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APW State Conference, October 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce the Arizona Professional Writers State Conference for 2016.

Theme: “Thrive as a Writer, Don’t Just Survive”
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Camelback Resort, 6302 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ
For more information: Call 480-620-1358

Open to the public, conference workshops are targeted to writers and those in the communication field.  See Registration form for meals and payment options.

Presented by Arizona Professional Writers (APW),  a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field, in conjunction with the APW Annual State Conference and general meeting.

9 – 9:30 Registration and coffee.

Ric Hinkie

Ric Hinkie

9:45 a.m.“Fast Forward Your Career to Thrive as a Writer” by Ric Hinkie, nationally known speaker and senior business leader, author of  Fast Forward Your Career, a book based on career success principles gleaned from interviews with 60 highly successful professionals from Apple, T-Mobile, Holmes Corporation and other organizations. Whether an employee or an entrepreneur, discover how to manage your own brand rather than let others determine your future.


Raleigh Pinskey

Raleigh Pinskey

10:30 a.m. “How Are You Taking Charge of Your Destiny” by Raleigh Pinskey, author of six books about self-promotion, including 101 Ways to Promote yourself  and Creating Gladitude, a life enrichment series. Find out what may be holding you back and how to find a success path to achieving your goals.

11:45 a.m. Lunch, with program honoring success of outstanding APW members, new officers and a brief general meeting.

1:15 p.m. “Maximize your Biz-Ability with Viz-Ability” by Raleigh Pinskey, president of The Raleigh Group, who will show how to use social media and other methods to put your name and products in front of your target audience over and over  again. Her client history includes the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, performers Sting, Paul McCartney, Herbie Mann plus many authors and speakers. ind out how to use effective digital media tools to expand your sphere of influence, boost book sales and create new income streams.

3:15 p.m.   Closing comments and networking.


Download and print the Registration form. Reserve your seat by sending an email to apw.reservations@gmail.com. The print and mail this registration form with check payable to Arizona Professional Writers, to Sheila Roe, 10800 E. Cactus Road, #10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. If paying by credit card, complete the form, scan and email to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

Download and print the APW State Conference 2016 Flyer with the above information and schedule.

Patricia Brooks to speak May 18 – Rim Country

Rim Country APW Chapter meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18th, Noon, at a NEW LOCATION: the Majestic Rim Retirement Living 310 East Tyler Parkway, Payson AZ. Patricia Brooks will be speaking on Write the Memoir You’re Afraid to Write.  This is a free event, open to the public. No RSVP required.
Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks


In an encouraging and insightful presentation, Patricia L. Brooks will help you capture your untold story that must be told.  Through her presentation:  “Write the Memoir you’re Afraid to Write” she will share with you how to write this memoir to your own satisfaction so you can face your fears, get past the facts and conquer the story’s emotional truth.

 With tips and techniques from her daring new second memoir, Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends, Patricia will inspire you to take the necessary steps to keep a working journal, write weekly goals and make no excuses about what you write.  She will stimulate your creative talents by showing you how to break through your silence, find your voice and give yourself permission to tell your story.
The workshop Objectives are to:
  • Understand the real Theme of your memoir
  • Learn to dig deep to get to the Soul of the story
  • Discover the Depth and Challenge of your memoir
The workshop Benefits are:
  • The Ability to reveal layers of your Heart and Hope
  • The Willingness to receive Insights and Wisdom
  • The Capacity to seek Personal Transformation
Hope to see you all there.

Rim Country May 20 meeting

Becky Nissila

Becky Nissila

Rim Country District will have a special guest speaker for the meeting this month, scheduled for  May 20, at noon in the community room of the Payson Public Library.

