Kevin Symmons takes SOLO on Virtual Book Tour

by web editor on February 9, 2015

Congratulations to CCWC member and former president Kevin Symmons, who is pleased to announce a virtual book tour for his latest book, Solo. For February and March, Kevin will be working with Pump up Your Books, P&E’s number one blog-tour organization.


Solo is a mainstream novel that spans 15 years and deals with the musical theater and publishing industries. Tag line: “When the Gods want to punish us they let our dreams come true!” (Thanks Oscar Wilde!).

A blog or virtual book tour is exactly as it sounds. Each day throughout the two month period a new post will appear, including reviews and written or live interviews. Here’s the link so you can follow the progress of Kevin’s tour: Visit the tour schedule, check out the events, and enjoy!

You can also visit Kevin’s website:

Patriot Article Celebrates Tomorrow’s Writers Today

by web editor on February 6, 2015

TWT Writing Group Nov 2014The latest issue of the Barnstable Patriot has a great article about CCWC’s upcoming Tomorrow’s Writers Today program, to be held on March 14 in Hyannis.

You can read the article at this link, and download an application or find out more about the program here.

February Member News

by web editor on February 4, 2015

Here’s a roundup of our members’ writing news for February:

Terri Arthur has been asked to escort and give a book talk this October for the official historical tour for the centennial memorial of Edith Cavell, the main character in her book, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse. The itinerary is being worked out but will include Norwich and London, UK, and Belgium.

William P. Bahlke received an excellent review of his first novel, Frisbee Ball Rules in the Literary Fiction Review. Read it here:

Hugh Blair-Smith published a magazine piece in the Fall 2014 Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. It’s called “A Kinsman Attempts an Appropriate Canal Celebration,” about a foiled attempt to take part in the Canal centennial observances last July 29.

Norbert Brown’s essay “On New Year’s Day” appeared as a radio commentary on WCAI Cape and Islands Public Radio on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered on January 1. You can read the text or listen to the recorded commentary at this link:

Carolyn LeComte would like to announce the publication of her first children’s book, entitled Never Invite a Seagull to Lunch, available on and Kindle. It’s a humorous look at beach etiquette for children of all ages, and for readers at about the third grade level and up.

“Welcome Willy” a short story by Antoinette Libro has been accepted for publication in the Paterson Literary Review (PLR) #43, which will come out in the fall of 2015.

For the second year in a row, Steven P. Marini has won a Top Ten Finisher Award in the Predators and Editors Annual Readers Poll. His novel Calculation finished sixth in the Mystery category for 2014.

Robert Reece’s novel To Tell The Truth will be ready for publication within the next couple of weeks and be available on Amazon. It is a story about an infant who dies while in the care of a babysitter and an idealistic public defender who undergoes a loss of innocence as the novel moves to its surprising conclusion.

In December, 2014, Iron Press released Growin’ Up White by Dwight Ritter. It’s the story of a young white boy growing up in a black neighborhood of Indianapolis during the early 1950’s amid burgeoning awareness of civil rights issues in that firmly segregated town.

After many visits to Florida over the years, Ray Schumack never noticed the banyan tree until this winter when he visited Longboat Key, near Sarasota. He saw many examples of this exotic native tree of India, took photos, researched it and is now a nature writer doing an article for his local newspaper.

Maxim D. Shrayer’s short story “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam” has been reprinted in the anthology The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of Jewish American Fiction.

The South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is happy to announce the summer 2015 sessions: Intermediate Nonfiction Writing (13-17 July) and Advanced Nonfiction Writing (20-24 July). Visit their webpage for application information and join them for the summer 2015 workshops:

Bob Surrette wrote “Christmas All Year,” the cover story for the holiday issue of Cape Cod Prime Time magazine and “Cotuit Woodworker Perfects A Classic Chair” for CapeCod.Com, which is  available to read at

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent 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 March. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, February 27. 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.)

A Great Opportunity for Young Writers

by web editor on January 29, 2015

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in our highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, March 14 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Sturgis High School in Hyannis.TWT Writing Group Nov 2014

This fun-filled, inspiring, tuition-free workshop gives talented writers in grades 7 – 12 the rare opportunity to learn from successful professional authors and to hone their skills in both fiction and nonfiction.

