July 11 Zoom speaker Ann Narcisian Videan shares secrets of Ghostwriting!
How Ghostwriting Books Led to the Mutilation of Marilyn Monroe
Don’t worry about masks, social distancing or driving anywhere. Join us in your jammies, grab a latté and fire up your computer for the next Zoom-at-home presentation as Author Ann Narcisian Videan explores this intriguing topic!
You can even sleep in! The meeting will start a 10.a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020. RSVP via email to Jaimie Bruzenak We’ll send out the Zoom link the day prior.
ANN NARCISIAN VIDEAN
See this grin? That’s me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, and a cup of tea.
Book Shepherd, editor, author, illustrator, composer Ann guides peers through the writing, editing, publishing and word-of-mouth marketing of both fiction and non-fiction titles.
A professional writer since 1981, she opened her own award-winning home-based marketing firm, vIDEAn Unlimited, LLC, in 1996. She has served as an editor for corporations, visionary entrepreneurs, and national publishers. She is also a novelist and is just starting a new business—Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy—inspired by the Fae characters in her Song of the Ocarina novel. She composed and recorded an original music soundtrack to accompany her first novel Rhythms & Muse.
Ann showed up in this world with a pen in her hand, a song in her heart, and the desire to share with you. She adores creativity of all types, and especially the people who live it. She “gathers” friends like flowers, including authors, musicians, and artists. The Colorado native lives in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, two-grown-up children, and numerous invisible friends including mythical creatures and story characters.
Marketing Career Highlights
- 2007: Selected by peers for the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor: the PERCY Award
- 2005: Selected by a national panel for The Crown Jewel Award (top U.S. home-based business)
- 2004: Served as the catalyst to reintroduce white rhinos to the Phoenix Zoo 1996: Enticed 15,000 extras to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ, to film football movie scenes for Jerry Maguire
- 1995: Earned a Gold Quill honorable mention from the International Association of Business Communicators, for RealTime tabloid news magazine
- In 2016, Ann wrote and illustrated Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals Coloring & Creative Writing Pages, inspired by the Fae characters in her first sci-fi/fantasy novel Song of the Ocarina.
- Song of the Ocarina, Ann Videan. Her 2014 fantastical adventure Song of the Ocarina, is book 1 in the Delfaerune Rhapsody series. It tells the story of Lark, a New Zealand teen, who discovers she’s the “Maestra” in the realm of Delfaerune, and the only Noble Fae with the musical prowess and Earth connection to save humans from Dark Fae magic. She’s up against mythical creatures and Dark Fae who pattern themselves after burned-out rock stars.
- Ann is also the author/singer/songwriter of a 2011 women’s fiction novel Rhythms & Muse, along with its complementary soundtrack of five original songs inspired by the story. You’ll follow Grammy-winning vocalist Alex on her journey toward fulfillment when dreams guide her to forego her glamorous, yet stressful, Hollywood lifestyle and return to her roots and first love in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Ann online: itsmyurls.com/avidean
Central Chapter Series Author Talks – October 12, 2019
Central Chapter Series Author Talks
Members and non-members of Arizona Professional Writers are invited to hear prolific novelist Connie Cockrell, Payson, AZ, tell how she manages to to keep her several series going at the same time.
The meeting will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.
A salad lunch will be served, $10. R.S.V.P required: 480-620-1358.
Connie says her life, which includes a 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for her story-telling.
Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books so far, has been included in six different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Her book, Gold Dreams, won a 2019 new Mexico-Arizona Book Finalist Award.
Connie is always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one!
She can be found at ConniesRandomThoughts.com or on Facebook and on Twitter at: @ConnieCockrell or find her books on Amazon.
November 2017 program: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective
The Arizona Professional Writers present: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective
Join us! Wednesday, November 15 1:00 PM at Majestic Rim Retirement Community, 310 Tyler Pkwy, Payson, AZ.
Everyone loves children’s books but not everyone knows how they are created. As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Michael Hale provides an insider’s view of what it takes to create a book from concept to final production.
Learn how authors, illustrators and many others come together to put books on your shelves. It’s a great insight into the world of children’s literature.
Michael Hale is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Arizona Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI). He has years of creative experience as a designer, writer and Illustrator and was the Creative Director of The Phoenix Zoo.
Now he puts his creative skills to work on writing & illustrating children’s picture books. He loves his work.
Michael illustrated his first picture book, UP UP UP in 2016. It was written by Phoebe Fox and published by First Edition Project Books. He both wrote and illustrated his second book, Bad Monkey Business. It was published by Simian Books in 2017.
You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting www.michaelhale.me
Author Jan Cleere to speak to Central District April 1, 2016
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.
- 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 email@example.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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Writing the West!
Dig out your cowboy hats and boots and join the APW Southern District “Writing the West” luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, El Charro Cafe, 311 N. Court Ave., Tucson. This is the day before the Arizona History Convention begins in Tucson, so out-of-towners going to the history convention should plan to join us. APW members and Tucson-based western history writers Jane Eppinga, Jane Cleere, and Barbara Marriott speak about their latest work and recommendations to attendees who might wish to start writing in this genre (nonfiction and fiction). Open forum with questions and answers follows speakers. Free to attend. Lunch is Dutch-treat. Info/RSVP: Jaimie Bruzenak firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-607-3181 or email@example.com. And, yes, wear that western attire! Yipee ki yea!
Central District program – March 19, 2015
ARIZONA PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
INVITES YOU TO A PRESENTATION BY
JUDITH REDLINE COOPEY
writer, historian, genealogist
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenda Warneka 602-740-9579.
Brenda Warneka to speak to SSWW
Anthologies can be appealing to both readers and writers. For writers, contributing to an anthology is a way to be published without all the work an author normally does. For the writer/editor who puts an anthology together, there are more things to consider than simply writing a compelling work. In addition to getting contributions, you must obtain rights and decide on any author payments or royalties, among other things.
APWs Brenda Warneka will be speaking about the process of assembling anthologies—from the original idea to the completed product at the monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers on September 26. Most recently, Warneka was the project leader, overseeing the work of 18 members of Arizona Press Women, for the award-winning APW anthology, Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012. She is also a co-editor and co-writer of two other anthologies.
Brenda will be the speaker for the September 26 monthly dinner/speaker meeting of SSWW, which will be held from 5:3-0 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale. Interested writers are invited to attend. Cost for non-SSWW members is $25, payable in cash or check. PLEASE – RSVP now to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder, Cell 480-250-5556 or email@example.com.
The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers gives members access to events of interest, a format for exchanging ideas, an opportunity to network with other women writers and authors, an alliance with businesses relating to writing, publishing, camaraderie and support.
WHERE: Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N, Scottsdale Rd. NE corner – Enter off Chaparral Rd – 4th Floor Grill entrance, then left to the Cactus Room
WHEN: Thursday SEPT 26th, 2013 5:30-7:30 – special meeting date
PLEASE – RSVP now to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder, Cell 480-250-5556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MENU: A light dinner – salad or sandwich and soup, dessert, beverage and roll with tax and gratuity included – make your choice the night of the meeting.
COST: $22 for members – $25 for guests
CHECKS or cash: Please make check payable to (SSWW) Scottsdale Society of Women Writers prior to coming to the meeting to save time at check-in.
CHECK-IN: Please check-in between 5:00 and 5:45. The meeting starts promptly at 6:00. All those attending the meeting must pay for the dinner/room/speaker – cost noted above. Pick up your name badge at the front table and ENJOY a wonderful night.