to all transactions.brochure cover 2016
 If you have not yet registered, hurry and save yourself $20! Reserve space in your chosen workshops; sign up for a manuscript evaluation with an agent, editor, or faculty mentor; mark your calendar for the keynote address and luncheon on Saturday, August 6th; and check out the Agent Quick Query, new this year and filling up fast!

 

The conference brochure is available on the Cape Cod Writers Center website. You can register online, mail in your registration, or register by phone.

 

Click here to view the brochure or register online.

 

See you in Hyannis!

Member News for July

by web editor on July 18, 2016

Our hardworking members are busy as ever! Check out their latest triumphs below:

Hugh Blair-Smith gave a presentation on Left Brains for the Right Stuff to the MIT Club of Cape Cod on June 22 and sold all of the 12 copies he had that day. The July issue of Cape Cod Magazine lists the book with a favorable comment in their “Beach Reading” feature – Hugh’s advice is, don’t try to read it all in one sunny beach day!

Anita A. Caruso and Barbara E. Struna will be at the Market Street Book Store at Mashpee Commons on Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday July 24th  from 2-6pm selling their books, including Anita’s Brayden’s Magical Jungle and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse. In addition, a children’s author panel consisting of Anita A. Caruso, Shirley Vogel, and Katie O’Sullivan will be at the West Dennis Library, Route 28 on Wednesday, August 17th from 1-3pm talking about writing and publishing children’s books.

Rick Cochran, author of Wellfleet Tales and Wellfleet Tales II – Confessions of a Wash-Ashore shared the stage at Wellfleet Preservation Hall with Robert Finch on Sunday night, July 17th.  The authors read from their story collections and discussed their work with the Wellfleet audience.

Author TP Keane’s debut novel, The Paladins of Naretia, an epic fantasy novel, is a semi-finalist in the Official Kindle Book Awards for 2016. Why not check out her book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Paladins-Naretia-Book-one-ebook/dp/B01AYC44ZU/ or check out her website for more details? Home

Carol Malaquias, author of Kissing A Fish: Memoirs of a Fisherman’s Sonwill be signing her story of her husband’s Provincetown childhood this Thursday, July 21st at the Yellow Umbrella in Chatham from 11 am to 1 pm.

Steven P. Marini will be on the “It’s a Mystery to Me” panel on how to write mystery novels, at the West Dennis Free Library, 260 Main Street, West Dennis, MA 02670 on Wednesday, August 24, at 1 PM. Along with Steve, panelists will be: Sharon Healy-Yang and Coralie H. Jensen.

Author Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, author of Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing wins 3 book awards: 6/2015 International Book Awards– Winner in Health: Women’s Health: Book of the Year http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2015awardannouncement.html; 4/ 2015 IPPY Book Awards Independent Publisher Book Awards Results National Medalists 53. HEALTH / MEDICINE /http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1936; and 2016 Nautilus Book Award. Nautilus Book Awards- Silver- Category 12 HEALTH &HEALING / WHOLENESS&VITALITY http://www.nautilusbookawards.com/uploads/AWARD_WINNERS_4-20-16.pdf.

Janet Purcell’s third novel, Rooster Street, will launch July 31.  Published by Sunpenny Publishing Group, UK & Spain, it joins Singer Lane and The Long Way Home.  All three are set on Cape Cod and, though not a trilogy, many of the same characters are included in all three.

Barbara Eppich Struna is back on Cape Cod after a whirlwind trip to New York City where she was a presenter on a panel at the International Thriller Writers Thrillerfest. On July 20 at 1:00 p.m., she will also take part on another panel at the West Dennis Library on Writer Groups. Lastly, she’ll be at an author fair on July 23, 24, from 2–6 p.m. at Market Street Books, Mashpee Commons. Barbara’s Blog

Current CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page in August. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, August 12. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

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Attention Writers Ages 12-17!

There’s Still Time for You to Register for the CCWC’s Writing Classes, August 1-5, 2016

The Cape Cod Writers Center is still accepting applications from talented writers from ages 12-18 to participate in our annual Young Writers Workshop. This five-day workshop, held from August 1-5 at Sturgis East High School in Hyannis, offers three-hour morning sessions for young writers from Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. A trio of prominent author-teachers work with  students to improve their literary skills in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This year’s faculty are novelist K. R. Conway, poet John Bonanni, and journalist Mary Richmond.

