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Arizona Professional Writers Offers Workshop for Aspiring Self-Publishers

Arizona Professional Writers is offering “What’s New in Self-Publishing,” a two-hour workshop for writers to hear from the experts and gain useful tips about this emerging publishing genre. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Ave., Phoenix, Arizona. Registration with breakfast pastries and coffee starts at 9:30 a.m.

“What’s New in Self-Publishing” will feature a panel of industry experts, beginning with Linda F. Radke, president and founder of Five Star Publications, Inc., and author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing and Linda F. Radke’s Promote Like a Pro, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the traditional, partnership and self-publishing arenas and serves as a publishing consultant.

Other panel members include:
  • Connie Cockrell, a self-published author of 13 books who has been included in five anthologies and EverydayFiction.com after her daughter challenged her to write in 2011.
  • Linda Smock, a retired elementary school teacher and children’s author who has self-published seven picture books on CreateSpace and Kindle in the last year. The books feature characters based on animals in her household and neighborhood.
  • Brenda Warneka, an editor and writer, who has edited a variety of books, including the APW anthology “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Writers and Journalists, 1912-2012.”

Following the workshop, attendees are invited to meet for a no-host lunch at Kitchen 56, 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix, Arizona.

Barbara Lacy, Phoenix Central District Director, states, “For over 50 years Arizona Professional Writers has offered writing workshops. Now we want to help emerging self-publishers achieve their goals.”

The workshop is free for members of Arizona Professional Writers and $10 for the public.

Please register in advance with an email to apw.reservations@gmail.com with a credit card or mail a check to: Barbara Lacy, 5425 E. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, contact Barbara Lacy at 480-620-1358.

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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.

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.

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!

“The Wild West and More” at Guidon Books

Guidon books - Shelly DudleyOn October 15, APW Central District presents “The Wild West and More” at Guidon Books. Writers, readers and historians will enjoy this presentation as proprietor Shelly Dudley talks about the bookstore and their extensive collections, how readers expectations and interests have changed over the years and how she can find the research or reading you are searching for.

When: Thursday, October 15.  6 p.m. social time, 6:30 p.m. potluck – bring finger foods to share for dinner. Paper goods and beverages provided.

Where: 7109 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-945-8811.

No fee to attend.

RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Brenda Warneka, 602-740-9579.

Guidon books - Scottsdale

APW Fall 2015 Events in Phoenix Metro Area

To Members and Friends of APW:

PLEASE JOIN US for the following 2015 APW Central District meetings (third Thursday of the month except December):

Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. APW Central District Happy Hour Su Vino, Scottsdale.

Oct. 15, 6 p.m. social time, 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner. APW Central District Program “The Wild West and More,” Guidon Books, Scottsdale.

Nov. 19, 10 a.m. Tour of the Arizona State Archives, Phoenix, followed by lunch at Phoenix Market.

Dec. 13, 2-6 p.m. APW Central District Holiday Potluck Buffet at Scottsdale Waterfront Condominiums, Scottsdale.

 Here are the details on each of the above events. No fee to attend any of these programs.

Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. APW Central District Happy Hour, Su Vino. Join us for this annual get together to start the fall season and get caught up with friends. Su Vino Winery, 7035 E. Main St., #110, Scottsdale, 480-994-8466 (behind the Western Spirit museum). Menu of appetizers, desserts and Su Vino’s award-winning wines. Order from menu with separate checks. Parking is available on the street or in the underground parking garage entered off Marshall Way along the north side of the museum. RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Barbara Lacy 480-620-1358.

Oct. 15, 6 p.m. social time, 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner. APW Central District Program “The Wild West and More.” Guidon Books, 7109 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-945-8811. Proprietor Shelly Dudley presents on the history of the bookstore, its extensive collection of Western and Civil War books, the changing interests of readers and writers plus her own research and writing. No fee to attend but bring finger foods to share for dinner. Central District furnishes paper goods and beverages. RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Brenda Warneka 602-740-9579.

Nov. 19, 10 a.m. Tour of the Arizona State Archives. Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building at 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix. Free parking. Lunch after at Phoenix Market. Order from menu with separate checks. RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Barbara Lacy 602-740-9579.

Dec. 13, 2-6 p.m. APW Central District Holiday Potluck Buffet at the home of Dick and Brenda Warneka, Scottsdale Waterfront Condominiums, 7181 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. Bring potluck dish to share and gently used books for “bring one, take one” book exchange table. Optional donation of personal care items or check to Sojourner’s Center, a safe haven for abused women and children. RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com. Info: Brenda Warneka 602-740-9579.

If you are not a member of APW, you can join now and your membership is good through December 31, 2016. National and state membership $94 through website nfpw.org.

AZ State-only membership in APW $30. Membership application at arizonaprofessionalwriters.com or contact Joan Westlake at westwoman@aol.com if you wish to pay by credit card, someone will call you for credit card information.

July, 2015 TypeRider

Read more about the Payson Book Festival to be held July 25 in the cool pines of Rim Country in the  July 2015 TypeRider. Several APW members will be participating. Meet Jackie Rowland Murray, author of Oatman: History, Recipes & Ghost Stories in Brenda Warneka’s interview. Find out what’s been happening with members plus check out the number of book and writing events coming up.

Museum of West tour on April 16

One of many paintings at the Museum of the West

One of many paintings at
the Museum of the West

Members and guests of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, conducted by Michael Fox, CEO and director of the museum. The cost is $11, with no-host dining to follow off-site. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brenda Warneka, 602-740-9579, or warneka@cox.net or via email to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

The museum, which opened in January 2015, celebrates the 19 states that make up the American West. There are 12 galleries of paintings, statuary and other collections. A Western-themed “Step into the Picture” display allows visitors to have photos taken as appearing to be part of the old-days scene. Non-flash photos will be permitted throughout the tour. Watch the APW Facebook page for more details. Those attending are encouraged to dress Western.

April 2015 TypeRider now available!

You won’t want to miss the April, 2015 TypeRider! It’s full of news about recent happenings throughout the state and about upcoming events. There are a number of Western-themed events coming up highlighted in this issue: a tour of the new Museum of the West in Scottsdale, the Southern District’s “Writing the West” lunch and talk, plus information about the Arizona History Convention held this year in Tucson at the end of the month. And, there is so much more!

Central District program – March 19, 2015


Central District



writer, historian, genealogist

Judith Reline Coopey

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bluewater Grill and Seafood Restaurant

1720 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

5:00 p.m. No-Host Cocktails

5:30 Dinner followed by Program

Coopey, a former history teacher who published four historical novels in four years, will talk about the historical research that wins her novels high praise from readers and what she did that led to a fantastically successful marketing campaign once she realized she needed help marketing her work. A question and answer period will follow. Copies of her books will be available for sale. Non-members $5. Each attendee pays their own restaurant check. RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com or Brenda Warneka 602-740-9579.