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12-19-2017 Beyond the Messy Truth: how we came apart, how we come together by Van Jones

A goodly number of people will see Van Jones' name and immediately form an opinion or come to a conclusion. He wishes you wouldn't. He is a progressive man with a law degree. He has serious problems with the Republican Party. To his credit he also has tremendous issues with the Democratic Party. He has no problems with Republicans or...read more 

Writing Groups

News from Amber Polo, Library Volunteer:

Readers! Have you heard there will be no “Z”!

Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, died in Santa Barbara. Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with "A is for Alibi." "Y is for Yesterday," was published in August.

Her daughter writes, "Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name.… Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y."

At Camp Verde Community Library

Tuesday, January 9 10a - noon - Open Book Book Club: A book club for readers sharing with readers. Come and tell other readers about books you’ve read. Continues the Second Tuesday of the Month.

Tuesday, January 16 10a - noon – Writing for Fun and More: Plan to bring a friend and talk about your plans for 2018 whether it be to Start, Edit, or Finish. Bring a bit of your writing to share. Meet other writers the third Tuesday of the Month.

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Outside of Camp Verde

Cottonwood Public Library – Groups for writers - EVERY Tuesday –

Writing for Fun Tuesdays - 9:00a to 10:30a
Creative Writing Tuesdays - 10:45a - 12:30p

Cottonwood Public Library Great Conversations, a PBS television series, showcases a diverse and fascinating array of authors and interviewers from a wide range of fields including politics, science, education, public journalism, and the arts. Cottonwood Public Library will host a discussion group facilitated by Velda Bice. The group will be watching an episode of the program followed by a discussion of the featured author and their book, as well as topics covered in the episode. Continuing on the second Thursday of each month 10:00a to noon in the library Meeting Room B

NEW GROUP OF PUBLISHED WRITERS FORMING - Are you a published author looking to join a Verde Valley writers group that will fully critique your next work of fiction, memoir or creative nonfiction essay? The focus of the group is to give honest critiques in a positive climate of professionalism. Weekly Friday morning meetings will begin on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 10a to noon in the upper meeting room at Jerona Café, 677 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. There is no charge for the meeting room with group food purchase, so please be prepared to order drinks and/or food.

Requirements to join: Writing that has been traditionally published by trade publishers or literary magazines. For those writers who have self-published novels, memoirs or a collection of non-fiction essays, self-published work must have been professionally edited. Members accepted need to understand English fundamentals and the mechanics of final editing.

This is not a group for beginning writers or for those who write about religion, politics or science fiction. Attention during critique will be paid to stylistic techniques such as structure, flow, rhythm, voice, storyline, dialogue, metaphor and imagery; meetings will not focus on grammar. Each writer should bring no more than 1,000 words to the weekly meetings with copies of the work to be supplied to the group of four to six writers.

Group leader is Geraldine Birch, a former newspaper reporter and editor for both small and metropolitan newspapers in the Los Angeles area. “I’m hoping to form a group of published Verde Valley writers who are seeking valued critique for new work, emotional support for writing projects, and encouragement when the writing process seems like it is going nowhere,” Birch said. For more information, please email Geraldine Birch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Saturday, January 13 9:30a-11:30a Northern Arizona Word Weavers International welcomes active writers of all levels and interests. Christian-based group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at The Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Clarkdale. Meetings cover critiquing groups, teaching sessions, and special events throughout the year. For further information contace This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Word Weavers Event - February 10 starting at 8:30a: The owner of Little CAB Press will talk about the publishing world and platform. The meeting is open to ALL writers and ALL writers’ groups. Continental breakfast starting at 8:30a. Program runs 9:30 - noon. The cost is $5.00.  For further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Professional Writers of Prescott (PWP)

Publishing Opportunity - Beginning January 1, 2018, The Professional Writers of Prescott will accept entries of short stories up to 3500 words, flash fiction up to 850 words, and poetry of aggregate length not to exceed 1000 words. Selected entries will be published in print and digital format. Check for full submission requirements with Pat Fogarty   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any monies accrued from the sale of this collection will help pay some of PWP’s expenses, such as speaker, workshop, library, tent rentals at book sales, and publicity fees.

All PWP monthly meetings for 2018 will be held at Prescott Public Library on Goodwin Street on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00p - 7:45p in the Founders Suite on the Library’s 1st floor.

Prescott Public Library January 23, 2018 hosts multi-genre author Mike Rothmiller. Mike's presentation will cover several topics important to all authors. How to generate publicity for your novel by creating your own rpess releases. How to gather normally unavailable documents and government records by use of the Freedom of Information Act. How to weave government documents and records into a creative nonfiction novel. Mike's NYT Best Selling novel, L.A. Secret Police. Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network, is an example of creative nonfiction. Mike will also address the pros and cons of working with a co-author. Mike Rothmiller is a New York Times Bestselling Author, nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, historian, former cop and Army medic. He’s also served as a TV reporter, an award-winning documentary producer and television host for ESPN, PBS and other international television markets.


Saturday Workshops - free to PWP members

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR GROUP  Contact Pat Frayne at (928) 713-6679 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carol Levin’s monthly writing workshops at the Prescott Public Library. To register call (928) 777-1526.

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Amber Polo, Camp Verde Library Volunteer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.