Meetings

Award-winning book cover designer Mariah Sinclair will share key things authors should consider when choosing a book cover design. at the Prescott Valley Public Library in the Crystal Room at 6:00 p.m. By using many examples, she will discuss the Do’s & Don’ts, stock image licensing, budgets, timelines, and what to expect when working with a book cover designer.
 
For most of her career Mariah worked as a graphic designer and marketer for advertising agencies serving Fortune 500 companies, the City of Los Angeles as well as other government entities. Now she focuses exclusively on designing book covers for independent authors. Her goal is to create beautiful, engaging book covers that help authors sell books. You can see examples of her work at www.mariahsinclair.com.

Professional Writers of Prescott invites writers of all ages and levels (from beginner to published) to attend any of their meetings.  The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Prescott Valley Library (7401 E. Civic Circle) Crystal Room.  For more information about the meeting or about joining PWP, contact Katherine Caccavale, 928- 864-8642, caccavalek@gmail.com, -or visit www.prescottwriters.com

2017 Programs

January 25: Mariah Sinclair on book cover design entitled “How to Judge a Book by its Cover” 

February 22: Parker Anderson on writing about history.

March 22: Carol Levin–Writing From Your Subconscious

April 26: Open Mike Poetry Month

May 24: Layne Longfellow–Oration, How to Read for the Public

June 28: Diane Phelps TBA

July 26: PWP Member Networking

August 23: Birds of a Feather

September 27: Susan Lanning on Research and Resources

October 25: Stephanie Jefferson, Writing fort the Tween Audience

November 15:Merie McCann on Writing a Children’s Book Series

December 13: Christmas Party Holiday Theme Readings PWP

*Please check website each month as program scheduling may change.

SATURDAY WRITING WORKSHOPS – Free and open only to PWP members.

Jim Natal – Saturday, February 25th 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Like last year, there will be several writing workshops and several writing with group energy sessions throughout the year. All will start at 10 a.m. in the Prescott Valley Public Library.

There is now a café in the library open on Saturdays!

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Author, editor and educator Susan DeFreitas was raised in rural Michigan but traveled extensively, especially in the Caribbean and feels this made her a storyteller.  She moved to Prescott and graduated from Prescott College.  She says about Arizona, “I fell in love with the Arizona high country – the moods of the land, the seasons, the mountains, the history, the people.” 

Her main focus is fiction but also nonfiction and poetry.  She will talk about small press publishing.  An author, editor, and educator, Susan DeFreitas’s creative work has appeared in The Utne Reader, Story Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, and Weber—The Contemporary West, along with more than twenty other journals and anthologies. She is the author of the novel Hot Season (Harvard Square Editions, 2016) and a contributor at Litreactor.com. She holds an MFA from Pacific University and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she serves as a collaborative editor with Indigo Editing & Publications. 

PWP general meetings are held at the Prescott Valley Public Library, in the Crystal Room, 6:00pm – 7:45pm.

Professional Writers of Prescott invites writers of all ages and levels (from beginner to published) to attend any of our meetings. For more information about the individual meetings or about joining PWP, contact Marian Powell, Membership Chairperson. You may email her at mepowell@cableone.net or visit our website at PrescottWriters.com.

Upcoming Meetings:

November 16, 2016    The Small Press Publishing Landscape w/Susan Defreitas              

December 14, 2016     Christmas Party

Please check website each month as program scheduling may change.

2017 Presentations:

January 25, 2017: Mariah Sinclair: The Importance of Book Covers

February 22, 2017: Parker Anderson: Something like, How to write on obscure topics through research and love

March 22, 2017: Carol Levin: Writing from the Subconscious

April 26, 2017: Open Mic for Poetry (poetry month)

We need volunteers! and have such a wonderful pool of talent among our membership. If you have a few hours a month available, please consider sharing them with us. Contact Marian Powell (mepowell@cableone.net) for more information. Also consider taking on a Board position for the following membership year.

