Twice a year, the Cape Cod Writers Center offers its members and other writers Saturday workshops in our Pathways to Publication program to help to boost their literary skills. Last Saturday, March 21 was the first Pathways to Publication program of 2015 and attracted over 30 participants at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

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The day began at 9:00 a.m. with an editing workshop taught by Ray Cormier, a 30-year writer and editor from the New York Times.Ray Cornier

After an introduction about the editing process at that newspaper, Ray asked the participants to edit several passages shown on screen. After that he asked them to edit the work of a fellow participant and later, their own–an exercise that surprised and informed the participants about the self-editing process.

The workshop on memoir began at 1:00 p.m. and was taught by Phoebe Baker Hyde whose debut book The Beauty Experiment was named a 2014 ” Book of Style.” Her introduction on memoir types, what draws people to write them and which ones become successful was followed by illustrative handouts and comments and exercises which informed the participants about what it takes to write a memoir that delivers a message beyond the mere facts of the author’s life. The day ended at 4:00 p.m. followed by Phoebe’s book signing.

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With appreciation to Ray Cormier and Phoebe Baker Hyde for our March 2015 Pathways to Publication!

While March 18, 2015 was a cold and windy night, twenty seven members of the Cape Cod Writers Center turned out for Writers Night Out at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 to hear Trish Leaver, the  newly-appointed vice president of the board of directors and a top eBook Amazon author,  speak about first lines and pages.

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Citing examples from well-known authors, including Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Trish impressed the audience with the critical importance of writing openings in a compelling, way.  Equally valuable were Trisha’s practical suggestions about how writers can fashion their own book to make them page-turners.

 With thanks Trisha for your inspiring message!

Despite the torrential rains on Saturday, March 14, twenty four talented Cape Cod students grades 7-12 arrived early at the Sturgis Charter School in downtown Hyannis to learn how to improve their literary skills through the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Tomorrow’s Writers Today Program.

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Funded in part by the Mid-Cape Cultural Council and the Falmouth Cultural Council, the Tomorrow’s Writers Today program is a day-long program offered on three Saturdays during the academic year.

The  author teachers for the March 14 session were journalist-author Candy Hammond and novelist Reade Scott Whinnem.

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While there were many new faces, a number of students were returnees, who find the program a unique and invaluable way to improve their writing.

Below are  comments from the students’ exit surveys:  

  •  “How am I supposed to choose? All of it was so awesome!”
  • “They (the teachers) gave us lots of inspiration and different  ways to write.”
  • “I liked meeting published authors and seeing what they have accomplished…it’s a great way to learn new skills.”
  • “It was very helpful because it was very specific.”
  • “They provided insightful and interesting advice I hadn’t heard before.”
  • “You can meet young writers like yourself and receive instruction from real writers.”
  • “Each teacher gave a different perspective and ideas on writing.”
  • “It was wonderful. Very wonderful.”
  • “I liked how much freedom we had with the prompts.”
  • “They were very willing to give advice and talk about their personal experiences with writing.”
  • “Insights into different writing styles.”
  • “They helped me find new ways to explore my imagination, figure out how to get my point across and generally write better.”
  • “It was amazing and fun.”
  • “The instructors taught me how to use my imagination and creativity to write a meaningful story.”
  • “I enjoyed how everyone was thoughtful, and made paying attention easy.”

 

March Member News

by web editor on March 2, 2015

Here’s a roundup of our members’ writing news for March:

Chip Bishop has been elected to the Advisory Board of the national Theodore Roosevelt Association. The TRA is a historical and public service organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president. Chip has written two Roosevelt-themed books and is working on a third.

On March 16th from 6-8pm at the Centerville Library, local Young Adult authors, K.R. Conway (Cruel Summer) and Trisha Leaver (Creed) will join four other authors for a discussion panel on strong heroines in fiction. This is a free event, though RSVPs are appreciated – http://capecodscribe.com/2015/02/23/rsvp-to-the-girl-power-panel/ 

Susan Donnelly recently published two short articles at PsychCentral. Read them here and here.

Devon Ellington & Ava Dunne’s collection of five mysterious, comic, romantic, fantasy pieces, Killer Quintet, has been released by Amber Quill Press and is available through Amazon.

Christie Lowrance was selected to receive the 2015 Marion Vuilleumier Creative Arts Award given by the Cape Cod branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

Diane McDonough’s poem, “A Prompting in Winter,” was selected as poem of the week and published on the National League of American Pen Women’s Blog on February 19, 2015. Another poem, “Revelations of a Distant Moon,” has been selected to appear in Poems of the Super Moon, an anthology soon to be published by the Pen Women Press.

