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!

December Member News Roundup

by web editor on December 2, 2013

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

Bill Burbank has been working hard on 2 books. The first, My Life Embracing Transplanted and Polycystic Kidneys has been sent to the printer Royal Palm Press for delivery around December 10th. The second, Reflections from The Cape Cod Canal  will go to press in late January for a mid-February delivery.

The Kindle version of Selling Luxury Homes,  by Jack Cotton has been on the Amazon.com best-seller list in the real estate category for the month of November.

Janet E. Gardner’s flash story “West” will appear in the forthcoming edition of the Cape Cod Poetry Review.

Christine Lajewski’s horror short story, “Damon Tanze” placed third in a contest run by Dark Tales, a U.K. horror/fantasy magazine.  It will be published in an upcoming anthology. Her first novel, JHATOR, is to be published this month by The Black Mountain Press and will be available as a paperback and an e-book.

Steve Marini will be signing his novels, Connections and Aberration, at the Mystery Authors Night at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, MA, on December 5th, from 7-8 pm.

Pat Mullaly’s Putting Games: 24 Easy Drills to Make You A Winner is available at this link on Amazon.com. Add this small volume to your golf bag for easy reference, or give it as a gift for your golf league or golf partners.

The manuscript for Book III in J Bean Palmer’s Cape Cod Witch Series–ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties–was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival in the Unpublished Manuscript category, the only children’s book awarded in this category. The new ElsBeth adventure, and new eBook editions of Books I and II in the series, are scheduled for release in early December.

On December 9, Alexis Rankin Popik of Marion,MA, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, will lead a discussion of her novel at the request of a Wareham book group. This will be her fourth book group appearance.

Robin Smith-Johnson’s first book of poetry Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter, is scheduled for publication next month (Dec. 2013) by Word Poetry, an imprint of Word Tech Communications, LLC.

Alice Plouchard Stelzer’s newly-published nonfiction book, Female Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut, can now be found in many local bookstores.

Barbara Eppich Struna is proud to present her first historical novel, The Old Cape House, from Booktrope Publishing in Seattle WA. She will have a book signing at Struna Galleries – Brewster on Dec. 6, 7, and 8 and in Struna Galleries – Chatham on Dec. 15. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and several fine bookstores across the Cape. For more information, visit barbarastruna.blogspot.com.

Prime Time Magazine’s December issue includes an article by Bob Surrette on Deb Martin, CEO of ERA Cape Real Estate. For July he wrote about Deborah Thompson, Dennis’s victim advocate and mental health counselor. He’d like to write about you in 2014.

Author Kevin Symmons will be speaking at the Jacob Sears Library in East Dennis at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 9th at the monthly meeting of A Book in the Hand. He will be discussing his new Cape Cod thriller, Out of the Storm. He will also be at Books by the Sea in Osterville at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13th for the Annual Holiday Stroll, selling Out of the Storm and Rite of Passage, his paranormal thriller and award finalist from 2012.

Haverhill Life Magazine welcomes Sharon Williams Tucker as a Community Contributor. View her debut story on “Toastmasters’ Butterflies Fly in Formation” at http://emagazines.hibu.com/HAVRHL.

Ric Wasley’s newest book, Candle in the Wind, is a finalist for the prestigious Epic Award. This award, formerly known as EPPIE, began in 2000 and is the oldest competition to recognize excellence in ePublished works, honoring the best of current eBooks from the ePublishing industry.

On Friday, December 6th, Virginia Young will join two other wonderful writers for Breakfast with the Authors at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. Her latest books, I Call Your Name, A Family of Strangers and By A Thread will be available for purchase.

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

CCWC Congratulates Our Raffle Winner!

by web editor on November 26, 2013

gift basketCongratulations to Paul Reilly of Easton, Massachusetts, winner of our drawing. Paul has won a Gift Basket filled with prizes totaling over $3,000!

Mark Your Calendar for Breakfast with the Authors!

by web editor on November 22, 2013

The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to announce a terrific lineup of writers to speak at our next Breakfast with the Authors. A long-time favorite event with the Cape’s readers, the breakfast will be on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Route 132, Hyannis. The $15 cost of this event ($12 for Cape Cod Writers Center members) includes a continental breakfast, book talks by three authors, Q and A, and a book sale and signing.

 

bluebirdsIn Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?, bird enthusiast Mike O’Connor applies his deep knowledge of all things avian—and his hilarious sense of humor—to answer the burning and bizarre questions that every bird lover and amateur bird watcher has wondered about at one time or another but might be too embarrassed to ask: Do woodpeckers take baths? Is there such a thing as a wild parakeet? Do Northern Cardinals have anything to do with Catholic cardinals? Questions range from the practical to the peculiar.

Award-wiDEFIANT BRIDES Covernning author Nancy Rubin Stuart’s latest book is Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married. This double biography depicts the dramatic lives of the wives of Benedict Arnold and Henry Knox. One bride becomes a patriot, the other a spy. Meticulously researched and deftly told, the story of these dynamic, unconventional women will keep you reading.

I call your nameSeasoned mystery writer Virginia Young’s I Call Your Name takes place in a former bed and breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard where Breeda Flynn lives with her deceased aunt’s cat. Along with the house, Breeda has inherited memories of incidents from sixteen years earlier, including the disappearance of her first love and the brutal death of his mother. When attractive TV producer Joe Pederson asks to live in the house while he writes a book about those events, Breeda hesitates but ultimately agrees to his request.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to buy gift books
for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

 

Reserve your space at Breakfast with the Authors by e-mailing writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or calling 508-420-0200.

The Cape Cod Writers Center’s November 2013 Writers Night Out was an event to remember for the thirty eight members who attend  at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Our new board president Jenny Wiley opened the evening with a greeting followed by a delicious buffet. Afterwards CCWC board vice president Jim Hill reminded our members about the fund-raising raffle which ends on November 25th.

Following Executive Director Nancy Rubin’s Stuart announcements about the forthcoming conference and other events, Gregory Hischak, an award-winning playwright and poet, spoke about the power of images in prose.

Gregory’s presentation dramatically demonstrated how imagery shortcuts history, back-story and plot while simultaneously eliciting emotion.

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Bravo to Gary for his inspirational writing lesson!