The Cape Cod Writers Center is delighted to announce that Turner Publishing will lauch THE TRAIL, authored by Cape Cod Writers Center board member Ray Anderson on October 27th.


Among his many interests, Ray is a seasoned outdoorsman who  finished his first Appalachian Trail- through hike on Sepotember 22, 2003. Congratulations Ray for that accomplishment and for the inspirration it provided for your exciting new thriller!



You are invited to attend Ray’s lunch of THE TRAIL at the Hingham Public Library on Thursday October 29th, from 7-8:30 pm. 



Local author RSunsets-of-Tulumay Bartlett is hosting a launch party to celebrate the release of his novel, Sunsets of Tulum, on October 1, 2015. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Hall, located at 2150 Main Street in Marston Mills. The event will feature a reading from the novel, a book signing, door prizes and light hors d’oeuvres.

This is the first novel written by Bartlett, a travel writer who has written numerous guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Insight Guide, Moon Handbooks and AA CityPack. Bartlett is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing Program and taught creative writing at BU before pursuing writing full-time.

It is Bartlett’s extensive travels in Mexico that serve as a backdrop for Sunsets of Tulum, which is set in the Yucatán. The novel, published by Barrel Fire Press, is described by Bartlett as a “romantic and adventure-filled literary tale in which its male main character must decide whether he will continue to allow life to pass him by – or if he will sacrifice comfort for true love and passion.”

Sena Desai Gopal, food and travel writer for the Boston Globe, says,“Ray Bartlett’s debut novel enthralls you from the very first page to the last,” and Boston-based author Meg Tyler calls Sunsets of Tulum “a beautiful and fundamental tale.”

For more information about Sunsets of Tulum and author Ray Bartlett, or if you’d like to order your own signed copy, please visit

In response to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s call for a brain storming session to expand membership and create more exciting programs,  two dozen writers, editors and journalists appeared at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis on September 9 for the season’s first Writers Night Out.

CCWC former treasurer, John Stobierski, presided over the CCWC’s first member-participant  “think tank” as a lively set of ten ideas were proposed and will be considered for implementation by the  2015-2016 board of directors.

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With thanks to everyone who appeared and contributed to the discussion.

 We appreciate the time and thought efforts you made to share your ideas with us!

Extended Deadline for the 2nd Annual CCWC Contest!

by web editor on September 9, 2015

Submit to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s 2nd Annual Contest today!


Four categories—Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Poetry—will be judged by the industry’s top writers and editors, with the winners receiving an individual critique by an agent along with a cash prize of $200 and two free courses at the 2016 CCWC Conference!

The extended deadline is October 15th, 2015. Don’t miss this chance to let your work shine!

Dates & Fees

  • Deadline: October 15th, 2015, midnight EST
  • Winners Announced: Early December, 2015
  • Entry Fees: $20 via Submittable


  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Middle Grade/YA
  • Poetry

Go to for more information!

Member News for September

by web editor on September 8, 2015


Take a look at the achievements of our clever members this September:


Ray Anderson is happy to announce that the kickoff for The Trail will be on October 29 at the Hingham Public Library. We’ll start promptly at 7 pm.

Sharon Anderson has a Book Signing on September 9th, 2015 at Marston’s Mills Public Library from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Book title: Stones and Bones, the Crystal People Speak, a work of Visionary Fiction by S. D. Anderson.

Terri Arthur’s publisher, HenschelHAUS,  just submitted her book, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse, to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. This book fair boasts over 7,000 exhibitors and 275,000 visitors each year. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest global marketplace for books, media, rights, and licenses worldwide. Also, look for her book mentioned in the Boston Globe book column on September 13th.

Gustaf Berger’s short story “Victor Manure” will appear in the next Kindle edition of Kzine on September 18.

Chip Bishop has signed a contract with ForeEdge, the trade division of the University Press of New England, to publish a biography of Elliott Roosevelt, brother of Theodore Roosevelt and father of Eleanor Roosevelt. It will appear in early 2017.

Hugh Blair-Smith’s first book, Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History, has a definite publication date: around September 30. He will bring a pre-publication copy to show off at Writers Night Out on Sept 9.

Anita Ann Caruso will be signing her books—a memoir, As Ever, Pudd, and her children’s book, Brayden’s Magical Jungle—on September 12th at the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival at the Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, Ma. from 12-1 pm. Free and open to the public.

Rick Cochran’s story “The Christmas Raffle” will be published in “Good Old Days” magazine in the Nov/Dec issue. Rick read this story last year at the CCWC open-mic session.

Sandy Creel just launched a web site at, featuring short pieces about Cape Cod.

Clint Hull’s third historical novel, titled New England Wakes, tells the story of Tristram Hull, a merchant captain from Yarmouth, and his encounter in 1656 with the first Quakers to arrive in Boston. To obtain copies of the novel, contact the author at

Christine Lajewski’s horror short story, “Katy Did,” has been accepted by Sanitarium magazine. Should be published in issue #37 in October.

Antoinette Libro’s new chapbook, The Carpenter’s Lament in Winter, will be published this fall from Finishing Line Press. Copies may be ordered during the pre-sale promotional period by going to and clicking on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles” or “Bookstore.”

Attend Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos’s book signing for her contribution in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions, along with publishers Amy Newmark and Kelly Sullivan Walden and agent Devra Jacobs, on October 24th from 4-7 p.m. at 29 Otter Lane, Cummaquid (tentatively scheduled). RSVP to 561-301-7940. Her book Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing has also won both a 2015 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Award and a 2015 International Book Award in the Women’s Health category.

