Von's View - Random Book Reviews


Leigh Bardugo is a highly successful writer of fantasy novels for young adults. I am neither a young adult nor much of a reader of fantasy. I'm not sure what prompted me to pick up this book, perhaps it was something that went bump in the night. As I read this book, it occurred to me that we all were spoon fed fantasy as soon as someone began telling or reading to us the adventures of Hansel and Grettle or the hazards of swapping all of your money for a handful of beans....read more 

Writing Groups

At Camp Verde Community Library

Tuesday, February 13 - Open Book Book Club 10a-noon: A book club for readers sharing with readers. Come and tell other readers about books you’ve read.

Tuesday, February 20 – Writing for Fun & More 10a-noon: Bring a bit of your writing to share. Meet other writers the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

Beyond Camp Verde

At Beaver Creek (Rimrock) Public Library: The Rimrock Writer's group and the Phantasm Book Club are both going on hiatus.  For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cottonwood Public Library – Groups for Writers EVERY Tuesday –

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


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

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


Cottonwood Public Library sponsors Great Conversations, a PBS television series that 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 from 10:00a to noon in the Cottonwood Public Library Meeting Room B.


Professional Writers of Prescott

Saturday, February 10—Writers Workshop: Guest Speaker, Cynthia Rose-Thema at Prescott Public Library 10a —1p. Cynthia Rose-Thema is a master teacher, writer, scholar and progressive theorist of the 21st century moving body with thirty years of experience as a performing artist. She was a dance critic/writer for Sarasota Herald Tribune and has been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Pointe, and contributed to the International Encyclopedia of Modern Dance. Cynthia has two terminal degrees, an MFA in Dance and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric. Her work addresses healthy movement through listening to one’s body to increase self-awareness. Cynthia’s main idea is to inspire in this workshop and to give people tools to do something different to approach the writing they love to do in a new way.

Tuesday, February 27—Guest Speaker: Merle McCann Prescott Public Library 6p—7:30p in the Founders Suite. Merle McCann will speak about the challenges of writing within different genres. He will highlight the pros and cons as well as the varied means of researching the differing aspects.  Award-winning author, MERLE McCANN, first gained notice for her National literature award-winning Longjohners Mystery Series for middle readers. She’s had many short stories published featuring Arizona, Mississippi, and Washington State locations. Although McCann is an eclectic writer, she finds she can’t keep mystery out of her writing. In the past several years, she has written three adult novels, The Permanent Solution, a thriller set in both Sedona and Central Oregon; Fist Full of Grit, a historical mystery located in the Palouse Country of the NW; and Vagabonds & Kings, a saga set between the turn of the nineteenth century and WWI. Vagabonds and Kings was entered in the Dixie Kane Memorial competition in Louisiana, and came away winning Best in Genre and Best Overall. After fifteen years of volunteer service as a Board member with Desert Sleuths, Sisters in Crime, she has retired from their Board, focusing all her time on writing.  

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


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 Prescott Public Library. Register at prescottlibrary.info or 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.