The Young Writers Workshop, now in its third decade, offers students the opportunity to meet and form friendships with others writers from area schools, as well as receive individual help and advice from published authors in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.

 

The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, July 18!  Students will be notified of their acceptance during the week of  July 18. There is no charge to apply; the only cost is a $75 registration fee payable on acceptance. Scholarships are available to those whose families are unable to pay.

Go to http://capecodwriterscenter.org/events/young-writers-workshops/ to download your application!

Check out the stunning book trailer for Arlene Kay’s newest mystery novel, Swann Songs, below!

 

Marriage can be murder . . .

For new bride Eja Kane-Swann, revenge is both sweet and deadly. When Gabriel Mann, the ex-husband who kicked her to the curb, begs for help, Eja laughs in his face. Gabriel is involved in a nasty literary spat with a competitor for tenure, and charges of sexism may derail Gabriel’s career. Expect murder, misdirection and a pinch of glamour as that dazzling duo, Eja and Deming, explore complex motives, political correctness, and academic angst in the rarified air of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This time, Eja’s campaign for justice just might be the death of her.

 

Purchase the book on Amazon here, or look for it in your local Cape Cod bookstores!

Member News for June

by web editor on June 10, 2016

Check out the latest successes and triumphs from our hardworking members:

Writing as a Retail Business – A Guide in E-Book or Print – a new book for writers and authors by Sharon D. Anderson, Ph.D. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GS22RHC

Gustaf Berger has had two short stories accepted: “Breaking Stride” will be published online by Blacktop Passages and “Dear Dr. Kevorkian,” a black comedy, will appear in the journal Inwood Indiana Press.

Hugh Blair-Smith was interviewed on a 90-minute Internet radio program, The Space Show, on May 22. Host David Livingston, “Dr. Space” on the show, invited listeners to call or email in during the show, and about half a dozen did, presenting lively challenges. Details at http://www.thespaceshow.com/show/22-may-2016/broadcast-2706-hugh-blair-smith

Published author and produced screenwriter Sandra Bolton was interviewed on cable TV show Books and the World with Bob Silverberg. Her short screenplay is to be entered in film festivals 2016-2017. The Barnstable Patriot featured a full page interview written by Ellen Chahey on Bolton’s book Explore Contemporary Marstons Mills, Cape CodThe Cape Cod Times also included the cover in its Cape Cod authors section. The upcoming Tour De Force Marstons Mills Event includes an original play, Birth Of The Marstons Mills Library, written, produced, and directed by Bolton.

Anita A. Caruso will talk about her two children’s books, Brayden’s Magical Jungle and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse, on Monday evening, June 13th at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, Ma. from 7-8:30PM. She will also be selling both books and her memoir, As Ever, Pudd, at the Hyannis Harbor Arts Shanties, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, Ma. on Fri, Sat. and Sun, June 17, 18 and 19. from 10am to 8PM.

Stepping Stones to Spiritual Freedom: True Stories Show the Way, written by Janet Doane of the Osterville writers’ group, will be on Kindle and Amazon print by mid-June.

TP Keane will be attending the New England Author Expo on July 27th 2016 at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923. The expo will be featured on TP Keane’s blog, Books and Authors, http://tpkeaneblog.blogspot.com/ and is a wonderful opportunity for authors and publicists of New England. She will be spilling all on the event and interviewing authors who attend to be featured on her blog.

Thomas D. Kersting is writing a historical novel set during the great famine in Ireland in 1845-’46. He is traveling to Ireland in September to complete his field research for the book. Tom is a commentator on Pawling Public Radio, WPWL, 103.7 FM in Pawling, New York. His blog is at thomasdkersting.com.

Kathleen Kirsch will be critiqued and filmed by Writers’ Infusion in Portland, ME on June 11th.  A panel will critique an excerpt from her work-in-progress, a novella entitled You Don’t Say.

David Litwack has  just released the audio book version of The Children of Darkness, Book One in The Seekers trilogy. You can listen to a sample from his wonderful narrator, Erin Deward, here: http://amzn.to/1WQXdIj.

A book launch and celebration of Kissing a Fish: Memoirs of a Fisherman’s Son by Carol Malaquias will take place Saturday, June 18th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room of the beautiful Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial Street. There will be yummy food, a dramatic reading, and the book available for purchase. www.kissingafish.com

Judith Manchester will be signing her new novel, Sisters of the Stone, at the Books by the Sea bookstore on Main Street in Osterville, June 17, from 3 to 5 in the afternoon.  For her upcoming author book talks, check her website. www.judithmanchester.com.

