Story Circle Network's Members in Print & in the News
SCN members make the news by publishing books, articles, essays, poems, dramas, and art. They also make presentations, lead workshops, facilitate groups, and organize programs. Below are some of our members' achievements this year.

If you're an SCN member who has made the news, please let us know (by sending email to news at storycircle.org. If you've published a book, we'll also add you to our SCN Authors page.

If you're not a member, why not join us? Maybe you'll soon be able to post your news on this page!

June, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Susan Wittig Albert
    • Pat Bean
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Alter
    • Pat Bean
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Ann McCauley
    • D. Lauren Ross
    • Lisa Shirah-Hiers
    • Susan J. Tweit
    • Jude Whelley
  • Susan Wittig Albert's latest biographical/historical novel, The General's Women, has been accepted into the Library Journal's SELF-e program. SELF-e makes selected books available, royalty-free, to library digital collections. Susan's novel, Loving Eleanor, was selected as a gold-medal INDIES winner by Foreword Reviews.

May, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Judy Alter
    • Marilea Rabasa
    • Madeline Sharples
    • Amber Starfire
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Anita Lock
    • Judy M. Miller
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Diane Stanton
    • Shelley Thrasher
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Colorado Authors' League had a record number of entrants for their 2017 Awards, and Susan J. Tweit was stunned and thrilled to win both categories in which she was a finalist, Blog and Essay. "The finalists this year were an especially impressive group," says Tweit, "so it's an honor to win not one but two crystal books from CAL."

  • New Zealand author & 2016 Sarton award winner, Jenni Ogden, won the Gold in the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards for Fiction, Large Publisher, for her novel A Drop in the Ocean. published by US publisher, She Writes Press. She shares the GOLD with Monica Wood for her novel The One in a Million Boy published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

April, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Debra Dolan
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Amber Starfire
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Ann McCauley
    • Martha Meacham
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Trilla Pando
    • Susan Schoch
    • Diane Stanton
  • Debra Winegarten, publisher of Sociosights Press, which released Almost a Minyan on April 4, is thrilled to announce the the book was featured on the April 10 issue of Publisher's Weekly! Sociosights Press. We publish masterpieces.

  • Lynn Goodwin's article, "T-Shirts I Have Known and Loved," was published on The Woman, Inc., T-Shirts I Have Known and Loved | The Woman Inc.. They have accepted another piece, "Becoming Grandma," which should be out soon. Deeds Publishing's CEO has told Lynn he wants to publish her memoir, Never Too Late: A 62-Year-Old Goes From Wannabe to Wife.

  • Susan J. Tweit is honored to learn that she is a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Authors League Awards—in two categories, Blog (for a series of essays on making a solo life as a widow), and Essay (for "No Species Is An Island," published by Humans & Nature). Winners will be announced at CAL's annual awards banquet May 5.

  • Susan Wittig Albert's latest mystery, The Last Chance Olive Ranch, will be published April 4. Her historical/biographical novel, The General's Women appeared March 7, and Loving Eleanor has been shortlisted for several more prizes.

March, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Shelley Johnson Carey
    • Jeanne Guy
    • Madeline Sharples
    • Amber Starfire
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Denise McAllister
    • Ann McCauley
    • Sally Nielsen
  • Debra Winegarten is delighted to announce the release of Almost a Minyan, the coming-of-age story of a young Jewish girl who takes her grandfather's place in their community's prayer service after he dies. Winegarten's company, Sociosights Press published this, their first illustrated children's book. Available from the Sociosights Press website and all major retail outlets and online venues.

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's manuscript, "Summer's Promise," will be published in the August 15, 2017 issue of Good Old Days magazine.

February, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Lynn Goodwin
    • Linda Hoye
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Paula Martinac
    • Ann McCauley
    • Martha Meacham
    • Mary Ann Moore
  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece "La Profesora de Ingles" made the final selection and will appear in the upcoming anthology, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers. The book will be available in March.

