A busy October for Kevin Symmons

by web editor on October 1, 2014

Kevin_HeaderOctober promises to be an exciting month for four-term former President Kevin Symmons.

On Monday, October 13th, he’ll be part of Spooky-lit, a fun evening at A Book in the Hand, Elizabeth Moisan’s monthly event focusing this month on paranormal readings and topics at the Jacob Sears Library off Rte. 6A (see Laurie Higgins article and interview with him in the 10-5 Cape Cod Times Sunday edition!)–time is 7 to 9 p.m. On Thursday, 10-16, Kevin will be featured in the Presidential Library at Boston’s Prestigious New England Conservatory (295 Huntington Ave) reading from and discussing his latest novel Solo from 6:30 to 7:30 (reservations suggested… call Jeanie Flynn @ 617-869-5482). On Wednesday, 10-22 he’ll attend the CCWC Annual meeting at the CC Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis and on Thursday, 10-23 he’ll be in Boston again at a high-end restaurant sharing the spotlight with a well-known Boston artist (details still being worked on) discussing and reading from his novels. The following week on Thursday, 10-30 Kevin will be appearing with CCWC Secretary Eva Schegulla (pen name Devon Ellington) at The Pine Hills for “The Art of the Scream!” a fun program with readings and discussion about writing paranormal novels and the occult!

Calling All Talented Young Writers

by web editor on September 26, 2014

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in our highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

young writers 2This fun-filled, inspiring, tuition-free workshop gives talented writers in grades 7 – 12 the rare opportunity to learn from successful professional authors and to hone their skills in both fiction and nonfiction.

Meet Our Faculty for November 8:

Heidi cropTeaching Fiction: Heidi Jon Schmidt has published stories and essays in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Grand Street, and many others. Her stories have been widely anthologized and won the prestigious James Michener and Ingram Merrill awards for fiction. The Harbormaster’s Daughter (2012) and The House on Oyster Creek (2010), her most recent books, are set on the Outer Cape.

COB Crop 050414Teaching Nonfiction: Chip Bishop has written extensively for radio and TV news, newspapers, and trade journals. His current book is Quentin and Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War. A previous book, The Lion and the Journalist, was a New York Times bestseller last spring.


The deadline to apply is October 27, 2014. Interested students may apply to the program by completing an application (available at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. For more information or to receive an application, email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or call 508-420-0200.

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

Charles Coe at the Marstons Mills Library

by web editor on September 22, 2014

spin cyclesPoet and author Charles Coe shares material from his newest release Spin Cycles, and, winding up Banned Books week, also talks about writers, readers, libraries, and the importance of the freedom to read.

Free and open to the public.


Sat. Sept. 27 at 12 PM

Marstons Mills Public Library
2160 Main St.

Marstons Mills

The Defining Moment: A Workshop for Writers

by web editor on September 22, 2014

On Saturday, October 25, take the next step on your writing journey.
Join your friends from the Cape Cod Writers Center for

“The Defining Moment”
A Workshop for Writers

The world is a certain way, and then something happens…and nothing’s ever exactly the same….

crop of fall picImportant events can cause stress, joy, sadness, anger, or any combination of those emotions. They can also be powerful sources of creative inspiration. In the workshop “The Defining Moment,” led by poet, fiction writer, and teacher Charles Coe, participants will identify and discuss such moments in their lives, and in the world around them, and explore ways to use them in their own writing.

The workshop will take place 9:00 AM—12:00 PM October 25,
at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis.
The cost is $40 for CCWC Members and $45 for non-members.


charles coeCharles Coe has published two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon. His work has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies such as Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. His first novella Spin Cycles will be published by Gemma Media this month. Charles received a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his poems have been set to music by several composers. Co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, Charles was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.”

Registration for this program is now closed. Check back in 2015 for more exciting and inspiring programs from the Cape Cod Writers Center.

Banned Books Event at the Marstons Mills Library

by web editor on September 19, 2014

Join us at Marstons Mills Public Library on Mon. Sept. 22 at 6:30 PM for a Freedom to Read Roundtable, kicking off Banned Books Week 2014.  Led by lawyer Julianne Soprano, we will discuss patrons’ privacy rights, librarians’ responsibilities in protecting the right to read, the Patriot Act, the Constitution, and the ACLU’s new guidelines on these issues.  FREE.

