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Friday, January 1, 2016

Bringing in the New Year with Brenda

Brenda Poulos
CWOW President
Well, here it is. The start of a brand new year. It’s hard for me to believe I have held the office of President for twelve months, already!

As my mother always says, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Truth is, it has been a lot of fun. The CWOW members are a great group of people.

I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know a lot of them. I have learned a lot about writing this past year.  If you’ve been coming to our meetings, I know you have, too.

Due to the illness of our keynote speaker, Karen Ball, we cancelled our January 2015 mini-conference at the last minute. However, we heard from some interesting speakers throughout the year, as well as hosted five workshops at the Tempe library.
Five of us flew to Dallas in September for the ACFW Conference. We had a great time at the workshops, learning from “big name” authors and agents. We were able to put names with faces as we had ample opportunities to network. I came home with a suitcase full of book giveaways. Great stuff.

We have asked Karen Ball to come back on January 30th to speak at our 2016 mini-conference. We look forward to hearing the presentation that she had planned to give last year: “Taming the Fiction Dragons” and “Know Your Characters.” You won’t want to miss it. (Click HERE to go to the CWOW web page for conference information and RSVP.)
We are planning to keep our same schedule of events for 2016. This means you can count on lunch meetings and guest speakers in odd-numbered months; workshops in even-numbered months. Meetings are always on the last Saturday of the month.

Our workshops will continue to be held at the Tempe Library from 1-3 p.m. Since Coco’s closed, we have tried having our luncheon meetings at various places, so please check the website or email me at to find out where we will be in March. (If you are a member, you will get a personal email each month with this information).
We welcome your feedback and your suggestions for workshops. Let us hear from you!  We are committed to the growth and future success of every CWOW member!

If you are serious about your craft, make it your New Year’s Resolution to be at all of the meetings. It is essential that we continue to hone our skills. What better way to do that than among dedicated and knowledgeable fellow writers at CWOW?
Blessings for 2016,
Brenda Poulos, CWOW President 2016
Check out more on Brenda including her books and blog at

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