  • Connie Spittler received word that her women's fiction/literary mystery The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies had moved from Finalist up to Short List in the Mystery & Mayhem category of the Chanticleer International Book Contest. Last year, the National League of American Pen Women selected it as a winner in the Eudora Welty Memorial Fiction Competition in Washington D.C., Blackstone Audio brought out the audiobook and overseas, Albatros Media published the Czech version.

  • Jude Walsh Whelley is teaching a new class, Legacy Writing, at the University of Dayton Osher Life Long Learning Institute during their Winter session.

January, 2017

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Susan Wittig Albert
    • Linda Hoye
    • Gwynn Rogers
    • Kali Rourke
    • Madeline Sharples
    • Gerry Wilson
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
  • Nonfiction Authors Association included the advice of SCN Professional Member Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist in their article "Expert Roundup: Building an Author Platform."

  • Jude Walsh Whelley has a post up at a new website, Hupdaditty.

  • Susan Wittig Albert's biographical novel Loving Eleanor has added three recent awards to its previous IPPY:
    • Library Journal named it their Undie EBook (romance) for 2016
    • Kirkus Reviews named it to their Best Books of 2016 list; and
    • USA Best Books 2016 awarded it a first in their LGBT category.
    The book was published under Susan's imprint, Persevero Press, in February, 2016.

  • Lily Iona MacKenzie had the following pieces published in the last few months of 2016 & January 2017: "The Dollhouse" (Nonbinary Review), Winter 2016; "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" (The Offbeat, Fall 2016); "Aileas Muse and the Angel" (Lady Literary Magazine, September 2016); "What'd I Say?" (Embodied Effigies, Fall 2016); "A Legacy" (Literary Orphans Journal).

December, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Doris Shaw
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Mary Ann Moore
  • Rhonda Wiley-Jones will lead a "Travel Touchstones" workshop on January 14, 1-4pm, in her home in Kerrville, TX. Seating is limited to 14 so please email Rhonda by January 10 for details and to make your reservation. Cost is $65.

  • Donna Marie Miller's book, The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, is now available for preordering on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The book will be published on May 1, 2017.

November, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Susan Albert
    • Lisa Hacker
    • Madeline Sharples
    • Susan Tweit
    • Jude Whelley
    • Charlotte Wlodkowski
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Khadijah A.
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Paula Martinac
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Susan Wittig Albert's novel, Loving Eleanor, was a winner in the 2016 USA Best Book Awards and the Library Journal's Indie E-Book Award for 2016. Susan published the book under her imprint, Persevero Press.

  • Jude Walsh Whelley's piece, "My Unfolding Story," was published in the print anthology The Magic Of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey (SheWrites Press). Jude's essay was awarded third place out of 185 submissions. The anthology includes the work of 38 contributors plus interviews with best selling and widely known memoirists.

  • WordHarvest, which runs the Tony Hillerman Writing Conference, has just released a package of new webinars for writers, including Susan J. Tweit's course, "Sculpting Compelling Stories." More information here.

October, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Lisa Hacker
    • Madeline Sharples
    • Susan Tweit
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Susan Wittig Albert
    • Pat Bean
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Margaret Dubay Mikus
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Susan Schoch
    • Diane Stanton
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Judy Alter received the silver Will Rogers Medallion Award in the cookbook category for Texas is Chili Country. Read more here.

  • Jude Walsh Whelley's essay "My Eyes Are Green" was published in the annual print issue of Fights Literary Magazine. As a contributor, she was invited to read at the college's National Day On Writing where she read her flash nonfiction piece "Just Once."

September, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Joyce Boatright
    • Matilda Butler
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Lisa Hacker
    • Ann McCauley
    • Doris Shaw
    • Susan Tweit
    • Charlotte Wlodkowski
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Amy Hale Auker
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Trilla Pando
    • Diane Stanton
  • Rhonda Wiley-Jones is holding a writing workshop, "Travel Touchstones: Intentional Travel through Creative Journal Writing," from 9am-noon on October 22 at 18 Antelope Trail, Kerrville, TX. The workshop will help build journal writing skills and insight for intentional travel. We will write, share, and learn a lot with and from each other. Registration fee is $65, which includes snacks and materials. Email Rhonda to reserve a seat, then send a check by October 15 to secure your reservation.

