President’s message – August, 2019

The Arizona Professional Writers Group is reawakening and moving on. We have new members who are excited to be a part of this eclectic group of writers. While there are many writers groups in Arizona, each with their own genre and interest, our group welcomes all writers, both professional and those trying out their craft. Members can attend monthly chapter meetings as well as our annual state conference.

Monthly Chapter Meetings

In Payson, and now again in Phoenix, we have monthly chapter meetings with invited guests to share their specialty. At chapter meetings we also share our current writing projects and learn from each other. We reach out into the community to share our love of the writing process to work with children in various literacy projects. Contact Barbara Lacy in Phoenix at lacyarts@gmail.com or, in Payson, contact Connie Cockrell at connie.cockrell@gmail.com. Announcements of meetings are posted on our blog at https://arizonaprofessionalwriters.org/ and you can “follow” and receive alerts when something is posted; or follow us on Facebook and receive updates and meeting announcements that way. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArizonaPressWomen/

Fall State Conference

For our fall conference, we have a variety of workshop speakers. As an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, NFPW, we are thrilled that the President of this prestigious organization, Gwen Larson, has agreed to come to Arizona to meet our members. We want you to step up and be present for the conference on Saturday, September 28 at the Wild horse Pass Casino in Chandler. Registration is open on our website at arizonaprofessionalwriters.org.

We will first have a membership meeting; you’ll be sent an agenda prior to that. Let me know if there is any topic that you want to bring up at the meeting. One order of business is to vote on the revised and updated Bylaws that have been completed. You’ll receive a copy to review before the conference, so you have time to read it.

For our program, we’ll be offering several topics of importance to writers. A critical topic is “First Amendment Rights.” First Amendment Rights are everything to a writer. We have the perfect workshop for you with experts in their fields. Gregg Leslie is the executive director of the First Amendment Clinic at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Gwen Larson represents the First Amendment Network at the NFPW.

I want to remind you of the NFPW Code of Ethics to review and think about. It is one of the reasons I chose to have speakers on the First Amendment at the conference.

NFPW Code of Ethics

As a professional communicator, I recognize my responsibility to the public which has placed its trust and confidence in my work, and will endeavor to do nothing to abuse this obligation.

 With truth as my ultimate goal, I will adhere to the highest standards of professional communication, never consciously misleading reader, viewer, or listener; and will avoid any compromise of my objectivity or fairness.

Because I believe that professional communicators must be obligated only to the people’s right to know, I affirm that freedom of the press is to be guarded as an inalienable right of the citizens of a free society.

 I pledge to use this freedom wisely and to uphold the right of communicators to express unpopular opinions as well as the right to agree with the majority.

Do you want to bring in more money writing? Mark Athitakis, who has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years and contributed to publications including the Washington Post, New York Times and LA Times, will show you how.

Writers all need comic relief now and then so we have invited Jodi Weisberg, stand-up comic and former Bureau Chief and legal reporter for the Arizona Journal, and retired lawyer, to help us include humor in our writing.

Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean in charge of professional programs for the ASU Cronkite School and co-author of There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead, will share her insights.

I’m looking forward to filling our venue with members, friends and students. Students of English and journalism are invited to attend at a reduced rate. Register at arizonaprofessionalwriters.org. Click on the tab that says “Fall Conference.”

Keep writing,

Marie A. Fasano

Arizona Professional Writers, President

 

 

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APW Fall Conference – registration is open!

Registration is now open for the September 28, 2019 Fall Conference – Freedom to Write! See the fact sheet below. View a full-size version by clicking on the image. (You can print a pdf copy by clicking here). Then go to the conference tab to read more details, see the program, speaker bios and register. Or click on this link for that page.

We have a special rate at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino where the conference will be held. See the fact sheet for details.

Save the date!

President’s message – July, 2019

Most of July was spent getting ready for the APW Rim Country Payson Book Festival July 20.

It was a wonderful success. The new Kids Zone had dozens of little ones giggling with the puppet show and lots of smiles from the parents. The workshops, especially the favorites, Marshal Trimble, Arizona’s Historian, and Buckshot Dot, with her songs and poetry, played to a packed room. The 90-plus authors sold many books and enjoyed talking with their readers.

I ran around handling AV snafus and any other problem that came along. It was a fun and exhausting day that we plan to repeat next year.

Now on to the fall conference – FREEDOM TO WRITE – at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler…. SAVE THE DATE Saturday, 28, 2019. Registration will be through Eventbrite.com.

The Presenters are all set. We are so pleased that Gwen Larson, our NFPW President, will be there to speak to our members in the morning and in the afternoon to share a panel on First Amendment Advocacy. She will be joined on the panel by Gregg Leslie, the executive director of the First Amendment Clinic at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, on the topic Who Will Defend the First Amendment?

At the request of members, Mark Athitakis will present Writing for Free? How to Make Money in Today’s Media Market. For a little levity in the program, we have invited APW member Jodi Weisberg to present a stand-up comic routine – Freedom to be Funny: Stand Up or Sit Down & Write.

For our luncheon speaker The Arizona Newspaper Association brings Matt Adelman, incoming President of the National Newspapers Association, to discuss current issues facing journalists. To round out the day, Kristen Gilger, senior associate dean in charge of professional programs for the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, will speak on the topic of Women in Journalism.

We haven’t had a conference in a few years, so I am excited to meet one of my goals as President and, together with the Board of Directors, bring you this fabulous line-up of speakers in our joint conference with ANA.

As a final note, I will be attending the memorial service for Bing Brown on Saturday 10:00 am August 24 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson. It would be wonderful for Carol if she could see some of her APW friends in attendance as well.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Keep writing.

