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.”  



Enthusiastic Response to First Day of 2016 CCWC Conference

by Artistic Director on August 5, 2016

Maybe it’s the bright sunshine. Maybe it’s the fabulous faculty, or the friendly atmosphere. Or maybe it’s the new bookstore and meet-and-greet areas at the Resort and Conference Center. But whatever it is, dozens of writers have been inspired by the teachings of the first day of the 2016 CCWC Conference.


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Comments from our participants and faculty to follow in the days ahead!

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.)


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!


Last Day to Register Without a Late Fee!

by web editor on July 21, 2016

2016 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference: 


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 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; 4/ 2015 IPPY Book Awards Independent Publisher Book Awards Results National Medalists 53. HEALTH / MEDICINE /; and 2016 Nautilus Book Award. Nautilus Book Awards- Silver- Category 12 HEALTH &HEALING / WHOLENESS&VITALITY

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 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 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.

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

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, 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

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:

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.

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.

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 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.



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.



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.



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