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.)

Calliope–Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library

by web editor on January 28, 2014

Calliope PicSunday, February 9th 3 to 5 PM.

Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation to fund the poets’ stipend.



Ann Bookman is the author of the chapbook Point of Attachment (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her poems have appeared in Larcom Review, Chronogram and other journals.  Ann is an anthropologist and a Senior Research Scientist at the Heller School, Brandeis University and is the author of Starting in our Own Backyards: How working families can build community and survive the new economy (2004) which bridges the worlds of research, policy and activism.  Ann lives in Brookline, MA.

Mark Pawlak is the author of seven poetry collections and the editor of six anthologies.  His latest book is Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005 – 2010 (Plein Air Edtions/Bootstrap Press, 2012).  His poems have appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry, Blood to Remember, American Poets on the Holocaust, among others and in numerous literary magazines.  For more than 33 years, Mark has been an editor of Hanging Loose, one of the oldest independent literary journals and presses.  He teaches mathematics and is Director of Academic Support Programs at UMass Boston and lives in Cambridge.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney’s collection of poems, Hand Me Down (Finishing Line Press 2013) was a semi-finalist for the 2012 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition.  Her poems and translations have appeared in The Worcester Review, Diner, The Journal of Irish Literature and elsewhere.  She has been awarded the Frank O’Hara Prize and an American Academy of Poets Prize.  Other publications include essays on detective stories, women’s writing and the works of Vladimir Nabokov.  Beth earned an MFA in poetry and PhD in English from Brown University and teaches American literature and creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross.

Directions:  From Bourne Bridge.  Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles.  Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign).  Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House)

Calliope’s Craft Workshops are open for registration.  $25 each. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to 12.

Saturday, January 25th 11AM – 2 PM,  (Only one space available): Susan Donnelly, The Practice of Poetry
Saturday, February 22nd 11AM – 2PM: Patrick Donnelly, How to Be a Good Reader of Your Own Writing. (Open to both poetry and prose writers.)
Saturday, March 22nd 11AM – 2 PM: Jennifer Jean, Impossible Love/Impossible Beauty.

See website for details: www.calliopepoetryseries.com, or email: calliopepoetryreadings@verizon.net

Calliope’s next reading:  Sunday, March 9th 3 to 5 PM, Open Mike Sign-Up, 2:45 PM.  Featuring—Denise Bergman, James Kates, Lori Desroisers

Call for Submissions: Educational Assessment Texts

by web editor on January 24, 2014

KUThe Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation is a research center at the University of Kansas that administers the Kansas Assessment Program on behalf of the Kansas Department of Education.

CETE is currently looking for writers to submit quality poetry and prose to be considered for use on state assessments. CETE is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction texts for use on reading assessments for grades 3 – 12. Buys exclusive assessment rights and non-exclusive other rights. Pays $250 upon acceptance. Previously published work is acceptable, but author must hold the copyright and must include prior publication information when submitting. More details are available on their submissions site: https://cete.submittable.com/submit.

Attention Crime Writers!

by web editor on January 20, 2014

lbb_1inch-1Submissions are open until April 30, 2014 for Level Best Books’ twelfth annual anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave.

They are seeking stories up to 5000 words in any genre–mystery, suspense, caper, literary, humor, paranormal, romance, etc., as long as they include a crime. Every year they publish authors who range from familiar names to first publications.

To submit to Level Best, authors must live in one of the six New England states. Detailed submission requirements are here.

New England authors are encouraged to cross submit to the Al Blanchard Award contest. If you live outside New England, don’t despair. You can still submit to the Al Blanchard Award, sponsored by the New England Crime Bake. Detailed submission requirements for the Al Blanchard Award are here.

On January 15, the  CCWC’s Writers Night Out at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis began with a warm welcome from board president, Jennie Wiley who invited our members to join to two new committees to keep our organization vibrant and exciting.

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The first is the Membership Committee, which is designed to improve our outreach to other area writers.  The second is the Great Ideas Committee, whose mission is to stimulate new CCWC activities. Please join us to make the CCWC a stronger organization than ever before by contacting the office for meeting times and dates.  Everyone is welcome  – and so are your energies, creativity and suggestions.

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The evening’s speaker was Janice Randall Rohlf, former editor-in-chief of Cape Cod View and now the Editorial and Content Director at Lighthouse Media Solutions, publisher of seven glossy lifestyle magazine for southern Massachusetts.  

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Based on her long experience as a regional lifestyle editor, Janice spoke about the value of writing for regional media for new writers, tips on how to query an editor and mistakes to avoid. Who knows? If you follow Janice’s advice you may soon find your name in print in one of her glossy magazines.  


Important CCWC Writing Contest Updates!

by web editor on January 13, 2014

The Cape Cod Writers Center would like to announce the following modifications to our first annual Writing Contest:

The deadline for the contest has been moved back from January 15 to May 1, 2014. Contest categories are Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Middle Grade/Young Adult, and Poetry. Entry fees are $20 for prose categories and $15 for poetry. The top prize in each category will be $200, plus a free conference session at the 2014 Cape Cod Writers Conference (Aug. 7-10, 2014), and an individual critique by an agent or editor.

keyboard imageWe will accept electronic submissions and PayPal payments ONLY. To find out  more or to enter, visit http://contest.capecodwriterscenter.org, where you will find contest details, contest email address, and PayPal information.

