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!

Writers Night Out Annual Think Tank, September 21, 2016

by Artistic Director on September 9, 2016

Writers Night Out
Wednesday, September 21st


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








FREE to all



 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

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

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 ( 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,, 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:


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 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!


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.



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.)


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!