TWTTomorrow’s Writers Today is a program designed to enhance the literary skills of Cape Cod students in grades 7-12. It provides young people an opportunity to work with published authors and journalists who oversee their work, share concepts, and provide insights into the realities of professional writing, literature, journalism, and communications.

Our next Tomorrow’s Writers Today workshop is scheduled for November 14th, 2015.

The workshop is free and will be held at Sturgis East High School in Hyannis from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 14th. The teachers are author and CCWC Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart and college writing professor and founder of Riverhaven Books Stephanie Blackman.

Click here to download the application!

Member News for November

by web editor on November 2, 2015

Check out the latest from our talented members:

The Retirement Boom: An All-Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter, by local author Catherine Allen from Orleans and Santa Fe, NM, was published by Career Press and hit the bookstores and online October 19th.

Ray Anderson achieved a successful launch of his thriller The Trail. Over a hundred people attended, and 92 copies were sold at Hingham Public Library. Future events can be viewed on his event page at

Sid Bennett has published a family memoir, OEDIPUS MAX, through CreateSpace. It can be found on Amazon and Kindle.

The Saltwater Marsh, a Magical Place by Consie Berghausen has been published by Riverhaven Books and is available on Amazon.  It is a children’s picture book (ages 3-7) about the animals of the marsh.  It is in rhyming verse with lovely illustrations by Nina Berghausen.

Hugh Blair-Smith’s first book, Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History will be published by SDP Publishing on 16 Nov 2015.

Anita Caruso will be featured in a radio interview for the Author’s Show, which will play for 24 hours from midnight Monday, Nov 2nd to midnight Nov 3rd. Go to and click on the book title Brayden’s Magical Jungle to listen. Please also join her as she will have a space selling her memoir, As Ever, Pudd, and her children’s book, Brayden’s Magical Jungle, at the Country Christmas Bazaar at the Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, Ma. on Saturday, November 21st from 9am-2pm.

MY BIG TOW-The Adventures of Captain Recovery, by Kyle Chirgwin, earns the CLC Seal of Approval. The Children’s Literary Classics has given MY BIG TOW a Five Star review.

Rick Cochran just released his book Wellfleet Tales, a collection of his short stories about growing up in Wellfleet in the fifties and sixties.  Rick used Createspace to publish his work, which is now available on Amazon or through Rick.  One of his stories was just published in Good Old Days magazine.

When not meeting with the Independent Writers group in Falmouth, Thomas D. Kersting coordinates Lake Writers, a writing workshop in Lake Carmel, N.Y. and records his blog posts on Pawling (NY) Public Radio, WPWL, 103.7 FM. His blog, “In the Shade,” can be found at

Diane McDonough’s poem, When the Goldenrod Fades, has been published in the 20th Anniversary Issue of the Aurorean, Fall/Winter 2015-2016.

Melanie P. Merriman has published a cookbook written with her brother-in-law Peter Merriman, a well-known chef in Hawaii.  Merriman’s Hawaii features recipes that reflect the culture and flavors of the islands, along with stories about the farmers and ranchers that supply Chef Merriman’s restaurants. More information at

J Bean and Chris Palmer’s Cape Cod Witch Series of middle grade fantasy adventures received the Mom’s Choice Award for excellence and was just announced a winner in the New Book Awards contest 2016, following a successful introduction to industry professionals at Book Expo America in New York this spring. The Cape Cod Witch website has received a magical makeover by the Cape’s own web wizard Jody McNamara; check out the enchantment at

Check out Wendy Shreve’s interview on her book Dark Sea:

Besides writing 1000 words a day to finish her third novel, The Old Cape’s Hollywood Secret, Barbara Eppich Struna will be selling, signing, and talking about her books during a Christmas Fair in Sandwich on Sat.& Sun, November 21, 22, 10–3:30. Location: Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School on Sandwich Road.

Former CCWC President and best-selling author Kevin Symmons met two exciting milestones recently. His best-selling Cape Cod techno-thriller Out of the Storm broke into the Amazon top 100 in that category at #84. Kevin also felt honored to become a member of the Authors Guild, a goal he has sought since becoming a writer.

Author Ric Wasley has been tapped by the Academy of Lifelong Learning to teach one of his popular “Marketing for Writers” classes for their spring semester at Cape Cod Community College.


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 December. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, December 4th. 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.)

National Novel Writing Month on Cape Cod

by web editor on October 27, 2015

Shield-Nano-Side-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResImage courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Halloween is coming, and with it come goblins and ghosties, banshees and beasties, and, of course, the scariest monster of all: midnight, November 1st, and the blank page that you must fill with 50,000 words before the month ends.

National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo to its friends and acolytes, is a yearly writing challenge that encourages you to finally write that book you’ve always dreamed of but have never quite gotten around to. Stuck for ideas? Don’t know your main character’s motivation (or name)? No plot? No problem. Pantsers, planners, those who have never written a word in their life, authors with 20 books to their name: all are welcome to join the fun and insanity of trying to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Find out more about this free event here.