  • Enid Cokinos' short fiction piece entitled "The Secrets of Bayou Galafete" was published in the online journal 1:1000 on August 31, 2016. Her nonfiction piece, "Holding On," was published September 7 in Flying Island, the Indiana Writers Center's online literary journal.

August, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Susan Wittig Albert
    • Pat Bean
    • Debra Dolan
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Martha Slavin
    • Susan J. Tweit
    • Jude Whelley
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Cinda Brooks
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Ethel Lee-Miller
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Judith Helburn
    • Susan Schoch
    • Diane Stanton
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • Enid Cokinos' 10-minute play, "Night Train," was included in the Suffield Players' New Faces Program on August 20, 2016 at the Mapleton Hall Theatre in Suffield, CT.

  • Judy Alter was one of three authors interviewed by Barbara Ehrentreu on Red River Radio. Judy spoke about her new book, The Gilded Cage.

  • Barbara Smythe is having a book signing at 1:30pm on 9/7/2016 in the Maury Smeltzer Lounge at the Hillcrest Retirement Community in La Verne CA for her two new books: Your Hands are All Squishy, Granma! and Confessions of a Misfit Pastor's Wife.

  • Sallie Moffitt's book proposal for her memoir, The Disobedient One, won the Joe Dealey Jr. award for Literary Excellence at the 2016 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

  • B. Lynn Goodwin has just been invited to be on a panel of writers talking to the Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek Branch of AAUW this November, along with fellow SCN member, Martha Slavin.

  • Susan J. Tweit's commentary about polizarition and the lessons we might learn from reconciliation ecology, "Partisan Politics are Pulling My Town Apart," appeared in High Country News online and in newspapers around the West through the Writers on the Range op-ed syndicate, and was shared widely on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Judy Alter's cookbook, Texas is Chili Country, is a finalist in the cookbook category of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

  • An article profiling Patricia Daly-Lipe will appear in the Haymarket Lifestyle magazine.

  • Sherry Wachter published two books in July: The Amazing Patrick Dunphy and the Rosemont Car & Zimmy, His Book: The Stories of William John Zimmerman.

  • Jude Walsh Whelley was awarded third place in the "The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey" competition. In addition to a $100 prize, her piece, "The Unfolding Story: One Memoirist's Path," will be included in the November 2016 book, edited by Linda Joy Meyers and Brooke Warner and available on Amazon.

  • Nan Phifer will present a workshop on October 15 at Colorado's "Waking the Dreamer Within Festival." Nan's presentation, "Writing to Fictionalize Your Life," will begin at 10:30am.

July, 2016

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Linda Cardillo
    • Ann McCauley
    • Jude Whelley
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Stacy Holden
  • Barbara Rady Kazdan's essay, "Wishful Thinking," was published in the Huffington Post on July 5.

  • These SCN members are winners of the 2016 LifeWriting Contest: Dreama Love of Rocky Mount VA, Sue Schuerman of Cedar Falls IA, Victoria Holmsten of Farmington NM, & Jackie Newman of Austin TX. Congratulations to all!

  • Cheryl Bazzoui reviewed Dimestore by Lee Smith for Writers Advice, July-September issue, published a blog post on SCN's "One Woman's Day" blog, and will serve on a panel at the Wilkes Writers Conference in August.

  • Dawn Wink & Susan J. Tweit collaborated on "Mother Tongues," a memoir-like essay featured in the online journal Terralingua, on how diversity in nature is related to diversity of languages and cultures, and why diversity matters for human survival. The essay is the first piece of collaborative writing for Tweit and Wink, and the beginning of what they hope will eventually be a book of the same name about place and our place in it.

  • Lois Halley's poem "Manic Depression" was published in the 2016 anthology American Poet.

  • Susan Morrison's novel, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, won the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award!

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece, "Partner Promenade," was one of 20 pieces selected to appear in an anthology entitled Finding Mr. Right (publication date August 1). Sara tells us, "I feel quite fortunate that the piece made the final selection process, for the scoring and criteria process was steep and involved. I am just grateful to have another story shared via the anthology."