MMPLHeld at Marstons Mills Public Library, 2160 Main St., Marstons Mills.


For more MMPL Banned Books Week events, follow this link: http://www.mmpl.org/events.html.

September 17, 2014 Writers Night Out Talk on Nature Writing

by Artistic Director on September 18, 2014

Nature can surprise and excite us as writers. No one knows that better than Don Lewis, author, journalist and photojournalist, and his wife Sue Weiber Nourse, a marine biologist. Known locally and nationally as the “turtle guy,” Don presented an inspiring talk and Power Point presentation on September 17 for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.


Don Lewis

 Among Don’s illuminating comments was a warning that writers should not be intimated by “the experts” when writing about nature. “Get out there and observe for yourself,” he said, “you may make a discovery based upon your own personal observation that the so-called experts haven’t really studied.”

Don  urged writers to bring their cameras when researching a nature story. That’s because today’s media (newspapers, magazines, television stories, blogs and other e-communications) always require pictures to illustrate their stories. “It all depends upon you, what you see, who you are and  what interests you,” he said. “Remember there’s a story in just about everything if we care to look for it.”

In other words, writing successful nature stories means getting out of your shell and looking around.



Member News for September

by web editor on September 2, 2014

Here’s a roundup of our busy CCWC Members’ writing news for September:

Catherine Allen of Orleans and Santa Fe has a new book coming out late September called Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next For You? It is based on research with hundreds of Baby Boomers, who are reinventing their lives into the next chapter. Catherine and her co-authors are hosting a Reboot Your Life Retreat in Orleans, Ma. on October 10-12. For more information, go to www.rebootbreak.com/events.

Chip Bishop’s September Cape Cod event schedule includes talks and signings with the Cape Cod Capers at the Mashpee Senior Center September 8 at 1:30 p.m.; at the Falmouth Historical Society’s Museum on the Green, September 10 at 7 p.m.; and the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport September 26 at 1 p.m. His latest book is Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War.

Anita Ann Caruso, a local Brewster author, who wrote her memoir, “As Ever, Pudd”—A Love Story That Never Ends, Told in Letters, will talk about her book at the Brewster Council on Aging on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1PM. Call to sign up at (508) 896- 2737. Anita, with Barbara Eppich Struna, and Yvonne deSousa will be selling their books at the Hyannis Shanty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 10am-5pm.

Mary Collins of East Sandwich was awarded the 2014 Prize for Nonfiction ($500) by Solstice Literary Magazine for her personal essay “The Coverless Book.” The essay can be found at www.solsticelitmag.org.

Jim Coogan is proud to announce that Harvest Home Books (www.harvesthomebooks.com) has sold its 50,000th book. Not bad for a couple of local guys (Jack Sheedy and Jim) who have turned their self-publishing business into a very successful enterprise. Since 1999, Harvest Home Books has lived up to its motto: “Some of the best books about Cape Cod are written and published by Cape Codders.”

Marguerite Dennis will be interviewed by Melanie Lauwers, book editor for The Cape Cod Times for her local television program, Cape Cod Book Scene. They will discuss Marguerite’s book, The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job.

Yvonne deSousa will be discussing how laughter helped her thrive in the aftermath of a chronic illness diagnosis and reading from her book MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis.This talk will take place on Saturday, September 13th at 11:00 AM at the Dennis Public Library. Giggles are guaranteed!

Ed Iannuccilli has recently published an Op-Ed in the Providence Journal. Read it here: http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140809-ed-iannuccilli-summer-movies-citronella-oil-and-mosquitoes-.-.-.-ah.ece

Mantrap the second novel in the Boston Uncommons series was released August 1st by Bell Bridge Books. Author Arlene Kay, exhausted (but elated) after the April release of Swann Dive, is gearing up for the October issuance of book #3 in the series. Whew!

Debra Lawless will be at the Charles-Baltivik Gallery, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, on Fri., Sept. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. signing her latest book Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End. This is also the opening night of a show of paintings by Andrea Sawyer.

