APW member Beverly Raphael Konik Dies

Beverly Raphael Konik, owner of Write Visions Communications, worked as a free-lance writer. She served for more than a decade as state treasurer of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) and was in this capacity on the APW State Board of Directors until her death on Nov. 6, 2017. Bev passed away in her sleep after battling cancer for a brief time. She enjoyed friendships with many APW members who appreciated her quick wit, great sense of humor and compassion for others.

Bev joined APW in 1995 and also was a member of the National Federation of Press Women. A respected freelance writer, she used her strong writing, organization and research skills as a volunteer working on many APW projects. These included APW high school student scholarships, educational programs for journalists and organizing state conferences. Bev was an avid reader with a strong curiosity and love of travel. She delighted in meeting authors and helped secure grants for the Payson Book Festival, an APW literacy project.

Born Dec. 28, 1938 in Pittsburg, PA, Bev came to Arizona in 1975. She worked for the State of AZ in labor relations where she helped resolve conflicts and then worked for the City of Phoenix for more than 15 years.before retiring in 1996 to take care of her father. She was a community activist who mentored youth and helped promote positive changes in education, environment, wildlife and social issues.

She is survived by her daughter, Rachel Harvey of San Francisco, brother Barry Konigsford, and his wife Kitty Konigsford of Mt. Prospect (Chicago,) IL, and their children Brian Konigsford and Janice Konigsford, and Sue Jaeger, sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Konigsford, and parents Evelyn Konigsford and Lewis Konigsford.

A memorial service/celebration of life for Bev is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dec.2, 2017 at Christ’s Community Church, 3710 W. Orangewood, Phoenix, AZ 85051. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arizona Community Foundation, 602-381-1400 or www.az.foundation.org .

If you have memories or photos to share, you can send them to the APW Facebook page and to an email address established by the family: bevsmemorial2017@gmail.com .

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November 2017 program: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective

The Arizona Professional Writers present: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective

Join us! Wednesday, November 15  1:00 PM at Majestic Rim Retirement Community, 310 Tyler Pkwy, Payson, AZ.

Everyone loves children’s books but not everyone knows how they are created. As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Michael Hale provides an insider’s view of what it takes to create a book from concept to final production.

Learn how authors, illustrators and many others come together to put books on your shelves. It’s a great insight into the world of children’s literature.

Michael Hale is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Arizona Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI). He has years of creative experience as a designer, writer and Illustrator and was the Creative Director of The Phoenix Zoo.

Now he puts his creative skills to work on writing & illustrating children’s picture books. He loves his work.

Michael illustrated his first picture book, UP UP UP in 2016. It was written by Phoebe Fox and published by First Edition Project Books. He both wrote and illustrated his second book, Bad Monkey Business. It was published by Simian Books in 2017.

You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting www.michaelhale.me

Legacies: A conversation with Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove and Joy Harjo

LEGACIES: A CONVERSATION WITH SANDRA CISNEROS, RITA DOVE AND JOY HARJO (TICKET RELEASES AT NOV 04, 2017)

For the first time, three living legends come together to discuss their paths through the American literary landscape (hosted by Natalie Diaz). Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society Rm 140, ASU Downtown (111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be released to the public through the registration portal Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12 PM MST. All tickets are free. Please note that Legacies is a distinct event from the authors’ reading at the Phoenix Art Museum the preceding day on December 1st. While overflow seating is available, the December 1st event has sold out. Legacies is presented by archiTEXTS and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing with support from the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. To learn more, go to piper.asu.edu/legacies

Rim Country Chapter program – September 20, 2017

Learn how to write and sell non-fiction

Carol Osman Brown

Whether a beginning writer or experienced author, learn how to boost your income by writing non-fiction at a free program presented by the Rim Country Chapter of Arizona Professional Writers on Sept. 20, 2017. Beginning at 1 p.m., the program will take place at Majestic Rim Retirement Living, 310 East Tyler Parkway, Payson.

“Writing Non-Fiction that Sells” is the topic of speaker Carol Osman Brown, local journalist and author whose award-winning articles and photos have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers. These include Arizona Highways, Native Peoples, Sunset Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Horse & Rider, and Yachting. She taught non-fiction writing courses at SU’s Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communications, Rio Salado College and was on the faculty of the noted Reader’s Digest Writers Workshops.

This event is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 928-468- 9269.

Writers resources galore!

Marylee MacDonald, author, writing coach, and speaker, was the Writer-in-Residence at the Mesa Public Library recently. She generously shared notes plus links to a number of resources from her ongoing presentations See Links to Mesa Public Library Presentation Files. Marylee coaches writers as well. See her website for information, more resources and a free ebook, “7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp.”

Payson Book Festival featured on KTAR FM 92.3

The Rim Country District of APW is co-hosting the Payson Book Festival on July 22 at the Mazatal Casino in Payson. Check  the Facebook page for upcoming interviews with APW members and other authors on Payson’s radio stations KMOG and KRIM.

The Payson Book Festival and two of its authors will be featured on Saturday, July 8 on Glendale FM station KTAR.

KTAR – 92.3 will host featured authors Roger Naylor and Stella Pope Duarte on July 8 from 7:00 a.m. 5to 8:00 a.m. on the RosieontheHouse show, host by Rosie Romer. Listeners can listen live, online or via app.

Tune in! And we hope to see you on July 22 at the Payson Book Festival!

$500 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors – April 25, 2017 deadline

$500 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors -help spread the word!

Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers, a local non-profit group, is offering a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors in Rim Country. Eligible students must intend to study journalism or another area of the communication field at an accredited Arizona university or community college in fall of 2017.

Applications and supporting materials must be received by April 25, 2017.  Students or parents can find more information and an application at http://www.paysonbookfestival.org  Go to the website and click on the Scholarship tab to see requirements and download an application. Information also is available from scholarship counselors at Payson High School and other schools.

For questions contact carolosmanbb@gmail.com or call 928-468-9269.

2017 PBF Scholarship call flyer