Bob Surrette has two articles published in Prime Time Magazine available now for free in major grocery stores and elsewhere. Bob can be reached at RJSurrette@GMail.Com.

Current CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the second Friday in July. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Thursday, July 7th. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

Twenty eight participants at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Breakfast with the Authors applauded enthusiastically for the three speakers who spoke about their books on Friday, June 3 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

The first, Deborah Swiss, described the remarkable story and the historical truths of the women who were forced to emigrate from Britain to “down under” in her dramatic nonfiction book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women.

 

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She was followed by CCWC member Steve Marini, whose latest book, Schmuel’s Journey, features the story of a youthful prisoner at Auschwitz during World War II who is renamed Sam Miller after emigrating to the United States and must confront a demon from his past.

 

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The third speaker, Elena Debanco, a writing teacher and daughter of the famed cellist Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, captivated the audience with her debut nobel The Silver Swan, about the world of classical music and the fate of a great Stradivarius cello.

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It was an exciting morning that spoke to the ongoing success of print books and the thrill of hearing authors speak  about their work.

Practice makes perfect as fifteen writers discovered when they presented  their one-minute pitches for their books at Writers Night Out on May 11, 2016 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

Their pitches ranged from the romantic to the historical to the mysterious — several which elicited  applause from fellow writers.  As one author wrote the  Writers Center the next day “Thank you. A great informative evening with “sparkling” people!”

Enhancing the supportive tone of the session were comments from the two judges. They were Maria Allen, the editor of South Shore Living magazine and CCWC member Arlene Kay, author of seven novels in the mystery and romantic suspense genre.

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The Pitch Practice during the CCWC’s Writers Night Out  helped prepare authors for the “real” pitches this summer at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s 54th Conference, August 4-7th, but don’t worry, you still have time to polish your pitches.

This year writers have two opportunities to pitch their ideas to agents and editors at the conference, both in an Agent Quick Query conference or in a longer  mentoring session.

So don’t wait, register now.  Here’s the link:  http://bit.ly/1TCZa51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Writers Night Out: Pitch Practice

by web editor on May 10, 2016

 

Announcing Cape Cod Writers Center’s Annual Pitch Practice at Writers Night Out!

The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue
6:30 Cocktails
7:00 Presentation

Isn’t dessert the best part of dinner? We think so and that, combined with the chance to present your pitch before three literary experts, will be an informative evening.

The pitch for your book or article is the key to attracting the best agents and publishers in the business. So come with your one-line pitch to the Resort and Conference Center on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. for presentation, dessert, and networking. Cost is $10 for CCWC members; $15 for nonmembers.

The three basic ingredients in a one-sentence pitch are the inciting incident (or conflict), its effect upon the character (the obstacle), and how that character resolves it. This can be a physical or interior struggle. It’s a one-line description of what happens in the story.

Remember that the feedback you receive on May 11 will help you prepare your pitch for agents at the Cape Cod Writers Conference, August 4-7!

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The cost of Writers Night Out is $10 for CCWC members and $15 for nonmembers. Please note that we will not be serving dinner. Coffee and dessert will be available.

Please contact Sara at our office to sign up via email for what promises to be a fun and informative evening: writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

 

May Member News

by web editor on May 6, 2016

Our high-achieving members continue to inspire! Check out the latest below:

Hugh Blair-Smith reports that sales of Left Brains for the Right Stuff have definitely passed the 100 mark since publication in November, even after deducting copies sent free to family and potential reviewers. The good notice in the Cape Cod Times book page (Sunday, April 17) is starting to take effect.

Rick Cochran’s book, Wellfleet Tales, was one of two books selected for a Barnstable Patriot article on Cape Cod memoirs.  Rick is finishing his second book, Wellfleet Tales II: Confessions of a Wash-Ashore, and plans to have it ready for a book signing at Books-by-the-Sea in Osterville on Friday, June 17th.

On Monday evening, May 9 @7 pm, Debi Graham-Leard will share the ins and outs of writing her debut mystery The Uninvited Guest during Elizabeth Moison’s monthly program ‘A Book in the Hand’ at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA.

The Cape Cod Branch, National League of American Pen Women, headed by Christina Laurie, has completed the decision for its 2016 haiku contest. Nearly 20 people submitted over 150 haiku, enabling the Branch to send scholarships for two young people to attend this summer’s CCWC Young Writer’s Workshop.

