APW September Virtual Meeting – 9/10/22 – Mark D. Walker
Susan Anderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: APW Central- Author Mark D. Walker – Consolidation and Why American Writers and Bookstores Lose Out
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to members. You can also find the link in the Members Only section. Guests are welcome. Email Susan Anderson at Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link.
TOPIC: Consolidation and Why American Writers and Bookstores Lose Out
BIO: Mark D. Walker is a contributing writer at Literary Traveler and Revue Magazine. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and worked with international agencies like MAP International, Hagar, and Make A Wish International for over forty years. Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond was his memoir, soon to be followed by, My Saddest Pleasures: 50 Years on the Road. Two of his 25 articles were recognized by the Solas Literary Awards for Best Travel Writing, most recently with a Bronze for “Travel Adventure.” His wife and three children were born in Guatemala. Over 60 book reviews and 25 articles can be found on his website, MillionMileWalker.com
Find out a little more about his book, Saddest Pleasures.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 November Virtual Meeting 11/10/21
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with Randy Roberson.
Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting- Randy Roberson -Podcasts-Building a listenership
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to APW members. If you did not receive it or would like to attend as a guest, contact Connie for the link. Members can also access the members-only tab for the link.
Randy Roberson divides his time between producing Commercial Radio and On-Line Newscasts and other freelance production work (For the past 37 years), while also heading up non-profit Global Disaster Response Operations, and has also done consulting work for NATO, USTDA and others. The disaster effort that has taken him thus far to 35 countries.
In either operation he says, “building a listenership, viewership, readership following has been critical to operational success.” As commercial ON-AIR broadcasts are quickly being replaced by ON-LINE sources (right there in your pocket all the time), Randy has endeavored to stay on the cutting edge of communications. Whether it is small-town newscasts, or large-scale disasters, he has found a way to get his messages heard and by the specific audiences he targets.
Randy looks forward to sharing what has worked for him, a little bit about how to pull that all together as well as answering any questions those attending may have.
His Disaster Work: 2Emergency.com
His Media Work: GlobalTrails.media
APW October Virtual Meeting 10/9/21
Susan Anderson and Connie Cockrell are inviting you to the APW October Virtual Meeting on October 9 at 10 am with Sharyn Jordan, a life-long Writerly. Since we are having virtual meetings, we will have a statewide meeting once a month while this continues. Please join us!
APW October Virtual Statewide (Meeting
Topic: “Creating a Sacred & Strategic Writing Process” with Writerly Sharyn Jordan
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time:10:00 AM Arizona
Join the Zoom Meeting. Members have been sent the link. If you did not receive it, lost it or are not a member and would like to join us, message or email Susan Anderson at Susan.APW@hotmail.com or Connie Cockrell at CCockrellAuthor@gmail.com
Sharyn will be speaking on Creating a Sacred & Strategic Writing Process covering topics like timeless titles; evergreen books; write, write, write; and best year to publish.
As a life-long Writerly, Sharyn published her first best selling book The Home Whisperer: Treasures of the Inner and Outer Home in 2007. Its newly expanded edition rolls out in 2022.
In late 2020, Sharyn & her business partner, Sandy Rogers, founded Triangulus 3 Publishing, LLC. They co-compiled the recent 9.21.2021 highly acclaimed book, Wisdom of the Silver Sisters, Guiding Grace which ranks on Amazon No#1 Best Sellers in seven categories.
They are delighted it is on Barnes & Noble Best Books for the Fall list. It is also a Best Selling book in seven countries and, ecstatically, the algorithms are still updating.
Beginning in 1977, Sharyn’s first biography, My Sweet Sister St. Suzanne, was written specifically for their extensive family. Since then, five other books have followed suit.
At the pandemic’s outset, Sharyn focused on refining, editing and mainstreaming these endearing stories. Now titled “The Pearl Legacy Series,” these five books include the genres of historical fiction, celestial matchmaking, spiritual inspirations, political intrigue, and dreaming true.
On December 8th, 2022, Volume I, Book of Nathaniel: The House of LaRose is launching.
Sharyn and her beloved husband Jay moved to Arizona in 1974. After 42 years of their incredible marriage, Jay passed away in 2012. In addition to being an esteemed mom of three sons Jason who is in Glory, Jeremy and Ian Wells, her daughter Olivia Suzanne, and each of their spouses, she is an avid reader, enthusiastic writerly, and adoring GRANDmother of fourteen GRANDS, ages 7 – 29..
Testimonial – Barbara Lacy
Barbara Lacy, after attending the September virtual Central Meeting with guest Shasha Graham, wrote this. Barbara has been active in APW for more than 30 years and held the position of Central Chapter Chairperson until a year ago. Barbara had a long career in journalism but now satisfies her creative urge through painting. One of her paintings is below.
“Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter. In fact, my first show of the season opens at 6 p.m., October 1, 2021, at the Olney Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 West Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ And more are coming after that!
So why do I still belong to APW and try to attend all the meetings? (I don’t know what my record is over 30+ years, but few would have a better attendance record l than I do.) The answer is simple! Writers (you) and artists are the most interesting people I know! Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter but I want friends who have a passion for the arts or what ever excites them: saving the environment, teaching history working with refugees that gives their lives that extra spark. It is that extra spark I look for in friends. And why I hang out with writers!”
September 11 – Find your Tiny Ninja!
Susan Anderson of Central District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
On Saturday, September 11 join Sasha Graham as she shares how to find your own “Tiny Ninja,” who is the most compassionate, brave, supportive version of us.
Topic: APW Central Meeting-Find your Tiny Ninja!
Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
The Zoom link has been sent to all members. If you did not receive it, look in the Members Only section of the website. You can also email Susan at Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.
Sasha Graham is the author of Milo Does Not Like Mornings (2019), A Milo no le gustan las mañanas (2020) and Whitney Wins Everything (slated for Spring 2022). Each of these books are part of the Tiny Ninja Books Collection (TinyNinjaBooks.com) where the central idea is that we are each born with our own Tiny Ninja who is the most compassionate, brave, supportive version of us.
Sasha grew up on a farm in Oregon with her three siblings, a horse named Jim and a barn cat named Peanut Butter.
She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Broadcast Communications and minors in Spanish and French, and then worked in the city as a film publicist, television writer and TV segment producer. Later, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked as the Vice President of National Publicity for the Walt Disney Studios.
Sasha is an avid writer and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television.
In addition to her career in television, film, and writing, Sasha is proud to have worked everywhere from a hair salon, to a grass seed farm, to The Olive Garden, to a Christmas tree farm, to a library, to a therapeutic horsemanship ranch and, most recently, at a doggie daycare & boarding facility.
Sasha and her husband, Alan, live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their three kids; Finn, Indy and Odessa.
August 11 – Share what you have been writing this summer
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. The APW Rim Country meeting for August will be a time for sharing what you have been writing this summer.
Topic: APW Rim Country August Meeting
Date: Aug 11, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Maybe the Book Festival inspired you! Maybe your travels! Let us know what you’ve been working on. APW members have been sent the Zoom link. Nonmembers are welcome to attend and participate as well. If you misplace the link or did not receive it, you can find it in the Members-only section of the website. Or, email Connie.
June 12: Novel As A Second Act
APW Central District Guest Speaker Sheila Grinell “NOVEL AS SECOND ACT”
Susan C Anderson, Chairperson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: APW Central Guest Sheila Grinell: Novel As A Second Act
Date: Jun 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
“If you’ve ever contemplated leaving a job and starting something completely new, you’ve probably also thought about all the good reasons not to. Even so, there may be a benefit in forging straight ahead.” –Sheila Grinell, novelist and former CEO of the Arizona Science Center came to Phoenix in 1993 to build the Arizona Science Center. In her sixties, she took on a different challenge—to begin a second career as a novelist.
What was it like for Sheila to start over again? How does her experience compare to that of others facing a life transition? How does writing compare to running a museum? Sheila will share lessons learned, with time for Q&A.
Her debut novel, APPETITE, was published in 2016, and a second novel, THE CONTRACT, appeared in September 2019. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at The Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Tom Johnson.
To receive the Zoom link, contact Susan.APW@hotmail.com
May 8 – Writing on the go!
Central Chapter chairperson, Susan Anderson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: APW Central meeting: Writing on the go! Jaimie Bruzenak
Date: May 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Writing on the go!
Did you ever consider combining traveling this country while writing? APW member Jaimie Bruzenak and her late husband, Bill, began full-time RVing on Election Day 1992. They voted and left Pennsylvania for the West. Her only writing previously was customizing business proposals and regular letters describing their travels to relatives and friends.
However, she started contributing pieces to her RV Club and to a publication that advertised jobs for RVers wanting seasonal work. She wrote a book on this topic, self-published, marketed and fulfilled orders. With a writing partner she added two more print books plus eBooks. She decided a few years ago that she had “been there, done that” and it was time to do some new things in her remaining years. Used copies of her print books plus eBooks can still be found but she no longer markets or updates them.
She’ll talk about self-publishing vs traditional publishing and why she chose the former; building a brand and opportunities for writing while traveling in an RV.
Contact: Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.
April 10 – Running with the Law!
APW Central Meeting April 10 Saturday 10:00 A.M
Running With the Law!
Zoom: The link will be sent to members. All are welcome. If you would like to attend and don’t receive the link, contact Susan Anderson, Chairperson and put “Zoom link” in the title.