Save the Date! Next Writers Night Out, Wednesday October 19, 2016

by Artistic Director on September 23, 2016

Don’t forget!  The next Writers Night Out is Wednesday, October 19 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Main Street, Dennis from 6-8 p.m.

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Costumes are encouraged.  Open to members and nonmembers.

Watch this site for more details.

                A formal invitation will be sent to CCWC members in October

 

 

 

Thirty five writers turned out at the Cape Cod Cultural Center on Wednesday evening, September 21 to contribute ideas, thoughts and concerns at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Annual Think Tank meeting.

After a welcome and introduction by Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart, the CCWC’s president, Barbara Struna described a variety of ideas and changes planned for the forthcoming year. Among them were cost-free meetings, a new website, and a call for more volunteer participation from our members.

 

Questions were raised from the floor and so were ideas from attendees in the service of empowering members and their works, increasing the CCWC’s outreach, and enhancing our programs.  All in all it was a lively session resulting in the recruitment of a volunteers committed to making our organization more vital than ever!

With thanks to everyone as the CCWC looks to the future!

Writers Night Out Annual Think Tank, September 21, 2016

by Artistic Director on September 9, 2016

Writers Night Out
Wednesday, September 21st

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Cape Cod
Writers Center
P.O. Box 408
Osterville, MA 02655
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Writers Night Out 
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
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 6:00

Networking

 

7:00

Presentation

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FREE to all

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 Upcoming Events:

October 19th
Annual Meeting: 6-word story Halloween contest and election of board officers and members. More details to come!
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The Cape Cod Writers Center is supported in part by contributions from its members, and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Schiff Foundation.

Cape Cod Writers Center’s
Second Annual Think Tank
 
We’re making some changes at the Cape Cod Writers Center. We’d like to hear your ideas at our Second Annual Think Tank!

You’re invited to participate in this unique Writers Night Out to brainstorm ideas and update our programs! This is your chance to help the Writers Center grow, expand, and better serve your needs in the forthcoming year.
So please bring your ideas for discussion, and maybe something to nosh on too. Please note this meeting takes place at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.
There is NO COST to attend this meeting. Non-members are encouraged to participate!
To sign up, please contact us via email and let us know if you can contribute an appetizer or dessert. Coffee/tea/water will be provided; there will be no dinner.
Please contact our office via email to sign up for this fun and unique evening:
See you on the 21st!

Member News for September

by web admin on September 7, 2016

Fall is on its way, and with it, plenty of exciting developments in our members’ careers! Check out the latest below:

Hugh Blair-Smith will be interviewed about his book, Left Brains for the Right Stuff, on the “Orbital Mechanics” podcast hosted by Ben Etherington, at noon on Saturday September 24. For a recent sample of this technically-oriented podcast, visit http://theorbitalmechanics.com/show-notes/?category=Episode.

Sandra Bolton, published author and screenwriter, is featured in Cape Cod LIFE magazine about her book Explore Contemporary Marstons Mills, Cape Cod. Sandra was interviewed on Channel 18 in Barnstable on August 30.

Diane Bonavist’s novel Purged By Fire: Heresy of the Cathars has been published by Bagwyn Books. Set in 13th century France, it is the story of people ensnared in the Inquisition and their struggle, against horrendous forces, to save their unorthodox faith and troubadour culture.

Anita A. Caruso and Barbara E. Struna will be selling their books at a booth at the Harwich Cranberry Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th. Anita’s books: a memoir, As Ever, Pudd; children’s books, Brayden’s Magical Jungle and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse.  Barbara’s books: The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot. “Working with a Writer Group: Pros and Cons” panel discussion will also be presented on September 22 at 7pm at the Brewster Ladies Library Main Street Brewster.

Journalist Carol Dannhauser will be moderating the panel “How We Got Published (and you can too)” on Thursday, September 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio in Westport, Conn.

