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.
Bravo to Gary for his inspirational writing lesson!
Come celebrate Calliope’s Seventh Season
on Sunday, November 17th, 3 to 5 PM.
Open Mic sign-up, 2:45 PM. $5 donation, funds the poets stipend. Reception with refreshments.
Shelby Allen is the author of Crack Willow: Poems of Transformation (Cherry Grove Collections). Her poems appear in English Journal, Sanctuary, New Millenium Writings, The Lucid Stone, Phoebe and numerous other journals. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and The Improper Bostonian. A recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press, the Boston Herald Poetry Prize and the Living Poets Society Award, Shelby has spent ten years teaching poetry in Massachusetts prisons.
Susan Nissenbaum-Becker’s first full-length book of poems, Little Architects of Time and Space (WordPress) was just released in October 2103. Her poems have been published in Plainsongs, Phoebe, Salamander, Comstock Review, Poetry East and other journals. She has been awarded writing fellowships at Canada’s Banff Center for the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. A playwright, actor and arts organizer, Susan has received several Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants, and her work was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.
Gary Whited is a poet, philosopher and psychotherapist. His first collection of poems, Having Listened (Homebound Publications, 2013) speak from the confluence of a childhood on the prairie and an encounter with the haunting voice of Parmenides, echoing across 2500 years. His poems have appeared in Salamander, Plainsongs, The Aurorean, Atlanta Review and Comstock Review. Gary lives in Boston with his wife, Elizabeth, a painter, and is a member of the Jamaica Pond Poets.
Directions: From the 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 next reading: Sunday, January 12th 3 to 5 PM.
If you haven’t yet entered the Cape Cod Writers Center’s drawing, don’t miss your chance! You could win a gift basket containing more than $3000 worth of terrific and varied prizes, while at the same time supporting your friends at the Cape Cod Writers Center. To Check out the full contents of the basket and buy your tickets, click here!
On November 6, the Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors met to elect officers for the coming year. Our new leadership team is:
Other current members of the Board of Directors are: Ray Anderson, Kathleen Conway, Steve Marini, Tom Phillips, Dwight Ritter, Nancy Rubin Stuart (ex-officio), and Susan Trausch.
The following members recently stepped down from the Board at the conclusion of their terms: George Comeaux, Brian Nickerson, Bob Reddy, Tom Smith, and Kevin Symmons. We would like to thank them for their dedicated service to the writers of Cape Cod and the surrounding region.
Congratulations to our new Directors. Here’s to a productive and inspiring year!
The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to announce our keynote speakers and distinguished faculty for the 2014 summer Conference, August 7-10, 2014. Be sure to save the date. Watch for the brochure this spring!
Rishi Reddi – Winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Pushcart Prize nominee, contirbutor to “Best American Short Stories”
Alicia Anstead -- Writer, editor, social media voice for All Things Arts and Culture. Editor in Chief, The Writer and Inside Arts magazines
Michelle Hoover — award-winning novelist
Diane O’Connell — prominent editor and author
Jeffrey Carver — acclaimed author of sci fi, fantasy, dystopia
Matthew Goodman — best-selling nonfiction author
Gary Braver – Best-selling mystery writer
Karen Day -- popular middle -grade author
Scott Blagden — prominent author for young adults
Kathleen Spivack — Pulitzer -prize nominee, poet and essayist
Chantelle Osman — award-winning screenwriting editor, short story author
Nina Amir — best-selling author, media expert and writing coach
DeWitt Henry — distinguished editor and founder of Ploughshares
Chris Roerden – Agatha-award winning author and editor
Deb Kurilecz – award-winning writer and book consultant
Ric Wasley — Marketing expert and author
Robert Knox — Boston Globe reporter/book reviewer
Gregory Hischak – award-winning poet
Marilyn Allen – Allen O’Shea Literary Agency
Ann Collette – Reese Literary Agency
Rosemary Stimola — Stimola Literary Studio
Michael Snell – Michael Snell Agency
Patricia Snell -- MIchael Snell Agency
YOUNG WRITER FACULTY:
Arlene Kay – novelist
Mary Richmond — journalist
John Bonnani – poet and editor
Here’s a roundup of writing news from our members:
Hugh Blair-Smith (www.MITRocketScientist.com) has just turned pro, writing-wise, at 78. His paper presented at the 2012 Digital Avionics Systems Conference, an imaginative look at how air travel might be different a century from now, was awarded a handsome trophy and stipend for Best Paper in Conference.
Kate Conway (K.R. Conway) will be signing copies of her new YA novel, Undertow, at Barnes and Noble in the Cape Cod Mall on Friday, November 22 from 4-6. She will also be at the Cotuit Library on November 16th and Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich on the 24th. For a full calendar of events, classes and news, please check her blog: http://capecodscribe.com.
Jim Coogan has just published his fourth children’s book. Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal tells the story of a very smart little harbor seal who found her way into the Sandwich Fish Hatchery in January of 2009. Brightly illustrated, the 32 page book is aimed at children from ages 4-9. Published by Harvest Home Books, East Dennis, MA. 02641.
