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.
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.
Co-chair, Communications Contest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 480.620.1358
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the hike and breakfast, some participated in writing exercises.
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.
Photos by Carol Osman Brown, Bill Stevenson, Jaimie Bruzenak, Barbara Lacy and Gail Hearne.
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 lovely 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.