Meet Our Faculty for March 14:

ReadeWhinnemPhoto candy photoTeaching Fiction: Reade Scott Whinnem is the author of two books for young readers, Utten and Plumley and The Pricker Boy. He currently teaches at the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

Teaching Nonfiction: Candace Hammond is a freelance journalist and author from Orleans who writes features for newspapers across the Cape. She is the author of a novel, The Best Worst Year, and co-writes the syndicated column “The Fix-it Sisters.”

The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015. Interested students may apply to the program by completing an application (available at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. For more information or to receive an application by email, contact or call 508-420-0200.

Click here to download more information and an application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

Tomorrow’s Writers Today is supported in part
by grants from the Falmouth Cultural Council and the Mid-Cape Cultural Council,
local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Savvy Ebook Marketing at CCWC Writers Night Out January 21, 2015

by Artistic Director on January 23, 2015

Ebooks are the hottest property in publishing  and that means savvy emarketing is essential. That’s why a lively group of Cape Cod Writers Center members turned out on the cold Wednesday night, January 21, 2015 at Uno’s Chicago Grill on Route 132 in Hyannis  to learn how to publicize  e-books to a wide readership.

Board member, marketing guru, and best-selling e-book author Kate Conway stepped in at the last minute on  Wednesday night after the original speaker, author Steve Manchester, fell ill with the flu.

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In her talk, Kate stressed that if writers wish to publicize e-books, they must follow the Rule of Three. An eye-catching cover, a compelling blurb, and opening lines that “grab” the reader.

But that is only the beginning. Successful e-book authors make sure to obtain an ISBN through, register and become active on Goodreads, understand digital conversion; register for Netgalley, learn about book blog tours, advertise selectively, limit your books to top-selling e-bookstores, give away books as an incentive, and place your work in major book events.  In other words, writing a good e-book means little if nobody hears about it!  

Thanks to Kate for her exciting and informative talk!

CCWC Congratulates Young Writer Josefa Linnell!

by web editor on January 21, 2015

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCongratulations to 10th grader Josefa Linnell of East Sandwich, who won a scholarship to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Young Writers Workshop last summer and has also participated in Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

Josefa is considering a career in sports journalism, and she has landed a writing job with the Sandwich Enterprise, covering basketball games at Sandwich High. You can read her first story for the Enterprise here. And be sure to look for Josefa’s name on future sports stories!

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

by Artistic Director on January 16, 2015

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Have you written a book?

Many self-published authors and indie presses are aware of the various book award programs that have popped up in our industry over the last 2-3 years. What many do not know yet, however, is that the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) at offers specific advantages and perks that others do not.

  • Open to indie authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • 70+ categories and sub-genres to enter
  • Stellar panel of literary judges, featured on the NGIBA website
  • More than $10,000 in cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • 70 winning titles gain exposure to a NY literary agent
  • Program booklet listing all winners and finalists distributed at Book Expo America
  • Exclusive annual gala reception for winners and finalists (by invitation only)
  • Website and social media recognition plus other perks for award-winning book promotion

Titles with a 2013, 2014 or 2015 copyright date are welcome for entry before FINAL DEADLINE February 13, 2015. Presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards is going into its 8th year of recognizing and honoring the best titles, authors, and publishers in the indie publishing market.

For more information, including entry guidelines, fees, and instructions; online entry form; and the list of 70 categories you can enter for consideration, go to We look forward to having you join us this year, and wish you the very best of luck!

Catherine Goulet, Chairman and Co-Founder
Marilyn Allen, Allen O’Shea Literary Agency

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The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to present a list of prominent writers, authors, screenwriter, poets, media experts and agents who will appear at the 2015 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 6-9, 2015.

An online brochure and hard-copies arrive in mid-spring when you can register for conference classes, workshops and mentoring sessions. 



Jerry Amernic — investigative journalist and author

Judith Arnold — best-selling romance writer

Stephanie Blackman — self-publishing expert

Charles Coe – award-winning poet and writing coach

David Anthony Durham – best-selling author of fantasy and historical fiction

Indira Ganesan – award winning novelist

Kate Klise — award-winning author for children’s and YA books

Deb Kurilecz – award-wining author and writing coach

Steven Manchester — best selloing eBook author and expert

Charles Salzberg – prominent nonfiction and thriller author

Chantelle Aimee Osman – social media expert and editor

Kevin Pilkington – award-winning poet

Jan Worthington – veteran television and Hollywood screenwriter



Michael Carr — Veritas Literary Agency

April Eberhardt — April Eberhardt Literary

Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation

Amaryah Orenstein – Go Literary Agency

Rick Richter — Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary and Entertainment Agency



Scott Blagden — author and teacher

James Kershner – editor, nonfiction author, writing coach

Gregory Hischak – poet and playwright






The Cape Cod Writers Center is delighted to present two widely-acclaimed keynote speakers for the 2015 summer conference, August 6-9, 2015. We look forward to having you join us to hear these two inspiring authors next summer at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis!

