In Memoriam, Former CCWC President Shirley Eastman 1931-2016

by Artistic Director on January 3, 2017

Shirley Lou Miller Eastman of Cotuit passed away on November 1,  2016 at Harbor Point in Centerville.  Mrs. Eastman was a former president of the Cape Cod Writers Center and frequently interviewed authors for the  Center’s television series, Books and the World.

She is survived by her husband, Jim, their three children and four grandchildren. The family asks that memorial donations be sent to the Massachusetts SPCA  Capital Campaign at 157i7 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA  02632 or to the Cape Cod Writers Center, P.O. box 408, Osterville, MA  02655.




Join your friends from the Cape Cod Writers’ Center on Wednesday, January 18th for our Writers’ Night Out at the Dennis Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennisport, MA.  6:00 -8:00 p.m. 

Eight to ten lucky members will read from their writing for 5 minutes and hear 3 minutes of constructive comments from the audience.  To read, please email as soon as possible. First come, first serve, but there’s a waiting list in case of cancellation.

 Even if you don’t read, we hope you’ll come to this meeting It’s a great way support and share your thoughts with your fellow writers – and obtain new insights and inspiration! 


 To attend, please RSVP to  and write “WNO January 18 ” in the subject heading.  Not sure? Last-minute participants are also welcome. 

 If you’d like to contribute an  appetizer or dessert, please email Be sure to write “WNO Food” in the subject line. Our Hospitality Coordinator will reply soon.  With thanks for your contribution!  

Suggested Donation for Members:  $5.00     Non-Members:  $10.00 


Forty-five writers turned out for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Holiday Bash from 6-8 p.m. on December 7, 2016 Writers Night Out at the Osterville Village Library.   The celebration began with seasonal refreshments, social networking and a large display of books published by  Cape Cod Writers Center’ members.

At 7:00 p.m. members were treated to an inspiring talk by social media expert Kelly Ahern, accompanied by information sheets and followed by a lively Question and Answer session.


All and all it was a great evening.  Happy holidays to everyone!



Tips on Publishing

by barbara struna on December 5, 2016


Great article from Cape Cod Times on publishing your manuscript from members Kevin Symmons and Barbara Eppich Struna, along with Katie O’Sullivan, Kathryn Knight, Sally Cabot Gunning, and Ira Wood.

November Member News

by barbara struna on November 11, 2016

Ray Anderson’s latest AWOL Thriller, Sierra is selling out and garnering rave reviews. Available at independant bookstores, B&N, and online.


Anita A. Caruso will be selling her books: A memoir, As Ever, Pudd; two children’s books, Brayden’s Magical Jungle and Brayden’s Magical Carousel Horse at the 30th Annual Cape Cod Tech Holiday Craft Fair, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich, Ma. on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th from 10am to 4pm.


Anita A. Caruso and Barbara Eppich Struna The Old Cape Series will be selling their books at the 22nd Annual Arts Fair Upper Cape Tech, Buzzards Bay on Sat.& Sun.- Nov. 19 & 20, 10am -3:30pm and Dennis-Yarmouth Women’s Club, West Dennis Graded School House, 67 School Street on Saturday,November 26th from 9:30am-4pm.


Jim Coogan will be launching his first novel, Sears Point, at the Brewster Book Store on Saturday November 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The 234 page story centers on a character who lives through a century of change in Brewster.  During his life time Washington Foster Sears experiences the transition of his small and rural Cape Cod town, the kind of community featured in the many novels by Joseph C. Lincoln, to the growth-related challenges that have affected the peninsula in our own time.  Featuring universal themes relating to change and aging, Sears Point is a Cape Cod story for Cape Cod people written by a person who has lived here for seven decades.  Sears Point is Coogan’s 10th book and is published by Harvest Home Books.

Debi Graham-Leard was acknowledged as one of this year’s Debut Authors at the Sisters in Crime annual conference Crime Bake in Dedham on Friday, November 11, 2016. Debi’s first mystery is titled The Uninvited Guest.


Melanie P. Merriman, PhD has launched a new website ( 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.










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 !