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APW October Virtual Meeting 10/9/21

INVITATION

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 Jordan
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..

APW Board Meeting – 9/18/21

All members are invited to attend the September 18, 2021 Board Meeting. The Zoom link and the agenda can be found under the Member’s Only page. If you need the password, contact your Chapter Chairperson.

We’ll be starting discussion on next spring’s annual conference. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please attend or send them to President, Connie Cockrell at connie.cockrell@gmail.com We have open positions as well. Contact Connie for information.

President’s page – September 2021

Hello and welcome to September. I do hope you all had a wonderful summer whether you did a stacation or you had the chance to travel. If you’re new, welcome to the Arizona Professional Writers!

July was a busy month for the Rim Country Chapter as they held their book festival on July 17th. We had about 50% fewer attendees this year and far fewer authors. However, everyone who did attend had a good time and there was a lot of feedback on how much both the attendees and the authors liked the festival.

August had both the Central and the Rim Country chapters return to regular meetings, continuing to being held on Zoom. The book club is also still meeting via Zoom.

We need help! We need volunteers. Many of the APW officers have been serving for years. The Payson Book Festival committee needs a new Media Manager as Marie Fasano must step down for health reasons. New people bring fresh, new ideas and we want to keep our organization both active and relevant. You can contact me at connie.cockrell@gmail.com to talk about it.

APW Board Meeting: My calendar has September 18th, 10 a.m., as our APW Board Meeting. The meeting is open to all members, and it’s being held via Zoom. Contact me if you’d like to attend.

Speaking of media, take a look at our Facebook page for APW. This is a great place to announce your newest book, magazine article, or speaking engagement. This is just one of the many perks you, as an APW member, have so take advantage! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArizonaPressWomen

That’s it for September. Everyone stay safe, enjoy the upcoming autumn, and hope to see you at the next meeting!

Connie Cockrell, President

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.

President’s Page – July 2021

April was a month packed full of activity. First of all, Welcome! I’m Connie Cockrell, newly elected President for the Arizona Professional Writers. The biggest event was the April 17th Virtual State Conference. In our short business meeting, we elected new officers. I was elected President, Marie Fasano steps into the Past President role, Bobbie Bennett remains Vice President, and Brenda Whiteside remains Secretary.

Most importantly, we are in need of a Membership Director and a Treasurer. These are vital positions in any organization. Both areas are in good shape, we just need a couple of people to see the value in keeping our organization vibrant by stepping up to volunteer. You can contact me at connie.cockrell@gmail.com to talk about it.

June was the National Federation of Press Women virtual conference. In the national contest, Dianne Beeaff from Tucson, won second place in the category Collection of Short Stories, with her book titled On Traigh Lar Beach. See her website for info on the book. Wynne Brown, also of Tucson, won second place for the category Newsletter, Web, and Social Media. Her entry, Personal, The Sara Lemmon Project can be found at her website or contact her at wynne@wynnebrown.com. Congratulations to both as there were thousands of entries nationwide making competition very high.

Our Communicator of Achievement, Marie Fasano, attended the NFPW virtual award ceremony. We’re sorry to say that she didn’t win. Sherri Burris was selected. You can find her details at NFPW. Congratulations to Ms. Burris.

July features the Payson Book Festival. It is July 17th at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino from 9am to 3:30pm. We have over 70 authors this year. We’ll have a shortened children’s program in the morning and entertainment by Marshall Trimble, Buckshot Dot, and a panel of Grand Canyon experts scheduled for the afternoon. I do hope you can make it to the festival even if you aren’t a “seller”. It will be a great time to catch up!

Speaking of the book festival, we’re doing a lot of posting on our Facebook pages for both APW and the book festival. Take a look at those pages and share the posts. Lots of people sharing creates a big boost in the number of people who get to see the post. It’s an easy way for you to get to know the authors appearing and to help us drive attendance to the festival.  Payson Book Festival Facebook page and Arizona Professional Writers Facebook page.

