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President’s message – July 2022

Greetings!

I want to thank everyone who was able to for attending our 2022 Arizona Professional Writers conference. The venue was exceptional, and we had terrific speakers. We also held elections; many thanks to those who could stay on for another term. Thanks everyone as well for electing me as President. Many, many thanks to Bobbi Bennett, Marie Fasano, Jaimie Bruzenak, and everyone else who had a hand in organizing and putting on this wonderful event. I do hope you all can attend next year.

Treasurer needed: Most importantly, we are in need of a Treasurer. Our previous treasurer, Cheryl Kohout, has been an officer in the organization for decades now and has decided to step down. Of course the treasurer is a vital role in any organization and if you have some time, I promise you will not be overwhelmed with the role. You can contact me at connie.cockrell@gmail.com to talk about it.

June was the National Federation of Press Women annual conference. I had a great time in Fargo, N.D. It’s a lovely city and the venue was fantastic. Best of all, three of our APW members won or placed in the national Communication Contest. Let’s give hearty congratulations to Rebecca Goodrich who won a 1st place in her category, Jan Cleere who won a 2nd place, and Brad Graber with an Honorable Mention. I want to again honor the 9 members who won in the At-Large competitions, winning 15 awards total. These are stiffly competitive categories so all of our winners should receive a round of applause.

If you are thinking of attending next year’s NFPW Conference, it will be in Cincinnati, Ohio. The time spent with these fantastic, intelligent, and pretty darn witty women and men was a boon to my soul. The presentations were wonderful and one, on treating your customers as a non-profit treats their donors, was worth the price of the entire conference. Not saying the other presentations weren’t good, it’s just that that one had info that could be pressed into service that very minute. Don’t miss out on next year’s event.

July features the Payson Book Festival. It will be held July 23rd at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino from 9am to 2:30pm. We have over 80 authors this year and an all-day, on-demand children’s program. In the Fireside room we have presentations by authors: Ditto Abbott, Jody Decker, Chrisann Dawson, Bryan Lee (aka Bullseye the Clown), and TJ Boyer. The topics range from poetry to bullying. I’m sure each one will be very interesting. 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!

Spread the word! 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 each post. It’s an easy way for you to get to know the authors appearing and to help us drive attendance to the festival.

https://www.facebook.com/PaysonBookFestival and

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArizonaPressWomen

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

Connie Cockrell
APW President

Brad Graber – NFPW Award winner!

Brad Graber is our third APW member who won an award at the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. After winning first place in the At-large contest, Brad’s entry, Boca by Moonlight won honorable mention at the national level in the category “Fiction for adult readers.”

Congratulations, Brad, for your work being recognized at the national level! We are proud of you!

Jan Cleere – NFPW Award winner!

Jan Cleere is another APW winner in this year’s National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest. After winning first place in the At-large competition, her entry went on to the national contest. Jan placed second in her category: “Books, Biography or History” with her entry, Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who Shaped the Frontier.

Congratulations, Jan! We are proud of you!

Rebecca Goodrich – NFPW Award winner!

APW member Rebecca Goodrich took first place honors in the NFPW Communication Contest! Her award was announced at the awards ceremony at the NFPW 2022 Convention in Fargo, North Dakota. Rebecca won first place in the At-large contest and her entry went on to the national level where she placed first in her category.

Her entry, “Saving My Soul from Scientology” won first in the Chapter in a Book category. Her story appeared in Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Vol 11, No. 2. We are very proud of Rebecca! Congratulations!

 

Rebecca Goodrich – and yet another winner!

And congratulations to APW member Rebecca Goodrich, our third winner of First Place in her category in the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest in the At-Large division!

“Saving My Soul from Scientology” won first in the Chapter in a Book category. Her story appeared in Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Vol 11, No. 2.

Rebecca’s story will go on to the national level of judging. National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet to be held in Fargo, ND June 23-25 plus be recognized at our state conference on May 14. Entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain competed in the At-large division.

Good luck at the national level, Rebecca!

2022 State Conference is a wrap!

Our 2022 State Conference is over. It was special getting to see old friends in person; some we had only ever met on a Zoom call. We also had several guests plus our speakers and our 2022 scholarship winner and her father and brother.

President Connie Cockrell called the meeting to order. We accepted the slate of officers, welcoming Jody Sharpe to the Board and passed the budget. The winners of the At-large division of the NFPW Communications Contest who were in attendance were introduced.

Our morning speaker was Dr. Karen Bryson who spoke on “The Top Ten Reasons your Book Isn’t Selling And What To Do About It.” Everyone authoring a book should take these into account.  Find help at Karen’s newest Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motivatethemuse.

During lunch, Marie Fasano and Jody Sharpe presented our 2022 Scholarship winner, Elena Morrison, with a certificate and a check for $1000 to pursue a career in journalism. Elena is a student at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff.

Brad Graber spoke after lunch on “The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Importance of Shifting Our Mindset.” Using personal stories and humor, Brad shared how we can limit ourselves. His website is BradGraber.com.

The last activity was a tour of the wonderful Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Their collection of all things Western is second to none. Put it on your list to visit if you never have. https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Jodi Decker – another winner!

Jodi Decker was awarded Honorable Mention in the Specialty Articles, History category in the A-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest for her essay in The Stars in Your Family: The Southern California Genealogical Society Anthology. Congratulations, Jodi!

Jodi and other winners will be recognized at our May 14 State Conference in Scottsdale. (see tab above for details and to register.)

Competition in the At-large contest was strong with entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Jody Sharpe – 3rd place winner!

Jody Sharpe won third place in Fantasy in the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest! She won for her book, Town of Angels Christmas. Congratulations, Jody!

There was strong competition in the At-Large division with entrants from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Jody and the other APW members who won awards in the contest will be honored at our annual State Conference on May 14 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Besides our business meeting and honoring winners, we’ll have two excellent speakers, a salad lunch and a private docent-led tour of the museum. (Free parking is available.) See the tab above for details and to register. Both members and guests are welcome.

Chrisann Dawson – two awards!

In the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest, Chrisann Dawson won 2nd in General Non-fiction for her devotional, Principles and Proverbs from Pride and Prejudice. And she received an honorable mention for her novel in the Fiction for Adult Readers category, Congo Crisis.

Chrisann will be recognized at the 2022 APW State Conference on May 14 (see tab above) and  will be selling her books at the Payson Book Festival on July 23.

This year’s At-large division of the Communications Contest had strong entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Congratulations, Chrisann!

 

 

 

Bobbie Bennett – multiple awards!

APW member Bobbie Bennett won four awards in the At-large division of the 2021 NFPW Communications Contest. The awards were for the February 2021 edition of the Beaver Valley Bulletin, the community newsletter she regularly edits and writes for.

Bobbie’s awards included 2nd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; 3rd place, Publication regularly written by entrant; and two honorable mentions for Publication regularly written by entrant. The At-large division was extremely competitive this year with entrants from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Spain.

Good job, Bobbie! The Bulletin is chock full of news pertinent to this Arizona community and is clearly a labor of love.