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November 16, 2019 Board Meeting and Southern Chapter Meeting

Southern Chapter meeting and APW Board meeting – November 16, 2019.
APWs Southern Chapter will have a social meeting and lunch on the west side of Tucson from 12 to 2:30 or so. Members and nonmembers are invited. Please RSVP to Jaimie by November 4 with food preferences. (Cost will be in the $10 range, based on RSVPs).
The Board meeting will be held before the lunch at Jaimie Bruzenak’s home from 10-12. Any APW member is invited, but please let Jaimie or Marie Fasano know so we have plenty of seating.
The agenda is at the Members Only tab.
DETAILS
Date: November, 16 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch and APW Southern Chapter meeting to follow from 12 to 2:30
Place: 3003 W Broadway Blvd, #124, Tucson. Park West Palms Mobile Home Park. Lunch will be outdoors in the Ramada, weather permitting. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you’d like to swim in the heated pool and hot tub after the meeting.

New member Jody Sharpe

We are pleased to welcome another new member to APW Central – Jody Sharpe.

Jody Sharpe

Jody Sharpe’s interests are in writing novels about angels living as humans in a town where no one knows the secret. “Writing gives me peace and joy!”

For Jody, writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter and then her husband. The valuable lessons she learned about moving forward and loving life in the now have set her on a mission to tell the stories with love, humor and spiritual awakening. The fictitious town of Mystic Bay has given her an avenue to put characters and themes together hopefully enlightening the reader towards contemplation of the precious life and memories we are given. In her books, angels live among us.
 
December 12 Jody will be speaking at Desert Foothills Library. Her talk about her writing experience is titled, “The Angels on the Writers’ Shoulders.”
 
You can find Jody at Jodysharpe.com and on Facebook On Twitter she is ‘Angels With Jody Sharpe’

New member – Susan Anderson

Susan Claire Anderson

Susan Clare Anderson, a new member in the APW Central Chapter, has an Associate Teacher Certificate and additional studies in Child Development She has experience working with children and strives to create books that are age appropriate and fun to read. In her books, she offers opportunities for children to sharpen their developmental skills along with colorful pictures and interesting characters in order to capture their imagination.

Her biggest interest is in anything artistic. Susan’s loves art of all kinds, and enjoys the different ways people find to express themselves. She sees art as unique and original, with the flaws providing character. She mostly enjoys spending time with her grandchildren writing, drawing and painting pictures. Her specialty is illustrating and writing Children’s Picture Books and  hopes to release her first Children’s Chapter Book in early 2020! Please visit her anytime at susanclareanderson.com

2020 NFPW Communications Contest open for entries

The 2020 Communications Contest is open for entries for work published/created in 2019. See this page in the NFPW website for all the information. Arizona members will participate in the “at-large” contest as we do not currently have our own contest. See the At-Large page for information and to enter.

We invite all to check out the Communications Contest page. There are over 120 categories for work published in 2019. Entrants who are not a current NFPW member and who win a first place award in the “at-large” contest will need to join NFPW in order to advance to the national level. See the contest webpage for complete rules.

Presidents’ Message – September/October

Gwen Larson & Marie Fasano at the Fall Conference

September was so busy; I didn’t get a message out. So, I’ll combine two months.

Fall Conference
The APW/ANA Fall Conference, “Freedom to Write,” was a success! The speakers were right on with their topics. I picked up insights with each one.

Mark Athitakis gave us ideas on the attributes of a successful freelancer with concrete information about publications and how to approach editors. Jodi Weisburg not only did a great standup comic routine but talked about different kinds of humor with examples of how to use them in your writing. Gregg Leslie and Gwen Larson inspired us with ideas about who will defend the First Amendment and how we can access information for our research.

