Member News for June

by web admin on June 8, 2015

Take a look at our members’ writing news for this month:


Catherine Allen, of Orleans and Santa Fe, spoke to the Harvard Women Lawyers Group in Washington DC about her book, Revolutionary Retirement, to be republished in October by Career Press as The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter.

Turner Publishing will feature Ray Anderson’s novel The Trail in their Fall lineup.

Terri Arthur received an excellent book review on the British edition of her book Fatal Destiny: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse in the magazine owned by the Royal College of Nursing “The Nursing Standard.”  This will go out to every licensed and active nurse in The UK.

Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War, will participate in the Local Author event Saturday, June 27 from noon to 3 p.m. under the big tent at the Osterville Village Library. The event is sponsored by Books by the Sea of Osterville.

Joan Candler, a Yarmouth Port resident, was a finalist for the 2015 Edward Hoffer Book Award for her book, The Lost Mission of Santa Isabel. The novel is a historical mystery set in Baja, California.

Anita A. Caruso’s new series for young readers, Brayden’s Magical Journey Books, will debut at the end of June with Brayden’s Magical Jungle. It is a story about a six-year-old boy who finds a pair of green sunglasses while playing outside and discovers they are no ordinary glasses. They’re magic and they transport him to the depths of a tropical jungle where excitement and adventure await. Anita will be at the Author Palooza on Saturday, June 27th, from 12-3pm at the Osterville Village Library

Gina Fava is honored and thrilled that The Sculptor has won the GOLD medal for the Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book in the 19th Annual, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Here’s the link to the big news: or visit to learn more.

Dwight Ritter will be speaking at the Brewster Ladies’ Library on June 25 about his book, Growin’ Up White: how it came to be, fact vs. fiction, and racial issues.

Military Writers Society of America is publishing a piece in its 2015 anthology on how Ray Schumack feared a family of mice was an enemy platoon during his first night-time guard duty in Korea. See it at

Maxim D. Shrayer published “Arthur Miller’s Forgotten Masterpiece” in Tablet Magazine: Shrayer and his colleagues at South Chatham Writers’ Workshop look forward to the summer 2015 sessions. Cape Cod writers are encouraged to apply:

Wendy Shreve’s first and latest books, Shadowwater and Dark Sea, Shadowwater II are now on sale at Booksmith, Orleans and Brewster Bookstore. She will also be participating in Brewster Ladies’ Library’s author panel discussion, July 29th from 2-4.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is now selling Carol Smilgin’s book, Provenance, in its gift shop. She is finishing up the “next to final” revision of her romance novel, Love Was a Stranger.




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 July. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, June 3rd. 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.)




Two Wondrous Wednesdays in a row at Cotuit.
First, this Wednesday, a play reading:

Standing in My Light

Seven Pithy Short Plays by Gregory Hischak
at the Studio of the
Cotuit Center for the Arts

Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30pm. Free.

This is a reading of new scripts (and some not-so-new pieces)
read by (in alphabetical order)

Andy Dolan
Christine Ernst
Michael Ernst
Daniel Fontneau
Susan Winslow
Lauren Wolk

And then Wednesday, June 17th, we’re back in the Studio for the Salon of Shorts.

The bar will be set up for both events as will the Big Sign that says “FREE.”
The Cotuit Center is located on Route 28 in Cotuit between Rts 149 and 130.

Bass River Press: Call for Entries

by web admin on June 5, 2015

Bass River Press Poster

by Indira Ganesan
Part of the 2015 Conference Faculty Series

I will be teaching two courses, one on the Craft of Fiction: Beginnings and Endings and another on Setting: The Sense of Place.  For the Craft of Fiction, we will look at ways to begin a short story using images and an effective first sentence, as well as ways to find our endings. Often our stories surprise us, with characters doing things we didn’t anticipate, so the ending becomes something other than what we thought at first.  In this course, we will learn to step out of the way, so the story can claim itself and become what it wants to be.  In Setting: A Sense of Place, we will examine one of my favorite elements of a short story.  How does setting influence and steer a short story?  Would the love story central to Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Dog” have taken place if the couple met in Moscow instead of a remote winter resort?  What better device could Cheever have used than the empty suburban pools of summertime to depict a man’s loosening grip on reality?  In this course, we will begin with the neighborhoods we know best, the backyards of childhood, the smells and sounds we remember, and map our stories from the familiar to the unfamiliar.

