Connie Cockrell was named “Communicator of Achievement” for 2019, APWs highest award. Her certificate and original “storyteller” carving made by a Pueblo Native American were displayed at our virtual State Conference in May. Connie was also honored at the virtual awards NFPW Awards Ceremony. She will receive a stipend to attend the 2021 NFPW Awards Ceremony.
“Local writer wins Communicator Achievement Award,” written by Marie Fasano, tells more about Connie and the award and appeared in the 6/30/2020 issue of the Payson Roundup. Photo by Randy Cockrell.
We are inviting all members of APW to join us for our next meeting. Nonmembers are welcome too.
Join APW Rim Country for a virtual Zoom meeting on June 10 at 1:00 pm for a presentation by author, historian and lecturer Jan Cleere. Be sure to mark your calendars to save the date. The Zoom link will be forthcoming prior to the meeting.
Jan writes extensively about the people who first settled in the desert Southwest. She travels around the state presenting the stories of early pioneers who were instrumental in settling and civilizing Arizona Territory. Jan is a Roads Scholar with Arizona Humanities and her monthly column, “Western Women,” appears in Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star newspaper detailing the lives of Arizona’s early amazing women. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications. Jan latest book, From Reveille to Taps: Military Wives on the Arizona Frontier is scheduled for release by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (TwoDot) in March 2021.
Research comes second nature to Jan Cleere who just completed her sixth historical nonfiction book, the stories of women who came west with their military husbands to live on early army posts. But whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, every book requires research. What have you found helpful? Where do you find subjects or check important details of a location or time period? Jan will be sharing her research methods in locating important documents for her latest book but would also like to hear how others find resources necessary for creating storylines. Join in a round-table discussion of research tools and techniques that will benefit the writer of every genre.
RSVP to Marie Fasano The link for the ZOOM will be sent to your email address prior to the meeting.
Carol Gail Osman Brown 78, of Payson, AZ, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA with her sons by her side. Carol was preceded in death by her husband James Carrington Brown III (Bing) on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. Carol and Bing are survived by their two sons, James Carrington Brown IV (Jim) and Bryan Lee Brown, wife Ronda Doyle and grandson, Asa of Los Angeles, CA and extended family. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Sidney A. and Natalie Constance (Charipper) Osman.
Carol was born in Schenectady, New York on September 28, 1941, to Sid and Natalie Osman. Carol and her parents lived in New York City as a child but due to her severe asthma, moved to AZ and settled in Phoenix, Arizona around 1949.
Carol attended Kenilworth Elementary School and West High School in Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University.
Carol and Bing met while they were summer camp counselors in Prescott, AZ and were later married on November 3, 1961, in Phoenix, AZ. Both Carol and Bing were longtime residents of Phoenix and then Payson AZ where they both were intricately involved in the journalism community.
An award-winning journalist, Carol was a strong advocate of children’s literacy programs. Her long-term leadership involvement with Arizona Press Women (now Arizona Professional Writers) allowed her to spearhead the very successful annual Payson Book Festival featuring Arizona authors from throughout the state and is held in July in Payson, AZ. Proceeds support a variety of children’s literacy programs.
During her career, Carol drew public attention to other causes including historic preservation, education, health, Native American and women’s issues. She wrote for The Phoenix Gazette and Arizona Republic newspapers and taught journalism classes at her alma mater Arizona State University and Rio Salado College.
Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Arizona Highways, Native Peoples, and Sunset magazines as well as publications of the United States Information Agency. She also worked for Associated Press and United Press International wire services.
She received a variety of awards throughout her 50-year career from organizations including the National Federation of Press Women, The Arizona Newspapers Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and Women in Communications.
Carol and her husband, Bing were a powerhouse couple in their community. They formed Carrington Communications LLC and worked as a team on writing projects that took them long distances throughout the United States, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa, Australia, Europe and Canada. They were active on the Beaver Valley Water District board and the Arizona Association of Professional Writers.
