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 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 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and the Call of the Castle Ghosties–was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival in the Unpublished Manuscript category, the only children’s book awarded in this category.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

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

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 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 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.

Gregry Hischak

Bravo to Gary for his inspirational writing lesson!

Calliope—Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library

by web editor on November 13, 2013

Calliope PicCalliope—Poetry Readings
at West Falmouth Library

Come celebrate Calliope’s Seventh Season
Sunday, November 17th, 3 to 5 PM.

Open Mic sign-up, 2:45 PM. $5 donation, funds the poets stipend. Reception with refreshments.


Featured Poets:

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.

Have you bought your raffle tickets yet?

by web editor on November 11, 2013

gift basketIf 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!

CCWC Elects New Officers

by web editor on November 8, 2013

On November 6, the Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors met to elect officers for the coming year. Our new leadership team is:

CCWC Logo Quill onlyJennie Wiley, President
Jim Hill, First Vice President
Linda Bartosik, Second Vice President
John Stobierski, Treasurer
Eva Schegulla, Secretary-Clerk

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



Arlene Kay – novelist

Mary Richmond — journalist

John Bonnani – poet and editor

November Member News Roundup

by web editor on November 4, 2013

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

Hugh Blair-Smith ( 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:

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

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 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:

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, with over 200 essays and lectures on such subjects as “Being Irish.”

Desiree Spinner is the Editor in Chief at La Petite Peach. You can see her most recent articles here: Fall Fashion, Fairies in the Woods, Baby CZ, and Sunset Maternity.

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.

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 December. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to 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.
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.)

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.

Arlene teaching TWT Nov 2, 2013

Mary R teaching TWT Nov 2, 2013









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.