Watch the Trailer for Arlene Kay’s New Novel

by web editor on April 28, 2014

Swann DiveCongratulations to Arlene Kay, whose latest novel, Swann Dive, is due for release this week!

Check out the trailer on YouTube:

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Awards a Grant to the CCWC

by Artistic Director on April 21, 2014

On Wednesday evening, April 16, the Cape Cod Writers Center awarded a grant to the Cape Cod Writers Center for general operating expenses.

Executive Director, Nancy Rubin Stuart, and Business Manager Janet Gardner worked hard to achieve this grant, one of eighteen awarded by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod this spring.

Below, a photo taken that evening of Nancy and several other awardees. Long life the Arts !

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Registration is now open
for the 52nd annual Cape Cod Writers Center Summer Conference
to be held August 7-10 in Hyannis, MA!

CapeCodWritersBroch2014cover-page-001Click on the brochure cover to the right to view, download, or print the Conference brochure. (Printed copies of the brochure will be ready in about two weeks and will be sent to our mailing list at that time.)

When you’ve had a chance to look at the brochure and are ready to register online for the conference, click here!

Pizza and Poetry: Who Could Ask for More?

by web editor on April 17, 2014

Molly and LawrenceLast night, a wonderful group of CCWC members and supporters gathered for fellowship, pizza, and poetry at UNOs restaurant in Hyannis for our monthly Writers Night Out. In honor of National Poetry Month, our speakers were two fine poets: Lawrence Kessenich and Molly Lynn Watt, whose words warmed us on a chilly spring evening.


Lawrence kicked off the evening’s presentation, reading a series of luminous poems that evoked the changing seasons and a strong sense of place, including places on Cape Cod. Molly’s selected poems, based on her work in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, told of a harrowing time when her personal life intersected with history.

Members of the audience were enthralled by both poets and eager to speak with them afterwards and have books signed. Thank you, Lawrence and Molly, for a delightful evening filled with warmth and wisdom!

Writers Night Out April 16, 2014

by web admin on April 16, 2014

The Poetic Edge: In Celebration of National Poetry Month

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” –P. B. Shelley

With its compression and precision, poetry walks the edge and teaches us about the possibilities and limits of both the human heart and the written word. Understanding and developing that poetic edge benefits all writers–whether we’re writing poetry or prose. Join us for our April Writers Night Out as we celebrate National Poetry Month with two fine poets.

Lawrence Kessenich won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize and has been published in Sewanee Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and many other magazines. His poem “Underground Jesus” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. His full-length book, Before Whose Glory, was published in 2013 by FutureCycle Press (available here on

Molly Lynn Watt will be reading from her book of poems, On the Wings of Song–A Journey into the Civil Rights Era (Ibbetson Street Press, 2014). This is a tough and tender memoir in poems, when at 25 years of age, she was jailed in Tennessee with her two babies and 30 other people for their participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Her poems are a witness to the times when her personal life butted up against political disruptions across America.

The cost of Writers Night Out is $20 for CCWC members who sign up by April 15th, and $25 for non-members and for walk-in members. The price includes a buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink.

Please contact Janet at our office to sign up via email for what promises to be an inspiring evening: or call 508-420-0200.

Upcoming Poetry Events from Calliope

by web editor on April 10, 2014

Calliope PicSunday, April 27th 3 – 5 PM, in collaboration with the West Falmouth Library, Calliope hosts a multi-generational open mic.   “Inspired by Frankenstein:  Monstrously Good Poems!” a program of Falmouth Reads Together. Come read a contemporary adult or children’s poem, or one sited in Mary Shelley’s classic book, Frankenstein (Percy Shelley, John Milton, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge).  Free. 

Calliope at Mass Poetry Festival, May 2 – 4th in Salem, MA.  Saturday, May 3rd, 11 AM, Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium,  “Common Threads” discussion with Michael Ansara, Dorothy Derifield, Susan Donnelly, JD Scrimgeour, Fred Marchant, Alice Kociemba, moderator.

Jamaica Pond Poets reading and themed open mic, Saturday, May 3rd, 4 PM, Library Room, Hawthorne Hotel, “Poetry and the Other Worldly.” for complete schedule and registration.

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).