Member News for May

by web editor on May 4, 2015

Take a look at our members’ writing news for this month:

Margot Arnold (Petronelle Cook) will be celebrating her 90th birthday in May. Ms. Arnold is the author of the well loved murder mystery series with Tobias Glendower and Penelope Spring. Two of the series were set on Cape Cod.

Terri Arthur’s book Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell, WWI Nurse is one of the top 3 finalists for awards by the Midwestern Independent Publishers Association in the categories of Historical Fiction and Literary Fiction.

Jim Coogan of Harvest Home Books has published a new trade paperback: Cape Cod Collected: A Selection of the Cape’s Greatest StoriesDistribution of the book to local retail outlets will begin in May.

Marsha Danzig got a book deal with Monkfish Publishing to publish her work Yoga for Amputees. It will be out in Spring 2016.

Arlene Kay will participate in a panel at the National Malice Domestic Conference in Washington DC on May 3rd. Her topic: When Romance Turns Deadly.

Steven P. Marini has submitted his manuscript, Schmuel’s Journey, to his publisher, Gypsy Shadow Publishing. This is his fourth book and involves the story of a ten-year-old survivor of Auschwitz who, at forty, becomes a reluctant Nazi hunter in New Hampshire.

Jan Purcell launched her second novel, The Long Way Home, set in Harwichport. Find her at www.janpurcellart.com or on Facebook: Jan Purcell, Author.

Dwight Ritter wowed them in Indianapolis at the 35th Annual Christamore House Book and author Luncheon. 984 attended to hear Dwight and four other authors talk about their books, then sign copies.

Maxim D. Shrayer published “A Genius in the Attic: Secrets of a Cape Cod Dacha” in Tablet Magazine: http://tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/190383/a-genius-in-the-attic.

Barbara Eppich Struna will collaborate on a presentation with her artist/husband, Timothy J Struna. They’ll be discussing: Where do the Strunas get their creative inspiration? He has designed all of her book covers. The event will take place at Brewster Ladies Library, Main Street, on Thursday May 14, 7-8pm.

Ric Wasley will be signing copies of his new book, The Girl with the Faraway Eyes, at Barnes & Noble in Hyannis on Saturday May 9th at 2pm. He’s also giving a talk titled “Tracking down a Mystery” at The South Yarmouth Library on Saturday May 30th at 2pm.

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 on the first Monday in June. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, May 29. 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.)

On a bright Saturday morning in early May it’s hard to imagine why Cape Cod teenagers voluntarily appeared at the Sturgis Charter School in Hyannis to spend the day in a classroom. Forget spring fever! The urge to write well brought twenty-six talented youngsters, ages 12-17, to attend the Cape Cod Writers Center’s spring Tomorrow’s Writers Today program.IMG_3071

 

The day-long sessions were taught by acclaimed novelists and Emerson professors Indira Ganesan and Tom McNeely, whose expertise fascinated, intrigued, and educated the students on literary arts.

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Here are some of the comments from the students’ exit surveys.

“I’d like this program to be longer! It’s so fun!”

“I liked how we used our imaginations to create regular stories into fantasies.”

“I liked the freedom we got with what we wrote and I learned so much.”

“It was great!”

“The teachers just knew how to help us understand how to develop our stories.”

“Fantasma!”

“Meeting other writers who had different writing styles.”

“I found stories in me I didn’t know I had.”

“I loved being able to strengthen my writing skills and make friends with other writers.”

 

On Sunday, May 17, join best-selling author Carole Bugge (aka CE Lawrence) at the Dedham Hilton for a writing workshop entitled Villains, Heroes, and Sidekicks—Crafting Characters that thrill readers (and SELL books) .

sisters in crimeThis fun, informative, interactive session is brought to you by the New England chapter of Sisters In Crime and is appropriate for fiction writers in any genre, not just mystery. Cape Cod Writers Center members may attend for a special price of just $25, including lunch!

Click here for details and a registration link.

Writing Picture Books with Jim Hill

by web admin on April 27, 2015

There are still a few days left to register for Writing Picture Books with Jim Hill through the arts education program at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

In six weeks you’ll learn about plot, character, pacing, and other important elements in creating a good picture book story. You’ll examine books to discover what makes them successful and join your classmates in writing your own stories, learning to make them stronger via supportive critique.

The class will include lectures, workshops, and group work.

“We’ll have fun reading picture books, and doing group exercises to free up our creativity,” says Jim. “At the end of the course, students will have a notebook full of ideas, several manuscripts, and know what to do to take them to the next level.”

In addition to being the President of the CCWC, Jim is a member of the SCBWI, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

A published poet and award winning songwriter, he has presented multiple workshops for the New England Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and is a regular contributor to the Project Middle Grade Mayhem web site.

Click here to register.

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To see our offerings and register electronically, click on “Quick Conference Links” at top right.

Looking forward to seeing you in August!

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Cape Cod Writers Center invited acclaimed poets Alice Kociemba and Gregory Hischak to read from their work at the April 15 Writers Night Out meeting at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis.

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Alice–who hosts Calliope, a poetry reading series at the West Falmouth Library–is the 2015 Guest Editor of Common Threads, the poetry discussion project of Mass Poetry and the author of a forthcoming book, Bourne Bridge. After the buffet dinner, she read a series of fascinating poems from her recent work.

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She was followed by Gregory Hischak, Associate Director of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth, among whose poetry collections are the 2012 Parts & Labor. In 2014 Gregory was the Regional Winner of the National Poetry Competition. Those who heard him read at Writers Night Out understood why he received that honor.

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Thank you Alice and Gregory for a truly captivating evening!

