Member News Roundup for April

by web editor on April 7, 2014

It’s been a great month for CCWC members–writing, publishing, and publicizing their work. Here’s a roundup of their news:

Larry Allen announces his third short story,  this one about a reclusive high-school student who befriends a cantankerous retired astronaut, with unsettling results. “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor” will be available for free on Amazon for the week beginning April 7 (, a great opportunity for those curious about the speculative fiction genre.

Chip Bishop can now call himself a New York Times Bestselling Author. His first book, The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, hit #12 on the Times’ e-book best sellers list in March following a special President’s Day weekend promotion on

Author Anita Ann Caruso will talk about her newly published book, As Ever, Pudd: A Love Story That Never Ends, Told in Letters, on Monday, April 14, 2014 at ABITH, Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 center Street, East Dennis, Ma. Visit her website and blog:

Rick Cochran is rewriting his Wellfleet memoir, The Last Principal of Wellfleet High, into a series of stand-alone stories that are being printed in the Wellfleetian, the online blog of the Lower Cape’s “Wicked Local” news.  The next in the series, “Captain Higgins,” is available online now:

Indie author, K.R. Conway, will launch a pilot program with Sturgis West Charter High School this April, teaching a series of fiction writing classes. She will also be teaching her ever-popular Teen Fiction Craft at Sandwich Library on April 19. On May 2nd, she will be at the SCBWI New England conference as a pitch mentor along with several other authors. Her website is

Sandwich author Jim Coogan has just published Cape Cod Companion: The History and Mystery of Old Cape Cod as an e-book. The book, written with Dennis author Jack Sheedy and originally published as a trade paperback in 1999, is available on Amazon’s Kindle and B & N’s Nook.

Marsha Therese Danzig’s book Fierce Joy is featured in Aspire Magazine’s Ten Inspirational Authors of April:

Jan Krause Greene participated in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She read from her debut novel, I Call Myself Earth Girl, at The Mount in Lenox and at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

Robin Johnson-Smith will be reading at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham on Sunday, April 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. Other poets reading will be Kathleen Aguero, Mary Kane, Suzan Tuz and Neil Silberblatt.

Arlene Kay will discuss her latest novel Swann Dive at the Jacob Sears Library, in East Dennis, on April 14th, 7:00 pm. This program is part of the Book in the Hand series. Swan Dive, the first in the Beacon Hill Mystery Series, will be released by Bellbridgebooks on April 20th.

Christina Laurie will be signing copies of her children’s book C is for Cape Cod across the Cape this summer. The launching of the book was held at Titcomb’s Bookstore on March 23, with over 50 attending. A schedule of talks and book signings is available on her website: Her photographer also will be present to sign books with her on April 15 at Sturgis Library.

Antoinette Libro is a Winner/Runner-up in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2014 and her haiku “catalpa tree” will be included in The Haiku Calendar 2015 (Snapshot Press, UK, 2014). Approximately 900 entries from 14 countries were received; the 2015 calendar will contain 52 haiku.

Steven P. Marini’s new mystery novel, Calculations, has been set for ebook release on May 1st, with paperback due May 10th, by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. He gave a successful reading of his earlier novel, Aberration, at The Hub in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on February 19th.

Alexis Rankin Popik’s Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate was selected as the Featured Review for the April issue of the San Francisco Book Review magazine and its website, The five-out-of-five-star review concludes: “Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate is a must-read. It’s short and to the point but it’s a story that will haunt readers well after the last page is turned.”

Jan Shapin (author of A Snug Life Somewhere and A Desire Path) has another guest column in her publisher’s blog (Arline Chase, Write Words Inc.). This one is on using the GoodReads book giveaway program to stimulate sales. You can read it here.

Maxim D. Shrayer has been reading from his new memoir, Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, a Finalist of this year’s National Jewish Book Awards. His upcoming events, including a reading in Chatham, where he and his family spend many weeks when they are not in Brookline, are listed on this website: Maxim welcomes inquiries from fellow authors about his new initiative, the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop:

On Apr. 5, Alice Plouchard Stelzer participated in “Hartford Loves Stories Author Village,” as part of Hartford’s Public Library’s all day book fair. Stelzer will also be speaking to the Falmouth Genealogy Society on April 12 and the Eastham Historical Society on April 24, at 7 PM.

On Saturday April 26, the anniversary of the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah, Barbara Eppich Struna will talk about how her historical novel, The Old Cape House, was influenced by the events that surrounded this tragic day. West Dennis Library will host this occasion of love, pirates, and treasure from 1-2 PM.

