by Kate Klise
Part of the 2015 Conference Faculty Series

Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.

Sounds like one of those banal quips you hear at a high school graduation. In fact, it’s a quote from none other than Cher, who will not be teaching the Writing for Children’s course at this year’s Cape Cod Writers Center Conference (August 7-9). Nor will Cher be teaching the course on Young Adult Novels.

But I will. And I plan on asking all of my students to embrace any feelings of foolishness as we talk about the art and craft of telling a good story.

I’m working on my thirtieth book this summer. It never gets easier for me. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that if I want to have a good idea, I have to generate a lot of ideas. Most are lousy, which is why I try not to fall in love with my first draft of anything. As Colette once said: “Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”

I wouldn’t dare destroy anyone’s work other than my own. But I do hope I can help other writers separate the gold from the straw in their working manuscripts. And for those writers who are just sitting down with a new project, that’s fine, too. We’ll spend a lot of time talking about beginnings and how important it is to hook the reader as early as possible.

Will we feel silly? Maybe. Will some of our ideas be slightly less than brilliant? Probably. But we won’t care because we know looking foolish is the price we pay for the possibility of being great writers—or rock stars.


Kate Klise 001croppedKate Klise is an award-winning author of books for young readers. She also spent 15 years reporting for People magazine. For more about Kate, visit

Riverhaven Books June 2015 Newsletter

by web editor on June 17, 2015

Riverhaven June 2015 Newsletter

Writers Night Out Tomorrow, June 17th

by web editor on June 16, 2015

Perfect Pitch Practice

At Uno’s Restaurant, Route 132, Hyannis
5:30 networking, 6:00 dinner, 7:00 presentation


Practice pitching your mapitchnuscript at this month’s Writers Night Out! You will have two minutes to convince our discerning membership – including fellow authors and editors – why they should be interested in your book. Critique and suggestions will be given by our audience along with a vote for the evening’s best pitch. Reserve your spot now to participate in this exciting opportunity!

The personal pitch is one of the most critical skills for all writers.  You’ll need it to sell your book or story idea to a time-pressed agent or editor, to promote your work to the media, and to place it on your website and/or social media accounts.

By popular demand, the CCWC’s June WNO again offers you the opportunity to practice your pitch before an audience, hear their reactions, and learn what works best. Even if you’re not ready to pitch or submit to an agent or editor now, come and enjoy the company of your friends and fellow writers and get a taste of what pitching is all about.

Presenting participants must be CCWC members. The maximum time allowed is 2 minutes (yes, you will be timed!). There are 10-15 slots available, on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure your place, please contact Sara Kass at


The cost of Writers Night Out is $25 for CCWC members and $30 for non-members. The price includes a buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink.

Please contact Sara at our office to sign up via email for what promises to be a fun and informative evening: or call 508-420-0200.


Maybe the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats had something to do with it. Or the fact that it was a gorgeous morning on Cape Cod. More likely though, it was the three distinguished authors who  appeared at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis on Friday morning, June 12  for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Breakfast with the Authors program who charmed the thirty-five members of the audience.

After a continental breakfast, the first speaker, C. L. Fornari, a nationally known garden expert, author of five books and host of two radio shows, spoke about her career, the common mistakes people make in the garden and her most recent book, Coffee for Roses.



She was followed by Hank Phillippi Ryan, an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, the winner of 13 Emmys, 13 Edward R. Murrow Awards and two-time Agatha Award for her best-selling mysteries, the most recent being Truth Be Told.

Hank Phillippi Ryan BWTA June 12, 2015

The third speaker was John Hough, Jr., a former speech writer for Senator Charles Mathias of Maryland, assistant to James Reston at the Washington Bureau of the New York Times, and the author of five novels, including his latest, Little Bighorn. 


John Hough Jr. BWTa June 12, 2015

Their presentations were followed by a lively Question and Answer session after which the authors signed books for members of the audience, many of whom praised the program as “one of our best!”


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With our appreciation to C.L. Fornari, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and John Hough, Jr. for a wonderful morning!

All the Classes at the Conference

by web admin on June 11, 2015

Curious about the classes at the conference but haven’t downloaded the brochure? Here’s an easy-to-read list organized by length of class.

Three-Day Classes

A Primer on Self-Publishing, Stephanie Blackman
No Nonsense Nonfiction, Charles Salzberg
Writing for Young Adults, Kate Klise
Writing Love Stories and Romance, Judith Arnold
Children’s Book Writing, Kate Klise
Edit Yourself Into Print, Michael Carr
Thrillers: On the Edge of Your Seat, Jerry Amernic
Writing Publishable Poetry, Charles Coe
The Craft of Fiction, Indira Ganesan
Literary Tension and Suspense, Charles Salzberg
Fantasy Fiction, C. E. Lawrence
Writing for Television and Film, Jan Worthington

Two-Day Classes

50 Shades of Publishing, April Eberhardt
Historical Fiction, C. E. Lawrence
How to Hook an Agent, Michael Carr
Internet e-Book Promotion, Steve Manchester
Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, Deb Kurilecz
Setting: The Sense of Place, Indira Ganesan
Social Media for Writers, Chantelle Osman

One-Day Classes

Choosing Partner Publishing, Eberhardt/Harnisch
Perfecting Your Pitch and Query, Chantelle Osman
Realistic Dialogue, Jan Worthington
Research Skills for Writers, Jerry Amernic
Panel on Self-Publishing, Bishop/Eberhardt/Richter
Changes in Book Publishing Markets, Richter/Fairbank
Presentation Skills for Writers, Charles Coe
How to Write with the Wow Factor, Deb Kurilecz
Poetic Techniques for Prose Writers, Charles Coe


Memoir, Piercy/Wood
50 Editing Mistakes Authors Make, Chantelle Osman
Marketing from the Heart, Claire Cook

We’re happy to be supporting the Vermont College of Fine Arts auction by offering two classes to our conference in August. Hop on over and see all of the other amazing items up for bid including writing retreats, editorial one-on-ones, and once in a life time opportunities like tea with Katherine Patterson. Here are links to the different categories:

Critiques and Consultations

Getting Down to Business – headshots, book schwag, marketing consultations, etc…

Luxe Deluxe – this is the AMAZING stuff

Once in a Lifetime

Take a look and spread the word.

