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First TypeRider of 2016!

Thanks to editor Lynda Exley, our January, 2016 issue – the first of 2016 – is here! Read about the December holiday parties and an intriguing article, “Do words, gemstones have anything in common?” by Marion E. Gold. Three APW districts are holding meetings this month so be sure to mark them on your calendar. You’ll find several APW members presenting elsewhere and many writing events to inspire you and add to your knowledge coming up this month and beyond. If you are considering participating in the 2nd Payson Book Festival, read more about it and act soon before all available author tables are gone! Information on the NFPW Communication Contest is also included.

November, 2015 TypeRider is here!

Read the information-packed November, 2015 issue of the TypeRider. Lots going on in the districts and many writing events coming up. Catch up with members too. Thanks, Lynda Exley, our hard working editor, for another great issue!

Rim Country District meeting – March 18, 2015

Learn how to use your computer more effectively at a free program presented by Arizona Professional Writers (formerly Arizona Press Women) on March 18, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson.

Starting at noon in the community room, the group’s March meeting will feature speaker Ray Baxter, who teaches two computer courses at Gila Community College and is President of the Payson Area Computer Association. Baxter serves as Director of APCUG, an International Association of Technology and Computer User Groups. He also provides consulting services.

Many people encounter computer problems and find it difficult to keep up with changes in technology.  This computer expert will demystify programs, discuss security concerns and offer tips for success in his talk, “Using Your Computer More Effectively.”

This event is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 928-468-9269.


Time to enter the Communications Contest!

APW Members — Please click on the  2015 Communications Contest flyer with directions and links to the annual Communications Contest. APW is having their own contest but entries will be submitted electronically.

Entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 9. For work that must be submitted in hard-copy format, the entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 2.


Cheryl Kohout

Co-chair, Communications Contest

2015 Student Scholarship Competition announced

Arizona high school students planning to study journalism at an Arizona university or Arizona community college in the fall of 2015 are invited to apply for the $1,000 June Payne Memorial Journalism Scholarship.

Arizona Professional Writers, a statewide organization of professional communicators formerly known as Arizona Press Women, established the annual scholarship with funds honoring the memory of June Payne, a longtime member, journalist and photographer.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who intend to major in journalism at an accredited Arizona university or community college. Requirements include filling out an application, a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, two published [print, online or video] writing/reporting samples and a one-page letter from the student that describes her/his background and the reasons she/he wants to pursue a career in journalism.

Download the application here at APW Scholarship Application for 2015. For additional questions or to receive an application by email, contact the scholarship chair Joan Westlake – 480-968-8902 or jkwestlake@aol.com.

January 2014 TypeRider!

The January 2014 issue of the TypeRider is now available. Go to the newsletter page and then click on January 2014. This issue gives an explanation by Brenda Warneka on how to enter the 2014 Communications Contest. Warneka also writes about a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against Stephen King and the outcome. Read all about the holiday parties and print off a list of coming events. There’s a lot going on! (See pages 8 and 9.) And, there’s more!

APW Central District Holiday Party

You are invited!

APW Holiday Party

WHEN: 2-5 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013

WHERE: Home of Barbara Lacy at 5425 E. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ.

Please bring a dish to share (drinks will be provided) and a gift for a mother or child at Sojourners Center, Phoenix RSVP to apw.reservations@gmail.com or 480.620.1358

Williams to speak on Internet research

Speaker for the Nov 21 APW meeting.

Speaker for the Nov 21 APW meeting.

Arizona Press Women invites you to attend a presentation by writer Harriet Williams, shown here, about researching historical topics on the Internet at the monthly meeting of Arizona Press Women at11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The meeting is open to the public at Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85016. Fee is $15 for APW members, $20 for non-members, which includes lunch. RSVP by Nov. 18 to Barbara Lacy, 480-620-1358, or to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

Williams has written the colorful history of a little-known street in lower Manhattan, called Extra Place. She researched its 300-year story completely on the Internet, using techniques that she will share in her talk. Williams, retired and a Scottsdale resident, moved from central Ohio to New York City after attending college in Middlebury, VT. She was a computer programmer and also did research for the sales staff AT&T in New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Rim Country Writer’s Retreat a success!

Sixteen overnight APW members, spouses, and and including four non-member writers, plus three others who came during the day, attended the writer’s retreat at the Merritt Center just north of Payson, under the Mogollon Rim.

Entrance to Merritt Center View of the Mogollon Rim.
Tucked away in tall ponderosa pines, the secluded mountain lodge provided time to relax, a choice of activities and good food. A number of activities such as creating a vision board, journaling, taking creative photos, and writing exercises were offered. Many did their own thing. Hammocks invited relaxation, nearby woods begged to be explored. Several walked the native stone labyrinth. One spouse painted, another explored nearby attractions.


Betty Merritt, owner and founder, gave us a history of the lodge and shared her mission of helping veterans. We also gathered at mealtimes and got to know each other better. The food was delicious with plenty of snacks in between.

Betty gives us an orientation to Merritt Lodge =Writing, visiting & good food!

Saturday night we were fortunate to have entertainment. Gail Hearne gave a presentation on Leo the MGM Lion when he spent unexpected time in the wilderness in Rim Country. After that Kathleen Kelly & Jim West entertained us in the patio with a variety of music.

APW-retreat-Gail_HearneInteresting and fun programs!

Sunday morning Betty Merritt led those who wanted to go on a short hike up to a sacred Native American site and invited us to participate in a ceremony.

Hiking with Betty MerrittCeremony at sacred site

After the hike and breakfast, some participated in writing exercises.

Writing exerciseAPW-retreat-writing

We wrapped up with a delicious lunch and group photo. Pam Stevenson presented Betty with a copy of Skirting Traditions, signed by the authors who were there.  It was a relaxing but refreshing experience. Everyone came away with something valuable.

Pam Stevenson presenting Betty Merritt with Skirting Traditions Group photo

Photos by Carol Osman Brown, Bill Stevenson, Jaimie Bruzenak, Barbara Lacy and Gail Hearne.

Reminder – deadline for writers’ retreat coming up

The time to take advantage of discounted registration fees for the writers’ retreat up in the cool pines of Payson will end on June 26. Join us on July 27 and 28 in a APW_Merritt_Centerlovely setting. Kick start your creativity, write, paint, hike or relax. The $95 fee is a real steal; it includes a room plus four meals, water and snacks. The retreat is sponsored by the Rim Country District. Read the  recent blog entry for more information.