From ASUs Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing:
Announcing the 2020 Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest
Judged by Claire Vaye Watkins
|Earth is a closed, limited system. And right now, we’re living beyond its boundaries. What would life look like if we respected our planet’s capacity? How would we organize our cities and homes? How will our politics, culture, and identities be affected by the climate crisis? How can we ensure that a sustainable future is also one that’s just?
Submit your short story to our third annual Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest! The contest will be judged by Claire Vaye Watkins—Guggenheim fellow, NYPL Young Lions Award winner, author of Gold Fame Citrus—with a grand prize of $1,000. Submissions must be 5,000 words or less. Presented in partnership with the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2020.
Find the full guidelines, read past winners, and submit your work today at https://piper.asu.edu/everything-change.
November comes with a smile, a chuckle and many laughs!
Jodi Weisberg will show her comedy stripes and give tips on using humor in your writing at Central Chapter’s November meeting on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
Long time member and friend of APW, Jodi has a great background for humor. She is a retired attorney, worked as a journalist and as a stand-up comic. She is a former Bureau Chief and legal reporter for the Arizona Journal and has published about 1000 articles.
Jodi speaks on elder law and mental health issues … and of course, humor. She recently became a certified yoga instructor and a pet sitter.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Shepherd of the Hills, United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette, Phoenix, AZ.
Lunch: A $15 lunch will be served. In your RSVP, let Barbara know if you are a vegetarian.
RSVP: Please RSVP to: Barbara Lacy.
Next meeting: Saturday, December 14, 2019. We will hear from a new member who will talk about writing from China.
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!
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.
Susan Haught: A member of the Arizona Professional Writers, Rim Country Chapter,Author Susan Haught, has received the 2019 Best Writer Award in the reader’s choice Best of the Rim contest sponsored by the Payson Roundup Newspaper. Susan’s response to the award.”There’s nothing more thrilling and humbling than for your work to be recognized in your home community. I’m forever grateful to those who took the time to vote. ”
Here is a little about Susan in her own words.
Hello, everyone. It’s early morning here in Payson and I’m deathly allergic to morning, so allow me to introduce myself before my coffee gets cold. My name is Susan Haught and I make things up, write them down, and call them novels. Besides being a mom, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, yet ranks up there with motherhood as the most rewarding. To hold months of hard work in your hand as a physical book never gets old, even after four novels. That moment makes months of joy, tears, and frustration worth it, and when a reader contacts me to say my words affected them in some way, I know I’ve done my job.
I consider myself a black liquorice connoisseur, coffee addict, wine sipper, and brown-thumb gardener who spends a great deal of time murdering the poor plants unfortunate enough to end up in my cart. I’m also an award-winning author who writes deeply emotional stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. I’m somewhat handier with stories than I am with a garden shovel. But I find gardening helps me to decompress and it takes my mind off writing, at least for a little while. Come to think of it, so does Australian or Finnish black liquorice!
I’ve been blessed to have received several awards for my work, the most recent the Rim Country Best Writer award sponsored by the Payson Roundup.
The Whisper of the Pines series consists of four novels and a companion book: A Promise of Fireflies, In the Shadow of Fate (A Promise of Fireflies companion), A Thousand Butterfly Wishes, The Other Side of Broken, and Outside the Lines. Three have gone on to win awards for excellence in independent publishing in women’s fiction and/or romance, are Reader’s Favorite 5 Star novels, and The Other Side of Broken was chosen by Writer’s Digest (judge 17) as “a novel not to be missed.” and Ink & Insight says, “This is what women’s fiction is supposed to be.” Outside the Lines is my newest baby, released Jan. 15, 2019, and I’m in the process of writing Book 5, Christmas Under the Tuscan Stars which will be released for the 2019 holidays.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, RWA-Women’s Fiction writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, APW, and APW Rim Country Chapter. I’ll be at the Payson Book Festival in July, and if you’re in the area or plan to attend, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
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 (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