October is traditionally time to enjoy autumn foliage and celebrate the harvest.  For the Cape Cod Writers Center October is also the month for our annual meeting which took place on Wednesday, October 14 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. After drinks and dinner, the meeting was called to orderduring which our members voted our new members into office for our  board of directors.

Congratulations to  Beth Dunn, Holly Brock-Johnson, Richard Rahmlow, and Barbara Struna ! We look forward to having you join the board and working with our other directors;  Jim Hill, Trisha Leaver, Norbert Brown, John Stobierski, Susan Trausch and Dwight Ritter.

With Halloween around the corner, members of the CCWC also demonstrated their creativity by appearing in costumes. Below you’ll find a selection of photographs from the evening. Trick or treat!

 

 

 

On Saturday,October 17, the Cape Cod Writers Center proudly presents
a pair of workshops at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.
9:00 AM12:00 PM
“LEARN TO NAVIGATE CREATESPACE, KDP AND LIGHTNING SOURCE”
This workshop: $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Both workshops: $70 for members / $90 for nonmembers
Join Young Adult author and graphic designer K.R. Conway as she teaches the finer points of navigating CreateSpace, KDP, and Lightning Source – the three critical prongs of successful indie publishing. This class contains the nuts and bolts, guts and glory of professional self-publishing.
Young Adult novelist K.R. (Kate) Conway is a journalist, an editor, graphic designer and critique partner for other writers. Her self-published books frequent the Amazon Bestseller lists, were added to summer reading lists, and earned a spot on Barnes and Noble’s 2015 Terrifying Summer Reads for Teens list.
1:15 PM4:15 PM 
“RE-IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY SPARK”
This workshop: $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Both workshops: $70 for members / $90 for nonmembers

Do you have an idea for a book or creative project rattling around in your head? Or perhaps your half-completed manuscript is hidden away in a drawer? If you feel as though you could use a “creativity jumpstart,” this workshop is for you. Through interactive discussions about common roadblocks – external and internal – and hands-on brainstorming techniques about how to overcome them, Olivia offers information a nd inspiration to help get your creativity cooking!

Olivia H. Miller, OHMWorks, is a communications consultant

to businesses, individuals and nonprofits, Her passion is helping people realize their dreams. Olive is the author of the best-selling Yoga Deck plus 7 other wellness/exercise card decks and Essential Yoga, a hatha yoga reference book (all published by Chronicle Books). She is also the editor of Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches? and the sequel, Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? (Beacon Press).
Reserve your spot by emailing us at
or by calling 508-420-0200.

Writers Night Out on October 14th

by web editor on October 7, 2015

 

Writers Night Out

Wednesday, October 14th

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Cape Cod
Writers Center
P.O. Box 408
Osterville, MA 02655
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Writers Night Out: 
 
Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave
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 5:30
Networking
6:00
Dinner
7:00
Presentation
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$20 for CCWC members 
 
$25 for non-members
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 Upcoming Events:
October 17th
Pathways to Publication
November 11th
Writers Night Out
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The Cape Cod Writers Center is supported in part by contributions from its members, and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Schiff Foundation.

Trick or Treat!
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Trick or Treat! The Cape Cod Writers Center wants YOU-that’s right, YOU-to attend our annual meeting and Halloween Party at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30 p.m. Not only will you enjoy cocktails and a buffet dinner, but you will also have a chance to meet and vote upon the newest members of our Board of Directors.
We also hope you will bring a paragraph or two to show us your finest, scariest writing! Please bring a paragraph or two in the thriller or chiller mode to read before your peers in anticipation of Halloween. And, as is our tradition, we hope you will appear in a Halloween costume of your choice.
The cost of Writers Night Out is $20 for CCWC members and $25 for non-members. The price includes a buffet dinner and 
a non-alcoholic drink.
Please contact Sara at our office to sign up via email for what promises to be a fun and informative evening:
See you on the 14th!
Pathways to Publication
Saturday, October 17th
Join us for two great workshops for writers on October 17th at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis!

