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Bobbie Bennett – multiple awards!

APW member Bobbie Bennett won four awards in the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest. The awards were for the February 2021 edition of the Beaver Valley Bulletin, the community newsletter she regularly edits and writes for.

Bobbie’s awards included 2nd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; 3rd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; and two honorable mentions for Publication regularly written by entrant. The At-large division was extremely competitive this year with entrants from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Good job, Bobbie! The Bulletin is chock full of news pertinent to this Arizona community and is clearly a labor of love.

Brad Graber – another 1st place winner!

Brad Graber was the second of three First Place winners from APW in the At-large division of the NFPW 2021 Communications Contest!’

Boca by Moonlight won first place in the category “Fiction for adult readers.”

Brad’s book will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25 plus be recognized at our state conference on May 14. Entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain competed in the At-large division.

Brad is the afternoon speaker at our State Conference. His talk is ” THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIFTING OUR MINDSET.” Find out how his tips could help you create an award-winning book too! Click on the tab above or go to https://arizonaprofessionalwriters.org/2022-apw-state-conference/

APW Book Group 4/23/22 Marylee MacDonald

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Group – Speaker Marylee MacDonald on Body Language
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The Zoom link has been sent to book club members. APW members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Contact Karen for the link. It is also posted in the Members Only tab.

Message from the speaker:

Hi Everyone,
I made a short video about the book, and I invite you to watch it. A picture is worth 1000 words!

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/678908333?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=58889930

Here’s the Amazon link. https://www.amazon.com/Body-Language-unforgettable-portraits-heartbreak-ebook/dp/B08414S74Y/  An audio version is also available, narrated by Adam Barr.

Knowing this group, I’m thinking that the stories you would most enjoy reading are “The Blue Caboose,” “Voices,” and “Year by Year.”

Although you might not guess it, the story that is drawn most directly from personal experience is “Body Language.” My personal favorite is “Tito’s Descent.”

If you’re short of time, my suggestion is that you skip to the middle of the book and find the three stories I’m recommending that you read. The good thing about short stories is that you can read them in one sitting, and I hope you will enjoy the chance to dip into the lives of some of my favorite people.

 

Jan Cleere – 1st place winner!

Jan Cleere is one of three First Place winners in the At-large division of the NFPW 2021 Communications Contest!

Jan won 1st place in the Books, Biography or History category. Her entry, Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who Shaped the Frontier, will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25.

Accord to Teri Ehresman, contest director , “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, Jan, and good luck!

 

 

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 mafasano1@gmail.com 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. (kslateiner@gmail.com )

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. (https://www.myss.com/profiles/kathleen-kelly/) 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 kslateiner@gmail.com.

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 @ gmail.com 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