Bob Danzig signed an agreement with an LA producer for his “Angel Threads” TV series. Check out his website at www.bobdanzig.com.
On Saturday, November 9th at 2 PM, yoga & wellness expert, Marsha Therese Danzig will talk about her new book, Fierce Joy; How to Choose Joy No Matter What at the Yarmouth Port Library 297 Main Street Yarmouth Port, MA.
Author Gina Fava has rolled out her debut novel, The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller, available in eBook and print. She’s signing at Plymouth Public Library on November 18 at 7pm, and readers can visit www.GinaFava.com to learn more.
In addition to being an author, member C.L. Fornari is also a local radio host. As the daily recipient of press releases and pitches, she recently wrote some advice for other writers who are promoting books. Read it here: http://bit.ly/1djAN9F.
Clint Hull’s second novel, Occupying Powers, has been published by BookLocker.Inc and is available on Kindle, Nook, and through book dealers. The novel deals with the final months of World War II and the occupation of Japan.
Two of Diane McDonough’s photographs and her ekphrastic poem, “This is What I Remember,” are in the Cape Pen Women Garden Inspirations exhibit at the Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich, until November 10, 2013. Her poem “Sailing Under the Waning Harvest Moon” was recently published in the Fall/Winter issue of the online literary journal, The Write Place at the Write Time, and her poem “Furious, Too” is currently on exhibit in the National Watermedia Competition at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI.
Steven P. Marini will be talking about and signing his books, Connections and Aberration, at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday, November 12th at 2 P.M. He’ll also do a book talk at the Osterville Library on December 7th at 2 P.M.
Author, lecturer and newspaper columnist Tom O’Connell will shares his new memoir, Upward & Downward Mobility: A Work Memoir (A writer’s zigzag journey) at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 7 pm.
Books, Etcetera with Tom O’Connell airs on Cape Cod Community Media Center Channel 99 Monday at 10:30pm, Wednesday at 1:00pm, and Saturday at 6:00 pm. The program provides a showcase of Tom’s writings over more than 20 years, including 11 books and his website sanctuary777.com, with over 200 essays and lectures on such subjects as “Being Irish.”
Shirley Pieters Vogel’s second inspirational book, Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos was released six weeks ago! Included are eighty beautiful, full-colored “fotos” of Cape Cod.
Joan Walsh and illustrator Anne Barber will publish book 3 in their interactive picture book Memory Maker’s series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham, which will be featured by Where The Sidewalk Ends in Chatham in 2014. Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Falmouth may be purchased at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, and Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Sandwich may be purchased at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich.
Current CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted on the first Monday in December. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 30. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear.
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Twenty four talented students ages 12-17 arrived at the Barnstable Intermediate School at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, November 2 for writing instruction from professional authors, novelist Arlene Kay and journalist Mary Richmond.
Half the students studied with Ms. Kay and the other half with Ms. Richmond before lunch, after which the students studied with the other teacher.
Enthusiasm for what they learned and how their literary skills were improved was unanimous.
Below please find a sampling of their comments.
- “It was amazing!”
- “We learnerd to apply our work to the best of our ability.”
- “I got to try different things in my writing and I learned a lot about technique.”
- “Everything was perfect. I gained more skills and knowledge and met interesting people. “
- “I found meeting other writers my age very helpful and inspring. “
- “I liked that we could test out our writing skills.”
- “The Cape Cod Writers Center helped me clarify lots of writing concepts.”
- “I liked that I got information on how to build or improve structurally on my writing.”
- “I love meeting other writers. If only it could be longer.”
- “I loved how we reflected on our past and wrote about them, then shared.”
- “The chance to have a range of techniques for writing was great.”
- “The workshop was great. The only thing that I really would have like is more time.”
The November 2013 TWT program was made possible by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Writers have keen imaginations as was dramatically illustrated on Wednesday evening, October 23 when 40 Cape Cod Writers Center members appeared at the REsort and Conference Center of Hyannis for the Annual Meeting and Halloween Party.
The meeting was called to order by CCWC Board President Kevin Symmons. After years of devotion this was Kevin’s last evening on the podiumm as president. Thank you Kevin for all you have done for the organization!
After a brief business meeting and budget report, elections took place for the new board of directors. These are Jennie Wiley, Jim Hill, Eva Schegulla, John Stobieski, Linda Bartosik, Tom Phillips Ray Anderson, Steve Marini, and Kate Conway.
Then the party begain in earnest!
In a nod to the inventor of the horror story, CCWC Member Marianne Schaeffer read from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven”. Notice the noble bird perched on the podium next to Marianne.
After that recitation, Carol Chittenden, founder and manager of the Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth offered sound advice to CCWC members about how and why bookstores and readers are attracted to certain books. “Nevermore” will authors who attended that evening forget the sage messages Carol shared while writing and promoting their books.
“Nevermore” will members of the CCWC forget this wonderful evening!