Carol was born with severe Asthma and fought her lung disease her entire life. A lifelong commitment to researching her own medical condition, including using holistic medicine as a key component, enabled her to live a full, vibrant, and very productive life.
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), a Celebrations of Life will be held in Beaver Valley, AZ (Payson) and in Phoenix, AZ at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Payson Book Festival, Inc. or the charity of your choice.
See the home page of the Payson Book Festival website for details if you would like to donate to their children’s programs and literacy projects.
Welcome to Dianna DiMaggio, new member, to the APW Rim Country Chapter!
Dianna DiMaggio tells us that as a child her favorite pastime was to create and draw clothing for her paper dolls. At age 20 she had her own custom design dress shop. Later, at age 40 Dianna began painting in her spare time. She sold her early works and drew note cards to sell. She felt she had been accepted in the marketplace.
She enrolled in the Scottsdale School of Art and studied under Judi Betts and others. A patron of one of the paintings she sold asked Dianna to write the story of what she painted. She now has a notebook of her paintings and writings. She has incorporated two of her gifts. Currently, she pulls her autobiography out of her soul. She says, “We must not die with our music still in us.”
Arizona Professional Writers Meeting guest speaker Pete Alshire.
Arizona Professional Writers Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February12, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway Payson.
Members and Guests are welcome.
Our speaker Pete Alshire, is the former Editor and current Consulting Publications Editor of the Payson Roundup. He edited the prestigious Arizona Highways magazine for many years. Pete is an accomplished historian and investigative writer who has published four books on the history of the Apache Wars and the book The Eye of the Viper, The Making of an F-16 Pilot. He spent several years as a science and medical writer with various newspapers before joining the faculty at Arizona State University. Alshire has won numerous awards for his magazine and newspaper pieces.
An Arizona Professional Writers meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway in Payson. Members and guests are welcome. Our guest speaker is Andy McKinney who will be speaking on the history of storytelling and will give some examples of first paragraphs that do or do not grab the reader.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Andy lived for thirty years in Alaska. The long winters gave him plenty of time to watch movies. He now lives in the Great American Southwest in retirement. He writes a regular newspaper column on current movies for the Payson Roundup. This is his second nonfiction work. He loves the flickers and finds zombie films fascinating and loads of fun. His book, A Gross of Zombies is his second non-fiction book after The Armed Forces of Iran.
DATE: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
TIME: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Majestic Rim at 310 E Tyler Parkway, Payson
SPEAKER: Andy McKinney, author, columnist and movie buff
Note: If you haven’t paid your 2020 dues you can bring your check to the meeting.
Hi APW members! APW, Arizona Professional Writers, is affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).
This is a friendly reminder that your NFPW/APW dues will come due on January 1, 2020. If you are an NFPW member, you will receive a reminder directly from them. If you are a state-only member, you can pay anytime by sending a check to our APW treasurer, Cheryl Kohout:
751 S. Brown St.
Tucson, AZ 85710
Please mark on your check, or include a note, that it is for your 2020 dues. Also, if your contact information has changed, please make a note of that. You can also send any contact changes to Jaimie Bruzenak who keeps the directory up-to-date.
If you did not pay your dues last year, please reconsider joining! Being an NFPW member has many benefits. There are 4 types of membership—professional, retired, student and premium professional. See https://nfpw.org/join/
Our hope for 2020 is to continue the efforts APW President, Marie Fasano, has started, revitalizing APW and our chapter. The Fall Conference was a success. We will hold the Spring Conference on May 9, with a recognition ceremony, speaker and luncheon plus a fun activity. Both Rim Country and Central Chapters have been holding monthly meetings with excellent speakers. Jane Eppinga, who was chair of our chapter, recently passed away so for the time being, Southern Chapter will organize carpools to Central’s meetings.
Please join us and reap the benefits of our APW/NFPW membership!
We welcome new member Elsa Bobier to the APW Rim Country Chapter. Elsa has lived in the Rim Country area for the last 20 years. She enjoys the beautiful weather, nature and panoramic scenery. She has published poetry and writes many reports in her work as a senior Social Services Case Manager.