Edson Press, John Oberteuffer’s indie imprint, has just published Impressionist George Oberteuffer: His Life and Work in France and America. It is a 112 page fine arts book with 100+ color plates of oil paintings, watercolors, and etchings with a critical, biographical essay by art historian Kathleen Kienholz (www.impressionistoberteuffer.com). As the producer, a contributor, and publisher, John offers this book as an homage to his grandfather, whom he never met.

Janet Purcell’s second novel, The Long Way Home (which follows Singer Lane) is set to launch March 30 by Sunpenny Publishing, United Kingdom. Both are set on the Cape, as is Rooster Street, awaiting publication. www.janpurcellart.com

Board member Dwight Ritter busily promotes his book, Growin’Up White. Book signing and author panel Feb 12, 13 in Sarasota, FL. March 30 he reads and signs at a Chatham book club. April 13, 14, 15 he will be in Indianapolis at a book signing/ luncheon and speech.

The Scargo Hill Poets is a newly formed critique group with openings for a few Cape Cod Writers Center members who are serious about publishing their poetry. They meet monthly in Dennis. For more information, email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org.

Maxim D. Shrayer’s new fiction appears in Tablet Magazine (http://tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/188688/russians-in-punta-cana) and Cosmonauts Avenue (http://www.cosmonautsavenue.com/maxim-shrayer.html). Shrayer looks forward to working with new participants of the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop in the summer of 2015.

Barbara Eppich Struna has been spending her winter researching for her third historical novel, The Old Cape Inn. She will be welcoming the beginning of spring at The Year-Rounder’s Festival in Provincetown on March 14 from 11am to around 3:30pm. She’ll be selling and signing her two novels, The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot.

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 April. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, March 27. 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.)

 

Literary Inspiration at the February 18, 2015 Writers Night Out

by Artistic Director on February 18, 2015

Despite tall piles of snow at every corner and the chill of a mid-February night, thirty members of the Cape Cod Writers Center turned out for Writers Night Out at Uno’s Chicago Grille to hear prize-winning novelist Lauren Wolk. The author of two earlier books, the  associate director of the Cap Cod Cultural Center and a visual artist, Wolk recently sold her third novel, Wolf Hollow to Dutton/Penguin/Random House, scheduled for  international publication in  2016.

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Wolk’s  message was inspirational: the writing process should remain at the top of a list of goals for anyone writing a book  — and publication, the last. That’s because writing must come from the heart and, like all such matters, works best if one has the courage to let it happen.

That’s wisdom to keep any writer warm during the coldest nights of his or her career.

 

Mark Your Calendar: Two Great Workshops for Writers!

by web editor on February 11, 2015

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Please check our website regularly for more great programs for writers!

On Saturday, March 21, 2015
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he Cape Cod Writers Center proudly presents
a pair of workshops for writers and aspiring writers.

 

ray cormier close crop9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: “Edit Yourself (It’s Called Writing)”

In this morning workshop, you will explore the benefits of self-editing and revising your work, learn how to switch from writer to editor, and look at some common errors even the best writers can make. Your instructor is freelance editor, travel columnist, and news and feature writer Ray Cormier, recently retired from 30 years writing and editing at The New York Times.

 

PBH color1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: “Writing Your Memoir: Story, Voice, and Vision

The afternoon’s instructor is Phoebe Baker Hyde, whose debut memoir, The Beauty Experiment, was named a 2013 “Book of Style” by The New York Times and featured in 16 major world newspapers. With the help of literary examples, in-class exercises, and group conversation you’ll work on finding your best story material; begin developing a complex and flexible authorial voice; and envision the whole of a readable (and writeable) book.

Both workshops will take place at the
Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis.
The cost of either the morning or afternoon workshop is $45 ($40 for CCWC members).

Or sign up for both workshops for just $75 ($65 for CCWC members).

Kevin Symmons takes SOLO on Virtual Book Tour

by web editor on February 9, 2015

Congratulations to CCWC member and former president Kevin Symmons, who is pleased to announce a virtual book tour for his latest book, Solo. For February and March, Kevin will be working with Pump up Your Books, P&E’s number one blog-tour organization.

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Solo is a mainstream novel that spans 15 years and deals with the musical theater and publishing industries. Tag line: “When the Gods want to punish us they let our dreams come true!” (Thanks Oscar Wilde!).

A blog or virtual book tour is exactly as it sounds. Each day throughout the two month period a new post will appear, including reviews and written or live interviews. Here’s the link so you can follow the progress of Kevin’s tour: http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2015/01/10/pump-up-your-book-presents-solo-virtual-book-publicity-tour/ Visit the tour schedule, check out the events, and enjoy!