Robert Reece’s novel To Tell The Truth, about a babysitter accused of child abuse and her trial, is now in an electronic format.  For print: For electronic:        Kindle:       Nook:

Kathy Salzberg’s humor book, Confessions of a Mad Dog Groomer, has been nominated for the Barkleigh Honors Award Best Book of the Year Award at GroomExpo, the grooming industry’s largest convention and trade show, to be held Sept 17 – 20 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.

Barbara Sillery’s newest book, Biloxi Memories, has just been released by Pelican Publishing. Sillery will be on a four city book tour in the South and then return to the Cape for October book signings and author talks for The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Kevin Symmons has been featured in a Boston Globe article about his life as a writer and his new novel, Chrysalis (click here). 

Janet Uhlar’s second book, Freedoms’ Cost: The Story of Nathanael Greene, directly inspired the creation of a statue of General Greene at Valley Forge, PA.  The statue was dedicated by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution on August 7, 2015.

Visit the Hyannis Public Library on Wednesday at 6 p. m. when author Ric Wasley tells you how he tracked down a most unbelievable World War II story and made it the inspiration for his new novel, The Girl with the Faraway Eyes.  This program is free and open to the public. Read the article here.

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 Monday in October. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, October 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.)


Writers Night Out on September 9th

by web editor on September 4, 2015

Cape Cod Writers Center’s First Annual Think Tank

We know you have good ideas. We’d like to hear from you at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s First Annual Think Tank!

Come to this unique Writers Night Out session to brainstorm ideas to grow, expand, and update our programs! Let us know how we can work together to make the Cape Cod Writers Center better than ever.

Please bring your ideas and be prepared to discuss them as you enjoy drinks and a buffet dinner at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis at 5:30 p.m.

The cost of Writers Night Out is $20 for CCWC members and $25 for non-members. The price includes a buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink.

Please contact our office via email to sign up for this fun and unique evening: or call 508-420-0200.

See you on the 9th!

In only a few weeks (Sept. 13, to be exact), the Calliope Poetry Series will begin its ninth season with a special reading by Mark Doty and Lorna Knowles Blake at the West Falmouth Library. As a sneak preview, below is a poem from Lorna’s first book, Permanent Address, which won the Richard Snyder Memorial Award from Ashland University Press.

Saint’s Landing, Brewster, Massachusetts

September, and the garden’s blown
and bolted, wren and finch have flown
south, and the sun sets farther down

the bay each passing night. We hate
the thought of leaving; contemplate
alternatives, as if this bright

and ample season could endure
beyond the calendar’s secure
curfew, but Labor Day is here

and autumn is ready to sue
for possession. What do we do?
Procrastinate, then pack and go—

my books, your music, linen clothes
and one more summer is foreclosed
upon by rituals such as these:

stacking canoes and wicker chairs,
arguing over small repairs
required by weather or the years.

Where is the pulse of a home? What
is the soul of a house? That
marriage of dwelling and spirit?

Perhaps it’s in the flow of tide,
a herring gull’s suspended glide,
the constant birdsong in the shade

reminding us: you are, you are.
Then, just before we load the car,
the house fills with the airy fire

of sunset and we shroud the place
in bedding, a green-sprigged embrace
of percale and flannel and fleece.

Is it love, I wonder, when we’re done
or time we’re shielding from the sun,
beneath these sheets that we slept on.

At the Calliope reading, you’ll be able to hear Lorna read poems from a new collection (several of which have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Literary Imagination, Tampa Review, and the Hudson Review). You’ll also hear Mark read from his latest book, Deep Lane, which one reviewer called “his best work yet.” (Pretty fine praise, given that his 2008 book Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award.)

The Sept. 13 reading will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $25 apiece at the Calliope website or by check made out to Calliope, c/o Alice Kociemba, P.O. Box 957, West Falmouth, MA 02574. Please include a contact e-mail or phone number so your reservation can be confirmed.

See you at Calliope!


Calliope PicAbout Calliope: Poetry for Community

Founded in January 2008 by Alice Kociemba, Calliope seeks to foster and celebrate community through a shared appreciation of poetry. The readings have featured both well-known and emerging poets, and many have included an open mike for local poets. For more information about upcoming events, go to


Art, Word and Wine on Tuesday, August 25th

by web editor on August 20, 2015


They came from far and wide, to learn to write, to present and to promote what they had written — and  were rewarded with knowledge, personal contacts and inspiration!  That’s what the nearly 200 participants reported about their classes, workshops and mentoring sessions at the aCape Cod Writers Center Conference August 6-9, 2015 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

Here’s a small  sample of comments from our participants: 

All of the faculty that I had classes with were fantastic! They gave me so much to think about  and work on. I’m going home with a new sense of excitement for my writing!

Every year the faculty is different and each brings their own expertise. Love it! Will definitely be there next year.

I enjoyed my experience and will take away so much from this weekend!

My first conference. Very satisfied!

The faculty were very interesting, informative, and most importantly generous with their time,ideas, and knowledge. They also gave great feedback and answered many questions.

I really like the format of taking one class over several days and the option of just paying for one course (vs. having to pay for full days).


Kevin Symmons Book Signing Saturday, 8/15

by web editor on August 12, 2015

If you live on Cape Cod, you may have read in the Cape Cod Times or the Barnstable Patriot that former CCWC President and best-selling author Kevin Symmons is having a book signing at Books by the Sea on Main Street in Osterville this Saturday, August 15th, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. He’ll have signed copies of Out of the Storm, his top-ten Amazon bestseller that’s now part of Amazon’s elite Encore Program. Symmons will also have Chrysalis, his newest release that’s already receiving an enthusiastic reception. Both books are set on Cape Cod. Of course, he’ll have copies of his other novels as well: Rite of Passage, a 2013 RomCon Reader’s Crown finalist, and Solo, his tense and gritty story that follows the musical theater business in the 1980s. Come by, visit Kevin, and say hello!