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: “LEARN TO NAVIGATE CREATESPACE, KDP AND LIGHTNING SOURCE”
1:15-4:15 p.m.: “RE-IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY SPARK” 
 
Contact the CCWC office at writers@capecodwriterscenter.org
for more information and to reserve your spot today!


Member News for October

by web editor on October 5, 2015

Check out the latest from our talented members:

“The First of the Month,” a short film written and directed by Kathy Aspden, was chosen for the 15-Minutes of Fame Film Festival in Orlando, FL to take place October 17, 2015. Logline: Things heat up for Michael and Karen Solomon as the first of the month approaches. 

Anita A. Caruso will be on a memoir panel discussion and book signing on Saturday, October 10, 2015 that the Literary Arts Branch of the Sandwich Arts is putting on at the First Church of Christ in Sandwich Village called “Writers on Writing.” The event will be from 10-4PM with panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and a reception. Meet the writers. Open and free to the public. www.anitaacarusobooks.com

Jan Krause Greene is happy to announce that the first issue of 45 Magazine, a literary journal for and by women, will be available at the IWA exhibition table at the Boston Book Festival on October 24. Greene is a founding editor of 45Mag and a host of the Literary Arts Open Mic at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA.

Clint Hull’s third historical novel, titled New England Wakes, details a year in the life of Tristram Hull (1624-1667) during which he aids the first Quakers to arrive in Boston, buys a slave girl in Barbados, and deals with a wayward wife in Yarmouth. The novel, which features the Quaker meeting house in Sandwich on the front cover, is available at Titcomb’s and other area bookstores.

Issue #037 of Sanitarium magazine is available now with Christine Lajewski’s story “Katy Did.”

Over the summer, a number of Christina Laurie’s poems were published in the weekly on-line magazine, Avocet. Also, the quarterly published Avocet printed two poems in the summer 2015 issue.

Carolyn LeComte will be on a panel discussing fiction writing, Oct 10th, from 10-11 a.m., at the First Church of Christ in Sandwich, as the Sandwich Arts Alliance celebrates “Fall for the Arts.” This is a free event, open to the public. Please see carolynlecomteartistandwriter.weebly.com for more details about this fun day!

Steven P. Marini’s fourth mystery, Schmuel’s Journey,  will be released as an eBook on October 15th by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. A survivor of Auschwitz, Sam Miller, tries to live a quiet life in New Hampshire and forget the horrors of his youth. But a phone call from a fellow survivor rocks his life, informing him that a Nazi war criminal may be hiding in plain sight where Sam works.

Diane McDonough’s poem, “When the Goldenrod Fades,” will appear in the 20th Anniversary Issue of the Aurorean, to be published in October 2015.

Author Janet Purcell will participate in Local Author Day, October 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Princeton Library, Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ.  She will read from her novel, The Long Way Home, which will be available for signing and sale along with her first novel, Singer Lane.  Both books are set on Cape Cod.

Maxim D. Shrayer writes about the marriage of Vladimir and Véra Nabokov in the recent issue of Jewish Review of Books: http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/1870/i-am-talking-to-you-like-king-solomon/

Barbara Eppich Struna has a busy month ahead of her. Saturday October 10, Sandwich Arts Alliance will be hosting an all day workshop, Writers on Writing, from 10AM to 4PM. Barbara will be participating in two panels: writing fiction and researching and writing history. Also a workshop on publishing with a small press publisher. For more info contact dean@deancoe.com. Tuesday October 13, she will be speaking at OLOC Ladies Guild-Brewster. Thursday October 15, 7PM, Brewster Ladies Library, she will be a guest speaker at Cultural Council Literary Night. More details…barbarastruna.blogspot.com

Ric Wasley will be hosting a talk on October 6th at the Marstons Mills Public Library on his book, The Girl with the Faraway Eyes. More details here: http://capecodtimes.eviesays.com/event/1695197/track-down-mystery-with-ric-wasley?tid=4373296

Current 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 November. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement towriters@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, October 30th. 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.)