Ganesan coverMy own settings for the novels I write feature invented towns with made-up histories and generations of family.  I use a fictional island to tell stories of post-colonialism, creating geographies and revolutions that follow the pattern of neighboring countries.  Each time I return to the island, I uncover a little bit more.  My last novel was As Sweet as Honey (Knopf, 2013) and I am working on its sequel.

Breakfast with the Authors, June 12

by web admin on May 29, 2015

Breakfast with the Authors

Friday, June 12, 2015, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis

Featuring a continental breakfast, talks by three acclaimed authors, a Question and Answer session, and a book sale and signing.

Do maricoffee for rosesgolds keep the bugs out of the veggie patch? Will rusty nails turn hydrangeas blue? With humor and affection, Cape Cod author and master gardener C.L. Fornari goes back in time to sort out the good, the bad and the just plain silly gardening advice passed down through generations. Coffee for Roses…and 70 Other Misleading Myths about Backyard Gardening combines gardening history and expert advice into one useful, time- and money-saving package. The author’s award-winning full color photography is throughout.

Truth Be Told, part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series by award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this truth be toldheartbreaking story—and on other foreclosures—reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. Turns out, there’s more than one way to rob a bank… Truth Be Told has won an Agatha Award for “Best Contemporary Novel” and was named one of Library Journal’s “Best of 2014.”

As a favor to the beautiful actress Mary Deschenes, George Armstrong Custer hires her eighteen-year-old son Allen Winslow as an aide little bighornfor his 1876 campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne. Traveling west against his will, Allen meets young Addie Grace Lord, the two soon fall in love, and it is with foreboding that Addie Grace watches Allen ride out with Custer’s Seventh Cavalry. Beautifully written and filled with unforgettable characters, Little Bighorn by Martha’s Vineyard author John Hough, Jr., brings to life the American West and its heartbreaking history, brilliantly portraying the flawed and tormented Custer.



Admission: $15 for members of the Cape Cod Writers Center
$20 for non-members


Reserve your space at Breakfast with the Authors by e-mailing or calling 508-420-0200.



It’s no secret best-selling nonfiction author Martin Sandler is a gifted storyteller, but as the twenty-six writers who attended the CCWC’s May 19 Writers Night Out session at Uno’s, discovered  he is also an extraordinary researcher.



After the members enjoyed cocktails and a buffet dinner, “Marty” spoke about various tactics he uses to research a projects. These included  reading every book on the subject, researching in libraries and archives, examining old newspaper records, and pursuing photographic collections that are relevant (even if distantly) to the subject. Trips to the location of the subject often turn up additional information as does research on national archives, Among the most useful are the archival and photographical sites at the Library of Congress.

Beginning a  story that rivets the reader’s attention in the first chapter is also important.  “The best way to start a book is with a dramatic story — one that touches upon the humanity of the situation. That speaks to the reader more than anything else,” Marty said.



Thank you, Marty, for that all-important message for writers of fiction as well as nonfiction!

Calliope Poetry Series 8th Season Finale

by web admin on May 21, 2015

Calliope Poetry Series—Our 8th Season Finale

Sunday, June 14th 3 to 5 PM. Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM.  $5 suggested donation.



Barbara Crooker is the author of six books of poetry, including Radiance, which won the Word Press First Book Award, Line Dance, winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, More (2010), Gold (2013), Small Rain (2014) and Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems (2015). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Beloit Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Poetry International and in many anthologies, including Good Poems for Hard Times (Garrison Keillor, editor).  Barbara is the recipient of an array of awards, fellowships and residencies, some of which are: the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize and the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a residency in France and in Ireland and sixteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Her poetry has been read on the BBC, by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and in Ted Kooser’s column, An American Life in Poetry.

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014), which was recently selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerryPress. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.  Among her numerous publications and awards, January’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Seattle Review and in Cave Canem anthologies II & IV.  She was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant and was featured in the January/February 2010 Inspiration Issue of Poets & Writers as one of its 12 debut poets. A Cave Canem fellow, January runs a popular blog called Poet Mom (  January earned her MFA at New York University and lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.

