News from WNBA Boston

by web editor on July 8, 2014

wnba logoOur friends at the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association have lots of events, awards, and opportunities to report this month:

  • Our Annual Open Meeting and Celebration of Summer Reading held in June at Newtonville Books with food from Whole Foods was a fun way to begin our summer holiday. Grace Talusan accepted our inaugural Dorothy O’Connor Award in recognition of her article Angelina Jolie (and I) Will Have Another Preventive Surgery. New WNBA-Boston Co-Chairs Lynne Byall Benson and Nancy Rubin Stuart were voted in, with Jenny staying on as third Co-Chair, and we applauded Daphne Kalotay as she goes on sabbatical after years at the helm. If you were unable to join us, you can still see photographs at
  • Our June Meet the Agent conversation with literary agent Ann Collette was well attended. Ann talked about how she got into agenting, what she specializes in, and the book publishing business in general, including prospects for writers seeking representation. Our thanks to her for her time and expertise, and to the National Writers Union for co-sponsoring this event.
  • The July Annual Planning Meeting will be held on the 14th at 5:30 PM at Panera Bread on Harvard Street in Brookline, convenient to the Coolidge Corner T stop on the Green Line. Come treat yourself to a restaurant meal while sharing your ideas for our chapter’s upcoming year!
  • Our Bookclub has decided to take the summer off. The club will resume on the second Saturday in September when it will discuss The Clover Houseby Henriette Powerand also take time for brief discussion of The Art Forger and The White Tiger.For more information please contact Cynthia Biron at
  • WNBA-Boston co-chair Nancy Rubin Stuart is pleased to remind you of our reciprocal benefits program with the Cape Cod Writers Center whose annual conference runs from August 7-10 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The conference offers 30 workshops and classes in poetry, fiction and screenwriting as well as manuscript evaluations, publicity, and mentoring with editors and agents. As a WNBA member you can register at half price for $30, rather than the $60 required for nonmembers. To see the brochure and register, please click on this link or paste it in your browser.
  • WNBA-Boston memberships run from the first of June to the end of May. If you have not already renewed your membership, please take a moment to do so and continue taking advantage of the many benefits we offer.  It’s easy to renew either online at or by mailing a check to Women’s National Book Association, Boston Chapter, P.O. Box 230449 Astor Station, Boston, MA 02123-0449  New members who join after April 1 of one calendar year receive membership through June of the following year.
  • We have an upcoming volunteer position to announce: Boston Chapter Treasurer. This is a low-key, behind-the-scenes role with no obligation to attend meetings or events; our current Treasurer, who is overdue to be replaced, will gladly show you the ropes, and people who prefer to job-share are welcome. Please consider helping out.
  • We want to publicize your activities and accomplishments. Please follow us onTwitter, and direct message our @WNBABoston account if you have articles or announcements you’d like to share.
  • If you have a book coming out in the next 6 months and would like to read with other authors, please email us at, and we’ll pass along your information in the newsletter.
  • If you already have a book reading planned, Karen Roach is happy to publicize the details in our monthly Literary Calendar. Please email her at
  • And remember, if you would like to be included in our list of authors available to meet or Skype with book groups, please contact Anne Ipsen through Facebook or her website: .
  • Looking ahead, our traditional Yankee Bookswap will be held the end of September at Newtonville Books in Newton Center. For up to the minute information on this and other events, please visit our website or Facebook

    Wishing you a lovely summer,

    Jenny, Lynne, Nancy
    Co-Chairs, WNBA-Boston

CCWC Member News for July

by web editor on July 7, 2014

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

Chip Bishop has several scheduled book talks/signings for Quentin and Flora this month on Cape Cod: Osterville Public Library, Wed., July 9 at 4 p.m.; Titcomb’s Book Shop in East Sandwich, Sat., July 12 at 1 p.m.; Windchime Condominium Clubhouse in Mashpee, Thurs., July 24 at 7 p.m.; Tales of Old Cape Cod at the Old Colonial Courthouse in Barnstable Village, Mon., July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and, Cotuit Public Library, Wed., July 30 at 6 p.m.

Bob Danzig is delighted to share the fact of a representation agreement with LA producer pitching the TV reality show based on his book Angel Threads.  He is also rounding the final bend for new book, Keep Your Finger on the Start Button: For JOY In Each Life Chapter. Bob Danzig:

Marguerite J. Dennis, author of The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job (from Old Post Books) recently taught the principles of The New College Guide to a group of New York principals and guidance counselors. The event was sponsored by The Institute for Student Achievement. For further information, contact:

Patry Francis will be talking about her new novel, The Orphans of Race Point, at several upcoming events in Bourne, Centerville, Chatham, and Falmouth. Please see the NEWS page on her website:

Diane Hester will be signing copies of her thriller Run to Me at Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham on July 26 from 2-4pm and speaking at the Eldredge Library on July 28 at 7pm. Run to Me is a finalist in this year’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing.