You can also visit Kevin’s website: www.ksymmons.com.

Patriot Article Celebrates Tomorrow’s Writers Today

by web editor on February 6, 2015

TWT Writing Group Nov 2014The latest issue of the Barnstable Patriot has a great article about CCWC’s upcoming Tomorrow’s Writers Today program, to be held on March 14 in Hyannis.

You can read the article at this link, and download an application or find out more about the program here.

February Member News

by web editor on February 4, 2015

Here’s a roundup of our members’ writing news for February:

Terri Arthur has been asked to escort and give a book talk this October for the official historical tour for the centennial memorial of Edith Cavell, the main character in her book, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse. The itinerary is being worked out but will include Norwich and London, UK, and Belgium.

William P. Bahlke received an excellent review of his first novel, Frisbee Ball Rules in the Literary Fiction Review. Read it here: http://www.literaryfictionreview.com/frisbee.php.

Hugh Blair-Smith published a magazine piece in the Fall 2014 Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. It’s called “A Kinsman Attempts an Appropriate Canal Celebration,” about a foiled attempt to take part in the Canal centennial observances last July 29.

Norbert Brown’s essay “On New Year’s Day” appeared as a radio commentary on WCAI Cape and Islands Public Radio on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered on January 1. You can read the text or listen to the recorded commentary at this link: http://capeandislands.org/post/new-years-day.

Carolyn LeComte would like to announce the publication of her first children’s book, entitled Never Invite a Seagull to Lunch, available on Amazon.com and Kindle. It’s a humorous look at beach etiquette for children of all ages, and for readers at about the third grade level and up.

“Welcome Willy” a short story by Antoinette Libro has been accepted for publication in the Paterson Literary Review (PLR) #43, which will come out in the fall of 2015.

For the second year in a row, Steven P. Marini has won a Top Ten Finisher Award in the Predators and Editors Annual Readers Poll. His novel Calculation finished sixth in the Mystery category for 2014.

Robert Reece’s novel To Tell The Truth will be ready for publication within the next couple of weeks and be available on Amazon. It is a story about an infant who dies while in the care of a babysitter and an idealistic public defender who undergoes a loss of innocence as the novel moves to its surprising conclusion.

In December, 2014, Iron Press released Growin’ Up White by Dwight Ritter. It’s the story of a young white boy growing up in a black neighborhood of Indianapolis during the early 1950’s amid burgeoning awareness of civil rights issues in that firmly segregated town.

After many visits to Florida over the years, Ray Schumack never noticed the banyan tree until this winter when he visited Longboat Key, near Sarasota. He saw many examples of this exotic native tree of India, took photos, researched it and is now a nature writer doing an article for his local newspaper.

Maxim D. Shrayer’s short story “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam” has been reprinted in the anthology The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of Jewish American Fiction.

The South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is happy to announce the summer 2015 sessions: Intermediate Nonfiction Writing (13-17 July) and Advanced Nonfiction Writing (20-24 July). Visit their webpage for application information and join them for the summer 2015 workshops: http://www.shrayer.com/scww-index.html

Bob Surrette wrote “Christmas All Year,” the cover story for the holiday issue of Cape Cod Prime Time magazine and “Cotuit Woodworker Perfects A Classic Chair” for CapeCod.Com, which is  available to read at http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/cotuit-woodworker-perfects-classic-chair/.

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 March. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, February 27. 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.)

A Great Opportunity for Young Writers

by web editor on January 29, 2015

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in our highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, March 14 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Sturgis High School in Hyannis.TWT Writing Group Nov 2014

This fun-filled, inspiring, tuition-free workshop gives talented writers in grades 7 – 12 the rare opportunity to learn from successful professional authors and to hone their skills in both fiction and nonfiction.

Meet Our Faculty for March 14:

ReadeWhinnemPhoto candy photoTeaching Fiction: Reade Scott Whinnem is the author of two books for young readers, Utten and Plumley and The Pricker Boy. He currently teaches at the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

Teaching Nonfiction: Candace Hammond is a freelance journalist and author from Orleans who writes features for newspapers across the Cape. She is the author of a novel, The Best Worst Year, and co-writes the syndicated column “The Fix-it Sisters.”

The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015. Interested students may apply to the program by completing an application (available at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. For more information or to receive an application by email, contact writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

Click here to download more information and an application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

Tomorrow’s Writers Today is supported in part
by grants from the Falmouth Cultural Council and the Mid-Cape Cultural Council,
local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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