The website Midlife Collage is looking for entertaining, enlightening, insightful, and/or humorous true stories of midlife (which they define as ages 40-65). Each week, the editor selects five stories for publication on their website. Readers leave comments and Facebook “likes” to help a panel of judges choose a winner. There are weekly cash prizes and a chance to have people all over the world read and comment on your work.
Registrations are going strong for the 51st annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 4-9 at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis. Workshop and class topics include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, children’s writing, humor, e-books, self-publishing, publicity and promotion, and more! Classes are filling, and excitement is growing as we look forward to a wonderful week of inspiration, learning, networking, and fun. The final day to register without a late fee is Friday, July 19.
If you have not yet registered, don’t delay. Reserve space in your chosen workshops. Sign up for a manuscript evaluation with an agent, editor, or faculty mentor. Mark your calendar for inspiring keynote addresses. And don’t forget to register for our celebratory banquet on Thursday evening, August 8.
We’ll see you in Hyannis!
From June 28 – July 5, Cape Cod Writers Center members are selling their books at our Hyannis Harbor Art Shanty. Sixteen CCWC members are taking rotating shifts in the shanty at Bismore Park, Hyannis, making connections with passersby and selling their histories, mysteries, memoirs, children’s books, and more.
Our writers will be in the dark gray shanty at 180 Ocean Street in Hyannis, across the street from the Black Cat Tavern. If you get the chance, drop in and say “hello” (and maybe buy a book)!
Part of the town of Barnstable’s HyArts program, the shanties have become a beloved tradition among both visitors and locals. This is the first year that the literary arts have been represented (by CCWC and the local Barnstable public libraries) among visual artists in many media. We wish a successful week of commerce and connection to all our participating writers!
Congratulations to Cape Cod Writers Center President Kevin Symmons, whose first novel, Rite of Passage (2012, from Wild Rose Press), was nominated by TWRP and selected as a finalist for the 2013 RomCon Readers’ Crown Award in the category of Paranormal Romance!
RomCon is the largest organization and conference in the country dedicated to romance writers and readers. Their Readers’ Crown Awards recognize the very best in the genre.
Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s next book, Out of the Storm–a romantic thriller set on Cape Cod–coming this fall. Learn more about Kevin and read excerpts from his books at ksymmons.com.
Inspiration, instruction and hard talk about personal pitches from three CCWC published authors provided important lessons to the 35 members and guests who attended the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out meeting on June 19th at Uno’s Chicago Grill in Hyannis.
After cocktails and dinner, CCWC Board President Kevin Symmons introduced Arlene Key who explained the parameters of the evening’s theme. She, Kevin and Eva Schegulla served as judges who offered suggestions and advice to the 6 CCWC members who volunteered to present their pitches.
The volunteer pitch readers were Hugh Blair, Marie McBride, Susan Iwanisziw, Virginia Young, Bob Surrette , and Shirley Vogel.
Just a reminder that we are currently accepting applications from talented writers from ages 12-18 to participate in our annual Young Writers Workshop. This five-day workshop, to be held from August 5-9 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, offers two-hour morning sessions for young writers. Three prominent author-teachers will work with the students to improve their literary skills in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and students will also have a chance to meet and form friendships with others writers from area schools.
If you know a talented young writer, don’t delay—have him or her fill out an application to this terrific program today!
A terrific article on Cape Cod Writers Center’s writers groups appeared in Sunday’s Cape Cod Times. The article, by Times Contributing writer Sarah Shemkus, highlights the importance of constructive feedback to the writing process and quotes several CCWC members on how our writers groups have helped them.
CCWC member Arlene Kay has just signed a three-book deal with Imajinn Press for her new Eja and Deming mystery series. Watch for Swann Dive in early 2014, to be followed by Mantrap and Gilt Trip.
Arlene is the published author of two prior mysteries, Intrusion (2011); and Die Laughing (2012), and a former member of the CCWC Executive Committee. You can visit her at http://www.arlenekay.com/.
On Saturday, June 1, an enthusiastic group of writers gathered at Cape Cod Writers Center’s latest workshop to learn about copyrights, contracts, and other legal issues related to writing in the digital age. Presenter Sara Beccia, an attorney with Burns & Levinson LLP, generously shared expertise from her practice counseling clients on copyright protection, publishing agreements and infringement issues.
Participants learned about intellectual property, fair use, and the vocabulary of copyright and contract law, with time to have their individual questions answered as well. Comments from participants included “Fantastic!” and “Outstanding!” and praised Ms. Beccia for doing “a wonderful job of simplifying complex concepts.”
Writers often feel at sea when confronted with the many legal matters related to their craft. This workshop, however, helped one group of writers feel safe on dry land.
The San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is for nonfiction writers who want to change the world for the better through their writing. Presenters for 2013 include authors Jean Shinoda Bolen, Nina Amir, and Kirk Boyd…with agents, editors and other publishing professionals on hand to help get your writing published. This one-day, low-cost event ($99 until June 30th) is presented by the San Francisco Writers Conference. For details and registration, visit www.SFWritingforChange.org.