General Meeting
At our General meeting at the conference we had reports from our Central and Rim Country Chapters. Central is starting monthly meetings again with the first on Oct 12, 2019 with guest speaker Connie Cockrell. (See the October 3 blog entry for more information.) Rim Country continues to conduct their monthly meetings with excellent speakers and some months with the group sharing their writing projects and getting help from each other. The 6th Payson Book Festival is getting started.

The Treasurer’s report showed we are solvent and well within our budget this year. Let me know if those members who were not present at the meeting want a copy of the report. I will send it to you.

Our membership has increased, and we now have 46 members! So, two goals of our current Board have been met – a Fall Conference and increase in membership. Great News!!

We have updated our Bylaws and they were sent out to all members with some comments in return. Since we did not have a quorum, even with proxies, we will vote on the Bylaws at the Spring Conference.

Yes, we will have a Spring Conference, the date to be set at our November 16 Board of Directors meeting in Tucson. That will be followed by a Southern Chapter meeting and get together.

Your President has been networking this year with several literary and journalism groups throughout Arizona getting the APW name out there. We partnered with the Arizona Newspaper Association for our Fall Conference and with the Virginia G. Piper Institute for Creative Writing sponsor our speaker, Mark Athitakis.

We plan to give scholarships to students in the field of communications and honor them at the Spring Conference.

NFPW President
We were honored to have Gwendolynne Larson, our NFPW President, attend our Fall Conference. Gwen interacted with our members and talked about NFPW as a Federation rather than an Association. It is an organization, comprised of a set of smaller affiliates which seeks to bring attention to issues that are of importance to its members. Each affiliate that comprises the federation maintains control over its own operations. She encouraged members to join the First Amendment Network to keep abreast of free speech issues. She also encouraged us to get involved in the NFPW Communications Contest.

NFPW Communications Contest
We encourage our members to participate in the “At Large” section of the 2020 annual National Federation of Press Women’s communications contest because APW currently does not have its own state contest. The contest is open to writers, authors, copy editors, public affairs professionals, photographers, publishers or others in the communications field. Entries must be published in 2019. If you win first place in the “at large” contest, you must join NFPW to advance to the national level. Check the NFPW website for more information.

There are over 120 categories and sub-categories! Some forget we are an affiliate of a national organization and that membership allows us to participate in this prestigious contest – a major benefit to our members. In 2019 four members won awards. Let’s increase that number in 2020.

We also plan to have an Arizona Communicator of Achievement Award, so be thinking of who you want to nominate.

As you can see, APW is the move. We have much to offer to members and to the community. If you have been inactive for awhile, won’t you come to one of our meetings and get involved?

Keep Writing,

Marie A. Fasano
President, Arizona Professional Writers

Rim Country Meeting October 9, 2019

Marsha Ward

Arizona Professional Writers Rim Country Chapter will host Marsha Ward, renowned Historical Fiction Writer at 1:00 p.m. October 9, 2019 at the Majestic Rim Retirement Home, Tyler Parkway Payson.

Marsha, an award-winning poet, freelance writer, journalist, editor, and novelist has over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed novel series, The Owen Family Saga, and other works of fiction.

She will share how she researches her Old West themes.

Robert J. Randisi, Editor, says of her writing, “Marsha Ward must have a door to the past. She steps through it to the Old West, watches, listens, then comes back and writes about it vividly.” Join Marsha as she tells you how she does it.

Central Chapter Series Author Talks – October 12, 2019

Central Chapter Series Author Talks

Members and non-members of Arizona Professional Writers are invited to hear prolific novelist Connie Cockrell, Payson, AZ, tell how she manages to to keep her several series going at the same time.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.

A salad lunch will be served, $10. R.S.V.P required: 480-620-1358.

Connie says her life, which includes a 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for her story-telling.

Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books so far, has been included in six different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Her book, Gold Dreams, won a 2019 new Mexico-Arizona Book Finalist Award.

Connie is always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one!

She can be found at ConniesRandomThoughts.com or on Facebook and on Twitter at: @ConnieCockrell or find her books on Amazon.