Eighteen talented students grades 7-12 from the public schools of Cape Cod arrived at the Barnstable Intermediate School on March 15 to participate in the Cape Cod Writers’ Center Tomorrow’s Writers Today Program.

March 2014 TWT Group without teachers


Our fiction instructor was Kevin Symmons, novelist and former president of the Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors. Nancy Rubin Stuart, journalist/author and Executive Director of the Writers Center taught the students about nonfiction.

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Nearly unanimously, the students felt they enjoyed the program and learned a great deal.  

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TWT Grils March 2014

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Here’s a sampling of their comments: 

“The course is AMAZING!”

“They further developed my understanding of fiction and nonfiction and greatly increased my writing skills.”

“They explained what and how good writing happens and experimented with several forms with us.”

“It was very helpful defining the basics of being a successful author.”

“They gave us useful exercises that actually made us think!”

“I learned many things I didn’t know before!”

“They gave us helpful pointers and encouraged us to continue to do what we were doing right.”

“Keep it going. It’s always great!”

“It was awesome and I learned so much from the program.”

With appreciation to Sovereign Bank whose generous contribution made this program possible.



Member News Roundup for March

by web editor on March 3, 2014

March is shaping up to be a busy month for our members. Here’s a roundup of their writing news:

Chip Bishop’s second book, Quentin and Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War will be published this spring in print and e-book formats. Chip will read and sign April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstable Newcomers Club in the Barnstable Senior Center, April 28 at the East Providence, R.I. Historical Society, and April 29 in Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. See www.ChipBishop.com.

Kyle Chirgwin’s first children’s book, Captain Recovery, My Big Tow, published by TT Publications, is available in several local Cape Cod bookstores, and also online via ttpublications.com and also via Amazon. Background information on the characters and the author are available on line at captainrecovery.com.

Rocks Through My Window was recently penned and published by member, Jeannie Coco of Plymouth. The novel focuses on family dysfunction, forgiveness, and hope. Jeannie can be reached at jlc.fox@gmail.com and her website is: jeanniecoco.com. All upcoming public engagements are posted on her website calendar page.

Join Marsha Therese Danzig, Yogi , Healer, Fierce Woman Life Coach , Author of Fierce Joy, and funny girl, for an afternoon of tea, talk, inspiration, and healing on Sunday , March 23 from 2-4 pm at The Sanctuary , Mashpee.  In a presentation called ” A Resurrected Life,” she will read from her book, tells her story, answers questions about living well, guide you in finding your joy, and offer a short healing session for one lucky participant. http://www.thesanctuarycapecod.com/calendar.html

CCWC Member Yvonne deSousa will be celebrating the release of MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis with a benefit reading/signing on Thursday March 6th, at 6 PM at the Provincetown Public Library.  The proceeds from book sales at this event will go directly to Helping Our Women, Provincetown.

Recently, Audrey Elisa Kerr, Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University, has published “Praise of Folly: The Problem of Motherhood” in CrossCurrents  (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  “The Desperately Dark, and the Faithful Fair: The Use and Abuse of Color Indicators in Lee Daniels’s film Precious in The Journal of Colorism Studies (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  and “Matchsticks : A Meditation on Harlem in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Verdict” in CrossCurrents (Winter  2013).

On March 23, Titcomb’s bookshop in East Sandwich will host a book release party and signing for C is for Cape Cod, a beautiful and playful alphabet book by author Christina Laurie and photographer Steve Heaslip. Find out more at this link.

Debra Lawless’s latest book, Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, will be released by The History Press on April 22. This is the sequel to Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village, published in 2011.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art will hold a staged reading of A Leg Up, co-authored by Elizabeth Mangan, Renda Beck Coughlan and Karen McGarr Goershel, on Saturday, March 22 at 3 pm. A Pilates studio on Cape Cod is the setting for this humorous play about women struggling to come to terms with their lives and their bodies.

This spring Quincy writer Thomas Mickey will present a talk based on his new book America’s Romance with the English Garden (Ohio University Press) at the Rhode Island Flower Show, the Boston Flower and Garden Show, and the Portland (ME) Flower Show.

Recently, Emmett Till’s cousin, Rev. Wheeler Parker, who was with Emmett when he was dragged from his Uncle’s house in Mississippi to be murdered, granted Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and David Purdy an interview for a book they are writing, called Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Connecting the Dots. As well as their own story, it incorporates 23 accounts from people directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter’s  new novel Under a Summer Sky transports readers back to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well. Under a Summer Sky will be available on April 29, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.nanrossiter.com/.

