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APW Board Meeting – 9/18/21

All members are invited to attend the September 18, 2021 Board Meeting. The Zoom link and the agenda can be found under the Member’s Only page. If you need the password, contact your Chapter Chairperson.

We’ll be starting discussion on next spring’s annual conference. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please attend or send them to President, Connie Cockrell at connie.cockrell@gmail.com We have open positions as well. Contact Connie for information.

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 11 – Share what you have been writing this summer

Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. The APW Rim Country meeting for August will be a time for sharing what you have been writing this summer.

Topic: APW Rim Country August Meeting
Date: Aug 11, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona

Maybe the Book Festival inspired you! Maybe your travels! Let us know what you’ve been working on. APW members have been sent the Zoom link. Nonmembers are welcome to attend and participate as well.  If you misplace the link or did not receive it, you can find it in the Members-only section of the website. Or, email Connie.

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 9: Humor and the Author’s Platform

Connie Cockrell of Rim Country Chapter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting – Guest Brad Graber: Humor and the Author’s Platform
Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona

Humor and the Author’s Platform
Everyone loves to laugh. So how can an author leverage a great sense of humor to sell books? Join us on June 9th at 1:00 pm to hear Brad Graber discuss the use of humor in building and maintaining relationships with readers.

Brad Graber is an award-winning author who writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them. Brad’s latest release is What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over seventy essays from Brad’s monthly humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad is also the author of two novels of contemporary fiction: After the Fall and The Intersect. Brad’s third novel Boca by Moonlight is scheduled for release January 2022. Brad currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Contact: connie.cockrell@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

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

 

2021 At-Large Communications Contest winners

NFPW listed all the state and at-large contest winners on their website. National level winners will be announced at the conference in a few weeks. Here are the At-Large contest winners again, in case we missed any! It’s amazing that out of 10 At-Large states Arizona writers won this many awards.
NFPW At-Large 2021 Commnications Contest winners covering 10 States
Anderson, Susan, Maricopa-Honorable mention Books, Short Stories, Verse – Children’s Book – Fiction, Everything
Beeaff, Dianne Tucson- First place -Collection of short stories written by entrant, On Traigh Lar Beach
Brown, Wynne, Tucson -First place Newsletter Web and Social Media – Electronic Newsletter – Personal, “The Sara Lemmon Project”
Cockrell, Connie, Payson – Honorable mention -short stories, single story, “Creature in the Night”
Fasano Marie, Payson
  • Second place -Columns, general, Roaming the Rim Column – “WHO designates 2020 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife”
  • Honorable mention -Feature story, Print based newspaper, “Homeless Give Back “
Graber, Brad, Phoenix -First place essay, chapter or section of a book, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Observations on Modern Life
MacDonald, Marylee, Tempe —
  • Third Place- Autobiograpy or Memoir, Surrender
  • Second Place-Collection of short stories written by entrant (published together in book form, including electronic books) Body Language
  • Honorable Mention Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers – General Nonficton, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers
Sharpe, Jody, Scottsdale – Second place- Books, Short Stories, Verse – Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers Autobiography or Memoir, r Special Needs Children, The Angels On My Shoulder
Whiteside, Brenda, Tonto Basin – Third place, fiction for adult readers, Secrets of The Ravine (The Mackenzie Chronicles Book One)

APW Rim Country Meeting Wed. May 12, 1:00PM

Arizona Professional Writers:
It’s member share time! What have you been working on? Any challenges? Any victories? Let’s share.
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Open to members and non-members.
CONTACT: Conniecockrell@gmail.com if you did not receive the link.

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.

APW Book Club – 5/22 -What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?

Our next APW Book Club meeting will feature Brad Graber’s What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?

Date: Saturday, May 22

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Zoom: The link has been sent to members of the Book Club. If you did not receive the link and would like to participate, get a copy of Brad’s book and email Karen Lateiner, host for the link.

Ever wonder why a fly is circling the deli? What you can learn from your dog about aging? If Mahjong is the true game of champions? Wonder no more. If you’re a fan of the Chicken Soup series, love Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, and Larry David, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy this book sooner (and so will Brad).

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? is the winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award in Humor, 1st prize from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in Humor, recipient of a Bronze from Readers’ Favorite, and 1st place in the National Federation of Press Women At-Large Communications Contest.

Insightful, personal, and often very funny, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? consists of over seventy essays exploring the subjects we only share with our dearest friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brad Graber is the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall. He also writes a humor blog: “There, I Said It!” Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in a family where no one listened to him. So, he made up stories about them. He currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff. For more information on Brad, check our his website and subscribe to his blog at: BradGraber.com

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? is available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook, and can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-That-Growing-Sour-Cream/dp/0997604247