That’s why we at the Cape Cod Writers Center suggest marking your calendar for Wednesday evening, December 7, for our free Writers Night Out Holiday Party from 6-8 p.m.

Members and nonmembers are welcome to enjoy seasonal cheer and inspiration at the Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville, MA  02655.  Parking is on the street and in the lot behind the library.

      This year we’ve started a new tradition to honor the achievements of our members.

If you’ve published a book in the last five years, please bring two copies of reach work for our display table.  Include the price so that fellow authors may buy copies for holiday gifts.

Afterward, you’ll hear tips and tricks from social media guru, Kelly Ahern about ways to promote your work and gain more visibility as an author.

If you’d like to attend, please email us at and write “Holiday Party” in the subject line.  Of course you are welcome to come at the last moment too. Non-members are also welcome.

Those who want to share their special holiday appetizers and deserts are invited to email Please indicate “Holiday Refreshments’ in the subject line. Our Hospitality Coordinator will be back to you to confirm your contribution.

Remember, this is a no-cost event but you’re welcome to make a tax-free donation to the Cape Cod Writers Center, one of the oldest broad-based literary organizations in the nation — now approaching its 55th year!


It was election time on Wednesday evening, October 19 , at the CCWC’s Annual Meeting and Writers Night Out at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod!

The evening began with member and newcomers networking and enjoying the snacks provided by volunteers.

After her welcome, Nancy Rubin Stuart  read excerpts about autumn by Ray Bradbury and Jim Bishop and described future CCWC programs.

Board of Director’s president, Barbara Struna then conducted the annual meeting with an election of the 2016-2017 board of directors.

                          These include several former board members:

Barbara Struna, President; Madeline Holt, Vice President; Hugh Blair-Smith, Treasurer.

                          Newly-elected members of the board include:

  Jane Elizabeth Hughes, James Kershner, Steven Manchester, Alyssa Metcalfe, Robert Reece, M.D., Barbara Sillery.

  We will miss devoted board members Susan Trausch and John Stobierski.

During the first board meeting on November 7, a new secretary will be elected in John’s absence for the 2016-2017 year. 

Congratulations to all!  We look forward to an exciting year for the CCWC with our new leadership!



Patron News

by barbara struna on October 18, 2016



David Litwack’s latest novel, The Stuff of Stars, Book Two of “The Seekers” dystopian trilogy, has won the 2016 Readers Favorite Silver Medal for YA Science Fiction.  David has a new trailer for his The Seekers trilogy.

David Litwack


Steven P. Marini will speak about his mystery Schmuel’s Journey at the South Yarmouth Library on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. Patriots fans, that is a bye week, so you have no excuses.  Steve Marini


Kevin V. Symmons Award –winning author of Solo, Out of the Storm, Rite of Passage, & Chrysalis. Visit his website for more trailers of his novels.  Chrysalis trailer

Kevin Symmons

Arlene Kay  Best selling author of  murder and mystery is currently finishing a fourth novel in her Swann Song Series. Visit her website –  Arlene Kay Website

You Tube Trailer –    Swann Songs

** If you’d like to become a patron, please see benefits under the Membership tab on the CCWC website.

Member News

by barbara struna on October 18, 2016



Hugh Blair-Smith suggests that Podcast fans with some nerd in their natures might enjoy my interview with “Orbital Mechanics” ( The interview actually starts 35 minutes and 40 seconds into the show.


Anita A. Caruso will sell her memoir, “As Ever, Pudd”, two children’s books, “Brayden’s Magical Jungle” and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse” at:

*First Congregational Church of Harwich Craft Fair, 697 Main Street, Harwich, Ma. Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m. to 3p.m.

*The 30th Annual Cape Cod Tech Holiday Craft Fair, 351 Pleasant Lake Ave, Harwich, Ma. Sat.November 12- Sun. and November 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

*Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech School, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne Sat., November 19- Sun. November 20, 10 a.m.-3:30pm

*Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club on Sat., November 26 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. West Dennis Graded School House, 67 School Street, West Dennis, Ma.



Janet Purcell’s third novel Rooster Street, Legacy of a Runaway Slave launched September 24 by Sunpenny Publishing, Ltd., United Kingdom and Spain.  It joins Singer Lane and The Long Way Home.  All are set on the Cape.  Available at Booksmith Musicsmith in Orleans, on Amazon and all major online booksellers.


Barbara Sillery will speak and sign her latest book, The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Cotuit Public Library, Weds. October 26 6 p.m. at the Provincetown Library and Sat. October 29 from 6-9 p.m. at the Falmouth Museums on the Green. Barbara is also the storyteller for the Nightwatchman Haunted House Tour in Falmouth.



After a month of visiting local book clubs, giving presentations about her writing and devoting herself to her new role as President of the Cape Cod Writers Center, Barbara Eppich Struna will start the Holiday season selling her novels, The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot at the Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech School, Bourne Sat. November 9-11, November 19–20 from 10 a.m. 3:30 p.m.


The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to announce the following slate of proposed members for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

Jane Elizabeth Hughes

James Kershner

Steven Manchester

Alyssa Metcalfe

Robert Reece, M.D.

Barbara Sillery

We look forward to introducing them before your vote at the next Writers Night Out and Annual Meeting. Remember its on October 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA.  We also hope you will participate in our six-word story contest and wear  a  Halloween costume!


See you soon !

Save the Date! CCWC’s 55th Summer Conference August 3-6, 2017

by Artistic Director on October 13, 2016

It’s never too early to plan for 2017!  So mark your calendar for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s conference August 3-6, 2017 at the newly updated Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

This will be the Cape Cod Writers Center’s 55th annual conference, making it one of the oldest literary conferences in the nation —  our  gala year!  Check back for our new class offerings,   workshops, instructors and more,  devoted to helping you polish, publish and promote your work!




Call for CCWC Member News for October 2016

by Artistic Director on October 13, 2016

Dear CCWC members,

We know you’re busy with talks and other author-related events so please let us know! Our next Member News Roundup will appear on our blog and Facebook page later this month,

Please write “Member News” in the subject line and email your news to by Monday morning, October 17th.

Since space is limited, please send no more than two or three sentences.

We’re sorry we don’t have room for long articles or reviews but you can also include an email or website link.


We look forward to hearing your writing news!


Hyannis Open Streets will celebrate fall with a gala festival on Sunday, October 23 ( weather permitting.) This is your chance to promote and sell your books to thousands of visitors from your post on the sidewalks of Main Street. (Over 7,000 people attended the Hyannis Open Streets festival this past September.)

If you’d like to reserve a space, contact Jane Walsh for details asap at


Don’t forget!  The next Writers Night Out is Wednesday, October 19 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth from 6-8 p.m.  Join us for this spooky no-cost evening where you can  enter our six-word story contest and vote in the CCWC’s annual election of our Board of Directors.


Costumes are encouraged and prizes awarded! So bring your most haunting story idesa and a costume to reflect them. Or just come as the most horrifying character you’ve ever read.  Open to members and nonmembers.

To sign up, please contact us via email at or call (508) 420-0200. Or, if need be, just  drop in at the last moment.

There is no dinner but please let us know if you can contribute an appetizer or a desert. Coffee/tea/water will be provided.

Remember there is a free evening!

Looking forward to seeing you on October 19th!  


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!