Meg McNamara has a new website. You can keep up with her writing and other news at: www.megmcnamara.com.

One of Debbie McNaughton’s short stories will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength issue. On sale in book stores 10/28!

Lily Poritz Miller would like to share another great review of her recent novel, The Newcomershttp://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/the-newcomers.

“Tag Line,” a mystery story about sketch comedy, by Harriet Rzeteny, will be featured in the November issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This issue will be on the stands in September, 2014.

The fifth Baby Boomer mystery penned by Cape author Susan Santangelo will be released by Suspense Publishing at a book launch party on October 5, 1 p.m., at the West Dennis Library, 260 Main Street (Route 28), West Dennis. There will be an author talk and books will be available for purchase.

Ray Shumack had so much fun writing his Snippets eBook he decided to start on Snippets 2, more humorous short pieces about growing up in The Great Depression. Snippets 2 will be called Time Changes Everything: Our Word Today, Our Great Depression Years.

Wendy Shreve met and gave a copy of her book, Shadowwater, to Mary Higgins Clark at a book signing in Brewster Recently. Wendy found the famous novelist lovely and gracious.

On Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m., Carol Smilgin will be reading from her unpublished novel, Concerto, at A Book In The Hand, held at the Jacob Sears Library in Dennis.

Jessica Max Stein completed her 70th interview for her book, Funny Boy: The Richard Hunt Biography, about Muppet performer Richard Hunt who died at 40 in the AIDS epidemic. For more information, see JessicaMaxStein.com.

Donna Walo-Clancy released her new book Keep the Faith, Ellen McGuire, on June 14, 2014. It’s available on Amazon in print and on Kindle.

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 October. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than October 3. 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 2014 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference “Best ever!”

by Artistic Director on August 13, 2014

Two hundred and two writers appeared at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis from August 7-10, 2014 to meet prominent authors, teachers, editors and media expert and to improve their literary skills. They were not disappointed.


“A first-rate conference!”

 “Wonderful, relaxed atmosphere — lots of information cheerfully delivered.”

“Probably one of the best writing classes I have ever taken.”

“What a fantastic conference. Best ever!”

“Friendly, prepared instructor — knows how to teach.”

“I learned a lot that will be used from this day forward.”

“Can’t say enough good things.”


Member News for August

by web editor on August 4, 2014

Our members remain busy and productive. Here’s a roundup of their writing news for August:

Terry Arthur has been working out the details to give a book talk at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. She has signed an agreement with their bookstore for them to carry her book, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse.

Dennis resident Edwin J. Attella has published his first novel. The Fourth Watch is a legal mystery thriller set against a historical backdrop and can be obtained from Amazon, Barns & Noble or Smashwords in electronic form.

William P. Bahlke is pleased to announce the publication of his first novel, Frisbee Ball Rules, a storyset in a small college town in the year 1973. It was a time of scandal and war, and also of rebirth and newfound freedoms. It was a time for growing up. Available at www.williampbahlke.com and online bookstores.

Jeannie Coco, author of Rocks Through My Window, will be finishing up her summer library presentations with a final engagement at the Cotuit Library on Monday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. Jeanne will also did a sidewalk book signing outside the Yellow Umbrella in Chatham on Friday, August 1st from 11:00-1:00.

Marsha Danzig will be the featured writer and speaker at the Great Falls Yoga Festival in Lewiston, Maine this September.

Diane Hester will talk about her journey to publication and sign copies of her debut Random House thriller Run To Me: 10-noon Aug. 5th at Brewster Bookstore, 7pm Aug 5th at the Dennis Library, 2pm Aug 12th at South Yarmouth Library, and 3pm at West Yarmouth Library on Aug 19.

Ed Iannuccilli, author of the books Growing up Italian; Grandfather’s Fig Tree and Other Stories and his latest What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner? has recently revised his blog, to which you can subscribe at: www.edwrites.com.

Christina Lajewski’s book, Jhator, was chosen by the book club at the UCC (United Church of Christ), Norwell reading group as their summer book. She will be meeting with the group on August 17th for a writer’s brunch and discussion.

