Pathways to Publication

These one- or two-day seminars in literary genres, publishing, editing, digital communications, and promotion are open to all CCWC members. They’re a great opportunity to learn, network, and deepen your craft.

Join us on March 19th for our next Pathways to Publication workshop!

On Saturday, March 19th, the Cape Cod Writers Center proudly presents
a pair of workshops at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHING
This workshop: $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Both workshops: $70 for members / $90 for nonmembers

Now more than ever, non-traditional pathways to publication abound. While you might not be the next 50 Shades of Grey self-published success, there are tried and true ways to get your work published, and more importantly, read. To present your work to the public and ensure it has a place on the bookshelves of the future, you’ll need a strategy and a planned pathway. This session explores various ways to do that, including how to secure an agent, how to self-publish successfully, and how to use social media to promote your work.

Christine MerserChristine Merser specializes in non-traditional marketing methodology including social media and the new PR. Her company, Blue Shoe Strategy, serves authors, candidates, companies and entrepreneurs. In the industry, she has consulted for Conde Nast, Andrew Wylie, the agent extradordinaire, to name a few. A prominent blogger ( and podcaster (she is Hollister on, Christine lectures around the country on social media.

1:15-4:15 p.m.: RESEARCH FOR WRITERS
This workshop: $40 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Both workshops: $70 for members / $90 for nonmembers

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you’ll probably have to engage in some sort of historical research while completing your work. The process can be time-consuming, demanding, and sometimes confusing. In addition, the Internet is not necessarily the most accurate source of  information about the past.  In this workshop, Peter Drummey of the Massachusetts Historical Society shares some of the skills, ideas, and tips leading to the acquisition of  historical information to provide your work with important background material or make your family history authoritative. Bring your questions to this session for guidance and solutions!

Peter DrummeyPeter Drummey is the Stephen T. Riley Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, where he has worked since 1978.  Founded in 1791, the Historical Society is an independent research library that collects and preserves manuscripts – the unpublished letters and diaries of individuals and families – that document the course of American history from the time of the European settlement right up to the present.



Reserve your spot by emailing the Cape Cod Writers Center at or call  508-420-0200.