The second installment in the Boston Uncommons Series, Mantrap, will be released by Bellbridge books in late July. This tale of romantic suspense follows the further adventures of Eja Kane and Deming Swann as they delve into a mysterious death on an Osterville estate. Join author Arlene Kay and our daring duo as they find out WHO DONE IT. Cape Cod will never be the same.

Centerville author, Janice Blessington Kenny, has published her debut novel, The Stationery Box. A work of fiction, The Stationery Box Is a poignant, stimulating story based on the life of the author’s sister.

Christina Laurie of West Falmouth, author of C is for Cape Cod and Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku, has been elected and installed as the first national vice president of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. NLAPW is a national organization of professional women artists, writers and musicians and has branches all over the U.S. Christina is a past president of both the Cape Cod Branch and the Wellesley Branch, and has served as Mass. State President for six years.

Carolyn LeComte won a contest on the Midlife Collage website with a story called “Cheesecake to Go.” She has been invited to enter the quarterly contest on that website. On June 28, she participated in the Books-by-the-Sea event at the Osterville Library, as she is one of the authors in their “local authors” group.  Contact her through her website at:

Laura Long, a new member from the Boston area, had an essay titled A Nurse’s Nurse published in Extraordinary Healers, an annual publication by CURE Magazine.  An added bonus, the essay included a photo of Laura Long and MGH nurse Pauline Buskiewicz, who was an inspiration following Laura’s cancer diagnosis.

Diane McDonough has had a second poem, Night Heron Pond,” accepted for exhibit in the 2014 Poetry & Art Show, Wickford Art Association, July 25- August 17, Wickford, RI.

Judith Partelow will be the featured reader at The Writers’ Voice Cafe on July 9th, 6-8 pm, at their summer home in the Provincetown Library, 356 Commercial St. Go to her website at for information about her publications and to obtain A Woman’s Heart, her first poetry collection.

The 2nd edition of David Purdy and Pamela Chatterton-Purdy’s book art/history book Icons of the Civil Rights Movement is selling well to tourists visiting the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis. Pam’s icon of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, civil rights workers murdered just 50 years ago in Mississippi during “freedom summer” is being used in publicity for a play reading of “Meridian Summer” by award winning author Candace Perry at the Cotuit Arts Center on July 9 at 7:30.

This month marks the 21st anniversary of Fred’s World, a column by Lisa Rehfuss in Boys’ Quest Magazine

Virginia Sands will have 3 book signings in July for her book A Tree with a Knee: Brewster Natural History Museum on July 16 at 11:30 AM; Eight Cousins Book Store on July 24 at 11 AM; and Books by the Sea on July 26 at 2 PM.

Board member Eva Schegulla has four releases coming out this summer under her Devon Ellington pseudonym. Three are digital-only shorts:  ghost story “Lake Justice,” sci-fi/horror/western “Severance,” and western “Elusive Prayers.”  Tracking Medusa, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, just released in print, is available on Amazon, and will be carried by Books By The Sea in Osterville.

Ray Shumack’s essay “Even a Deer Gave Some,” was accepted by the Military Writers Society of America for their 2014 Anthology on the subject All Gave Some. The piece is adapted from a chapter from his News Dispatches from the Korean War about how a deer wounded by artillery fire was saved by a M*A*S*H* unit.

Cape Abilities is happy to announce an upcoming free event on Saturday, July 12, 2004 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Author Wendy Shreve will be signing her book Shadowwater at Cape Abilities Farm to Table Market & Gallery, 193 Main Street, Chatham, MA.

Barbara Sillery’s newest documentary Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel will premiere on PBS affiliate WYES in New Orleans  on July 23 at 7 pm. She served as the producer, director, and scriptwriter for this project. Also her new book, The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands (Pelican Publishing), is due in bookstores this Fall.

Barbara Eppich Struna will be signing her historical novel The Old Cape House at Books By The Sea, Sat. July 5, 1-3pm and moderating a panel on Memoirs during a Writers Workshop at West Dennis Library, July 18, 1-5pm.  There will be an author talk by Barbara about the facts behind her fiction at the Hyannis Library, Weds. July 23, 6pm. And she will be at the Danvers Ma. Book Expo Weds. July 30, 4–9pm.

Joan Walsh and Anne Sessions Barber want to thank, Lisa Connors, editor of Cape Cod Magazine for featuring their Memory Makers picture book, travel journals for children in the July, 2014 issue entitled 2014 Best of Cape Cod.

Ric Wasley just heard from his publisher that she is conducting interviews with “voice actors” to turn his 7th novel, Echoes Down a Dark Well, into an audio book. It’s scheduled for release this fall, so stay tuned!

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 August. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than July 31. 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.)

Want to have fun while learning during the  Cape Cod Writers Center Conference this August?