Member News for April

by web editor on April 6, 2015

Take a look at what our busy members are up to:

Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next for You?, a self-published book by Catherine Allen from Orleans and Santa Fe, has been picked up by Career Press of New Jersey and will be published and promoted again this fall. She was a recent guest on CCWC’s television show Books and the World.

Sharon Anderson’s sixteenth book, Sacred Grids – Creating Crystal Grids with Sacred Geometry, was published in March on Amazon. Sharon appreciates the support and feedback of her CCWC writing group in Osterville.

Jim Hill is teaching a class on writing picture books at the Cotuit Center for the Arts beginning May 4th. In six weeks you’ll learn about plot, character, pacing, and other important elements in creating a good story. You’ll examine books to discover what makes them successful and join your classmates in writing your own stories, learning to make them stronger via supportive critique. The class will include lectures, workshops, and group work. Click here for more information.

Trisha Leaver’s YA contemporary novel, The Secrets We Keep will release April 28th with FSG/ Macmillan. The book reflects on the complicated bond between sisters and the lengths they will go to to keep each other’s secrets safe. A launch Party and signing has been scheduled for Monday, May 4th at 6pm at the Sturgis Public Library, Barnstable. The Secrets We Keep is available at Barnes & Noble, Titcomb’s Bookshop, and Amazon. www.trishaleaver.com

David Litwack’s The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky is now available as an Audio Book. You can listen to a sample here.

Judith Partelow will be one of the featured readers for Voices of the Poet at the Brewster Ladies’ Library on April 25th, 1-3 pm, as well as a reader for the Steeple Street Poets at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem on May 2nd: http://sched.co/2P0I Go to www.judithpartelow.com for information on her book of poems, A Woman’s Heart.

Dwight Ritter is off to Indianapolis for the Christamore House Authors Luncheon and book signing. This annual event benefits the Christamore House, an inner city community house providing scholarships and financial aid to deserving students and families. Then May 2nd he will be doing a book signing during the Brewster in Bloom celebration in front of the Brewster Bookstore.

Rick Shakalis would like to thank Beth Butler of Centerville Library for hosting his author talk/book signing for The Shoemaker’s Castle on March 28. They had a very good turnout and sold some books.

Michael Shapiro won Third Honorable Mention in Cape Cod Prime Time Writers Contest for his poem “Mulching.”

Maxim D. Shrayer has a new story in Cosmonauts Avenue, a new Montreal-based magazine: http://www.cosmonautsavenue.com/maxim-shrayer.html. Shrayer and his colleagues at South Chatham Writers’ Workshop are currently reading applications for the July nonfiction sessions of the workshop. For additional info, go to: http://shrayer.com/scww-index.html

Barbara Struna’s interview about her second historical novel, The Old Cape Teapot recently aired; you can view video here: Books of the World: Barbara Eppich Struna. Barbara is now off to Hollywood for research on her next historical novel, The Old Cape Inn, which alternates between 1947 and the present day for a Hollywood mystery and a search on Cape Cod.

Katrina Valenzuela was accepted to The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. in Letters and also in the new category of Music/Choreography. She is the only one in this category as of now.

Ric Wasley’s latest novel, The Girl with the Faraway Eyes, was released in March by Wild Child Publishing in California. It’s available here in paperback and Kindle versions: http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Faraway-Eyes-Wasley/dp/1617981516/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Congratulations to CCWC member and former SIEGE drummer Robert R. Williams who has become a music and pop culture reviewer for the CVLTNation webzine!  Mr. Williams’ anti-war rock opera So Be It is also slated for release by Deep 6 Records of Los Angeles.

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 May. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, May 1. 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.)

BC-Mercy-Otis-Warren-Award-Image-2The Cape Cod Writers Center is once again a proud sponsor of the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year contest. Please pick up nomination forms at your library or town hall or by using the link below. Nominate a deserving woman. The winner will be honored at Tales of Cape Cod, June 8th, and will ride in the Barnstable Fourth of July Parade.

To find out more or download a nomination form, click here!

Fiction Writers: Don’t Miss This Great Workshop!

by web editor on March 30, 2015

On Sunday, May 17, join best-selling author Carole Bugge (aka CE Lawrence) at the Dedham Hilton for a writing workshop entitled Villains, Heroes, and Sidekicks—Crafting Characters that thrill readers (and SELL books) .

sisters in crimeThis fun, informative, interactive session is brought to you by the New England chapter of Sisters In Crime and is appropriate for fiction writers in any genre, not just mystery. Cape Cod Writers Center members may attend for a special price of just $25, including lunch!

Click here for details and a registration link.

 

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for our final Tomorrow’s Writers Today program of the current school year, to be held on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Sturgis East High School in Hyannis.

This fun-filled, inspiring, free workshop gives talented writers in grades 7 through 12 the rare opportunity to learn from successful professional authors and to hone their literary skills.

Meet Our Faculty:

indira ganesanIndira Ganesan is the author of three novels, the most recent, As Sweet As Honey (2013) from Knopf. She held a Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College, residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Paden Institute for Writers of Color, and served as a judge for the 2014 Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. She teaches part-time at Emerson College.

 

ThomasMcNeelyThomas McNeely is a former Wallace Stegner and National Endowment for the Arts fellow who has taught fiction writing at Stanford University, Emerson College, and the Grub Street Writing Workshops; his stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and anthologies. His debut novel, Ghost Horse, was published in 2014.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2015. Interested students may apply to the program by completing an application (available at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. For more information or to receive an application by email, contact writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

Click here to download more information and an application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today, May 2015.