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller GONE TO SOLDIERS the National Bestsellers BRAIDED LIVES and THE LONGINGS OF WOMEN, and the classic WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME; eighteen volumes of poetry including THE HUNGER MOON and THE MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE; and a critically acclaimed memoir SLEEPING WITH CATS. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in some of the major progressive battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of MUST LOVE DOGS, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She’s now the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, both traditionally and independently published, and has turned MUST LOVE DOGS into a series. Claire has also published her first nonfiction book, NEVER TOO LATE: YOUR ROADMAP TO REINVENTION (WITHOUT GETTING LOST ALONG THE WAY), a #1 Amazon bestseller in Women’s Personal Growth. People magazine said Claire’s writing “goes down as easy as it sounds,” Good Housekeeping called it “laugh-out-loud,” Redbook “gleefully quirky,” and the Chicago Tribune “funny and pitch perfect.”




Member News for January

by web editor on January 5, 2015

Take a look at what our busy CCWC members have been up to. Here’s a roundup of our members’ writing news for January:

CCWC board member Ray Anderson has accepted an offer from Turner Publishing for his first novel. The Trail, a thriller, conceived when he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003, will be released in October, 2015.

Terri Arthur has signed a deal with a company that makes textbooks for English speaking high schoolers in France. They will be using excerpts from her book Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse in their new textbook, which will have a 16,000 book printing.

Gustaf Berger’s short story “Victor Manure” has been accepted for publication by Kzine, a British print and online journal, for their September, 2015 edition.

Chip Bishop has been elected to the Advisory Board of the national Theodore Roosevelt Association ( Chip is the author of two Roosevelt-themed books, the latest of which is Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love During the Great War.

Harvest Home Books has added another e-book to its online collection: Cape Cod Harvest: A Gathering in of Cape Cod Stories by Jim Coogan and Jack Sheedy (first published 2007). Filled with history and lore, it is available on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Mary Collins’s essay “Santa Baby” was published in Brevity magazine’s Christmas blog essay contest. Her essay “Grout” was accepted for publication by Talking Writing, and she was interviewed for a Meet the Author segment by Under the Gum Tree, following the publication of her essay, “Strays.”

Bill Cutcliffe recently published a 28 page book of poems, A Cape Cod Passion. The passion is poetry; most of the subjects are of Cape Cod. The book can be found on Amazon.

Devon Ellington’s short steampunk story “Loyalty Strata” appears in the anthology New Legends: Mercenaries, Engineers, Captains.  She just signed a contract for Killer Quintet with Amber Quill Press.

CCWC board member Steven P. Marini will read from his latest novel, Calculation, on January 21 at 2:00 PM at The Hub, an arts center in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Alexis Rankin Popik, CCWC member and author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is teaching a class of young writers at Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford in January.  This will be her second session as OSS, an all-girls’ middle school whose goal is to “challenge each student to reach her full potential by developing academic competence, social confidence, cultural proficiency, intellectual curiosity, integrity and hope.

Ray Schumack is pleased to announce that an excerpt from his News Dispatches from the Korean War, about a deer wounded by artillery fire and saved by a squad from 3rd Division Recon Company, was included in an anthology published by the Military Writers Society of America titled All Gave Some.

Read the Barnstable Patriot’s terrific review of Wendy Shreve’s latest novel, Dark Sea: Shadowwater II at this link.

Barbara Eppich Struna’s first novel, The Old Cape House has been selected for a promotion through Bookbub and will be available for $0.99 on Jan 23, 2015 online at Amazon, iTunes, and B&N. She’ll also be participating in a Historical Novel Blog Tour on Jan.12. Details on her blog: Barbara Struna Blog.

Former CCWC President Kevin Symmons has sold his fourth novel—a YA romantic thriller titled Chrysalis—to his award-winning publisher, Wild Rose Press.

Writer and dancer Katrina Valenzeula was accepted to National Association of Pen Women for both writing and choreography.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent 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 February. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, January 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.)