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CANCELLED – Children’s Book Author To Speak at Central Chapter APW Meeting

Susan Claire Anderson

We will reschedule at a later time.

Want to write children’s books but don’t how to start? Picture book author Susan Clare Anderson will lead you through exercises that will get you started and lead you to the finished product at the March Arizona Professional Writers Central Chapter meeting.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Barbara Lacy’s home at 5425 E.Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley

COST: $15, which includes a light lunch. Pay at the door.
RSVP: by March 10 to Barbara Lacy- lacyarts@gmail.com or 480-620-1358. Members and nonmembers welcome.

Anderson has written, Illustrated and published three age-appropriate, fun-to read children’s books and will share her techniques in a hands-on session.

She used her knowledge of child development and teacher training in developing her books: “Metina, The Small Butterfly,” “Why the Rooster Crowed”, “Rattling Rocco” and her first chapter book, “Everything.”

It’s all about research! February Central Chapter meeting

Jan Cleere

Research is everything! When writing historical biographical books like our February speaker, Jan Cleere, it is easy to see how essential research is. But every book requires research—even fiction. What have you found helpful? Where do you find subjects or check important details of a location or time period? Jan will be sharing her research methods and material sources but would also like to hear how others find resources necessary for creating storylines. Our meeting will be a time of learning and sharing. We hope you can join us!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Town of Paradise Valley Town Hall on the southeast corner of Lincoln and 64th street in the Community Room
COST: $15, which includes a light lunch. Pay at the door.
RSVP: by February 4 to Barbara Lacy- lacyarts@gmail.com or 480-620-1358.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Author, historian, and lecturer Jan Cleere writes extensively about the people who first settled in the desert Southwest. As the author of five award-winning historical biographical books, she travels around the state presenting the stories of early pioneers who were instrumental in settling and civilizing Arizona Territory. Jan is a Roads Scholar with Arizona Humanities. Her monthly column, “Western Women,” appears in Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star newspaper detailing the lives of Arizona’s early amazing women. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications. Jan has just completed her sixth book, which will be released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (TwoDot) in March 2021. From Reveille to Taps: Military Wives on the Arizona Frontier presents the narratives of a handful of women who braved the desert Southwest with their Army husbands in the mid to late 1800s. They wrote about their triumphs and fears so that those who followed in their footsteps would know what they encountered and endured as they conquered new lands and new beginnings.

All about angels- January Central Chapter meeting

APW Central Chapter hosted Jody Sharpe in January on the topic of “The Angels On The Writer’s Shoulders.” Writing about angels became healing for Jody after losing her daughter. The valuable lessons learned about moving forward have set her on a mission to tell stories with love and spiritual awakening, which she shared with the attendees.

Central Chapter Director, Barbara Lacy, said of the meeting, “I have been thinking about ‘my’ Angel ever since!” Two memories came to mind. Here’s one of them in Barbara’s words”

“..two things that happened because of Amazing Coincidence’s. . .that I never could have imagined.

“In 1977, my family and I lived on the Navajo Reservation. I was working on a book about Navajo plant use—being careful to leave out anything about sacred plants. I even had a publisher.

“Then, the Navajo Medicine Men’s Association heard about the book and, as men who were charged with protecting the Tribe’s sacred knowledge of plants, they banned my book. I had finished my project by then. . .and left the Reservation that week.

“Almost 10 years later, a woman professor from Illinois who came to the reservation every summer to research Navajo music, walked into the (now defunct) Navajo Press Bookstore to see what was new. Sitting on the counter was my manuscript!

“’Oh,’ she said, ‘Are you publishing Nanise?’

“’We want to, but we can’t find the author,’ the clerk said.

“My friend (or Angel!) pulled her address book out of her purse and gave her my Phoenix address! (I had met her the summer I stayed behind, after my family had moved to Phoenix, to finish up book details. She spoke Navajo and had been in the room when the Navajo Medicine Men banned the book and told me of their decision right after the meeting. I knew her for all of three days that summer and had no contact with her once I left the Reservation.)

