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.

APW member Jane Eppinga passed away

Sad news to report:

Tucson has always been blessed with an abundance of creative people–particularly writers. One unique and talented voice was silenced today with the death of Jane Eppinga. Jane, a prolific writer, told us mostly true stories, mostly of Arizona’s past. She did it with enthusiasm and precision and dedication to accuracy. I first met Jane at a meeting of the Society of Southwest Authors. I saw her standing in a line and somewhat timidly approached her, because I knew she had a reputation for being a grande dame of Arizona writing. She quickly made me feel relaxed with her friendliness and genuine desire to be helpful. If she was a grande dame of anything, she didn’t know it! Jane took delight in many things–particularly her trips to Holland where she visited family. She lived alone, but connected to an enormous community of writers and readers. Readers are poorer for the lack of her voice in new works, but we will always have the multitude of books and articles she left behind. — written by former APW member Bunny Badertscher

Jane joined APW in 1979 and was Chairman of the Southern Chapter. You can also read a little about her background and how she came to Arizona at Desert Silhouettes.

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.

Summary of APW Central Chapter October, 2019

Connie Cockrell, Rim Country Director

At our October APW meeting, APW member Connie Cockrell told us how she can write multiple series at the same time without mixing up her characters in a lively meeting October 12, 2019, at the Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette, Phoenix, AZ.

Connie has written over 20 books in series as diverse as cozy mysteries, science fiction, Westerns, young women and historical.

Want to try some of her techniques?

• Start with a story board.
• Put small notes on a wall of the locations of the story and mini-descriptions of your characters. Add a location or character, update your wall as you work.
• Connie prefers action scenes to descriptive paragraphs..
• Then, write!

New to novel writing? Here is how Connie started: November is Novel Writing Month! Her daughter challenged Connie to enter the contest with her by writing the required 1,667 words per day! So she did . . .and at the end of the month she had her novel . But alas, her daughter didn’t. So Connie is the novelist.

Here is the teaser for next month: Our own Jodi Weisberg will show her comedy stripes and give tips on using them in your writing.

Jodi Weisberg

Save the date: 10 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, Shepard of the Hills, United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette, Phoenix, AZ.

In December, we will hear from a new member who has written from China.

November 16, 2019 Board Meeting and Southern Chapter Meeting

Southern Chapter meeting and APW Board meeting – November 16, 2019.
APWs Southern Chapter will have a social meeting and lunch on the west side of Tucson from 12 to 2:30 or so. Members and nonmembers are invited. Please RSVP to Jaimie by November 4 with food preferences. (Cost will be in the $10 range, based on RSVPs).
The Board meeting will be held before the lunch at Jaimie Bruzenak’s home from 10-12. Any APW member is invited, but please let Jaimie or Marie Fasano know so we have plenty of seating.
The agenda is at the Members Only tab.
DETAILS
Date: November, 16 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch and APW Southern Chapter meeting to follow from 12 to 2:30
Place: 3003 W Broadway Blvd, #124, Tucson. Park West Palms Mobile Home Park. Lunch will be outdoors in the Ramada, weather permitting. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you’d like to swim in the heated pool and hot tub after the meeting.

New member Jody Sharpe

We are pleased to welcome another new member to APW Central – Jody Sharpe.

Jody Sharpe

Jody Sharpe’s interests are in writing novels about angels living as humans in a town where no one knows the secret. “Writing gives me peace and joy!”

For Jody, writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter and then her husband. The valuable lessons she learned about moving forward and loving life in the now have set her on a mission to tell the stories with love, humor and spiritual awakening. The fictitious town of Mystic Bay has given her an avenue to put characters and themes together hopefully enlightening the reader towards contemplation of the precious life and memories we are given. In her books, angels live among us.
 
December 12 Jody will be speaking at Desert Foothills Library. Her talk about her writing experience is titled, “The Angels on the Writers’ Shoulders.”
 
You can find Jody at Jodysharpe.com and on Facebook On Twitter she is ‘Angels With Jody Sharpe’