Debra Lawless will be signing copies of her new book Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, at Yellow Umbrella Books, 501 Main Street, Chatham, on, Wed., Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Steven P. Marini had a signing of his latest mystery, Calculation, on August 3rd at Books By The Sea. He will give a talk at A Book in the Hand at the Sears Library in Dennis on August 11 at 7:00 PM.

Natalie Marino, MD is leading free ten-week writing groups for any woman who has, or has had, cancer of any kind.  The group is called “Write Now” and will meet at the Mashpee Public Library on Wednesdays from 2-4 PM.  The next group starts on September 17. Interested writers (of ALL levels, NO experience necessary) should contact her at natalie.mariano@gmail.com or call 504 274 4268 for more information. Group will be limited to 10 members.

Tom Mickey’s new book America’s Romance with the English Garden (Ohio University Press) was a nominee for the annual Literature Award from the Council on Biological and Horticultural Libraries.

Lily Poritz Miller, writer/editor, has just relocated from Toronto to Hyannis and has joined the Cape Cod Writers Center and will be attending its conference. In 2009 her novel In a Pale Blue Light was published to critical acclaim. The sequel, The Newcomers, was released in 2013. Please check out her website www.lilyporitzmiller.com.

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate by Alexis Rankin Popik has been short listed for the Rubery International Book Award in fiction. For more information about the thrill of almost winning, go to www.alexisrankinpopik.com.

Ray Schumack just published a quick-read eBook titled Snippets, a compilation of bits and pieces about the world we live in today plus mini memoirs and a few short stories about life during the Great Depression Years, on sale for 99 cents from Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Maxim D. Shrayer is pleased to report that the inaugural weeklong nonfiction session of the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop was a great success. In July 2015 Shrayer and colleagues plan to offer an intermediate and an advanced nonfiction workshops. For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SouthChathamWritersWorkshop or email: maximdshrayer@gmail.com.

Historical Novelist Barbara Struna has several upcoming book signings for her novel The Old Cape House: Aug. 13, 11am–3pm at Whydah Museum Provincetown, Aug. 16 1pm–3pm at Booksmith Orleans. On August 20 2pm–6pm at Struna Galleries Main Street Brewster, meet four authors under the tent: Anita Caruso, Yvonne deSousa, Katie O’Sullivan, and Barbara Struna.

Kevin Symmons will be at the main branch of the Dennis Public Library on Wednesday Evening August 13th from 7 to 8 p.m. with writing friend Arlene Kay, reprising their successful “Heroes and Villains” presentation which they performed earlier this summer in Virginia. He will also be at Books by the Sea on Saturday, August 23rd from 2 to 4 for a book signing. From August 1st through the 31st his publisher will be running a summer discount on his two latest releases in E-book format. $.99 for his CC thriller, Out of the Storm, and his latest, Solo! Hope to

Shirley Vogel now has a new publisher, www.principiamedia.com, through whom both of her books (wHispers and Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos of Cape Codare available.  You can also order them from Amazon.com, all book stores, or for signed copies through Shirley at www.shirleyvogel.com or jer29eleven@hotmail.com.

As promised…the new revised Third Edition of Shadow of Innocence by Ric Wasley is now available on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Innocence-Ric-Wasley-ebook/dp/B00LLW9JI0/ref=la_B002BLV7WG_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406227984&sr=1-1 Or at: http://www.ricwasley.com.

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 September. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to writers@capecodwriterscenter.org no later than August 29. 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.)

Congratulations to the Winners!

by web admin on August 1, 2014

Here’s a quick post to announce the winners of the First Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Writing Contest. Our thanks to the many entries in each category. You made the final decisions difficult.

Thanks as well to our judges for each category; William Martin for Fiction, Jamie Cat Callan for Non-Fiction, Charles Coe for Poetry, and Sara Pennypacker for MG/YA.

The Winners:

Fiction: Michael Hager
Non-Fiction: Rachael Sokolowski
Poetry: Dina Lyons
MG/YA: Lisa Bradley

We will follow up on Monday with a more formal announcement. Once again, congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who participated.

The Contest Committee