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APW wins big in the At-large contest!

Arizona winners in the 2021 At-large NFPW communications contest

From Teri Ehresman, Contest Director: “You have an outstanding number of winners again this year in the NFPW at-large communications contest.”

Bobbi Bennett – 2nd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; 3rd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; two honorable mentions for Publication regularly written by entrant

Wynne Brown — Honorable Mention, Books, Biography or History

Jan Cleere — 1st place, Books, Biography or History

Chrisann Dawson – 2nd place, general fiction; Honorable Mention, Fiction for adult readers

Jodi Decker — Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, History

Marie Fasano — 2nd place, photo/writer; 2nd place, Informational Column, 2nd place, Feature story

Rebecca Goodrich — 1st place, Short Stories

Brad Graber – 1st place, Fiction for adult readers

Janelle Molony – Honorable mention, specialty articles, history

Jody Sharpe — 3rd place, Novellas

We had an extremely competitive at-large contest again this year. We had strong entries from entrants from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Spain, Washington D.C. and Washington state.

Congratulations to all! First place winners in their category move onto the national contest.

APW State Conference

Registration is opening for our 2022 State Conference!

May 14, 2022 from 10-3 at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

The conference is presented by Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field. We invite both members and nonmembers. The conference includes two excellent speakers, a salad lunch in the garden, and a private tour of the museum. Free parking is available.
Cost for all this is $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door.
Our morning speaker is Dr. Karen M. Bryson (Dr. B) speaking on “TOP TEN REASONS YOUR BOOK ISN’T SELLING AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.”
Brad Grabor is our afternoon speaker, whose topic is “THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIFTING OUR MINDSET.”
We hope to see you there!

APW April Virtual Meeting 4-9-22

To All APW Members: Susan Anderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

TOPIC: APW Central Meeting – Elizabeth Graham on her book –Democrazy
DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2022
TIME: 10:00 AM Arizona
ZOOM: The Zoom link has been sent to members. Nonmembers are invited to attend as well. If you did not receive the link and would like to attend, email Marie Fasano at or look under the Members Only tab for the link.

Bio: Elizabeth Graham had a top secret clearance at the age of seventeen with the CIA. She spent about twenty-five years living and working abroad: Soviet Union, then Russia, Central Asia, and other former Soviet pack countries. She was a consultant in war-torn Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Her real-life multi-cultural experiences in totalitarian and dictatorship countries give her a great vantage point to comment on the Trump-era and how other countries view the U.S. racism, violence, and our democracy. She recently authored DEMOCRAZY, Version 2020 and is working on her second book.

APW Book Club 3/26/22 with Kathleen Kelly

To APW Members:

You are invited to the dynamic APW Book Group where we discuss and review each member’s book. We have openings to review your book after May 2022. Contact Karen. ( )

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for March

Topic: APW Book Group – Kathleen Kelly Medical Intuitive – Voices of the ER
Date: Mar 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to members. If you did not receive it or need it, contact Karen (above) or look in the members only tab of the website.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Come with me on a journey through true, short stories spanning my career of over three decades as an ER nurse. Listen to the voices that echo from the worlds behind the doors of big city ERs and a country hospital nestled in the mountains of Arizona. Meet everyday angels in the form of nurses, doctors, patients, extraordinary people, and spirit guides who hover in the veil between birth and death. The ER is challenging with pressures and stresses. You can’t survive if you don’t find ways to laugh, to listen, and to allow yourself to be touched by the courage and strength of the human spirit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen Kelly worked as a Registered Nurse specializing in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine for over thirty years, employing her education and skills in the healing arts. Also trained as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, she has worked with victims of violence. She has studied extensively in alternative healing, embracing the richness of a holistic approach in her work as a medical intuitive. ( Kathleen is the Coordinator of GILA County Child Fatality Review for the Arizona Health Dept. The Child Fatality Review Team’s mission is to reduce preventable child fatalities. The results of these reviews are used to improve services, advocate for change, and conduct public awareness activities, ultimately for the purpose of preventing future child deaths. She believes her work lends the illuminating voice of each child after death. Her short stories, penned in her journals over the years, celebrate the best in all of us.

APW Book Club 2/26/22 with Dianne Beeaff

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting of the APW Book Club.

Topic: APW Book Club – Dianne Beeaff Power’s Garden
Date: February 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: Members of the book club have been sent the Zoom link. If you’d like to attend as a guest, contact Karen at

Power’s Garden by Dianne Beeaff, available in paperback and Kindle.

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff

Tragedy and triumph unfurl when a devout Mormon family hires a head-strong young widow during trying economic times. Bestselling author Dianne Ebertt Beeaff’s commendable first novel is framed in a rich historical backdrop. Two families, one Texan, one Mormon develop an embattled but gripping relationship in the Arizona desert as their opposing cultures dramatically collide. While World War I rages abroad, long kept secrets unfold for Duett Brennick and Mellie Beacham, as their families navigate uncertainties, challenge traditions and ultimately learn to love.

Bio: A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Dianne Ebertt Beeaff is the author of six published books, including her latest short story collection, On Traigh Lar Beach, released by She Writes Press in October 2020. Others include two journal memoirs, A Grand Madness, Ten Years on the Road with U2 and A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After, the non-fiction book, Spirit Stones, Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe’s Prehistoric Monuments, and a book of poetry, Homecoming, illustrated with eleven of her graphite drawings. Her poetry, watercolors , graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured throughout the United States and Canada. Dianne and her husband, Dan, reside in Tucson and are the parents of two children.