That’s it for July. Everyone stay safe, enjoy the summer, and hope to see you at the book festival!

Connie Cockrell
APW President

 

Payson Book Festival interview – Connie Cockrell

APW president, Connie Cockrell, was interviewed by Randy Roberson of KRIM 96.3 regarding the Payson Book Festival to be held July 17. Connie’s interview is archived on You Tube.  You can find out more about the Payson Book Festival at their website.

June 9: Humor and the Author’s Platform

Connie Cockrell of Rim Country Chapter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting – Guest Brad Graber: Humor and the Author’s Platform
Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona

Humor and the Author’s Platform
Everyone loves to laugh. So how can an author leverage a great sense of humor to sell books? Join us on June 9th at 1:00 pm to hear Brad Graber discuss the use of humor in building and maintaining relationships with readers.

Brad Graber is an award-winning author who writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them. Brad’s latest release is What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over seventy essays from Brad’s monthly humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad is also the author of two novels of contemporary fiction: After the Fall and The Intersect. Brad’s third novel Boca by Moonlight is scheduled for release January 2022. Brad currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Contact: connie.cockrell@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

2021 At-Large Communications Contest winners

NFPW listed all the state and at-large contest winners on their website. National level winners will be announced at the conference in a few weeks. Here are the At-Large contest winners again, in case we missed any! It’s amazing that out of 10 At-Large states Arizona writers won this many awards.
NFPW At-Large 2021 Commnications Contest winners covering 10 States
Anderson, Susan, Maricopa-Honorable mention Books, Short Stories, Verse – Children’s Book – Fiction, Everything
Beeaff, Dianne Tucson- First place -Collection of short stories written by entrant, On Traigh Lar Beach
Brown, Wynne, Tucson -First place Newsletter Web and Social Media – Electronic Newsletter – Personal, “The Sara Lemmon Project”
Cockrell, Connie, Payson – Honorable mention -short stories, single story, “Creature in the Night”
Fasano Marie, Payson
  • Second place -Columns, general, Roaming the Rim Column – “WHO designates 2020 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife”
  • Honorable mention -Feature story, Print based newspaper, “Homeless Give Back “
Graber, Brad, Phoenix -First place essay, chapter or section of a book, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Observations on Modern Life
MacDonald, Marylee, Tempe —
  • Third Place- Autobiograpy or Memoir, Surrender
  • Second Place-Collection of short stories written by entrant (published together in book form, including electronic books) Body Language
  • Honorable Mention Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers – General Nonficton, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers
Sharpe, Jody, Scottsdale – Second place- Books, Short Stories, Verse – Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers Autobiography or Memoir, r Special Needs Children, The Angels On My Shoulder
Whiteside, Brenda, Tonto Basin – Third place, fiction for adult readers, Secrets of The Ravine (The Mackenzie Chronicles Book One)

APW Rim Country Meeting Wed. May 12, 1:00PM

Arizona Professional Writers:
It’s member share time! What have you been working on? Any challenges? Any victories? Let’s share.
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Open to members and non-members.
CONTACT: Conniecockrell@gmail.com if you did not receive the link.

Marie Fasano -winner of COA!

Congratulations to Marie Fasano! She was named Communicator of Achievement for Arizona for 2021 at our APW Virtual State Conference on April 17, 2021. Her entry is being considered by NFPW at the national level. Her writing and community involvement credentials are impressive. Here’s a very brief summary of Marie’s career. And the photos are of our new president, Connie Cockrell, presenting Marie with a certificate and the traditional Navajo Storyteller figurine for her achievement.

Marie A. Fasano from Arizona had a career in nursing and as a photojournalist. As a pilot, she volunteered flying to clinics in Mexico and writing travel articles. Marie has published books in the health field and a memoir, Tessie’s Tales. She edited two nationwide magazines and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. Currently, she writes a column for the Payson Roundup, “Roaming the Rim.”

We should note that a Communicator of Achievement is not named every year. So it is quite an honor for Marie to be selected and well deserved!