Antoinette Libro’s new poetry chapbook, The Carpenter’s Lament in Winter, was published by Finishing Line Press in February, 2016, and is now available from the Finishing Line Press website or from Amazon.com.

Judith Manchester, known to our members as Judy Bougas, has published her first novel, Sisters of the Stone. For more about the novel, check out on her website: www.judithmanchester.com.

Steven P. Marini will be at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library for A Book in the Hand on Monday, May 9th, seven o’clock, talking about his latest mystery, Schmuel’s Journey. A Holocaust survivor tries to live a quiet life thirty years after Auschwitz. But a stunning revelation from an old friend steers him in a different direction, putting him and people near him in danger.

On 4/30, the Cape Cod Times, Spring Times 2016 Magazine insert,  did an article on “Where Writers Write.” Debbie McNaughton was one of five writers interviewed by Mary Ann Bragg. She is a short story and creative nonfiction writer who writes in her spare bedroom closet, behind two louver doors. The space is 5 feet wide and 2 feet deep.  The CCT printed a photo and interview.

Dwight Ritter is using a unique style of marketing his new book, Growin’ Up White, by using it as the basis for giving a sermon at a racially diverse church.  He is also writing a lesson plan to be used in High School literature classes studying his book.

Maxim D. Shrayer contributed “Memories of Our Lost Soviet Youth” to Tablet Magazine: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/200954/memories-of-our-lost-soviet-youth. He also published “Last Seder in Moscow” in Jewish Journal: http://www.jewishjournal.com/passover/article/last_seder_in_moscow_1987. The South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for its summer 2016 nonfiction and fiction sessions: http://shrayer.com/scww-index.html.

Serena Lo Piccolo Smith, MD, and Joel Smith, PhD, launched a new website and web app made by writers, for writers, called 272 (tagline: Read. Write. Discover). Build your personal brand and discover new readers by signing up and writing your first 272 at https://discover272.com.

Barbara Eppich Struna has a busy month ahead of her. On May 14 at 2 p.m., she will be part of a mystery author panel with two other Sisters In Crime authors at the Marstons Mills Library –Making the historical mystery compelling for the modern reader. Then on to Eldridge Library in Chatham on May 19 at 2 p.m. to talk about The Old Cape House and finally on May 24 at 5 p.m. Barbara will talk about the legends of Cape Cod at the Osterville Village Library through their historical lecture series. For the future, she has been accepted as a panel member during International Thriller Writers Thrillerfest, held in New York at the Grand Hyatt on July 9. Details at barbarastruna.blogspot.com.

Bob Surrette expects to be published in Prime Time Magazine’s June issue with articles on John Fulone of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and Dr. Paul Houle, neurosurgeon at Cape Cod Hospital.

Following eight years of writing, Nicole Waybright recently completed her nonfiction work, Long Way Out – A young woman’s journey of self-discovery and how she survived the Navy’s modern cruelty at sea scandal, in which she tells the true story of her coming-of-age struggles while deployed as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer. Nicole chronicles the despair and psychological crisis that she experienced when she discovered she was ill-suited – and philosophically opposed – to Navy life. Available on Amazon and ecrater.com.

Current CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the first Friday in June. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Thursday, June 2nd. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

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“Write What You Know!”

All authors hear this when they attend their first class in creative writing. What does it really mean? Join with Kevin V. Symmons, best-selling author of 5 romantic thrillers as he explains how he has taken this to heart.

Kevin has had what some might call a diverse life. He has a BS, an MBA, and was the President of a successful manufacturer. He also studied in France, minored in classical music and psychology at Northeastern University, and spent time studying vocal performance at New England Conservatory. He’s used many of these skills and experiences in crafting his novels.

He served four terms as President of the Cape Cod Writer’s Center, has taught creative writing at Massasoit Community College, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.

On April 24th he’ll be at the South Yarmouth Library from 2 to 4 p.m. to explain how his most passionate avocation—being a long-time U.S. Coast Guard certified mariner—led to the writing of his most successful novel, Out of the Storm.

Out of the Storm is a contemporary romantic thriller set on the Bass River. It has garnered dozens of 5-star reviews, been a selected by Amazon for its prestigious Encore Program, and continues to find its way to the top of Amazon best-sellers rankings—as high as #2 this January!

Come meet Kevin and learn how his life on Cape Cod helped propel Out of the Storm into his most successful novel!