On Cape Cod, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Municipal Liaison who coordinates events and get-togethers for all participants on the right side of the bridge. Lori, known as Flyleaf on the boards, writes, “We believe in the power of story and the mutual benefit found in coming together as a community to create. It doesn’t matter if you’re an established author or a brand new hobbyist, NaNoWriMo is about telling your story and encouraging others to do the same. The month of November is a challenge, yes, but it’s also fun. We’re a rambunctious group of varying skill levels who love writing and stories and connecting with others who share the same passion.”

Lori has compiled an impressive calendar of events consisting of the annual Kick Off Party this Wednesday, October 28th; write-ins where you can get together with fellow madpeople and compete for the highest word count; and, of course, the Thank God It’s Over Party on Wednesday, December 9th, open to all survivors. Come Write Ins are also being hosted at the Marstons Mills and West and South Yarmouth libraries throughout the month. Check out the Cape Cod region page on the NaNoWriMo site to peruse the calendar, meet fellow Cape writers, and RSVP for events.

The Cotuit Library will also be holding an open mic NaNoWriMo reading on Saturday, November 14th, with snacks and wine served. Email for more information.

Know of any other events we’ve left out? Have a question or concern? Just want to say hi? Comment on this page or send us an email at We’d love to hear from Cape Cod Writers Center members who are interested in participating in this fun, crazy, and inspiring challenge.

In Memory of Zachary Burrage-Goodwin

by web editor on October 26, 2015

The Cape Cod Writers Center is devastated to learn that one of its young members, Zachary Burrage-Goodwin, son of member Melissa Burrage, has recently passed away. A creative, intelligent, and sensitive young man, Zachary won scholarships to the CCWC Conference two years in a row and his poetry has appeared in Inklings from Cape Cod.

Zachary spent summers on Bass River and Kelly’s Pond with his family.  He enjoyed kayaking, grilling burgers and steaks, going to estate sales and antique shops, camping at Nickerson State Park, reading books, attending the Brewster Library book sales, going to classic car shows with his grandfather, and playing games and making music with his sisters in the old family barn in West Dennis. His obituary may be found here:

The following poem, written by Zachary, can be found on page 258 of Inklings from Cape Cod, compiled by Stephanie E. Boosada.

Mother Earth as I Know Her

By Zachary Burrage-Goodwin

I live on the land where my grandfather lived
And where his grandfather before him lived
Where they farmed the land
And struggled with oxen and dirt
And labored to pile stones into walls

This land gives food
Clean air
The water flows through pipes
Once copper, now plastic
Into the sink for me to drink

This land is beautiful
A place to come to after school
Where I run with squirrel and chipmunk
And create my imaginary home
With rock and rotted log

This land has crabapple, oak and pine
Planted by my family
And shoots of those
Grow wildly nearby

I am surrounded by people
Who descend from farmers,
Or who moved to town recently
From other parts of the world

I am lucky to be here
Comforted by the spirit of my ancestors
Energized by the land
And by my friends

At times I feel unsettled too
The roads are filled with cars
The rumble of tractor-trailer trucks
Shake the foundation of the house
A film of smog can be seen from the sky

Newcomers unhappy with small houses
Tear down the trees and forests
To build mansions
While deer, raccoon, fox and coyote are displaced

I see packs of deer on my way to school
Standing in the road
Wondering where their forest has gone

And I worry why the temperature is so warm
In December
And why the rivers and streams are so low
In summer

I see injustice in school
Asians separate from blacks separate from Jews
I feel worry
I feel sad
I feel outrage
I write it down


Pathways to Publications Workshop October 17, 2015 Praised

by Artistic Director on October 17, 2015

Self-publishing is hot! With that in mind, members of the Cape Cod Writers Center and several nonmembers arrived at the Resort and Conference Center on Saturday morning, October 17 , for advice, suggestions, and instruction from self-publishing guru and best-selling author Kate Conway.


Step by step Kate explained the mysteries of major self-publishing engines Create Space, Kindle Self-Publishing and Lightning Source. By the the time the session ended at noon, the writers understood the challenges and the rewards of self-publishing today.


How does even the most inventive writer keep the sparks of creativity burning?  Those who attended Olivia Miller’s afternoon Pathways sessions learned how creative people do and had a lot of fun along the way during her inspiring workshop.

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The CCWC looks forward to seeing books in print and on screen from those who attended these workshops. 

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
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 
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


Cape Cod
Writers Center
P.O. Box 408
Osterville, MA 02655
Writers Night Out: 
Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave
$20 for CCWC members 
$25 for non-members
 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!

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!

Contact the CCWC office at
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.

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 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:

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 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…

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:

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 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.


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!



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.