More Honors for David Litwack

by web editor on December 18, 2014

Local author and CCWC member David Litwack continues to rack up the end-of-year honors.

Along the WatchtowerHis novel Along the Watchtower was named one of the Best Kindle Books of 2014 and is featured on the Digital Book Today website as a Weekly Great Read. You can follow this link to read more about the awards or click here to buy the kindle edition.

Congratulations, David!

The Cape Cod Writers Center is proud to announce that David Litwack, who participated for several year in one of our writer’s groups since published several novels ,was just named by Evolved Publising as one of the  two winners of the Pinnacle Achievement Award for Fall 2014.

 The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky



After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

 Congratulations David.  We are so proud of you!  

It’s become a holiday tradition! Each year for the December Writers Night Out, the Cape Cod Writers Center expects its members to show their literary abilities by writing a six-word story and compete for the best.  This year was no exception at Writers Night Out, December 10, at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 where thirty members appeared and more than half of them presented their stories.

We began with cocktails, followed by a delectable holiday dinner, a book raffle, and announcements by board president Jim Hill and Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart and business manager, Janet Gardner.


And then the fun began!

Winners of the six-word story were Susan Trausch, first prize  and Paul Raymer, second prize!

Susasn Trausch

Paul Raymer


 Congratulations and happy holidays to all!

Thirty five people arrived at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis on Friday morning, December 5, 2015 for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Breakfast with the Authors Program to hear some of the region’s most exciting authors speak about their work.

The speakers were (left to right) nonfiction author Martin Sandler, veterinarian and fiction writer Dr. Nick Trout,, and mystery writer Arlene Kay.

BWTA Panel Dec 5, 2014

After a light breakfast and introduction by CCWC Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart, Arlene Kay spoke about her latest book in the Swann series, Gilt Trip.  As usual, Arlene fascinated the audience with her entertaining, often evil characters.

Arlen Kay BWTA

Dr. Nick Trout, a British-born veterinarian, presented a charming talk about the benefits of pet ownership and then spoke about his latest novel, Dog Gone, Back Soon.  

Dr. Nick Trout

The third speaker was Cape Cod’s beloved and venerable author, Marty Sandler, whose talk on why he writes nonfiction and favors history, capped the morning with impassioned comments about his latest book, Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II. 

Marty Sandler

Later members of the audience purchased books from the three authors, several which will be given to others over the holidays.

Member news for December

by web editor on December 1, 2014

Here’s a roundup of our CCWC Members’ writing news for December:

Gustaf Berger’s essay, “Writing at Seventy,” will appear in Grubstreet’s Grub Daily in December.

Chip Bishop has several December signings for his latest book, Quentin and Flora: December 1–Luncheon Meeting, Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Seven Hatchville Rd., East Falmouth, 12 Noon; December 9 – Joint Meeting of Falmouth Books Clubs, Falmouth Senior Center, 300 Dillingham Ave. 1:30 p.m.; December 10 – Reading/signing at Mashpee Women’s Club, Brookside Club, Bourne, 10:30 a.m.

Chesterton, the weasel featured in Dean Coe’s picture book Chesterton Keeps His Town Jumping, has been cast in iron by Sandwich sculpture and glass blower, Michael Maygar. Supporting over 500 white lights, the 13’ high dancing Chesterton will be unveiled at 6:15, Dec. 5th on the Sandwich Library lawn followed by a book signing and refreshments inside the library. Chesterton Saves The Whale, a story about a stranded pilot whale and second in the series, has just gone to press.

Arlene Kay has several upcoming events: Dec. 1st—her novel Gilt Trip will be featured in the International Thriller Writers’ E-Zine The Big Thrill; Dec.4th—Arlene will sign copies of Gilt Trip at the New England Mobile Book Fair’s “Night of Mystery” in Newtonville (6-7 pm); Dec. 5th—CCWC Breakfast with the Authors—Arlene will give a dazzling presentation and sign copies of the Swann Series (Swann Dive; Mantrap; Gilt Trip); Dec.9th—Arlene will discuss “Creating Compelling Characters” at the Marstons Mills Library (6:30 PM).