Visit Kevin V. Symmons’s website ( to view the trailer for his new release Solo from the award-winning The Wild Rose Press. Solo is the story of Jessica Long…she has the voice of an angel but her cold beauty masks a dark, hidden past. Discover her story. “When the gods want to punish us they answer our prayers.” –Oscar Wilde

Phyllis M. Washburn, author of Good Morning Sam reports sales have hit 500 copies sold. Visit – Open “Author’s Thoughts” site to view swan family picture.

Ric Wasley will be speaking about his book Candle in the Wind at two Cape Cod libraries in the coming month: on April 12 at 2:00 PM at the Yarmouth Port Library and on April 27 at 2:00 PM the South Yarmouth Library. An article about Ric and his latest novel appeared recently in the Yarmouth Register. Read it here.

Author Joan Walsh and Illustrator Anne Sessions Barber of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers present parents and grandparents with book three in the Memory Makers series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham. The book takes children–who love to explore, write, draw, and scrapbook–to special places in Chatham. It will be featured and sold at Where the Sidewalk Ends in Chatham in April, 2014.

Virginia Young’s Nocturnal, a young adult novel about a young girl who sleepwalks and finds friendship with an owl, is coming out in June through Canadian publisher Double Dragon. It will be available as an ebook as well as in paperback.

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

Do you know a young person who loves to write?

by web editor on April 4, 2014

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in its highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, May 17 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

Student writers, poets, and journalists in grades 7 – 12 are encouraged to apply for this workshop taught by two award-winning authors. Instructors for the May 17 session are journalist and college teacher James Kershner, who will teach non-fiction writing, and novelist Candace Hammond, who will teach fiction writing.

YW-Reading-Their-Work--1024x680Interested students may apply directly to the program by completing the application (at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. The deadline to apply is May 5, 2014. For more information, email or call 508-420-0200.


Click this link for the application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

A Workshop for the Writer in You

by web editor on April 3, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, Riverhaven books will sponsor a one-day workshop in Kingston, MA entitled “Write This Way,” with topics ranging from cultivating creativity, to writing effective dialog, to querying an agent, to marketing your book.

image001Click on the flyer to the right to see a full description of the program.

To register, please visit:

Calliope PicSunday, April 6th 3 to 5 PM,
Calliope will celebrate National Poetry Month.

Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM, $5 suggested donation to fund the poets’ stipend.

This month’s readings will feature:

John Bonanni is the founding editor of the Cape Cod Poetry Review. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a residency from AS220 in Providence, RI. His poems have appeared recently in the Bridgewater Review, monkeybicycle, Assaracus and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His chapbook, House (2012), was made using recycled materials.

Charlie Bondhus’ latest poetry collection, All the Heat We Could Carry, is the winner of the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. His previous books include How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2010) and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love, which won the Brickhouse Book’s 2008-2009 Stonewall Award, and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, a Ph.D. in literature from the UMass, Amherst, and teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

Chris Hosea’s debut collection, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press, 2014) was selected by John Ashbery as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He founded and edited The Blue Letter, a free direct-mail poetry newsletter. Chris’ work as an art curator includes Ode to Street Hassle (2012, BronxArtSpace), an exhibition of contemporary paintings and photography. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Chris earned a BA at Harvard College and an MFA at UMass, Amherst. He is senior copywriter at H4B Chelsea and lives in Brooklyn.

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).

Pathways to Publication Worshops March 22, 2014 a Smash Hit!

by Artistic Director on March 24, 2014

What is the meaning of “Writing from the Right Side of the Brain?” How does one write a family memoir?

Thirty writers appeared at the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Pathways to Publication workshops on Saturday, March 22 at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis to find out, and they were not disappointed.

Pathways Audience March 22, 2014

The day began with a delightful, instructive session by acclaimed author Jamie Cat Callan, whose exercises and comments showed the audience the importance of “Writing from the Right Side of the Brain.”

The afternoon was devoted to  the family memoir. First CCWC member Velia Pola spoke about the challenges and rewards of traveling with her elderly parents, resulting in her book A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water. Immediately afterwards, educator Dr. Meikle Pascal spoke about his book, The Black Buddha, which documents his journey from self-doubt and isolation to self-mastery and a deeper connection to life itself. 


Here’s a sampling of comments about the day from participants:

“Jamie was great – dynamic, engaging – offered good concrete tips and strategies.”

“Jamie is…a wonderful teacher. Her humor, compassion kept us enthralled, wanting more…learning much! I found the writing examples extremely helpful.”

“What a great morning!”

“It ended too soon!” 

“One of the best (and I’ve been at a lot of seminars).”

“Over the top!”

“Very inspirational, fun and informative.”

“I liked the combination between information and creative participation. Material was presented clearly and well-illustrated by examples that were great.”


Both presenter were great! Different approaches – but both valuable.

