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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

It’s coming up fast! Register now!

Download and print the APW State Conference 2019 Flyer. The date is September 28 so get your registration in soon! Students can attend at a reduced rate.

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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.  Then go to the conference tab to read more details, see the program, speaker bios and register. Or click on this link APW 2019 Conference SAVE THE DATE to print a pdf copy.

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.

September, 2016 TypeRider is here!

The September, 2016 issue of TypeRider is now available for your reading pleasure. Read all about the upcoming State Conference and our exciting program presented by two nationally known speakers, Ric Hinkie and Raleigh Pinskey. If you’re not a member, find out how you can join now and your dues are good through the end of December 2017. You’ll also find information on both upcoming and past events held at the chapter level plus a boatload of upcoming writing events.  Also, in this issue, Betty Webb takes a journey though her pen drawer – yes, that’s right – to track her writing journeys. And Patricia Myers shares her Paris Journal from this summer. Liz Mastin tells us about the meaning and value of metaphors in writing poetry.

APW State Conference, October 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce the Arizona Professional Writers State Conference for 2016.

Theme: “Thrive as a Writer, Don’t Just Survive”
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Camelback Resort, 6302 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ
For more information: Call 480-620-1358

Open to the public, conference workshops are targeted to writers and those in the communication field.  See Registration form for meals and payment options.

Presented by Arizona Professional Writers (APW),  a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field, in conjunction with the APW Annual State Conference and general meeting.

SCHEDULE
9 – 9:30 Registration and coffee.

Ric Hinkie

Ric Hinkie

9:45 a.m.“Fast Forward Your Career to Thrive as a Writer” by Ric Hinkie, nationally known speaker and senior business leader, author of  Fast Forward Your Career, a book based on career success principles gleaned from interviews with 60 highly successful professionals from Apple, T-Mobile, Holmes Corporation and other organizations. Whether an employee or an entrepreneur, discover how to manage your own brand rather than let others determine your future.

 

Raleigh Pinskey

Raleigh Pinskey

10:30 a.m. “How Are You Taking Charge of Your Destiny” by Raleigh Pinskey, author of six books about self-promotion, including 101 Ways to Promote yourself  and Creating Gladitude, a life enrichment series. Find out what may be holding you back and how to find a success path to achieving your goals.

11:45 a.m. Lunch, with program honoring success of outstanding APW members, new officers and a brief general meeting.

1:15 p.m. “Maximize your Biz-Ability with Viz-Ability” by Raleigh Pinskey, president of The Raleigh Group, who will show how to use social media and other methods to put your name and products in front of your target audience over and over  again. Her client history includes the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, performers Sting, Paul McCartney, Herbie Mann plus many authors and speakers. ind out how to use effective digital media tools to expand your sphere of influence, boost book sales and create new income streams.

3:15 p.m.   Closing comments and networking.

REGISTRATION

Download and print the Registration form. Reserve your seat by sending an email to apw.reservations@gmail.com. The print and mail this registration form with check payable to Arizona Professional Writers, to Sheila Roe, 10800 E. Cactus Road, #10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. If paying by credit card, complete the form, scan and email to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

Download and print the APW State Conference 2016 Flyer with the above information and schedule.

APW State Conference announced

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW TO ATTEND THE  APW CONFERENCE IN SCOTTSDALE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Plan to attend the 2016 APW State Conference on Saturday, October 15, at Scottsdale Camelback Resort, 6302 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. The APW State Board of Directors is planning an amazing professional development program titled “How to Thrive as a Writer, Not Just Survive.”

The educational portion of the program is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. It includes lunch. Watch the future issues of the APW newsletter for more details.