Marie A. Fasano
APW President

James “Bing” Brown obituary

Obituary for James C. “Bing” Brown III
May 17, 1939 – May 31, 2019

James Carrington Brown III, (Bing Brown), 80, of Payson, passed away in Phoenix on May 31, 2019, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Carol G. Brown, Payson, sons James C. Brown IV and Bryan Lee Brown (Ronda) and grandson Asa, of Los Angeles; brother David Brown (Magaly), of Glendale, sister-in-law Stella Brown, of Elfrida, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents James Carrington Brown Jr., Virginia, and his brother Tom Brown.

Bing was born in Wilmington, Delaware and the family moved to Prescott, AZ on July 4, 1945. Bing began his career as a teen DJ with a Prescott radio station. He was a reporter with the Prescott Courier, before joining the newsroom staff of the Phoenix Gazette in 1961, where he later served as business editor. A graduate of Arizona State University (ASU), he joined the media and information department of Salt River Project in 1965 and worked there for nearly 25 years in various management roles prior to becoming an information officer for the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. He was an adjunct professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and taught writing and business courses at Rio Salado Community College. Bing was president and co-owner of Carrington Communications, a public relations firm. His articles and photographs were published in Sunset, Westways, Arizona Highways and many other magazines and newspapers.

Recognized for giving his time and talents to community groups, Bing received many awards, including ones from the Boy Scouts of America, Western Coalition of Arid States, Recordings for the Blind, Nature Conservancy and the Heard Museum. After moving to Payson in 2001, Bing raised funds to help the Northern Gila County Museum to build a replica of the original Zane Grey cabin. He worked as a docent in the cabin for many years, enjoyed singing with the Payson Choral Society and helped start the Payson Book Festival.

A celebration of Bing’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on August 24, 2019, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street in Payson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Central Arizona or the scholarship fund of the Payson Choral Society.

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Save the date

Save the date: Carol Brown and family are planning a Celebration of Life for Bing Brown on Saturday, August 24, 2019. There will be a traditional service at 10 a.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church at 800 W. Main Street, Payson, AZ.

Bing was an award-winning journalist and photographer. He was Business Editor at the Phoenix Gazette, a PR executive at Salt River Project and the City of Phoenix Water Services Dept and a freelance photojournalist. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication and taught writing courses at Rio Salado College. Bing helped with many APW conferences and special events for more than 30 years. He also was active in ANA and SPJ. APW members are welcome to share memories.

APW members can honor Bing’s memory by making a donation to the APW Scholarship fund.

President’s message – June, 2019

President’s Page June 2019

Things are happening!

Bing Brown: As some of you may know, our friend Bing Brown, husband of long-time member Carol Osman Brown, made his transition on May 31, 2019. Bing was a wonderful support to Carol and to APW. He was always there to help and to take photos for us and did it with a smile. We will miss you Bing.

APW Fall Conference: We are well into preparation for the Fall Conference Sept 28, 2019. Be looking to your email and on the arizonaprofessionalwriters.org website for registration information in the next few weeks. We are holding a joint conference with the Arizona Newspapers Association. I met with Tim Thomas, President of ANA, and his staff to plan the conference. We are excited to work together. The day, running from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., will include a General Membership meeting, our own meetings and a joint luncheon. The Wild Horse Casino Hotel in Chandler, where we are holding the conference, is giving us a special rate for those who would like to spend the night. We will need volunteers to help get the word out and be there to help on Sept 28. Let me know how you want to participate.

Payson Book Festival: Right now, I am deep in planning for the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 20, 2019. The APW Rim Country members have been hard at work for months. All the Media work is done (my job).  The volunteers are all lined up and ready (also my job). The 90 authors and vendors are set to go and the Mazatzal Casino is in good form (Connie Cockrell’s job). We have auction items (due to the gathering skills of Bobbie Bennett) the written program is set (Marsha Ward’s job). We have many sponsors and the children’s programs are ready (thanks to other members of our committee from the community).

Literacy: The Payson Chapter does meet once a month to bring in outside speakers for information and enlightenment to our members, but we are also doing things that I think the chapters might try. We are working with other organizations in the community to promote literacy for children. The children have produced a book and are working on a puppet show for the Payson Book Festival. How many other ideas can members come up with in your own community?

Central Chapter meeting: I attended the Central chapter meeting on Saturday July 20th at the home of Barbara Lacy. In attendance were Lois McFarland, Emily Cary, Brenda Warneka, Bobbie Bennett, Pam Stevenson, Barbara and me. The group was pleased we are having a fall conference and several folks agreed to help with getting the word out.  The group wanted to continue the APW group and is planning their next meeting, a luncheon, in Westminster Village in Scottsdale on September 14. Barbara Lacy will let you know more, later. Those in Central can put it on your calendar.

Virginia Piper: That same after noon I attended the Virginia Piper Inaugural meeting of the #PhxLit serve : A collective space for creative writing community organizers to stay connected and communicate as they work towards common goals .

My goals were to network with the literary community; make them aware of APW and the Payson Book Festival. Those goals were met. I have several more contacts who are interested in APW, our fall conference and the Payson Book Festival.

Bylaws: Now back to work on the draft of the Bylaws revision. When I accepted the job of President, my promise was to work to revitalize APW and that’s what I am spending my time doing. It’s exciting to meet active, former and new members.

See you at the Payson Book Festival July 20!

Keep Writing,

Marie A. Fasano

President, APW

 

APW Central Chapter meeting June 22, 2019

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The APW Central chapter membership task force is shown at a chapter meeting, at Barbara Lacy’s home in Paradise Valley on Saturday, June 22, 2019, with APW president Marie Fasano.  Barbara Lacy’s great artwork is on display. Left to right, Brenda Kimsey Warneka, Barbara Lacy, Marie Fasano, Pam Stevenson, Bobbie Bennett, Emily Cary, and Lois McFarland.