Tag Archive | Arizona Press Women

Read the December TypeRider here!

Read the December, 2015 issue of TypeRider is here. Editor Lynda Exley has done another fine job of sharing our news! Look for information about the district holiday parties. You’ll find reports on meetings plus all sorts of writing events coming up. And, for state-only members, your application for renewal (or to join) is on the last page. Print it out and mail it and your check as instructed. NFPW/AZ members can renew online or see “Join” under the About tab for a form and instructions.

Tuscon-area seminar on book publishing

APWs Jane Eppinga is one of three presenters at  “A Seminar on Book Publishing” sponsored by the Arizona Authors Association.  It is free and open to the public.


Learn the best and worst of traditional publishing, self-publishing and e-publishing from authors who have books published in each of these fields.

Oro Valley Library
1305 W. Naranja Dr.
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

February 8, 2014
10:00—11:30 A.M.

Jane Eppinga

Award-winning author Jane Eppinga has had numerous books traditionally published including Arizona Twilight Tales; Nogales: Life and Times on the Frontier; Images of America (series): Tombstone, Tucson, Apache Junction and Superstition Mountains; Arizona Sheriffs: Badges and Bad Men; and They Made Their Mark: An Illustrated History of the Society of Woman Geographers. She has also written more than 300 articles for both popular and professional publications.

Mike Sedgwick

Born in Hampshire, England, Mike Sedgwick has traveled extensively and lived in Wales, Belgium, Minnesota, and Arizona. He began writing fiction, mostly short stories, in the 1980s and self-published his first novel, Bramdean, in 2010 for which he won first prize in the Arizona Authors Association Literary Competition. His other books include Of Heaven & Earth, Light on a Distant Shore, and Report from Mars. Mike also writes short stories in a wide range of genres.

Susan Dawson-Cook

Susan Dawson-Cook has e-published five romantic suspense novels under the pseudonym Sabrina Devonshire. Her books include Water Swimmer; Message from Viola Mari; Dangerous Descent (Love in the Labyrinths, Book 1); The Unseen (Love in the Labyrinths, Book 2); and Seaside Seduction. Her latest e-book, Never Let You Go, was released last month. As a certified fitness professional, she is a contributing editor to American Fitness magazine and often authors for Swimmer and The Romance Writers Report.

2014 Communications Contest

The Communications Contest page has been updated with instructions for uploading your submissions. This year entries from APW members will be electronically submitted. Arizona will participate in the At Large group for one more year. For more information see Communications Contest.

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.

August 2013 TypeRider

This is another packed issue of TypeRider. Click on the link to read:  August_2013_APW_NEWSLETTER

Inside, read all about the upcoming NFPW Conference to be held Aug. 21 through 24  at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tentative agenda of speakers is listed – it’s quite a line up. Brenda Warenka gives us the lowdown on the  Apple conspiracy to fix eBook prices in her “Writing and the Law” column.  Brenda also tells us more about APW member Arlene Sadev Uslander, a very prolific writer. You won’t want to miss all the writing events coming up. There is a smorgasbord to choose from. And see what members Patricia Myers and Jaimie Hall Bruzenak have been up to.

The deadline for the September issue is August 21. Send submissions, photos and art to Lynda Exley at exlent@aol.com.

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.

APW Writers’ Retreat near Payson- July 27-28

You are invited to attend an APW Writers’ Retreat in the cool pine country near Payson, at the Merritt Lodge, July 27-28. Enjoy an overnight stay that includes 4 meals for a discounted rate of $95 (for reservations made by June 26). APW_Merritt_Center
Bring a friend or spouse and mingle with writers, artists and other creative people. You can enjoy some R&R in this scenic, peaceful setting, or opt for guided activities geared to boost creativity and explore new opportunities.
See APW Rim District website for more photos, details and to download a registration form. You can also contact Carol Osman Brown via email: carolosmanbb@gmail.com  or call 928-468-9269 or contact Gail Hearne at 928-472-7132.

June 2013 Typerider

The latest issue of Typerider – June 2013 – has been posted.

2013 At-large Communications Contest Winners

APW winners in the 2013 NFPW at-large communications contest were recognized at the May 4 conference.  Photos are of those in attendance being presented their certificates by Brenda Warneka, President. The at-large contest takes the place of our state contest. The winners are as follows:

Elizabeth Bruening-Lewis

  • 1st Place, 57B Nonfiction Book, history, for Visitors to the Past: A Cultural Historian Unlocks the Mysteries Behind Five Sacred Shrines

Jaimie Bruzenak

  • 1st Place, 11C Columns, informational, for Workamper Viewpoint column for Workamper News
  • 1st Place, 57E Nonfiction Book, General, for Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz (deceased)
Jaimie Bruzenak receiving two awards.

Jaimie Bruzenak receiving two awards.