If so, don’t forget to sign up for Publishing Follies, Friday, August 8th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for a hilarious and eye-opening view of the publishing industry.

Within the session you”ll play Publishing Jeopardy and have a chance to win a signed copy of Laura Brown’s 2014 How To Write Anything, published by W.W. Norton and Company.

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Books by the Sea, the Osterville bookstore which sponsors a year-round program for members of the Cape Cod Writers Center, kicked off the summer season on Saturday, June 29th with a book fair.

Twenty six authors sold their books that day under a white tent on the grounds of the Osterville Library. Below are a few photos from that day.


Don’t Miss Local Author Palooza!

by web editor on June 25, 2014

PaloozaBooks By The Sea will be hosting a major Cape Cod Writers Center Local Author Event at the Osterville Village Library on Saturday, June 28, from 1-4 pm, as part of the Library’s Summer Festival.


Come visit 24 local authors under one roof! There will be a huge tent set up on the Library’s grounds, with tables featuring Cape Cod Writers Center authors displaying their books, talking about their work, and signing copies of their latest books! Books By The Sea staff will be there assisting in the sale of participating authors’ books. Don’t miss this chance to talk directly to the authors about their latest works, as well as their philosophy and approach to writing. This is a literary event not to be missed!

Participating authors Include:

Marsha Danzig—Fierce Joy
Shirley Vogel—Faith, Favorites, Fun and Fotos of Cape Cod
Terri Arthur—Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell
Clint Hull—New England Dreams
J. Bean Palmer—Ellsbeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties
Jeannie Coco—Rocks Through My Window
Steve Marini—Calculation
Barbara Gleason—Animal EsCapes
Kevin SymmonsOut of the Storm
Jim CooganCecelia the Seal Gets a Meal
Joyce PrinceThe Ghost of Jose Luis Munoz and the Day of the Dead
Linda ContiIke the Ice Cream Man on a Trike
Gina FavaThe Sculptor
Barbara StrunaThe Old Cape House
Christina LaurieC is for Cape Cod
David LitwackThe Daughter of the Sea & Sky
Anita CarusoAs Ever, Pudd
Carolyn LeComteSunshine and Shadows, Traces of Life
Carol SmilginProvenance
Alexis Rankin PopikKiss Me Over the Garden Gate
John Amiard (John A. Oberteuffer) —Swedish Blood
Robin Smith-JohnsonDream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter
Marguerite DennisThe New College Guide
Sheila McCormickCousin Andrew

For more information, call the Library at (508) 428-5757
or Books By The Sea at (508) 420-9400.

Deadline Approaching: Young Writers Workshop

by web editor on June 23, 2014

Do you know a young person who loves to write? The deadline is fast approaching for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s 2014 Young Writers Workshop, August 4-8 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

young writer 2This week-long workshop is a rare opportunity for writers ages 12-18 to work with professional writers to improve their skills in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students have a chance to meet and form friendships with others writers from area schools, as well as receive individual help and advice from published authors.

young writers 2Applications must be mailed by this Saturday, June 27.

For more information and to download an application, click here!

Nina Amir on being a Change Agent

by web editor on June 20, 2014

One of the more exciting and unusual courses on offer at the upcoming Cape Cod Writers Center Conference is “Writing as a Change Agent” with instructor Nina Amir. We asked Nina to tell us a little more about this class, and after reading her answers, we’re more thrilled than ever that it will be a part of the conference.

CCWC: When you use the phrases “Change Agent” or “Author of Change” to describe a writer, what exactly do you mean?

New Headshot Nina Amir tight tiltedNina Amir: A change agent is someone who wants to create change in the world on some level. Possibly they want to help people change their personal lives in some way, such as through better health, relationships or prosperity. Maybe they want to help organizations or communities improve in some manner. Or maybe they want to help heal the earth, such as by informing others about how to recycle, compost or grow their own food.

Such people tend to feel a strong sense of purpose, calling or mission. They may want to start a movement or have taken up a cause they now pursue in some way.

An Author of Change is a writer who would like to fulfill that purpose, calling, mission, movement, or cause via a book.

If you want to to write a how-to book, a prescriptive nonfiction book, an inspirational or spiritual book, or some sort of book that relates to personal development, body-mind-spirit or transformation, you probably are an Author of Change. But that doesn’t mean that someone who writes about business isn’t an Author of Change. There are many areas in which to author change.

CCWC: How does someone know if they are called to this sort of writing?

NA: First, you likely feel that sense of mission, purpose or calling.

Second, you  want to write a book that helps others in some way–answers questions, solves problems, eases others’ pain, impacts lives in a meaningful and positive manner. You want to write about the change you want to see in the world–and inspire other to take up that change because they read your book.