Loved the  handouts from Dr. Paschal – thoughtful, insightful, well-organized, excellent”

“Both programs excellent!” 

“It helped me to know what exactly a memoir was instead of just a general idea. I like the advice about how to know what put into a memoir and what not to.”

“A lot of good ideas on how to start out. Ways to approach the memoir as well as ideas  for keeping ideas  and memories.”

“Wonderful, helpful, inspiring!”

“I learned new ideas I hadn’t even considered.”

“Velia had some practical tips. She  helped us see the importance of capturing moments.”








The sold-out house for 50 members at the March 19 Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out was one indication of the growing importance of self-publishing. As usual, the meeting took place at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 in Hyannis, MA.

The second and still more exciting symbol were the comments from the panel itself.  The panel was moderated by CCWC member  Dean Coe, who initially contacted the CCWC about the concept. 

The panel included self-published authors K.R. Conway, Shirley Vogel, Bob Bucchianeri and Barbara Struna, the last whose book was published by a hybrid publisher –   part traditional and part-self-published.

Each member spoke about the positive and negative aspects of self-publishing, as well as imparting valuable advice to those who are considering that publication route. CCWC members were so excited by all they learned that they gave the panel a standing ovation.

Onward and upward to more publications!

Eighteen talented students grades 7-12 from the public schools of Cape Cod arrived at the Barnstable Intermediate School on March 15 to participate in the Cape Cod Writers’ Center Tomorrow’s Writers Today Program.

March 2014 TWT Group without teachers


Our fiction instructor was Kevin Symmons, novelist and former president of the Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors. Nancy Rubin Stuart, journalist/author and Executive Director of the Writers Center taught the students about nonfiction.

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       Nancy TEaching TWT March 2014





Nearly unanimously, the students felt they enjoyed the program and learned a great deal.  

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TWT Grils March 2014

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Here’s a sampling of their comments: 

“The course is AMAZING!”

“They further developed my understanding of fiction and nonfiction and greatly increased my writing skills.”

“They explained what and how good writing happens and experimented with several forms with us.”

“It was very helpful defining the basics of being a successful author.”

“They gave us useful exercises that actually made us think!”

“I learned many things I didn’t know before!”

“They gave us helpful pointers and encouraged us to continue to do what we were doing right.”

“Keep it going. It’s always great!”

“It was awesome and I learned so much from the program.”

With appreciation to Sovereign Bank whose generous contribution made this program possible.



Member News Roundup for March

by web editor on March 3, 2014

March is shaping up to be a busy month for our members. Here’s a roundup of their writing news:

Chip Bishop’s second book, Quentin and Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War will be published this spring in print and e-book formats. Chip will read and sign April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstable Newcomers Club in the Barnstable Senior Center, April 28 at the East Providence, R.I. Historical Society, and April 29 in Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. See

Kyle Chirgwin’s first children’s book, Captain Recovery, My Big Tow, published by TT Publications, is available in several local Cape Cod bookstores, and also online via and also via Amazon. Background information on the characters and the author are available on line at

Rocks Through My Window was recently penned and published by member, Jeannie Coco of Plymouth. The novel focuses on family dysfunction, forgiveness, and hope. Jeannie can be reached at and her website is: All upcoming public engagements are posted on her website calendar page.

Join Marsha Therese Danzig, Yogi , Healer, Fierce Woman Life Coach , Author of Fierce Joy, and funny girl, for an afternoon of tea, talk, inspiration, and healing on Sunday , March 23 from 2-4 pm at The Sanctuary , Mashpee.  In a presentation called ” A Resurrected Life,” she will read from her book, tells her story, answers questions about living well, guide you in finding your joy, and offer a short healing session for one lucky participant.

CCWC Member Yvonne deSousa will be celebrating the release of MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis with a benefit reading/signing on Thursday March 6th, at 6 PM at the Provincetown Public Library.  The proceeds from book sales at this event will go directly to Helping Our Women, Provincetown.

Recently, Audrey Elisa Kerr, Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University, has published “Praise of Folly: The Problem of Motherhood” in CrossCurrents  (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  “The Desperately Dark, and the Faithful Fair: The Use and Abuse of Color Indicators in Lee Daniels’s film Precious in The Journal of Colorism Studies (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  and “Matchsticks : A Meditation on Harlem in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Verdict” in CrossCurrents (Winter  2013).

On March 23, Titcomb’s bookshop in East Sandwich will host a book release party and signing for C is for Cape Cod, a beautiful and playful alphabet book by author Christina Laurie and photographer Steve Heaslip. Find out more at this link.