Jan Shapin, author of A Snug Life Somewhere and A Desire Path, has just posted information and advice to authors regarding  her current virtual book tour.  Here’s a link to her blog post. And here’s the TLC book tour link.

Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed, award-winning author and Boston College professor will teach an intensive one-week nonfiction writing workshop in the village of South Chatham, July 14-18, 2014. Find out more at the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthChathamWritersWorkshop

In March, Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be on a book tour for Female Adventurers: the Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut throughout Western Mass and Connecticut. For a list of Meet Mehetable events go to femaleadventurers.weebly.com.

Barbara Eppich Struna will give a presentation on the why and how of her historical novel The Old Cape House at the Brewster Ladies Library on March 4 at 7pm. On March 10 at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, she will also give a short talk about her novel at 7pm. for ABITH. Looking forward to an interview at Cape Cod Media Center for the CCWC cable TV show Books and the World on March 28, broadcast date to be announced.

Saturday, March 15th, Kevin Symmons will be teaching Tomorrow’s Writers Today with Nancy Rubin Stuart at the Barnstable Intermediate School from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 17th, Kevin will be a guest lecturer for two AP Creative Writing Classes at Pope John II High School in Hyannis, and Thursday, March 20th, he will be the guest speaker at the Falmouth Historical Society at 55 Palmer Ave in Falmouth. He will discussing his novels and the state of publishing.

Joan Walsh and Anne Session Barber will launch book 3 of their Cape Cod Memory Makers series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explores the Town of Chatham, on or before April 15, 2014.

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 April. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than March 28. 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.)

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award

by web editor on February 26, 2014

BC-Mercy-Otis-Warren-Award-Image-2Nominations are now being accepted for The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award.

The Cape Cod Writers’ Center is one of the proud sponsors of the MOW Award, honoring the Cape Cod woman who best exemplifies leadership in the Cape Cod community through the Arts, Business, Education, and Volunteerism.

This year’s winner will be honored at the June 9th meeting of Tales of Cape Cod, to be held at the Olde Barnstable Courthouse on 6A in Barnstable. Our very own Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, will be giving the keynote speech at the award ceremony.  The winner will also ride in Barnstable’s Fourth of July Parade.

Details and nomination forms can be found at Town Halls throughout the Cape, and online at: www.barnstablecounty.org/2014/02/18/the-mercy-otis-warren-woman-of-the-year-award-2014/

One Day, Two Great Workshops for Writers!

by web editor on February 25, 2014

Registration for this program is now closed.

Please check our website often
to learn about future workshops and events.

Saturday, March 22, The Cape Cod Writers Center
will present a pair of workshops
to help you take the next step on your writing journey.

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9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:
“Writing from the Right Side
of Your Brain”

Seasoned writer and teacher Jamie Cat Callan will teach you how to tap into your intuition, find the passion inside you, and turn that passion into words on the page. Jamie is the author of Ooh La La! (just released), Bonjour, Happiness!, and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone and creator of The Writer’s Toolbox, a kit filled with inspirational tips and tools for writers. A favorite with Cape Cod Writers Center members, Jamie will re-ignite your writing fire.

V8Paschal close crop1:00 PM – 4:00 PM:
“Creating a Family Memoir”

Two award-winning authors will show you how to draw upon your family history and memories to create a family memoir.  Velia Pola is the author of A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water, a family history and dramatic travelogue of a journey with her elderly parents. Meikle Paschal’s book The Black Buddhist is a story of a man’s journey from self-doubt and isolation to self-mastery and a deeper connection to life itself. These two dynamic author/teachers will help you tell your own family stories.

Both workshops will take place at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis. The cost of either the morning or afternoon workshop is $45 ($40 for CCWC members), or sign up for both workshops for just $75 ($65 for CCWC members).

Reservations and prepayment are are required by March 20. Reserve your place using the PayPal buttons below, or by emailing the Cape Cod Writers Center at writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or calling 508-420-0200.

The forty members and friends who attended the February 19, 2014 Cape Cod Writers Center’s  Writers Night Out received a surprise Valentine gift from presentation coach, C.L. Fornari — an exciting and informative lesson about how to win over an audience when presenting on their books.

As usual the evening began with  cocktails and a buffet dinner at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis and a chance to network with members and guests.