“Did my Angel put the manuscript on the counter that day and direct my friend to the bookstore? Had that meeting almost ten years earlier been directed by my Angel?”

Next month we hear from Jan Cleere who researches interesting Arizona women and writes about them and will talk about sources for research.

First APW event of 2020! – Central Chapter presents Jody Sharpe

Author Jody Sharpe

Saturday, January 11, award-winning author Jody Sharpe will be speaking to members and guests of Arizona Professional Writers in Phoenix on “The Angels On The Writer’s Shoulders.” A light lunch will be served.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: the Fireplace Room of Shepherd of the Hills Church, 5524 East Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, AZ., 85018.
COST: $15, which includes a light lunch. Pay at the door.
RSVP: by January 7 to Barbara Lacy- lacyarts@gmail.com or 480-620-1358.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jody had a rewarding career as a special education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter. The valuable lessons learned about moving forward have set her on a mission to tell stories with love and spiritual awakening.

Says Jody about her writing, “I believe angels have always been guiding me. After my daughter’s death, experiencing messages in dreams, meeting a man who might have been a real angel set me on the spiritual journey of writing novels where angels live as humans, and no one knows the secret.” Books in her Mystic Bay Series are: “The Angel’s Daughter,” “To Catch an Angel” and “Town of Angels.”

President’s Message – November, 2019

President’s message for November, 2019

Marie Fasano

In November we start planning for the holidays. Some may have family members over to their home; others share the days with friends and neighbors. Lots of writing takes place even if it’s just in cards and email notes.

This year, my first Thanksgiving as president, I am writing to you, the members of APW, to say “Thank you” for your commitment to your chapter by attending meetings to share your writing stories and learn more from excellent speakers.

We have recruited several new members in Central and Rim Country Chapters. There are new ideas to get the word out about you as a writer and to promote APW. Jaimie Bruzenak, our webmaster, has sent out a call to see who might be interested in participating in developing a short video for YouTube or an audio Podcast. Let us know what you think about this idea.

We are excited to announce our plans for 2020 including:

APW representation at the ASU Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference on February 22 by six members: Jan Cleere, Jody Sharpe, Susan Anderson, Jane Ruby, Mary Rechkemmer Meyer and Barbara Lacy. To help with the registration fee, each author will pay a small amount to participate with APW taking up the remainder of the cost. This is just one advantage of being an APW member.

Plans are in place for a spring conference on May 7 in Payson. More info later. Save the date.

Don’t forget Rim Country’s Payson Book Festival July 18, 2020. Sign up early in January to hold your place.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Writing,

Marie A Fasano

President, Arizona Professional Writers

Nancy Pellegrini to speak December 14 at Central Chapter meeting

Imagine being paid to write in a foreign land! Like our late member Patricia Myers, who spent summers in Paris writing about the jazz scene, Central Chapter speaker for December, Nancy Pellegrini, spent decades writing from South Korea, China and Europe. She will share her experiences with members and guests.

DATE: Saturday, December 14, 2019
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix.
LUNCH: A $15 lunch will be served.
REGISTRATION: Members and non-members are invited. Register for this event by sending an email Barbara Lacy or call 480-620-1358.

SPEAKER: Nancy Pellegrini

Nancy Pellegrini

Nancy Pellegrini, a journalist who spent decades writing from South Korea, China and Europe, will share her experiences with Arizona Professional Writers at APW Central Chapter’s December meeting.

Nancy wrote The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own (Penguin), 2016 and more than 1,000 articles on performing arts in China. She copyedited and proofed Penguin manuscript, wrote United Nations policy papers, and created articles for publications like the Christian Science Monitor.

Nancy managed a Beijing-based North Korean art gallery and led 40 tours in the country. In her spare time, she volunteered at the Beijing Zoo on orangutan enrichment projects. Now in Phoenix, she has opened Nancy Pellegrini Editorial Solutions, LLC, an editorial solutions business offering writing and editing services, copy editing, rewrites, ghostwriting and feature stories.

Central Chapter Meeting, November 2019

November comes with a smile, a chuckle and many laughs!

Jodi Weisberg

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.