 Freelance writers have discovered a growing market for health and medical articles. Authors who write fiction, may have their characters grapple with illness or accidents that require emergency medical attention. All writers should find good research sources in order to  present accurate information about health and medical topics. We also  may need more information as consumers too.  How prepared are you for an unexpected trip to the ER?
“Debunking Medical Media Myths –What to Expect in the ER” is the topic of Becky Nissila, the new  Director of Emergency Services, Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). She has extensive experience with ER departments and other clinical operations in acute care hospitals. In addition to being an RN for 25 years, she earned a B.S. in Health Science as well as an MBA. She worked at PRMC previously and has recently returned to her Payson home after an assignment in the San Francisco Bay area. Nissila  will provide some medical research tips, an insiders view of emergency medicine and how patients can better navigate the medical system.
Feel free to bring guests.

Beginnings and endings – get it right!

It was a dark & stormy nightJoin the Rim District of Arizona Professional Writers for their monthly meeting on April 15. The topic is “Beginnings and Endings”….. two areas that challenge writers of fiction and non-fiction. Participants are invited to bring some samples of good ones and the group will then do some creative exercises. Both those who write novels and magazine articles will benefit.

Rim Country Literacy is having a book drive, so please bring a book to donate to this cause.  The meeting will be held at noon in the community room of the Payson Public Library.

We also will discuss the APW State Convention on May 2 in Scottsdale. Hope to see you at the April 15th meeting! Contact Carol Osman Brown, District Director at 928-468-9269 if you have questions.

‘Behind the Scenes’ with Kate Herbert

Don’t Miss!
‘Behind the Scenes’ with Kate Herbert
Tuesday, January 14- 5:30 p.m.
Bluewater Grill,1720 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

Kate Herbert

Kate Herbert

Veteran script analyst and writer Kate Herbert will talk about what she learned making a movie, plus answer all your questions about writing screenplays and selling them in the Big Orange. Pick the brains of one who knows.

Meet and greet starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Meal: $15 plus tax and tip.

RSVP: apw.reservations@gmail.com or  Barbara Lacy at 480- 620-1358.

Creative non-ficton course

The Creative Writing program at Phoenix College  is offering a Creative Non-fiction class beginning in January 2014.  Besides honing participants’ creative writing skills, the class aims for those enrolled  to complete publishable work in this exciting new genre.
According to the “father” of Creative Non-fiction, Lee Gutkind,  this genre:
“is the dominant form in publications like The New Yorker, Esquire and Vanity Fair. You will even find creative nonfiction stories featured on the front page of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.”

If you’re interested, you can click here  for more information.

Eric Berge, OYO, English Department, Phoenix College
1202 W Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ  85013
phone | 602.285.7345
email | eric.berge@phoenixcollege.edu
website | www.phoenixcollege.edu

Williams to speak on Internet research

Speaker for the Nov 21 APW meeting.

Speaker for the Nov 21 APW meeting.

Arizona Press Women invites you to attend a presentation by writer Harriet Williams, shown here, about researching historical topics on the Internet at the monthly meeting of Arizona Press Women at11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The meeting is open to the public at Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85016. Fee is $15 for APW members, $20 for non-members, which includes lunch. RSVP by Nov. 18 to Barbara Lacy, 480-620-1358, or to apw.reservations@gmail.com.

Williams has written the colorful history of a little-known street in lower Manhattan, called Extra Place. She researched its 300-year story completely on the Internet, using techniques that she will share in her talk. Williams, retired and a Scottsdale resident, moved from central Ohio to New York City after attending college in Middlebury, VT. She was a computer programmer and also did research for the sales staff AT&T in New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Inspiring quote

EzineArticles.com sent out a list of quotes to tweet. I rather liked this one:

“When’s the best time to write? ‘Write” now!’ If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” – Dan Poynter

Have tools will travel – AP Stylebook on your smartphone

AP Stylebook available in print, for computers and smartphones

AP Stylebook available in print, for computers and smartphones

If you are on the go and need to look up something in the AP Stylebook, here are three options to save you time:

If you have any questions, go to theAP Stylebook Facebook page. If the answer isn’t there, you can post a question and someone will get back to you.