Writers have keen imaginations as was dramatically illustrated  on Wednesday evening, October 23 when 40 Cape Cod Writers Center members appeared at the REsort and Conference Center of Hyannis for the Annual Meeting and Halloween Party.

The meeting was called to order by CCWC Board President Kevin Symmons. After years of devotion this was Kevin’s last evening on the podiumm as president.  Thank you Kevin for all you have done for the organization!

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After a brief business meeting and budget report, elections took place for the new board of directors.  These are Jennie Wiley, Jim Hill, Eva Schegulla, John Stobieski, Linda Bartosik, Tom Phillips Ray Anderson, Steve Marini, and Kate Conway.

Then the party begain in earnest!

In a nod to the inventor of the horror story, CCWC Member Marianne Schaeffer read from Edgar Allen Poe’s  poem “The Raven”.  Notice the  noble bird perched on the podium next to Marianne.

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After that recitation, Carol Chittenden, founder and manager of the Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth offered sound advice to CCWC members about  how and why bookstores and readers are attracted to certain books.  “Nevermore” will authors who attended that evening forget the sage messages Carol shared while writing and promoting their books.

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 “Nevermore” will members of the CCWC forget this wonderful evening!


In honor of his eight years of devotion and generosity to the Cape Cod Writers Center, first as a member, then a member of the Board and in recent years, as the president of the Board of Directors, we at the Writers Center are pleased to announce the Kevin .V. Symmons Scholarship for Second Career Writers.

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving and promising candidate to faciliate his or her attendance at the annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference.

Congratulations Kevin!  We will miss you as president of the Board of Directors but will not forget all your effots to boost the Cape Cod Writers Center as an inspiring organization for authors, poets,  journalists and communications experts.


There’s just one week left for young writers in grades 7-12 to apply for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s tuition-free Tomorrow’s Writers Today program, which provides Cape Cod students an opportunity to work with published authors and journalists. The first workshop of the 2013-14 school year will be held on Saturday, November 2 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis. This promises to be a fun and inspiring day.

twt in libraryIf you know a young person on the Cape with a strong interest in writing, please share this link. Applications must be postmarked by October 21. More information and a downloadable application are available here!

Calliope—Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library

by web editor on October 14, 2013

Calliope PicCome celebrate Calliope’s Seventh Season
Sunday, Octboer 20th, 3 to 5 PM

Open mic sign-up, 2:45 PM.

$5 donation, funds the poets stipend. Reception with refreshments.

Featured Poets:

Alan Smith Soto is the author of two poetry collections, Libro del lago Pond poems) and Fragmentos de alcancia (Treasure Jar Fragments).  His poems have been anthologized in Poetas sin fronteras and Sabia savia.  More than fifty of his poems have appeared in various journals.  His translation of Robert Creeley’s Life and Death (Vida y muerte) was published in 2000.  Alan has also translated a special issue of International Poetry Review:  Spain’s Poetry of Conscience.  Professor of Spanish Literature at Boston University, Alan lives in Jamaica Plain.

Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collection: Brightness Falls (September, 2013), Container Gardening and Afterwards.  Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Ellen’s poem appears in Garrison Keillor’s anthology Good Poems, American Places.  Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Fulcrum, Prairie Schooner and Solstice. Her blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe” can be found at www.ellensteinbaum.com.

Kim Triedman, a poet and a novelist, has published three new books in 2013, poetry collections, Plum(b) and Hadestown, and her debut novel, The Other Room. Kim is the author of the chapbook, Bathe in it or Sleep, which won the Main Street Rag chapbook prize in 2008, and edited Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Poetry and Art.  Her poems also have appeared in Salamander, Prairie Schooner and Poetry International. Kim is a graduate of Brown University and lives in the Boston area.

Directions:  From the 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).

Calliope’s next reading:

Sunday, November 17th 3 to 5 PM, Open Mike Sign-Up, 2:45 PM.

Save the Dates!

Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to announce that our 52nd annual Conference will be held August 7-10, 2014 at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis!