Nantucket Book Festival, June 19-21

by web admin on June 9, 2015


JUNE 19-21, 2015


Scott Turow, Anita Diamant, Azar Nafisi, Ishmael Beah, Alice Hoffman,
Bret Anthony Johnston, Paul Muldoon & Nathaniel Philbrick headline
28 presenters and 60+ local authors to participate

New England debut of The Typewriter Rodeo – custom poems on vintage typewriters

The Nantucket Book Festival kicks off summer with a stellar roster of authors who will appear June 19-21, 2015, at the annual event, now in its fourth year. For three days, booklovers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for a series of author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide opportunities for casual conversations between writers and readers. Most events are free.

Among the 28 participating authors for this year’s Festival are Scott Turow, master of the legal thriller; Anita Diamant (The Red Tent, The Boston Girl); Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books); Ishmael Beah (A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier); Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; Bret Anthony Johnston (Corpus Christi, Remember Me Like This); Alice Hoffman (The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Nightbird), and Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea, Bunker Hill). Literary genres represented include fiction, memoirs, biography, poetry, and a strong contingent of authors in the children’s and young adult categories.

The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets based in Austin, Texas, will be on hand to type custom poems on any subject in the Festival tent on Friday and Saturday. Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of writers with performance backgrounds, has made appearances at over 40 events nationwide. This is their first appearance in New England. Attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets a topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes.

In addition to author readings and interviews, the Festival will host an outdoor exhibit of 60+ local authors selling and signing their books on Friday and Saturday under a tent outside the Nantucket Atheneum; ‘Authors in Bars’ on Saturday night; and optional ticketed hospitality events including author brunches; and a pig roast at Cisco Brewery that wraps up the Festival on Sunday.

Nantucket Book Festival


The Nantucket Book Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization. For a complete listing of participating authors, as well as up-to-date details on all weekend events, please visit

Photo Credit: Joshua Gray

Member News for June

by web admin on June 8, 2015

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


Catherine Allen, of Orleans and Santa Fe, spoke to the Harvard Women Lawyers Group in Washington DC about her book, Revolutionary Retirement, to be republished in October by Career Press as The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter.

Turner Publishing will feature Ray Anderson’s novel The Trail in their Fall lineup.

Terri Arthur received an excellent book review on the British edition of her book Fatal Destiny: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse in the magazine owned by the Royal College of Nursing “The Nursing Standard.”  This will go out to every licensed and active nurse in The UK.

Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War, will participate in the Local Author event Saturday, June 27 from noon to 3 p.m. under the big tent at the Osterville Village Library. The event is sponsored by Books by the Sea of Osterville.

Joan Candler, a Yarmouth Port resident, was a finalist for the 2015 Edward Hoffer Book Award for her book, The Lost Mission of Santa Isabel. The novel is a historical mystery set in Baja, California.

Anita A. Caruso’s new series for young readers, Brayden’s Magical Journey Books, will debut at the end of June with Brayden’s Magical Jungle. It is a story about a six-year-old boy who finds a pair of green sunglasses while playing outside and discovers they are no ordinary glasses. They’re magic and they transport him to the depths of a tropical jungle where excitement and adventure await. Anita will be at the Author Palooza on Saturday, June 27th, from 12-3pm at the Osterville Village Library

Gina Fava is honored and thrilled that The Sculptor has won the GOLD medal for the Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book in the 19th Annual, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Here’s the link to the big news: or visit to learn more.

Dwight Ritter will be speaking at the Brewster Ladies’ Library on June 25 about his book, Growin’ Up White: how it came to be, fact vs. fiction, and racial issues.

Military Writers Society of America is publishing a piece in its 2015 anthology on how Ray Schumack feared a family of mice was an enemy platoon during his first night-time guard duty in Korea. See it at

Maxim D. Shrayer published “Arthur Miller’s Forgotten Masterpiece” in Tablet Magazine: Shrayer and his colleagues at South Chatham Writers’ Workshop look forward to the summer 2015 sessions. Cape Cod writers are encouraged to apply:

Wendy Shreve’s first and latest books, Shadowwater and Dark Sea, Shadowwater II are now on sale at Booksmith, Orleans and Brewster Bookstore. She will also be participating in Brewster Ladies’ Library’s author panel discussion, July 29th from 2-4.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is now selling Carol Smilgin’s book, Provenance, in its gift shop. She is finishing up the “next to final” revision of her romance novel, Love Was a Stranger.




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 July. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, June 3rd. 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.)




Two Wondrous Wednesdays in a row at Cotuit.
First, this Wednesday, a play reading:

Standing in My Light

Seven Pithy Short Plays by Gregory Hischak
at the Studio of the
Cotuit Center for the Arts

Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30pm. Free.

This is a reading of new scripts (and some not-so-new pieces)
read by (in alphabetical order)

Andy Dolan
Christine Ernst
Michael Ernst
Daniel Fontneau
Susan Winslow
Lauren Wolk

And then Wednesday, June 17th, we’re back in the Studio for the Salon of Shorts.

The bar will be set up for both events as will the Big Sign that says “FREE.”
The Cotuit Center is located on Route 28 in Cotuit between Rts 149 and 130.

Bass River Press: Call for Entries

by web admin on June 5, 2015

Bass River Press Poster