Third, you possibly want to be a speaker as well. Or maybe you dream of offering workshops based on your book. In other words, you want to help others or teach others, and you may have a “system” that is embedded in your book that you can take out into the world and share.

CCWC: Can you tell us about one or two Authors of Change you have worked with in the past and about their transformative projects?

NA: Ed Oakley and Doug Krug wrote Enlightened Leadership (Fireside). They changed the idea of how leaders lead organizations. They not only created a successful consulting company for themselves, they sold over 320,000 copies of their book.

Colin Tipping wanted to change people’s lives by teaching them how to forgive. When I met him, he was a real estate agent. He wrote Radical Forgiveness, self-published it and created a thriving workshop business around it (and more). After selling 100,000+ copies, he sold the book to Sounds True.

More recently, Haseena Patel worked with me in my Author of Change Transformational Coaching program. She is a Girls’ Empowerment Coach at Leave No Girl Behind and is working on a book related to this topic.

Additionally, I’ve worked with those who want to inspire people to faith, to organic gardening, to better health, to heal themselves of disease, to feel empowered, and to find the perfect job.

CCWC: What sorts of things will be covered in your class to help people realize their desire to be a Change Agent?

NA: Over the course of the three days we cover three areas:

Author of Change in Your Life: We start with an examination of what it takes to be an Author of Change–Who are you? How comfortable with change are you? What type of change do you want to inspire? What do you need to change to succeed as an author?

Author of Change in the World: Then we examine your ideal readers, the market for which you are writing, and type of community you want to gather around you. Do you know your readers? Do you know the market? How large a community do you have and want? How large a community do you need to succeed as an Author of Change–for your message to take hold and have impact?

Author of a Change-Inspiring Book: Last, we look at how to write this change-inspiring book. What is the best publishing path? What is the best format for your book? What is the best structure? How do you craft a marketable book so your idea actually sells (impacts people).

When done, you should have an action plan that includes steps you need to take to help yourself transform into an a transformational author and to craft a book that inspires the change you want to see in the world. In other words, you’ll have an plan to become an Author of Change.

If you’d like to sign up for Nina’s course, or to learn what else is happening at the conference, click here to read the conference brochure or register online.

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days,” once wrote James Russell Lowell, American poet, critic and editor.

In keeping with this glorious season, The Cape Cod Writers Center celebrated the June 18 Writers Night Out at Uno’s Chicago Grill on Route 132 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Thirty-two members attended to hear readings from ten of our writers.

Among them were  humorous, historical and entertaining selections timed to last five minutes. Here’s a sampling of our writers in action!

 We look forward to hearing more readings on Friday evening, August 8th at the 52nd Cape Cod Writers Center Conference !

Summer Poetry Events from Our Friends at Calliope

by web editor on June 12, 2014

On Saturday, June 21, 11:20 to 12:20, the Steeple Street Poets will be reading in the Library Tent at Arts Alive in Falmouth (Main Street, in front of the Falmouth Public Library). See link for complete schedule of events.

Sunday, June Calliope Readings29, 3 to 5 PM, the West Falmouth Library is hosting a reception honoring Falmouth Poet Laureate, Adelaide Cummings, on the occasion of her 100th birthday. If you wish to send a poem of your own, Alice Kociemba is compiling a poetry collection from Calliope poets. Anyone who has featured or read at their open mic is welcome to send one by June 15th. She will format them and give them to Ms. Cummings at the reception. 575 West Falmouth Highway, Rt 28A, West Falmouth 02574.

Wednesday, July 9, 7 PM, A Poetry Reading with Nancy K. Pearson & Alice Kociemba, music by Ben Kushigian & Ellen Watters Sullivan at the Truro Meeting House. Sponsored by Barry Hellman’s Cape Cod Poetry Group and the Friends of the Truro Library.

Submission deadline, July 26, for the “Poetry of Pain & Survival” Poetry Contest, a poetry writing contest for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families, sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of the Falmouth Public Library. Email submissions, via a Word doc. to or drop off poems at the Reference Desk of the Falmouth Public Library or at 8 Cousins Bookstore, Main Street Falmouth. Christine Rathbun Ernst and Alice Kociemba, judges. Poetry Reading, Saturday August 23, 10 AM at the Falmouth Public Library.

To learn more about these and other Calliope events, visit their website:

Writing Contest: Memories of Brewster

by web editor on June 11, 2014

Favorite-Brewster-MemoryTo celebrate their 50th anniversary, The Brewster Historical Society is sponsoring a writing contest, open to all ages: “My Favorite Brewster Memory.”

The word limit is 250 words, and the deadline is July 31, 2014. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication of their essay in the fall 2014 newsletter.

Please include your name, address, age, email, and phone number with your submission. Send submission to, with “Favorite Memory Contest” in the subject line, or mail to “Favorite Memory Contest” Brewster Historical Society, PO Box 1146, Brewster, MA 02631. Thank you!