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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.

April 2016 TypeRider

The April, 2016 issue of TypeRider is here. As usual, it is loaded with articles and upcoming writing events. Find summaries of past district programs and descriptions of upcoming ones. The Payson Book Festival is on track for July 23 and you can find out how to participate. You’ll want to read Betty Webb’s article, “Me and My Shadow Self,” and how to make your writing more appealing to the reader. Improve your craft by marking and attending some of the many events listed in the Calendar section that will be offered this spring.

“The Wild West and More” at Guidon Books

Guidon books - Shelly DudleyOn October 15, APW Central District presents “The Wild West and More” at Guidon Books. Writers, readers and historians will enjoy this presentation as proprietor Shelly Dudley talks about the bookstore and their extensive collections, how readers expectations and interests have changed over the years and how she can find the research or reading you are searching for.

When: Thursday, October 15.  6 p.m. social time, 6:30 p.m. potluck – bring finger foods to share for dinner. Paper goods and beverages provided.

Where: 7109 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-945-8811.

No fee to attend.

RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Brenda Warneka, 602-740-9579.

Guidon books - Scottsdale

Payson Book Festival – July 25, 2015

Book Fair flier.inddJoin us in Payson in the cool pines beneath the Mogollon Rim for Payson’s first ever book festival. More than 60 authors will participate. Gila Community College and Arizona Professional Writers (APW) are partnering to present the Payson Book Festival on July 25, 2015, at the Payson campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd. in Payson, Arizona.

This is a family-oriented event and is offered to the public free of charge. A children’s element will feature story time, a young writer’s workshop and an opportunity to meet “Story Monster.” Entertainment, workshops, speakers and author signings will take place throughout the day. Food is available. See PaysonBookFestival.org  for more information. You can also download the Book_Fair_flyer, which includes the schedule of events.

Come support the book festival! Volunteer to help or come meet the authors and check out their books.

Beginnings and endings – get it right!

It was a dark & stormy nightJoin the Rim District of Arizona Professional Writers for their monthly meeting on April 15. The topic is “Beginnings and Endings”….. two areas that challenge writers of fiction and non-fiction. Participants are invited to bring some samples of good ones and the group will then do some creative exercises. Both those who write novels and magazine articles will benefit.

Rim Country Literacy is having a book drive, so please bring a book to donate to this cause.  The meeting will be held at noon in the community room of the Payson Public Library.

We also will discuss the APW State Convention on May 2 in Scottsdale. Hope to see you at the April 15th meeting! Contact Carol Osman Brown, District Director at 928-468-9269 if you have questions.

Writing the West!

bucking_horseDig out your cowboy hats and boots and join the APW Southern District “Writing the West” luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, El Charro Cafe, 311 N. Court Ave., Tucson. This is the day before the Arizona History Convention begins in Tucson, so out-of-towners going to the history convention should plan to join us. APW members and Tucson-based western history writers Jane Eppinga, Jane Cleere, and Barbara Marriott speak about their latest work and recommendations to attendees who might wish to start writing in this genre (nonfiction and fiction). Open forum with questions and answers follows speakers. Free to attend. Lunch is Dutch-treat. Info/RSVP: Jaimie Bruzenak calamityjaimie@gmail.com, 928-607-3181 or apw.reservations@gmail.com. And, yes, wear that western attire! Yipee ki yea!

Museum of West tour on April 16

One of many paintings at the Museum of the West

One of many paintings at
the Museum of the West

Members and guests of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, conducted by Michael Fox, CEO and director of the museum. The cost is $11, with no-host dining to follow off-site. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brenda Warneka, 602-740-9579, or warneka@cox.net or via email to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

The museum, which opened in January 2015, celebrates the 19 states that make up the American West. There are 12 galleries of paintings, statuary and other collections. A Western-themed “Step into the Picture” display allows visitors to have photos taken as appearing to be part of the old-days scene. Non-flash photos will be permitted throughout the tour. Watch the APW Facebook page for more details. Those attending are encouraged to dress Western.