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October 26th –  Dr. Cynthia Roses-Thema 5 Tricks to Treat Your Writing Process More Creatively! All writers need tools that help generate material, edit material and assist in the overall process of writing. In this presentation, Cynthia Roses-Thema, currently a professor at ASU, will demonstrate five of the helpful tricks she learned during her time writing her three books, her four years writing for newspapers/magazines and yes, academia!

This meeting will be held in the Auditorium on the first floor.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

November 16, 2016    The Small Press Publishing Landscape w/Susan Defreitas

December 14, 2016     Christmas Party

Please check website each month as program scheduling may change.

 

2017 Presentations:

January 25, 2017: Mariah Sinclair: The Importance of Book Covers*

February 22, 2017: Parker Anderson: Something like, How to write on obscure topics through research and love

March 22, 2017: Carol Levin: Writing from the Subconscious

April 26, 2017: Open Mic for Poetry (poetry month): Steve Healey to moderate

May 24, 2017: Layne Longfellow: Oration, how to read for the public

June 28, 2017: Self-Publishing Panel coordinated by Susan Lanning

*Not yet committed

We need volunteers! and have such a wonderful pool of talent among our membership. If you have a few hours a month available, please consider sharing them with us. Contact Marian Powell (mepowell@cableone.net) for more information. Also consider taking on a Board position for the following membership year.

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Elaine Greensmith Jordan, winner of the Grand Prize of the Southwest Literary Festival, will speak at the Professional Writers of Prescott general meeting on September 28th at 6:00 at the Prescott Valley Library in the Children’s Reading Room on the 2nd floor. The public is invited.

A popular speaker, past president of Professional Writers, and published author, Jordan will outline basic principles for anyone interested in writing fiction, memoir, or poetry—just beginning or already advanced. She will present thoughts on the creative process and an outline of matters to consider in moving toward publication.

Jordan, a Prescott author, is a retired teacher and minister now teaching writing and theater in the Yavapai College Lifelong Learning program. Excerpts from her memoir, Mrs. Ogg played the Harp: Memories of Church and Love in the High Desert, won awards from the San Francisco branch of American PEN Women, Bayou Magazine, and the California Writers Club. Her essays have appeared in South Loop Review, Alligator Juniper, Passages, The Georgetown Review, The American Journal of Nursing and other journals and anthologies.

Upcoming Meetings*:

**October 26, 2016    Research and Resources with Susan Lanning & Ted Johnson

November 16, 2016    The Small Press Publishing Landscape with Susan Defreitas

December 14, 2016     Christmas Party

**October 16 meeting = Auditorium

*Please check website each month as program scheduling may change.

Member perks for 2016: The following workshops are scheduled for 2016. All are on a Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Prescott Valley Public Library. There will be a ½ – 1-hour lunch scheduled and each room has a refrigerator. There are also several places close by to get a sandwich. Each of the following workshops are free to members. We do request that as each workshop nears you register for that particular one (so the presenters know how many handouts, etc. to be prepared for). Anyone interested please sign up at the PWP Wednesday night meetings or contact Steve Healey, sghealey@aol.com.

Upcoming Workshops: September 24, 2016: “Writing with Group Energy V” with Marian  Powell and Jeannie Leighton. Children’s Program Room (second floor)

We need volunteers! and have such a wonderful pool of talent among our membership. If you have a few hours a month available, please consider sharing them with us. Contact Marian Powell (mepowell@cableone.net) for more information. Also consider taking on a Board position for the following membership year.

2017 Presentations:

January 25, 2017: Mariah Sinclair: The Importance of Book Covers*

February 22, 2017: Parker Anderson: Something like, How to write on obscure topics through research and love

March 22, 2017: Carol Levin: Writing from the Subconscious

April 26, 2017: Open Mic for Poetry (poetry month): Steve Healey to moderate

May 24, 2017: Layne Longfellow: Oration, how to read for the public

June 28, 2017: Self-Publishing Panel coordinated by Susan Lanning

*Not yet committed

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