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Then C. L. Fornari  took the floor and explained the tricks and tips successful speakers employ to charm and inspire their audiences. Among her tips: know your audience, tell them a little about yourself or the backstory of your book, include interesting stories and above all — be yourself, a presentor who has practised so well that he/she feels confident and relaxed.


With our appreciation  C.L., for your invaluable  advice!

abnaThe 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (ABNA) entry period has opened. The ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels. Entries will be accepted through March 2, 2014, or until 10,000 eligible entries are received, and can now be submitted through CreateSpace.

The categories include five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. You can find out more by following this link.

K.R. Conway to Teach Fiction Writing Class

by web editor on February 12, 2014

K.R. Conway, CCWC Board Member and author of the bestselling young adult novel Undertow, will be teaching a free two-hour workshop on the art of storytelling and writing from 2-4 on Sunday, February 23 at the Marstons Mills Library.


fiction craft marstons millsHow do you build a character, create a distinctive voice, storyboard a twisted novel, and compose fluid dialog? Whether you already have a story in your heart or are looking for inspiration, this class will be great fun for adults and teens (13+). Expect lots of participation, imagination, and the tools to turn a vague dream into a brilliant nightmare. Expect to walk away with the heart of a storyteller. Instructor site: CapeCodScribe.com.

A Great Opportunity for Writers in Grades 7-12

by web editor on February 7, 2014

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in its highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, March 15 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

photo(7)Student writers, poets, and journalists in grades 7 – 12 are encouraged to apply for this workshop taught by two award-winning authors. Instructors for the March 15 session are novelist Kevin Symmons, who will teach fiction writing, and historian and author Nancy Rubin Stuart, who will teach non-fiction writing.

Interested students may apply directly to the program by completing the  application (at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. For more information, email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

The application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today may be found here: TWT Application 3-15-14.

Kevin Symmons in the Patriot Ledger

by web editor on February 6, 2014

Kevin_HeaderFormer CCWC President Kevin V. Symmons was featured in this weekend’s Patriot Ledger with an in-depth interview and look at his writing. Find it at: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209403. Kevin calls it his “Goldilocks” piece since writer Mary Pavlu kept the article succinct yet detailed enough to offer insights into Kevin’s writing. He also wants to thanks his publicist Jeanie Flynn as well as Mary and the Patriot Ledger for publishing the article.

Kevin encourages visitors to his website at http://www.ksymmons.com. His publisher, The Wild Rose Press of New York, has just released his latest and most ambitious work titled Solo in E-book format, exclusively on Amazon for three months. Print books should be available within weeks. Solo is a vivid, bittersweet tapestry, a women’s fiction novel that spans 15 years from the late 80′s into the early millennium. Described by one reviewer as “Smash” meets “The Godfather,” Solo deals with a wide array of social issues. His current work, Out of the Storm, is an Amazon best-seller and is gathering 4 and 5-star reviews. His novel, Rite of Passage, from 2012 was a RonCom National Award finalist…give them a look today and write or email Kevin!

February Member News Roundup

by web editor on February 3, 2014

Here’s a roundup of writing news from our members:

Sandra Bolton’s original farcical-noir-comedy-mystery-musical, Death at the Library, may be enjoyed at the Cotuit Center For The Arts, March 11, 2014. boltonslanding@comcast.net

Bill Burbank has received the first printing My Life Embracing and has his launch signing at Titcomb’s in Sandwich February 8th at 1 PM. This is Bill’s first book retracing his end stage renal failure, dialysis, transplant and relate health complications. A portion of book proceeds with go to Sandwich Resident Michael Robbins, who is awaiting a kidney transplant.

Linda Conti will soon be releasing her second children’s book, Ike, The Ice Cream Man on a Trike. Linda previously wrote Sammy’s Clam, and she is co-author of The Billy Best Story, Beating Cancer with Alternative Medicine. See her website for more information:  http://www.sandcastlememoirs.com/

Dr. Margaret Desjardins, a CCWA member,  is lecturing to education students in Florida at Edison State College about stress and math anxiety in young children in grades 3-5. Her new book, Murky, Quirky Beserky Math, is a humorous and informative story of how ten Beserky math kids learn strategies to cope with math anxiety. Go to www.murkyquirkybeserkymath.com.

MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis by member Yvonne deSousa will be released in mid-February. Please check out Yvonne’s website www.yvonnedesousa.com for release details and scheduled readings.