Lynda Exley

  • 1st Place, 16B Page Design, magazine, newsletter, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
  • 2nd Place, 15B Pubs Regularly Edited by Entrant, magazine, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
Lynda Exley receiving two awards

Lynda Exley receiving two awards

Marion Gold

  • HM, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section In a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 28: Pam Knight Stevenson

Carol Hughes

  • 3rd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 17: Esther Clark

Cheryl Kohout

  • 1st Place, 19 Photographer/Writer for Riding High on a Bubble Bath
  • 1st Place, 41 PR Reports for the Tucson Medical Center 2011 Report to Our Community

Patricia Myers

  • 1st Place, 10C Specialty Articles, arts & entertainment, online or print for two articles: Paris Jazz Diary 2011; All That Jazz Month @ MIM
  • 1st Place, 51 Speeches for Jazz Goes to the Movies (Paris Soirees, July 2012); Myers’ second consecutive year to win first-place in at-large speech category
  • 2nd Place, 11D Columns, personal opinion, for Riffs
  • 3rd Place, 8C Feature Story, online for Paris Jazz Diary 2012
  • 3rd Place, 10O Specialty Articles, online or print for two reviews: Newport Beach Jazz Party; Lewis Nash-Wynton Marsalis Concert @ MIM
Patricia Myers receiving 5 awards

Patricia Myers receiving 5 awards

Sheila Roe

  • 1st Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 4: Mary Kidder Rak
Sheila Roe receiving two awards

Sheila Roe receiving two awards

Brenda Warneka

  • 2nd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 15: Meredith Howard Harless
Brenda Warneka receiving 2 awards, presented by Vice President Pam Stevenson.

Brenda Warneka receiving 2 awards, presented by Vice President Pam Stevenson.

Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne (deceased), Sheila Roe, Pam Knight Stevenson, and Brenda Kimsey Warneka (JOINT ENTRY)

  • 1st Place, 64 Book Edited by Entrants for Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists: 1912-2012
Editors of Skirting Traditions: Sheila Roe, Lois McFarland, Brenda Warneka, Pam Stevenson. Carol Hughes absent, June P. Payne deceased.

Editors of Skirting Traditions: Sheila Roe, Lois McFarland, Brenda Warneka, Pam Stevenson. Carol Hughes absent, June P. Payne deceased.

The first-place winners will compete with first-place winners from other states in their category in the national NFPW contest. National winners will be honored at the 2013 NFPW annual communications contest in Salt Lake City in August.

2013 APW State Convention wrap up

Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t put on the front page of the newspaper,” was a key point Ruth Carter, Phoenix attorney, made in her talk, “Social Media Law.” Carter, who spoke about copyright issues and social media, was one of five speakers at the Arizona Press Women’s State Conference held on May 4 in Scottsdale. The theme for the day’s sessions was “Social Media for Writers and Journalists: What Works and Why.”

After giving us many points of advice on what was protected online and what we could or should use, she left us with this thought: “Assume every post will be seen by your best friend, your worst enemy, your boss, and your mother.” Things you write online will be there for years to come.

APW Carter & BaylessAfter a welcome by President, Brenda Warneka, our first speaker of the morning was New York City journalist-marketing expert, Pamela Bayless. Her topic was “Fast-Forward Your Career with 21st Century Tools.”  Bayless described how her career has changed over the years. Proficiency in writing for the web and use of social media is a necessity. She favors LinkedIn as a social media tool for writers who want to develop their business. (Above photo: Ruth Carter (L), Pamela Bayless (R).)

Ruth Carter followed her and then, while we ate lunch, best-selling urban fantasy author Kevin Hearne (son of APW member Gail Hearne) spoke on “Social Media for Authors.” Kevin has been able to quit his day job as a high school teacher to focus on his writing. With his sixth book due out in June, Kevin shared how he has used social media to boost sales and expand his reader base.

Always willing to share his expertise with APW, Dave Barnhart of Business Blogging Pros, spoke on “Random Acts of Social Media.” Social media is a two-way conversation with the goal of building relationships, Barnhart stressed. He talked about strategy for using blogs, websites and social media as a cost-effective way to gain a digital presence that boosts credibility and revenue and offered tips for using Twitter Facebook, LinkedIn and other networking groups more efficiently.

Our final speaker, John Southard, an Arizona historian, spoke on “The Dollars and Sense of Facebook: Social Media as a Personal Branding Tools.” He uses social media to help nonprofits establish a social media presence.

Kevin Hearne, Dave Barnhart, John Southard

Kevin Hearne, Dave Barnhart, John Southard

Right after lunch, APW winners in the 2013 NFPW at-large communications contest were recognized. See separate page with photos. The annual APW high school journalism scholarships were awarded also. Kelcie Anne Johson was the winner of the Betty Latty Hurlburt Scholarship and Rebecca Brisley won the June Payne Scholarship.

Kelcie Anne Johnson, winner of the Betty Latty Hurlburt Scholarship  and Rebecca Brisle, winner of the June Payne Scholarship

Kelcie Anne Johnson, winner of the Betty Latty Hurlburt Scholarship and Rebecca Brisley, winner of the June Payne Scholarship

After the workshop was finished, a short business meeting was conducted followed by the installation of officers. Patricia Myers conducted the traditional installation ceremony.  Pictured, Pam Stevenson, president; Katherine Atwell Herbert, secretary; Beverly Raphael Konic, Treasurer; Barbara Lacy, Central District director; Carol Osman Brown, Rim Country District director. Not present were: Jane Eppinga, Southern District director; and Joan Westlake, second vice president/communications and scholarship chair.

Patricia Myers conducting the installation of officers ceremony.

Patricia Myers conducting the installation of officers ceremony.