The Cape Cod Writers Center is delighted to announce that Turner Publishing will lauch THE TRAIL, authored by Cape Cod Writers Center board member Ray Anderson on October 27th.

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Among his many interests, Ray is a seasoned outdoorsman who  finished his first Appalachian Trail- through hike on Sepotember 22, 2003. Congratulations Ray for that accomplishment and for the inspirration it provided for your exciting new thriller!

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You are invited to attend Ray’s lunch of THE TRAIL at the Hingham Public Library on Thursday October 29th, from 7-8:30 pm. 

 

 

Local author RSunsets-of-Tulumay Bartlett is hosting a launch party to celebrate the release of his novel, Sunsets of Tulum, on October 1, 2015. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Hall, located at 2150 Main Street in Marston Mills. The event will feature a reading from the novel, a book signing, door prizes and light hors d’oeuvres.

This is the first novel written by Bartlett, a travel writer who has written numerous guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Insight Guide, Moon Handbooks and AA CityPack. Bartlett is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing Program and taught creative writing at BU before pursuing writing full-time.

It is Bartlett’s extensive travels in Mexico that serve as a backdrop for Sunsets of Tulum, which is set in the Yucatán. The novel, published by Barrel Fire Press, is described by Bartlett as a “romantic and adventure-filled literary tale in which its male main character must decide whether he will continue to allow life to pass him by – or if he will sacrifice comfort for true love and passion.”

Sena Desai Gopal, food and travel writer for the Boston Globe, says,“Ray Bartlett’s debut novel enthralls you from the very first page to the last,” and Boston-based author Meg Tyler calls Sunsets of Tulum “a beautiful and fundamental tale.”

For more information about Sunsets of Tulum and author Ray Bartlett, or if you’d like to order your own signed copy, please visit www.kaisora.com.

In response to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s call for a brain storming session to expand membership and create more exciting programs,  two dozen writers, editors and journalists appeared at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis on September 9 for the season’s first Writers Night Out.

CCWC former treasurer, John Stobierski, presided over the CCWC’s first member-participant  “think tank” as a lively set of ten ideas were proposed and will be considered for implementation by the  2015-2016 board of directors.

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With thanks to everyone who appeared and contributed to the discussion.

 We appreciate the time and thought efforts you made to share your ideas with us!

Extended Deadline for the 2nd Annual CCWC Contest!

by web editor on September 9, 2015

Submit to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s 2nd Annual Contest today!

 

Four categories—Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Poetry—will be judged by the industry’s top writers and editors, with the winners receiving an individual critique by an agent along with a cash prize of $200 and two free courses at the 2016 CCWC Conference!

The extended deadline is October 15th, 2015. Don’t miss this chance to let your work shine!

Dates & Fees

  • Deadline: October 15th, 2015, midnight EST
  • Winners Announced: Early December, 2015
  • Entry Fees: $20 via Submittable

Categories

  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Middle Grade/YA
  • Poetry

Go to http://contest.capecodwriterscenter.org/ for more information!

Member News for September

by web editor on September 8, 2015

 

Take a look at the achievements of our clever members this September:

 

Ray Anderson is happy to announce that the kickoff for The Trail will be on October 29 at the Hingham Public Library. We’ll start promptly at 7 pm.

Sharon Anderson has a Book Signing on September 9th, 2015 at Marston’s Mills Public Library from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Book title: Stones and Bones, the Crystal People Speak, a work of Visionary Fiction by S. D. Anderson.

Terri Arthur’s publisher, HenschelHAUS,  just submitted her book, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse, to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. This book fair boasts over 7,000 exhibitors and 275,000 visitors each year. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest global marketplace for books, media, rights, and licenses worldwide. Also, look for her book mentioned in the Boston Globe book column on September 13th. www.fataldecision-edithcavell.com

Gustaf Berger’s short story “Victor Manure” will appear in the next Kindle edition of Kzine on September 18.