Awards: Finalist Historical Fiction 2009 USA National Best Book Awards; Honorable Mention Published Fiction, 2009 Arizona Authors Association; First Place Glyph Award Literary Fiction 2010 Arizona Book Publishers Association Awards; Finalist Trade Book Non-Illustrated 2010 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards; Finalist Historical Fiction, 2009 International Book Awards; Second Place Fiction 2010 Arizona Press Women; Finalist Cover Design 2011 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Awards; First Runner-up Commercial Fiction 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

APW Board meeting – 2/5/22

An APW Board meeting will be held Saturday, February 5 at 10 a.m. Among other items, we will be discussing our annual statewide meeting. Members are invited to join us, if interested. Contact Marie Fasano mafasano1 @ or look in the Members Only tab for the Zoom link.

Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Topic: APW Board Meeting
Date: Feb 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona


APW February Virtual meeting 2/12/22

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

Topic: APW Virtual Meeting Brad Graber – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Date: Feb 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to members. Guests are welcome. Send an email to for the Zoom link. The link is also available in the Members Only section of the website.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: How to Shift Your Mindset!

Join us on February 12th to hear Brad Graber discuss how he worked to shift his perspective in creating his latest novel, Boca by Moonlight, the story of George, a widower, who struggles to come to grips with his life as a single man in Boca Raton, Florida.

Boca by Moonlight is Brad’s fourth book and third novel. Brad writes because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect, After the Fall, and a collection of humor essays in What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?

Brad also writes a monthly humor blog: There, I Said It! He lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff. For more information on Brad, check out his website at:

APW January Virtual Meeting 1/12/22

Connie Cockrell and Susan Anderson are inviting you to a combined Zoom Meeting Wednesday, January 12th at 1pm.

TOPIC: Publicity with Jodi Decker
DATE: January 12, 2022
TIME: 1 p.m. Arizona time
ZOOM: The link for the Zoom Meeting has been sent to members. It is also listed in the Member’s only section. Guests are welcome and should email for the link.

Bio: Jodi Decker, Ed.D, collaborated with her daughter Janelle Molony, MBA, (editor and publisher) on the anthology Poems From the Asylum. It is the true narrative of Martha H. Nasch’s seven-year stay in an insane asylum. Jodi, a college teacher, and Janelle, an author, researched family journals, poetry notebooks, history books, and interviewed the descendants of the neighbors about the life of Martha H. Nasch, as well as interviewed the museum docent at the St. Peter State Hospital for the Insane. Jodi is Martha’s granddaughter, and she is proud to leave this legacy on her behalf. Both Jodi and Janelle are Arizona residents and A.S.U. graduates.

Her Facebook page is Seven Years Insane

President’s message – December 2021

Greetings to all,

Has the year seemed long to you? Still wondering about 2020? Yes, it has been 2 years, or near enough, of the pandemic. This fact was mentioned to me the other day by a friend of mine who asked, “Has it been 2 years?” We sat silently for a moment, trying to absorb that information. It’s been difficult, hasn’t it? Everything changed. Days slipped by practically unnoticed. Maybe you got some writing done, maybe not. What I do know, at least for myself, is that this has been a quiet time.

Yes, a positive. A time of contemplation. A time to review. A gift, if you will, of solitude and meditation. There has been time to evaluate and decide what is most important. The end of the year traditionally is a time for that but, after two years, I think I’ve got most of that evaluation completed.

The end of the year is also the time to look forward. You’ve decided what’s most important to you so now, how will you achieve those things? If you’re a planner, have you written out steps that need to be taken to reach your goal? If you are a pantser (to use writing terms!), do you have the goal firmly in mind so that when decisions are made you choose the ones that get you closer to your goal?

So now, just days before the shortest day of the year, just short of Christmas and New Year, I want to wish you all peace, joy, and yes, solitude. A gift of time to let your mind rest and recuperate, and decide what’s most important to you. I look forward to seeing you all, over Zoom or in person, in 2022.

Connie Cockrell
President, APW

APW Book Club 1/22/22 with Brad Graber

From Karen Shiffman Lateiner:
Our next book group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10 am via Zoom (link will be sent at a later date)
We’ll be discussing Brad Graber’s new novel Boca by Moonlight. Set in Boca Raton, Florida, the novel follows the story of George as he struggles to come to terms with life as a widower. The novel has recently received a 5-Star Must Read review from Reedsy Discovery:

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He is the award-winning author of The Intersect, After the Fall, and a collection of essays, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Boca by Moonlight is Brad’s latest novel. He also writes a humor blog: There, I Said It!

Brad lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff. For more information on Brad, check out his website at:
Announcing: Boca by Moonlight
Author of the award-winning novels The Intersect and After the Fall
Collection of Essays: What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Humorous Observations on Modern Life

Monthly Blog: There, I Said It!



Meeting via Zoom fourth Saturday of every month at 10 AM.

Contact:   Karen Shiffman Lateiner,, 973-997-7204

Mission:  To support each other as authors (and authors in progress) by reading each other’s books, reviewing them on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and discussing them at our meeting.