Steven P. Marini will be participating in the second annual Gala Mystery Night at the New England Mobilt Book Fair on December 4 from 6-7 PM. It is located at 82 Needham Street in Newton Highlands. (

Deb McNaughton’s short story, “Hidden Gift,” has been published this month in Cape Women Online Holiday issue.

The Spectator listed CCWC member Thomas Mickey’s book America’s Romance with the English Garden among “the year’s best gardening books.”

Lily Poritz Miller was interviewed by Madeline Holt for Books and the World. The program will soon be aired but can be accessed online via this link: Books and the World_Miller. Email Lily at  or visit

Dwight Ritter’s new novel, Growin’ Up White, is the story of the immense impact that Georgey, a fifty-year-old black, quirky housekeeper from the Bahamas, has on a white family. Imbued with extra doses of homespun religion and humor, she shapes the life of physician Wayne Stoner, his wife, and their three children. The book is scheduled for release in December.

Ray Schumack published a second book of petite memoirs, this one titled Our Word Today – Our Great Depression Years: Funny Things Happen. It chronicles some of the things that happened to a family in the 1930s and describes some of the unusual experiences of that family’s descendants today.

Michael Shapiro and the Scargo Hill Poets are pleased to announce their new poetry group, meeting the first and third Thursdays each month in Dennis. Serious poets looking for fellowship and honest feedback on their work should contact the Writers Center to be put in touch with the group.

Wendy Shreve’s new book, Dark Sea: Shadowwater II, is now available on Amazon and Kindle. Go to her website: Dark Sea Shadowwater II Home Page for more details.

Barbara Eppich Struna’s historical novel, The Old Cape House, has been awarded First Place in Historical Fiction by Royal Dragonfly Awards for excellence in literature. Also in December at Struna Galleries in Brewster and Chatham, she will be signing and selling her second historical novel, The Old Cape Teapot, and, The Old Cape House. See her blog for details: Barbara’s Blog

Ric Wasley will be participating in the second annual Gala Mystery Night at the New England Mobilt Book Fair on December 4 from 6-7 PM. It is located at 82 Needham Street in Newton Highlands.

Nancy Woodside shares that the Eve’s House Writing Group will be doing a book signing for their new book, Sea Glass, in the Hyannis Library at 6PM on December 3rd.

C.E. Zaniboni would like to announce that the cover art for her novel Iced at Midnight is ready. The publication date is early 2015. See the cover and learn more at her website

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 January. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, January 2. 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 cold temperatures on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 were hardly a detriment to the thirty members of the Cape Cod Writers Center who attended Writers Night Out at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis to hear former Boston Globe reporter, columnist and editor Susan Trausch speak about “the reporter’s eye.”


After cocktails and a delicious buffet dinner, Susan, who is also a board member of the Cape Cod Writers Center, presented an informative and often amusing explanation of the unique way reporters obtain their news and explained how that skill can be used to inspire fiction. Among her suggestions was the importance of carrying a notebook to record snippets of overheard conversation; scanning the newspaper for stories that contain the germ of a plot; observing the behavior of others; and keeping a checklist of a character’s preferences and dislikes.

By the end of the evening, our members were not only inspired but obtained important lessons for writing their own fiction.

With thanks to Susan for a truly exciting evening!

Upcoming on December 5: Breakfast with the Authors

by web editor on November 21, 2014

In just two weeks the Cape Cod Writers Center will host the holiday program of our Breakfast with the Authors series. The breakfast will be Friday, December 5, 9:30-11:30 at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue in Hyannis.

