August 3-6, 2017 

The 55th Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis 


An electronic version of the brochure appears on this site in mid-April. Hard copies will be mailed to CCWC members in early May. Nonmembers may request a copy of the brochure by emailing their address and contact information to


B.A. Shapiro, New York Times Best-Selling Novelist


Lou Aronica, award-winning author, editor & publisher

Michelle Clark, forensics investigator

Ray Field, essayist, comedian & humor writer

Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate

Kate Klise, best-selling author of children’s books

Leslie Fishlock, social media expert

Richard Hoffman, essayist, poet and memoirist

Michelle Hoover, prize-winning novelist & teacher

James M. Lang, creative nonfiction author and teacher

Ron MacLean, award-winning novelist & teacher

Dale T. Phillips, mysteries/thrillers author

Janice Pieroni, screen producer and developer

Marcella Pixley, award-winning Young Adult author and memoirist


Noah Ballard,  Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Kaylee Davis,   DeeMura Agency

Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

Chad Luibl,  Janklow & Nesbit

Sharon Pelletier, J ane Dystel Literary Agency

Dazzling Dialogue Lights Up March 15, 2017 Writers Night Out

by Artistic Director on March 19, 2017

“It’s not so much what you say as how you say it,” is a well known expression.

Never was that more obvious than on Wednesday evening, March 15, 2017 ,when members of the Cape Cod Writers Center came together to read and discuss outstanding examples of dialogue.


The selections ranged from  contemporary to traditional works; Alice Adams,David Foster Wallace,Margory Kinnan Rawlins, George  Bernard Shaw, and William Shakespeare.

Lessons learned?  Dialogue is one of the writer’s most versatile tools used to convey character, shortcut description, enliven plot, add veracity to a work, illustrate conflict and convey information.



March 2017 Member News

by barbara struna on March 1, 2017

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Hugh Blair-Smith will present a colorful slideshow about the Space Race at Harwich Brooks Free Library’s Science series on March 3, 12:30 – 2:00pm. He will also be signing and selling copies of Left Brains for the Right Stuff” Computers, Space, and History.

Gustav Berger’s new thriller, Death Postponed is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. His website,, includes information on his other publications and appearances.

Jim Coogan’s recent book Sears Point: A Novel of Cape Cod has just been issued in Amazon’s Kindle format.  Sears Point joins five other ebook titles published by Harvest Home books. Coogan taped an appearance for the Books and the World community television program on Friday, February 24th where the focus of discussion was Sears Point.  He will also be discussing his book on March 13, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Book in the Hand series at the Jacob Sears Library in East Dennis.

Stephen Manchester, author of Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and several other novels, has just released a new novel, Ashes. It is available in hardcover and Kindle editions on Amazon and in several other ebook formats. Complete details are at

Juanita Perez is looking for likes on her new Facebook page, The Wizard of Words:

Nancy Rubin Stuart, CCWC’s Executive Director, will speak on behalf of Women’s History Month at the Orleans Historical Society on Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. Her topic will be “Women’s Voices of the American Revolution.”

M.L. Shafer (Marianne Shafer) has just published The House on Crooked Pond: A Cape Cod Family Saga. This historical tale follows four members of the Lyman family living 100 years apart in the same house in Falmouth and reveals their deepest secrets as they deal with lies, intimidation, betrayal, and revenge. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions

April 1, 2017 Pathways To Publication

by barbara struna on February 27, 2017

Swing into Spring with the April 1st Pathways to Publication Seminars!

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The Cape Cod Writers Center’s Pathways to Publication Workshop is on Saturday, April 1st at the Osterville Public Library, 43 Wianno Ave, Osterville, MA 02655 . Morning session runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. the afternoon session from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Our instructor for our morning session is Young Adult author and high school teacher, Mick Carlon, whose popular books on Louis Armstrong are in  50 school curriculums around the country.

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Mystery and thriller writers are in for a big treat at the afternoon session featuring  best-selling, multiple Agatha Christie award-winner, mystery author and broadcaster, Hank Phillippi Ryan.  During this workshop you’ll learn from a prominent expert about plotting, creating fascinating characters and enhancing  suspense.

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 You’ll find seminar fees in the drop down box below. While we prefer pre-registration to hold your place, you can also register the day of the seminars.

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March 15, 2017 Writers Night Out “Diamond-Bright Dialogue

by Artistic Director on February 27, 2017

Diamond-Bright Dialogue 


CCWC’s Writers Night Out, March 15,2017
6-8 p.m. Hyannis Public Library
Main Street, Hyannis, MA 
   Want to write diamond-bright dialogue
     that cuts to the heart of your story? 
 Then you’ll want to attend the  
  CCWC’s Writers Night Out
 Bring a 2-3 minute example of  dialogue
you’ve admired in a published work and be prepared to read it aloud
 Analysis and discussion follows 
 Not sure? Last-minute participants are also welcome.
If you’d like to contribute a snack, appetizer or dessert, please email your treat to Be sure to write “WNO Food” in the subject line. Thank you for your contribution!
  Free Admission for Members
but donations are always welcome.
  Suggested Non-Member Donation  $5.00

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.