Debra Lawless’s latest book, Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, will be released by The History Press on April 22. This is the sequel to Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village, published in 2011.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art will hold a staged reading of A Leg Up, co-authored by Elizabeth Mangan, Renda Beck Coughlan and Karen McGarr Goershel, on Saturday, March 22 at 3 pm. A Pilates studio on Cape Cod is the setting for this humorous play about women struggling to come to terms with their lives and their bodies.

This spring Quincy writer Thomas Mickey will present a talk based on his new book America’s Romance with the English Garden (Ohio University Press) at the Rhode Island Flower Show, the Boston Flower and Garden Show, and the Portland (ME) Flower Show.

Recently, Emmett Till’s cousin, Rev. Wheeler Parker, who was with Emmett when he was dragged from his Uncle’s house in Mississippi to be murdered, granted Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and David Purdy an interview for a book they are writing, called Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Connecting the Dots. As well as their own story, it incorporates 23 accounts from people directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter’s  new novel Under a Summer Sky transports readers back to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well. Under a Summer Sky will be available on April 29, 2014. For more information, please visit

Jan Shapin, author of A Snug Life Somewhere and A Desire Path, has just posted information and advice to authors regarding  her current virtual book tour.  Here’s a link to her blog post. And here’s the TLC book tour link.

Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed, award-winning author and Boston College professor will teach an intensive one-week nonfiction writing workshop in the village of South Chatham, July 14-18, 2014. Find out more at the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop Facebook page:

In March, Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be on a book tour for Female Adventurers: the Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut throughout Western Mass and Connecticut. For a list of Meet Mehetable events go to

Barbara Eppich Struna will give a presentation on the why and how of her historical novel The Old Cape House at the Brewster Ladies Library on March 4 at 7pm. On March 10 at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, she will also give a short talk about her novel at 7pm. for ABITH. Looking forward to an interview at Cape Cod Media Center for the CCWC cable TV show Books and the World on March 28, broadcast date to be announced.

Saturday, March 15th, Kevin Symmons will be teaching Tomorrow’s Writers Today with Nancy Rubin Stuart at the Barnstable Intermediate School from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 17th, Kevin will be a guest lecturer for two AP Creative Writing Classes at Pope John II High School in Hyannis, and Thursday, March 20th, he will be the guest speaker at the Falmouth Historical Society at 55 Palmer Ave in Falmouth. He will discussing his novels and the state of publishing.

Joan Walsh and Anne Session Barber will launch book 3 of their Cape Cod Memory Makers series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explores the Town of Chatham, on or before April 15, 2014.

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 April. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than March 28. 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 Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award

by web editor on February 26, 2014

BC-Mercy-Otis-Warren-Award-Image-2Nominations are now being accepted for The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award.

The Cape Cod Writers’ Center is one of the proud sponsors of the MOW Award, honoring the Cape Cod woman who best exemplifies leadership in the Cape Cod community through the Arts, Business, Education, and Volunteerism.

This year’s winner will be honored at the June 9th meeting of Tales of Cape Cod, to be held at the Olde Barnstable Courthouse on 6A in Barnstable. Our very own Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, will be giving the keynote speech at the award ceremony.  The winner will also ride in Barnstable’s Fourth of July Parade.

Details and nomination forms can be found at Town Halls throughout the Cape, and online at:

One Day, Two Great Workshops for Writers!

by web editor on February 25, 2014

Registration for this program is now closed.

Please check our website often
to learn about future workshops and events.

Saturday, March 22, The Cape Cod Writers Center
will present a pair of workshops
to help you take the next step on your writing journey.

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writers toolbox

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:
“Writing from the Right Side
of Your Brain”

Seasoned writer and teacher Jamie Cat Callan will teach you how to tap into your intuition, find the passion inside you, and turn that passion into words on the page. Jamie is the author of Ooh La La! (just released), Bonjour, Happiness!, and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone and creator of The Writer’s Toolbox, a kit filled with inspirational tips and tools for writers. A favorite with Cape Cod Writers Center members, Jamie will re-ignite your writing fire.

V8Paschal close crop1:00 PM – 4:00 PM:
“Creating a Family Memoir”

Two award-winning authors will show you how to draw upon your family history and memories to create a family memoir.  Velia Pola is the author of A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water, a family history and dramatic travelogue of a journey with her elderly parents. Meikle Paschal’s book The Black Buddhist is a story of a man’s journey from self-doubt and isolation to self-mastery and a deeper connection to life itself. These two dynamic author/teachers will help you tell your own family stories.

Both workshops will take place at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis. The cost of either the morning or afternoon workshop is $45 ($40 for CCWC members), or sign up for both workshops for just $75 ($65 for CCWC members).

Reservations and prepayment are are required by March 20. Reserve your place using the PayPal buttons below, or by emailing the Cape Cod Writers Center at or calling 508-420-0200.