This year we are introducing a streamlined four-day format for the conference, including weekend sessions, half-day intensive workshops, expanded social and networking opportunities, and other features to make your experience more accessible, affordable, and inspiring. The conference will again feature important sessions on the craft of writing, the business of writing, and the life of a writer. And, of course, there will be inspiring presentations, participant readings, and opportunities for mentoring with successful authors, agents, and editors.

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Watch for further notices. In the coming months, we will be announcing our keynote speaker, classes and faculty, and calendar details. This is going to be an outstanding conference, so save the dates now!

Do you know a young writer on Cape Cod?

by web editor on October 7, 2013

The Cape Cod Writers Center continues to take applications for our upcoming workshop for Cape Cod writers in grades 7-12. Our tuition-free Tomorrow’s Writers Today program 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.

The first workshop of the 2013-14 school year will be held on Saturday, November 2 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis. This promises to be a fun and inspiring day, featuring novelist Arlene Kay, who will teach fiction writing, and nature writer, essayist, and columnist Mary Richmond, who will teach non-fiction writing.

YW-Reading-Their-Work--1024x680If you know a young person on Cape Cod with a strong interest in writing, please share this link. Applications must be postmarked by October 21. More information and a downloadable application are available here!

Check Out CCWC Member Arlene Kay’s New Novel!

by web editor on September 27, 2013

Congratulations to Arlene Kay, whose latest mystery, The Abacus Prize, is now available as an e-book! It will be available in print in early October.

abacus prizeBored to death? Grace Quinn’s first executive assignment may be the death of her! Riding herd on a gang of randy accountants feels like her worst nightmare until murder, international art theft and a nasty tax fraud appear on the agenda.

From the Smithsonian Museum to the corridors of power, she pursues rogue CPAs and a priceless Chinese treasure, the Golden Abacus. The gorgeous mystery man who guards the Abacus arouses her passions and suspicions. Is Patrick Fong the answer to a maiden’s prayer or a clever criminal with a taste for violence? Grace must find the answer before the killer liquidates her assets.

Click here to buy the Kindle version of The Abacus Prize now, or keep an eye on Arlene’s Facebook page to hear about the release of the print version.

It came as no surprise that the Writers’ Night Out Meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at Uno’s Chicago Grill on Route 132 was sold out! That’s because Cape Cod Writers Center member and award-winning author David Litwack presented a fascinating lecture explaining the critical importance of social media to stimulate book sales.

Recently the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Award competition announced that David’s There Comes a Prophet won a bronze in the Young Adults Coming of Age category, and his 2013 book, Along the Watchtower received a bronze in the Adult-Drama category.

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  How did he do it?

Good writing, plus social media savvy are the secrets to his success — and may be ours if we heed his advice!



Great News from CCWC President Kevin Symmons!

by web editor on September 25, 2013

out of the stormOn Tuesday, September 25th Kevin’s award-winning publisher, Wild Rose Press, released his new novel…a contemporary romantic Cape Cod thriller titled Out of the Storm in E-book on Amazon.com!


It’s a story with great pre-release buzz that tells of a young Green Beret team leader who comes home from the Afghan-Iraqi War only to have his world devastated when his childhood sweetheart and unborn daughter are killed in a tragic auto accident. After losing himself in lonely desperation, a mysterious young woman and her daughter arrive at his home in the midst of a driving nor’easter. He takes them in but soon finds himself asking whether they’re the answer to a prayer or a nightmare from which he cannot awake!

Out of the Storm is available on Amazon Kindle on the 25th of September and will be available in print at many locations about November 1st. Keep checking Kevin’s Facebook page and website for more details!

A Great Opportunity for Young Writers

by web editor on September 19, 2013

The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to announce the first in our series of Tomorrow’s Writers Today workshops for the 2013-14 school year. This fun-filled, inspiring, tuition-free program for Cape Cod students in grades 7-12 is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Students are expected to bring a bag lunch and a flash drive to save their work; Cape Cod Writers Center will provide drinks and snacks.

kidsApplications must be postmarked by October 21, 2013. Accepted students will be notified by email or postal mail soon after receipt of their materials.

Click here to download an application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

For more information or to request an application by email, call 508-420-0200 or email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org.