Irene Willis is the author of four collections of poetry, including Reminder (2014). They Tell Me You Danced (1995), At the Fortune Café (2005) and Those Flames (2009).  Irene’s awards include winning the Violet Reed Haas Prize for At the Fortune Café,  a Distinguished Artist Fellowship  from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire/Taconic Foundation.   She is also the Poetry Editor of the online publication, International Psychoanalysis.  A longtime educator who has “retired” three times, Irene has most recently taught at Westfield State University and at the American International College in western Massachusetts.

Directions:  From 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.)

We hope to see you there!

Alice Kociemba, Founding Director

Heidi Stahl, Associate Director, 

Rich Youmans, Associate Director

Kathleen Casey, Social Media Director

Calliope – A Community for Poets

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by Chantelle Aimée Osman
Part of the 2015 Conference Faculty Series

I’m thrilled to be returning to CCWC this August. I’ll be covering topics that will be helpful to those who are about to complete or have recently completed their manuscript. First, on Friday, I’ll be teaching “Perfecting Your Pitch and Query” (10:15-11:45), which will cover the key points in both in-person and written pitches and queries. Should time allow, we’ll go over individual pitches.  Next, on Saturday, “50 Editing Mistakes Authors Make” (8:30-11:45)—as a professional editor, I tend to see the same set of mistakes from authors over and over. We’ll discuss the best methods for approaching your edit as well as those most common mistakes, giving you the edge of a polished final product. Again, if time permits, we’ll do some live editing. On Saturday and Sunday (1:00-2:30) “Social Media for Writers” will go over the basics of websites, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Learn how to use them to your advantage, find potential readers, agents and more while not taking away from your writing time.  I’ll also be available for manuscript mentorship & evaluation throughout the conference.

My series of writing guides The Quick & Dirty Guide to… will be available in the conference bookstore in two volumes, which include: Social Media for Authors; The Submission Package; Screenplays; Crime Fiction; Short Fiction and Editing.

I look forward to seeing all of you in August!


Chantelle Osman photoChantelle Aimée Osman is a freelance editor and creative consultant, specializing in fiction and screenplays, and teaches writing across the country. She is also the author of the non-fiction QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO… series on writing, as well as mystery flash fiction and short stories.

by Judith Arnold
Part of the 2015 Conference Faculty Series

True, I’m not a math genius. But I can’t think of a better place than Cape Cod to find myself surrounded by book lovers for a few days. I’ll be teaching classes on writing romance novels and love stories at the 2015 Cape Cod Writers Conference, and this equation works for me.

I’m the author of ninety-six (so far) published novels, most of them romances, with some women’s fiction and mysteries mixed in. All my books, regardless of genre, include love relationships in their plots. Maybe this is because I’m an old hippie (well, not so old!) who believed the Beatles when they sang that all we needed was love. We live in a world filled with strife, hostility, war and conflict. To me, the most powerful stories demonstrate that even when people understand one another as little as men and women so often do—when they view one another as aliens or even enemies—they can still bridge the divide, find common ground, learn to trust one another and open their hearts to love. Love stories can save the universe.

I hope to “spread the love” in my class at the Cape Cod Writers Conference—but mostly, we’ll be discussing craft: how to create complex, three-dimensional characters, how to develop their conflicts so their final acknowledgement of their love will be cathartic for the reader, and how to use themes to enhance novels. If time allows, we can talk about sex, too.

Judith Arnold

About me: I live in a small town twenty miles west of Boston, and my family has spent many happy summer vacations on Cape Cod. I’ve written several plays which have been professionally staged in regional theaters and off-off Broadway, and I’ve taught at colleges and presented dozens of guest seminars and workshops at conferences and writing retreats. I’m currently working on Moondance, the fifth book in my “Magic Jukebox” romance series, and preparing my “Still Kicking” mystery series for digital release. I’m passionate about good wine, good chocolate, good music, and good books. I can’t wait to meet my students and fellow instructors at the Cape Cod Writers Conference. We’re going to have a great time in Hyannis this summer!

On June 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. author Jacqueline Trought will host a book party for her forthcoming work The Affair With Death at the C3TV studio in Dennis, MA. She is looking for literary experts to join the panel for a discussion about the book. This event includes entertainment with a live band, refreshments and book signings. At 7p.m. the studio will film the panel as they discuss The Affair With Death.

 If you’re interested in participating please contact Jacqueline Trought at For a preview galley, please see .