Chip Bishop has signed a contract with ForeEdge, the trade division of the University Press of New England, to publish a biography of Elliott Roosevelt, brother of Theodore Roosevelt and father of Eleanor Roosevelt. It will appear in early 2017.

Hugh Blair-Smith’s first book, Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History, has a definite publication date: around September 30. He will bring a pre-publication copy to show off at Writers Night Out on Sept 9.

Anita Ann Caruso will be signing her books—a memoir, As Ever, Pudd, and her children’s book, Brayden’s Magical Jungle—on September 12th at the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival at the Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, Ma. from 12-1 pm. Free and open to the public.

Rick Cochran’s story “The Christmas Raffle” will be published in “Good Old Days” magazine in the Nov/Dec issue. Rick read this story last year at the CCWC open-mic session.

Sandy Creel just launched a web site at acupofcapecod.com, featuring short pieces about Cape Cod.

Clint Hull’s third historical novel, titled New England Wakes, tells the story of Tristram Hull, a merchant captain from Yarmouth, and his encounter in 1656 with the first Quakers to arrive in Boston. To obtain copies of the novel, contact the author at clinthull@comcast.net.

Christine Lajewski’s horror short story, “Katy Did,” has been accepted by Sanitarium magazine. Should be published in issue #37 in October.

Antoinette Libro’s new chapbook, The Carpenter’s Lament in Winter, will be published this fall from Finishing Line Press. Copies may be ordered during the pre-sale promotional period by going to www.finishinglinepress.com and clicking on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles” or “Bookstore.”

Attend Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos’s book signing for her contribution in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions, along with publishers Amy Newmark and Kelly Sullivan Walden and agent Devra Jacobs, on October 24th from 4-7 p.m. at 29 Otter Lane, Cummaquid (tentatively scheduled). RSVP to 561-301-7940. Her book Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing has also won both a 2015 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Award and a 2015 International Book Award in the Women’s Health category.

Robert Reece’s novel To Tell The Truth, about a babysitter accused of child abuse and her trial, is now in an electronic format.  For print: http://amzn.to/1G88Uza. For electronic:        Kindle: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicID=A24Y8MF98F6OB6       Nook: https://www.nookpress.com/

Kathy Salzberg’s humor book, Confessions of a Mad Dog Groomer, has been nominated for the Barkleigh Honors Award Best Book of the Year Award at GroomExpo, the grooming industry’s largest convention and trade show, to be held Sept 17 – 20 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.

Barbara Sillery’s newest book, Biloxi Memories, has just been released by Pelican Publishing. Sillery will be on a four city book tour in the South and then return to the Cape for October book signings and author talks for The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands. www.barbarasillery.com barbarasillery@gmail.com

Kevin Symmons has been featured in a Boston Globe article about his life as a writer and his new novel, Chrysalis (click here). 

Janet Uhlar’s second book, Freedoms’ Cost: The Story of Nathanael Greene, directly inspired the creation of a statue of General Greene at Valley Forge, PA.  The statue was dedicated by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution on August 7, 2015.

Visit the Hyannis Public Library on Wednesday at 6 p. m. when author Ric Wasley tells you how he tracked down a most unbelievable World War II story and made it the inspiration for his new novel, The Girl with the Faraway Eyes.  This program is free and open to the public. Read the article here.

Current 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 October. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than Friday, October 2nd. 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.)

 

Writers Night Out on September 9th

by web editor on September 4, 2015

Cape Cod Writers Center’s First Annual Think Tank

We know you have good ideas. We’d like to hear from you at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s First Annual Think Tank!

Come to this unique Writers Night Out session to brainstorm ideas to grow, expand, and update our programs! Let us know how we can work together to make the Cape Cod Writers Center better than ever.

Please bring your ideas and be prepared to discuss them as you enjoy drinks and a buffet dinner at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis at 5:30 p.m.

The cost of Writers Night Out is $20 for CCWC members and $25 for non-members. The price includes a buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink.

Please contact our office via email to sign up for this fun and unique evening: writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

See you on the 9th!