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Testimonial – Barbara Lacy

Barbara Lacy, after attending the September virtual Central Meeting with guest Shasha Graham, wrote this. Barbara has been active in APW for more than 30 years and held the position of Central Chapter Chairperson until a year ago. Barbara had a long career in journalism but now satisfies her creative urge through painting. One of her paintings is below.

“Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter. In fact, my first show of the season opens at 6 p.m., October 1, 2021, at the Olney Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 West Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ And more are coming after that!

So why do I still belong to APW and try to attend all the meetings? (I don’t know what my record is over 30+ years, but few would have a better attendance record l than I do.) The answer is simple! Writers (you) and artists are the most interesting people I know! Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter but I want friends who have a passion for the arts or what ever excites them: saving the environment, teaching history working with refugees that gives their lives that extra spark. It is that extra spark I look for in friends. And why I hang out with writers!”

Thanks, Barbara!

September 11 – Find your Tiny Ninja!

Susan Anderson of Central District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

On Saturday, September 11 join Sasha Graham as she shares how to find your own “Tiny Ninja,” who is the most compassionate, brave, supportive version of us.

Topic: APW Central Meeting-Find your Tiny Ninja!
Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

The Zoom link has been sent to all members. If you did not receive it, look in the Members Only section of the website. You can also email Susan at Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.

Bio

Sasha Graham is the author of Milo Does Not Like Mornings (2019), A Milo no le gustan las mañanas (2020) and Whitney Wins Everything (slated for Spring 2022). Each of these books are part of the Tiny Ninja Books Collection (TinyNinjaBooks.com) where the central idea is that we are each born with our own Tiny Ninja who is the most compassionate, brave, supportive version of us.

Sasha grew up on a farm in Oregon with her three siblings, a horse named Jim and a barn cat named Peanut Butter.

She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Broadcast Communications and minors in Spanish and French, and then worked in the city as a film publicist, television writer and TV segment producer. Later, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked as the Vice President of National Publicity for the Walt Disney Studios.

Sasha is an avid writer and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television.

In addition to her career in television, film, and writing, Sasha is proud to have worked everywhere from a hair salon, to a grass seed farm, to The Olive Garden, to a Christmas tree farm, to a library, to a therapeutic horsemanship ranch and, most recently, at a doggie daycare & boarding facility.

Sasha and her husband, Alan, live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their three kids; Finn, Indy and Odessa.

August 14 – Time to share!

Susan Anderson of Central District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

On Saturday, August 14 we will spend time sharing our current work. Several folks have asked to talk about what they are working on and ask questions of the group. It will be a special day after our summer hiatus. Everyone in APW is invited to share. Nonmembers are welcome to attend.

Topic: APW Central Meeting-Time to Share –
Date: Aug 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

The Zoom link has been sent to all members. If you did not receive it, look in the Members Only section of the website. You can also email Susan at Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.

Come get feedback for your project and perhaps some new ideas!

June 12: Novel As A Second Act

APW Central District Guest Speaker Sheila Grinell “NOVEL AS SECOND ACT”

Susan C Anderson, Chairperson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Central Guest Sheila Grinell: Novel As A Second Act
Date: Jun 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

“If you’ve ever contemplated leaving a job and starting something completely new, you’ve probably also thought about all the good reasons not to. Even so, there may be a benefit in forging straight ahead.” –Sheila Grinell, novelist and former CEO of the Arizona Science Center came to Phoenix in 1993 to build the Arizona Science Center. In her sixties, she took on a different challenge—to begin a second career as a novelist.

What was it like for Sheila to start over again? How does her experience compare to that of others facing a life transition? How does writing compare to running a museum? Sheila will share lessons learned, with time for Q&A.

Her debut novel, APPETITE, was published in 2016, and a second novel, THE CONTRACT, appeared in September 2019. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at The Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Tom Johnson.

To receive the Zoom link, contact Susan.APW@hotmail.com

 

May 8 – Writing on the go!

Central Chapter chairperson, Susan Anderson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Central meeting: Writing on the go! Jaimie Bruzenak
Date: May 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Writing on the go!
Did you ever consider combining traveling this country while writing? APW member Jaimie Bruzenak and her late husband, Bill, began full-time RVing on Election Day 1992. They voted and left Pennsylvania for the West. Her only writing previously was customizing business proposals and regular letters describing their travels to relatives and friends.

However, she started contributing pieces to her RV Club and to a publication that advertised jobs for RVers wanting seasonal work. She wrote a book on this topic, self-published, marketed and fulfilled orders. With a writing partner she added two more print books plus eBooks. She decided a few years ago that she had “been there, done that” and it was time to do some new things in her remaining years. Used copies of her print books plus eBooks can still be found but she no longer markets or updates them.

She’ll talk about self-publishing vs traditional publishing and why she chose the former; building a brand and opportunities for writing while traveling in an RV.

Contact: Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.

April 10 – Running with the Law!

APW Central Meeting April 10 Saturday 10:00 A.M

Running With the Law!