In advance of the spring release of her new book, Coffee for Roses, C.L. Fornari has launched a new blog at www.CoffeeForRoses.com where she is writing a variety of “constant content.” C.L. will be the featured speaker at CCWC’s Writers Night Out in Hyannis on February 19.

Charles Harper’s new poetry collection, Fragments, is now at the press.  It will be available by early March.  At that time you can see selections from the book at www.harperpoetry.com. The book can also be ordered from that site.

Jim Hill graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing. While enrolled in the Writing for Children & Young Adults program, he worked one-on-one with authors Mary Quattlebaum, Tom Birdseye, Rita Williams-Garcia and Garret Freyman-Weyr. In May, Jim is teaching two workshops at the NESCBWI conference; Websites for Authors & Illustrators, and Storytelling Secrets of Sequential Art in Narrative Prose. See more at his website: http://heyjimhill.com 

Christine Jenkins has started a blog with her cousin.  They write amusing posts about running, parenting and everything in between. Please check it out:  midpackmoms.wordpress.com. E-mail: tworunningmoms@gmail.com.

Christina Laurie has recently had her first volume of poetry accepted by Finishing Line Press. Her previous book, Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku, has been selling well and is available through her at PreacherPoet@comcast.net. Her children’s book, C is for Cape Cod will be launched next month at Titcomb’s Bookstore, 432 Route 6A, East Sandwich, on Sunday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m. with refreshments being served. It can be pre-ordered through www.Islandportpress.com/c-is-for-cape-cod.html.

Steven P. Marini’s novel Aberration finished 4th in the Mystery category, taking a Top Ten Award in the 2013 annual readers’ poll by Predators and Editors. Steven is currently in Florida, where he’ll be doing a reading at The Hub, an arts center in New Smyrna Beach, on Feb. 19th. His latest novel, Calculation, is slated for publication in May.

Diane McDonough’s poem “After Reading Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard” won first prize in the PrimeTime Cape Cod 2013 poetry contest. The awards ceremony and readings of all prose and poetry winners will be held on February 22 at the Mashpee Public Library. Her poem “Yarmouth Fantasy” was just published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of the online literary journal The Write Place at the Write Time.

Frances McNamara’s Death at Chinatown, the fifth book in the Emily Cabot series, has been accepted by Allium Press for publication in 2014. In 1896, Emily is drawn into a mystery in Chicago’s Chinatown when she befriends two young Chinese women doctors who are spending the summer in the city before returning to China to run a clinic. Frances will also appear at the Love Is Murder Mystery Conference  Fri. Feb. 7 at the Intercontinental Chicago, where she will interview with Featured Author thriller writer Jamie Freveletti.

ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties, Book III in J. Bean Palmer’s Cape Cod Witch Series, was released as a ebook this month, and Midwest Book Review said: “Suffice it to say that ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties is about as fine a middle school fantasy as you could get: vivid, packed with ghosts and mystery, and yet tempered with an attention to interpersonal depth that is rare and inviting.”

Shortly after the 2012 Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, Falmouth Fiction Writers came to be (thanks to CCWC liaison and web page). Two members are recently published: Nancy Porter’s story, “Houdini,” appears on-line at http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org.  Alta Mae Stevens’s story of her father, And Then What Happened? Harold R. Harris and the Early History of Aviation appears in print this week.

David A. Purdy and Pamela Chatterton-Purdy were featured in an article, “The Art of Remembrance,” on the front page of the Arts and Entertainment section of the Cape Codder (01/17/14). They also had signings of their book, Icons of  the Civil Rights Movement, over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend at the Brooks Public Library in Harwich and at the Groton (MA) Prep School where Pam’s “Icons” art exhibit is on display during the months of January and February. Check out the www.chatterton-purdyart.com website for pictures and reviews.

Wendy Shreve’s article: “Love Inside Out” will be featured in South Shore & Cape Cod Metaphysics’ On-line Magazine, published the first Tuesday in February. Their website is: http://ssccmetaphysics.com/.

Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be one of the presenters at the monthly meeting of ABITH—A Book In The Hand, being held February 10, 7 p.m., at the Jacob Sears Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA. She will be talking about her book Female Adventurers: the Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Barbara Eppich Struna will be speaking about her historical fiction, The Old Cape House, on Feb. 11 at 2PM at Chase Library in Harwich, MA.  Barbara will speak about her research and what prompted her to write this tale of two women, centuries apart, uncovering a mystery hidden for over 300 years. Also, on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1PM, she will be talking and signing her books at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich.

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 writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than February 28. 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.)