January Member News Roundup

by web editor on January 6, 2014

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

This spring, one of Gustaf Berger’s short stories will be published in the literary journal The Broken Plate, from Ball State University.

Anita Caruso’s memoir “As Ever Pudd”- A Love Story That Never Ends Told in Letters, is coming out second week in February, 2014. She will be speaking about it on April 14th at ABRITH (A Book In The Hand) at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, Ma. Find out more about this and other speaking engagements at her website: www.anitaacarusobooks.com.

I Call Myself Earth Girl, a work of visionary fiction by Jan Krause Greene, was published by Soul Rocks in the UK. It is available at book stores, online bookstores and in all ebook formats. Jan’s website is www.icallmyselfearthgirl.com, and her blog is whataheartcanhold.wordpress.com.

Ted Grosch’s first novel, Quantum Level Zero, was released as an e-book from Double Dragon Publishing. His new website is coming soon at www.tedgrosch.com.

The third and final book of Deborah Hill’s trilogy, “Kingsland,” will be released this spring. In another month or so, look for more information at northroadpublishing.com.

Robin Smith-Johnson’s first book of poems, Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter was published last month by Word Poetry, an imprint of Word Tech Communications LLC. She will be reading with Calliope at West Falmouth Library on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 3-5 p.m. Also featured are Kathleen Aguero and Richard Hoffman.

Cape Women Online published Debbie McNaughton’s Christmas short story in their Holiday 2013 issue and will also publish another of her short stories in their January Winter issue.

This December ElsBeth and the Pirate’s Adventure, Book II of The Cape Cod Witch Series of magical adventures for middle-grade readers, written by J Bean Palmer, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Regional Literature category of the 2013 New England Book Festival, and received Honorable Mention in the Genre-Based category of the 2013 London Book Festival.

John Rogers’s short story, “The Cle eland Travel Inn,” (available at this link) was published in the 2013 Bacopa Literary Review. The story was a happy ending for a ‘kill your babies’ slash and burn rewrite of his first novel, Hack the Yak (unpublished as yet).

Virginia Sands of Plymouth is marketing her first children’s photo book called A Tree with a Knee. She will be presenting it to grades K – 3 at the Manomet Elementary School on Manomet Point Rd. in Plymouth on January 14 at 9:15.

Jan Shapin (www.janshapin.com) is pleased to announce that her first novel, A Snug Life Somewhere, has been reprinted by Write Words Inc., a small literary press in Maryland. TLC Book Tours is hosting a virtual book tour February 10 – March 3.

On January 15, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Brewster Ladies Library, Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be the speaker for the Cape Cod Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting. Her presentation is on how to use wills in genealogical and historical research. Guests are welcome.

Bob Surrette will be instructing a course entitled Writing for Cape Codders in February as part of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District Adult Education Program.  The goal is to help participants improve their writing techniques using a constructive, interactive approach.

Virginia Young’s latest novels, I Call Your Name and By a Thread, are available through bookstores and Kindle. A young adult novel, Nocturnal, will be published by a Canadian company in June.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted on the first Monday in February. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than January 31st. 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.)

microphone croppedOn December 26, Mindy Todd of The Point on WCAI Radio hosted her annual Best Books of the Year show for 2013, with guests Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times.

Among Mindy’s selections was Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married, the latest history by CCWC’s own Nancy Rubin Stuart. These three book lovers also chose favorite titles in fiction and non-fiction and discussed the year’s trends in books and reading. Readers won’t want to miss this show. Click here to listen to the podcast!   (Part III  has a discussion about Defiant Brides.).

What is a better way for writers to celebrate the holidays than to challenge themselves with a six-word story contest? That’s what we thought at the Cape Cod Writers Center. So, too, did the 40 members who arrived at Uno’s Chicago Grille in Haynnis on Wednesday, evening, December 11, 2013.

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During cocktail hour, our members enjoyed purchasing books at our annual book sale. After a delicious buffet, the competition began. Twenty writers recited their six word stories after which the members voted for the two best. First place went to Susan Trausch and second place to Dwight Ritter, both of whom, quite coincidentally, are members of our board of directors.

Dwight left before his phot0 could be taken but here’s Susan posing happily with her book prize, a signed copy of Meg Wolitizer’s The Interestings.

Susan Trausch Winner of the  6-word story Happy holidays to all!

The Cape Cod Writers Center was pleased to present Breakfast with the Authors  to an interested audience of  members and friends who arrived at  the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel on Friday morning, December 6th. The program featured three authors whose books have been published within the last year.

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The first speaker was Mike O’Connor whose amused the audience with description of his books, Why Do Blubirds Hate Me? and Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches? and whose editor, Olivia Miller, read from one of the books.

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Mike”s talk was followed by CCWC’s  Executive Director, Nancy Rubin Stuart, who  spoke about what inspired her to write her double biography, Defiant Brides, within which two two remarkable women married prominent men of the Revolution, leading one woman to become a patriot, and the other the spy.

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Our third and equally intriguing author was Virgina Young, who described how earlier life events inspired her recent mysteries. These include her msot recent book, I Call Your Name, as well as Family of Strangers and By a Thread.  

Virginia Young BWTA Dec 2013  (4) The Cape Cod Writers Center is planning another Breakfast With the Authors in 2014 so watch for a notice in the New Year!