Please join the APW Central  Meeting, April 10, 10:00 A.M.  in our ZOOM meeting as Sherry Engler talks about writing her book Living With Leo and what life is like living with a Law Enforcement Officer.
Date: April 10, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Topic: Central Chapter meeting – Running with the Law – Sherry Engler
Zoom: The link will be sent to members. All are welcome. If you would like to attend and don’t receive the link, contact Susan Anderson, Chairperson and put “Zoom link” in the title.
Sherry E. Engler is an author, illustrator, and writer. She writes articles for “Outdoors Southwest” formally known as GYMOAZ (Get Your Mountain On Arizona). She attended the University of Arizona. She received a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature and a diploma from the International Correspondence School in Master Art. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer sharing light-heartedly her observations of family life with law enforcement officers in her roles as wife and mother.
Other books by Sherry, geared for children and teens, include: Daisy Doo! Daisy Doo? What? Who?; Holden’s Magical Blue Marble; and her latest release Princess Dixie, Princess Ella & 7 Crazy Hens. She also illustrated Jeremy’s Christmas for Carol Mathewson.For those who would like to purchase Living with Leo or any of her other books, Sherry is offering a discount if you order directly from her via email at sherryengler@gmail.com and include the code AZPW. Purchase 3 books or more for an additional 10%, using the same code. Shipping is included when you buy directing from Sherry.
Her website is https://sherryengler.com Her books are also listed with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online vendors. Best price is at-https://sherryengler.com though to get free shipping and the discount, order directly from her.

March 13 – Dead bodies talk!

Join APW Central Chapter on Saturday, March 13 for our virtual meeting “Dead bodies talk!” with Patty Mahoney.

Topic:  What Can Dead Bodies Tell Us? with Patty Mahoney, author of Secrets From the Pink Chair

Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Zoom: The link for Zoom has been sent to members. All are invited so if you did not receive the link, contact Susan Anderson

What can dead bodies tell us?

Author/Editor Patty Mahoney has a unique journey to share. Aside from her teaching and editing experience, and education, she has an unusual and interesting story to tell.

Patty is the author of Secrets from the Pink Chair, a fictionalized account of childhood memories of the city of Tempe and her family’s mortuary business. She earned an undergraduate degree in print journalism from Arizona State University and eventually amassed three graduate degrees, one in education, another in school counseling, and a third in mental health counseling.

She has been an English, journalism, and psychology instructor to students ranging from 7th graders to university seniors. Then, she earned certification as a counselor, working primarily with emotionally disturbed children.

Upon retirement, she returned to writing as the primary focus, writing her own book and editing works of others.

“Love is in the air” with Christy Hovland

APW Central Chapter Virtual Meeting – February 13, 2021

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Nothing like a good romance novel to get you in the mood. Perhaps you’ve thought of writing your own. Our next speaker will help you get started!

Susan Anderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. All are invited. Members have been sent the Zoom link. If you did not receive it and would like to attend, contact Susan and she will forward the link to you.

Date: February 13, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Guest Speaker: Christina Hovland
Topic: Love is in the air! Crafting Your Own Romance Novel

Love is in the air! Heart Crafting your own romance novel

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale–an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dogs around.

Find out more or subscribe to Christy’s newsletter at ChristinaHovland.com

January 9 Central Chapter with Marie Fasano

Join APW Central Chapter’s virtual meeting on Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. Featured speaker is our own APW President, Marie Fasano who will talk about interviewing for article writing.

Guest speaker: Marie Fasano, APW President
Topic: Interviewing for Articles
Date: January 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Both members and guests are invited to attend the Zoom meeting. If you did not receive the Zoom link, contact Barbara at lacyarts@gmail.com

Marie A. Fasano has been writing articles for over 40 years. She says the best part of her work has been interviewing people who have completed extraordinary tasks in their lives. Her articles have been as diverse as stories about places pilots fly for getaways and doing the PR for Air Shows to focusing on individuals who have helped others overcome challenges. Marie has enjoyed highlighting authors for the Payson Book Festival as PR Coordinator for five years. Currently, she writes a column for the Payson Roundup Newspaper titled “Roaming the Rim.” Her column is about anything that strikes her fancy. Some of her previous columns have been about nurses, the homeless, drones, sex education in the schools, telemedicine, and RBG.

Come join Marie to discuss the task of interviewing.

December 12 Central Chapter with Carolyn Neithammer

Are you a foodie?

Whether you love to eat or to write about food and cooking, join Central Chapter’s virtual meeting on Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. with author Carolyn Niethammer. She’ll talk about her latest book, A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary History, and her 50-year career of writing about Southwest food.

Date: December 12, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.
Zoom: Members and interested guests will be sent the Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you do not receive the link, email your request to Barbara Lacy at lacyarts@gmail.com

Carolyn Niethammer Bio:

Carolyn Niethammer learned to love and understand the West growing up in small-town Northern Arizona. She has spent her life writing about the foods and people of the Southwest in award-winning ethnobotanies, cookbooks and biographies. She began her career out of college as a newspaper reporter, then in the late Sixties spent a year going “back to the land” in Northern California where she learned about edible wild plants. For her first book, she traveled throughout Arizona and New Mexico interviewing Native American women on their use of wild plants. Other books followed on edible wild plants, Southwestern food, and Native American women. Her one novel is based on the life of a well-known Western cook.

Why She Knew the Story of how Tucson Became the first US UNESCO City of Gastronomy was Hers to Tell

Her latest book, her eleventh, is A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary History. In it she tells the 8,000 year story of how the residents of the Santa Cruz Valley subsisted on wild foods, learned to grow corn and eventually became expert farmers, and how today’s residents still grow and eat some of the same foods that nourished the local people so long ago. Carolyn has been writing about Southwest food for more than 50 years, so she had a good base of knowledge to tell the story of why Tucson received the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. But the most fun, was learning all the things she didn’t know.