This program has something for everyone. If you like smart and sultry mysteries, you’ll want to hear Arlene Kay speak about Gilt Trip, the latest in the Boston Uncommons series. For history buffs, or anyone with a young adult on your shopping list, Martin W. Sandler will present Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II. And for warmth and humor, you can’t beat Dr. Nick Trout’s latest novel about the delightful exploits of veterinarian Cyrus Mills, Dog Gone, Back Soon.

gilt trip   imprisoned   dog gone






This is bound to be a popular program, so reservations are strongly recommended. The cost is just $15 for CCWC members or $20 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast, brief talks by all three authors, Q&A, and an opportunity to buy books and get them signed for yourself or anyone on your holiday shopping list.

Reserve your space by emailing or calling 508-420-0200.

Saturday in East Dennis: “Women Creating Havoc”

by web editor on November 14, 2014

The Cape Cod Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
invites you a special event:

Women Creating Havoc
A Celebration of Art

havocSaturday, November 15
1:30PM – 4:00PM
Jacob Sears Memorial Library
25 Center Street
East Dennis, MA

Meet the creative minds behind some great works and get a little jump on your holiday shopping as local Pen Women sign books, autograph paintings and note cards, answering questions, and giving short talks about their work.

For more about this event and NLAPW’s Cape Cod branch, visit their website:

Twenty four teenagers turned out on Saturday morning, November 8, for day-long writing instruction with the Cape Cod Writers Center ‘s Tomorrow’s Writers Today program at the Barnstable Intermediate School.

TWT Nov 2014 JPG

Two acclaiimed authors, novelist Heidi Schmidt and nonfiction author Chip Bishop, instructed the students in their respective genres, and offered each of the individual students feedback for their writing.

Heidi Schmidt TWT  Nov 2014C Bishop TWT Nov 2014









By the end of the day, the students had learned a lot, and many plan to attend the next Tomorrow’s Writers Today workshops in 2015.

Here are some of their comments from the exit surveys: 

“It was amazing to be able to get feedback from actual authors. I would definitely come back.”
“It was fun very useful and excellent.  It helped me with understanding my writing very much.”
“Honestly, wonderful job!”
“They (the teachers) opened up new ideas and writing styles for me. ”
“I loved the fiction writing. It was fun!”
“They taught me a lot of new writing techniques that have given me new inspiration to improve my fiction and nonfiction.”
“They helped critique my writing.”
“They (the teachers) really know what they were talking about.”
“I learned a lot of new things.”

Calliope Poetry Readings at the West Falmouth Library

by web editor on November 7, 2014

Calliope Pic

Please join us for the next Calliope Poetry Reading

Sunday, November 16th, 3 PM 
Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation.


Jericho Brown’s latest poetry collection, The New Testament, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press (2014).  His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008) won the 2009 American Book Award.  His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Best American Poetry.  He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and a Whiting Writer’s Award.  He also received two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland.  Jericho grew up in Louisiana and earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.  He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, was released from Red Hen Press in 2014 as the Benjamin Saltman Award winner.  Her other three books are  Mayweed (The Word Works); Lamb (Perugia Press) and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press).  In 2008 she was chosen as the winner of The Missouri Review Prize in poetry.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry of 2014, The Atlantic Monthly, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and in many other journals.  In addition, Frannie’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, A Writer’s Almanac and Ted Kooser’s column, American Life in Poetry.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Frannie lives in Belmont, MA. and is a classical pianist.

Jennifer Markell’s first book of poetry, Samsara, was published in 2014 by the Turning Point imprint of WordTech Communications.  She is also the author of an award-winning chapbook, Leaving the Green Elm Market.  Her poems have been published in The Atlanta Review, Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino and in The Aurorean, where she was the featured poet.  Her poetry also was published in Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology and has been displayed at Boston City Hall.  She was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  A member of the Jamaica Pond Poets, Jennifer works as a psychotherapist with a special interest in therapeutic uses of writing.

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.)

No December Reading.
Next Calliope Poetry Reading will be on
Sunday, January 11th, 3 PM, featuring Kim Baker, JD Scrmgeour, Cammy Thomas, and our open mic readers.

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