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!

December, 2018

  • Elaine Thomas' new book, Veterans' Voices and Home Front Memories, a collection of 63 stories from World War II veterans and civilians, all from Fayette County, Texas, is available on Amazon.com.

  • Two of Susan DuMond's poems appear in the November-December issue of Jefferson Journal, a magazine published by Jefferson Public Radio. Susan's non-fiction story, "Life Interrupted," has been accepted by Exisle Publishing (New Zealand) for their book, Fear and Courage, due out in October 2019.

  • Bette Lafferty's book, An Offering of Love, has finally hit Amazon and is ready to be ordered. Bette tells us, "Publishing my thoughts in a book was more work than I could have ever imagined...and thanks to all my friends out there who traveled this journey with me."

November, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Alter
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Judy Gruen
    • Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Ann McCauley
  • Sara Etgen-Baker's story, "The Lovely Month of May," has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. The books are slated to be released in early March 2019. Sara tells us, "As always I'm delighted and honored to have my words shared. I'm a truly blessed woman."

October, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Judy Gruen
    • Judith Helburn
    • Ann McCauley
    • Martha Meacham
    • Susan Schoch
  • "Natural Partners," Susan J. Tweit's article with illustrator Samantha Peters on Texas native plants and the animals they depend on, landed on the cover of Wildflower magazine's fall issue. Tweit's essay "Weeding Yellowstone," an excerpt from her current book-in-progress, is featured in the current issue of the journal Minding Nature. (Read the online version here.) Tweit is also honored to be named the Alice Dorrance Fellow of Spiritual Writing at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, California. (The fellowship comes with a writing residency at The Refuge, where Tweit will be in November.)

September, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • VJ Knutson
    • Kali Rourke
    • Martha Slavin
    • Linda Wisniewski
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Linda M. Hasselstrom
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Martha Meacham
  • Merimee Moffitt's micro flash essay, "Whose Bag? My Bag?," will be published in the next Persimmon Tree, the online magazine that publishes women over sixty.

August, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Len Leatherwood
    • Kali Rourke
    • Carol Ziel
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Amy Hale Auker
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • D Ferrara
    • Susan Hanson
    • Linda M. Hasselstrom
    • Fran Hawthorne
    • Jazz Jaeschke
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Trilla Pando
    • Linda Wisniewski
  • Len Leatherwood won gold in SCN's Hot Flash contest with her flash fiction, "Lost and Found."

  • Linda Wisniewski won SCN's annual essay competition with "Thirty-Two Words for Peace."

  • Sara Etgen-Baker's piece, "Promise Me!" will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard. This anthology will hit the bookshelves sometime in November. Sara tells us, "I'm delighted and honored to have another piece selected to be shared with Chicken Soup for the Soul readers." Sara's piece "Dinner with the Butterfly Whisperer" took second place in Writer's Workshop of Asheville's Hard Times Contest. About that award, Sara says, "I'm delighted, for this piece honors my father's bravery as he endured the aftermath of a devastating stroke. I'm hoping the piece will help others cope."

July, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Linda Hoye
    • Patricia Hollinger
    • Kali Rourke
    • Susan J. Tweit
    • Ariela Zucker
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • D Ferrara
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Phoebe Tussey
  • The book industry's premier trade journal, Publishers Weekly, recently interviewed Susan Wittig Albert for its series featuring traditionally-published authors turned author-publishers.

June, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Debra Dolan
    • Sara Etgen-Baker
    • Kali Rourke
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Mary Jo Doig
    • Ann McCauley
    • Mary Ann Moore
    • Susan J. Tweit

May, 2018

  • These SCN members published blog posts this month on our One Woman's Day and HerStories blogs:
    • Sara Etgen Baker
    • B. Lynn Goodwin
    • Kali Rourke
    • Madeline Sharples
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  • These SCN members published book reviews &/or interviews this month at Story Circle Book Reviews:
    • Pat Bean
    • Shawn LaTorre
    • Ann McCauley
    • Susan J. Tweit
  • SCN member and Sociosights Press publisher Debra Winegarten's Jewish-themed illustrated children's book, Almost a Minyan, has won the following awards in the last month: a silver medal for best illustrated children's ebook from the Independent Publisher's Association; First place in the Texas Press Women's children's book competition; and Second place in the National Press Women's children's book competition. The book Debra co-authored with Dr. Zvi Yaniv, My Life on the Mysterious Island of Nanotechnology: an adventure through time and very tiny spaces, won: First place in the Texas Press Women's biography/memoir category; and Third place in the National Press Women's biography/memoir category.

  • Caren Umbarger's 2nd novel, The Passion of Marta, has won a 2017 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal for small press fiction. Nautilus Book Awards is held in particular high-regard for recognizing and promoting outstanding print books in several dozen genres that nurture positive change to co-create a Better World. The book has also been selected as a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category of Historical Fiction, and was also short-listed for the Chanticleer Goethe Award for 2017.