Lorri Devlin will signing copies of her book, Cape Cod Critters – A Fun Look at Cape Cod Wildlife, on Saturday, September 10th from noon to 1 pm at the Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative’s Annual Wildlife Festival. The event is at MA Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Rd., Barnstable.

The September issue of International Thriller Writers Ezine will feature Arlene Kay’s newest novel, Swann Songs. Check out the cheeky interview at the BIG THRILL.com.

Christine Lajewski’s horror novel, Bonebelly, has been picked up by Divertir Press and should be published in the spring or summer of 2017.

Melanie P. Merriman, PhD has launched a new website (www.holdingthenet.com) 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.

2016 Nautilus Award-winning author Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos of Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing will host the Nautilus Book Awards VIDEO/Radio Show for Nautilus. www.KathleenOkeefeKanavos

Judith Partelow will be one of six featured readers at the Plymouth Center for the Arts 11th Poetry Showcase on Sunday, September 25th at 1 pm. Also, her poem “Tribute to My Mother” will be broadcast on WCAI on September 18th as part of their Sunday morning poetry series.

Bob Reece has a new website,www.robertmreece.com, and his two novels — To Tell The Truth and Goodbye Bad Times— are listed there along with his scientific books, his biography, and some blog postings.

Kathryn Taylor had her most recent essay published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 8/21. It features the end of summer on Cape Cod: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160821_Suddenly__fall_is_in_the_air.html

 

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 October. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, September 30. 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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Save the Date! Writers Night Out Wednesday, September 21, 2016

by Artistic Director on September 3, 2016

Now that summer is nearly over, we’re inviting you to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s September 21 Writers Night Out. This is our FREE  annual brainstorming session during which you’ll have a chance to offer constructive ideas about how to better serve you at the  CCWC !  So bring you ideas along with practical ways you can help implement them!

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Important:  Please note this meeting takes place at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod at 307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Networking and refreshments from  6:00-7:00 p.m. Brainstorming session begins at 7:00 p.m.

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CCWC members will receive a Constant Contact invitation soon. A more detailed invitation will also appear on this site the week after Labor Day.

 Looking forward to seeing you on September 21st!

Students Inspired by 2016 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

by Artistic Director on August 7, 2016

“Really loved my classes!”

“The instructors were very informed, cordial, respectful and most helpful!”

“Keep up the good work!”

“Loved the  guidance and information!”

“I would definitely come to another conference  here!”

” This conference runs the gamut of topics — a very good range!”

The Conference hummed with creativity, learning, and excitement about the written word!

So wrote students who attended the 2016 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, August 4-7, 2016. Over ninety percent indicated the conference was “good” or “outstanding.”  

 

 

Twenty five talented students arrived at the Sturgis High School East the morning of August 1, 2016 to study with three acclaimed author-instructors in the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Young Writers Program. This beloved program is part of the 54th  Cape Cod Writers Center Conference which starts August 4, 2016.

Below please find a few candid photos from the classes.

The first is an action shot of author K.R. Conway describing  the fine points of point of view. IMG_3408

Here’s a photo of students writing an in-class assignment taught by columnist/nature writer Mary Richmond. (center in coral shirt.)

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The third photo captures poet/poetry editor John Bonanni describing another element of  fine writing — authentic emotion. IMG_3414

On Friday evening, parents will have a chance to hear the work of their youngsters during a presentation at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

Let’s celebrate these young people — the writers, authors, journalists, communications and marketing experts of tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

Former CCWC President Kevin V. Symmons will be appearing at the West Dennis Public Library this Wednesday, July 27th at 1 p.m. as part of their Wednesday Author Series. Kevin will be discussing romance writing. He’s written four romantic thrillers, including several set on Cape Cod. Three of his novels have been Amazon best-sellers. In addition to his writing and serving four terms as Writers Center President, Kevin also teaches creative writing at the Junior College level. He has spoken extensively across the northeast on a variety of writing topics.

Come and enjoy his presentation this Wednesday!

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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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