Membership News, Announcements and Successes!

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Member Cynthia Dettman is seeking women for a Literary Fiction support/critique group (novels/short stories);  special interests in LGBT and multicultural fiction; she hopes to attract moderately experienced writers who have taken writing courses and/or worked with mentors and perhaps have published material.  Prefer North Valley location but open to other locations.Initial group will decide time and frequency of meetings. For more information contact her at or 503 754 0972

yvonne-casausa-drop-of-waterSWW Author and Therapist Yvonne Williams Casaus just became a #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author! Her first published book, A Drop Of Water: A Spiritual Journey was released in September of 2016.  Please come to her Book Signing on November 13, 2016 3:00 pm at Bookworks and show your support.

SWW member Jim Tritten was awarded the Gold Medal for 1st Place for writing “The Illustrated Man” in the 2016 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The photo shows tritten-9-14-16four other members of the Corrales Writing Group who contributed to Jim’s story and were invited to the ceremony at the New Mexico VA Hospital. Please note the tattooed arms displayed by the ladies. Why is that important? Well, you will have to read “The Illustrated Man” when it comes out in Passages: 2016 Corrales Writing Group Anthology – hopefully to be on the street in December. 

Depicted left to right: Sandi Hoover, Chris Allen, Jim Tritten, Maureen Cooke, and Pat Walkow – all members of SWW  Photo credit: Jasmine Tritten (SWW member)


SWW member Loretta Hall at the moment she learned that she won the 2016 National Federation of Press Women’s Communicator of Achievement award. Photo by Kay Grant


Shirley Raye Redmond was offered a contract by Random House for her nonfiction children’s book, The Pirate and the President. It is scheduled to release in summer of 2018 and is Redmond’s 5th Random House title.

Maria Espinosa is offering a workshop for novelists in her home near Old Town. Bring your ideas or novels already begun to receive feedback, stimulation and encouragement.  6 meetings. Times TBA.  Contact Maria at 415-378-1193 or

The First ever Author Festival takes place October 1st from 10am to 5pm at the Albuquerque Museum in old town.  21 New Mexico authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and have books available.  Many of them are SWW members!  For more information go to

Western author Melody Groves has been invited to speak on a panel and Melody Grovesthen give a two-hour workshop for the Jim Ersfeld Writing Symposium sponsored by Western Writers of America. October 7-8 in Dodge City, Kansas.

Melody also has an article on the ghost town of Dearfield, Colorado coming out in the February 2017 issue of Wild West Magazine. Her husband lends his photographic talents to her articles – this will be their sixth ghost town article with another one on Elizabeth Town, NM slated for 2018.

Gayle-Lauradunn-10Gayle Lauradunn Author of Reaching for Air, is a finalist for  the Best First Book of Poetry award, given by the Texas Institute of Letters.   The manuscript All the Wild and Holy: A Life of Eunice Williams, 1696-1785, was also awarded Honorable Mention for the May Sarton Poetry Prize by Bauhan Publishing.  Gayle’s book, Reaching for Air was reviewed by Caroline LeBlanc who also interviewed Gayle.

Zero Visibility Possible FRONT cover FINALHello, fellow writers, RJ Mirabal here. My publisher just released Zero Visibility Possible, Book III of my Rio Grande Parallax New Mexico fantasy trilogy. I have arranged a launch party at Page 1, September 11, 3 pm and you are all invited. The adventure intensifies in Book III at a breakneck pace to the shocking conclusion of the Parallax series. Impossible odds face two groups of comrades who have traveled far seeking answers to mysteries. Both groups face deadly enemies and startling enigmas. Please RSVP to: See more on My Web Page. Thanks, RJ

SWW member Randall Burkhart has written an historical fiction novel about the fall of the Roman Empire.  He is interested in joining a critique group to obtain a review and is willing to review the works of others.  His preference is for other historical fiction, but I have no objections to discussing other genres.  He lives in NE Albuquerque (87109 Zip Code) and am available for meetings at any time. Contact him at

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest has just been announced.  Cash prizes for flash fiction under 750 words.  Entry fee of $10.  The fees collected go to a UNM writing scholarship.  Jacob was a college student interested in writing who died in a car accident.  For more information go to:

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Patricia Walkow’s new book:  The War Within, the Story of Josef is now available on Amazon.  It is a true life biographical novel of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954.  This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.

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Victor Acquista just received the finished artwork for his new book Sentient.  This science fiction novel is scheduled for release in October 2016.

Rose Marie Kern won 1st place as the editor of “The Cactus Chronicle” – the newsletter of the Arizona chapter of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Association.  This is an annual competition sponsored by the National Manager’s Association.

Corran Harrington’s short story “And Another Flew Over the Sea” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review.

Chuck Greaves’ true-crime novel TOM & LUCKY AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO (Bloomsbury), already a WSJ “Best Books of 2015” selection and a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize, has been named a finalist for 2016 the Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery.

Member Joalie Davis is looking to form a critique group in Santa Fe.  Evenings/weekends preferable other times also possible  Santa Fe/Eldorado area.   Contact Joalie at

My name is Kristi Goldade. I’ve recently relocated to Albuquerque and would like to join a SouthWest Writers critique group. Here is my info: – (701) 640-9544. I’m open to reading both fiction and non-fiction, would like feedback on my essays and short non-fiction.  I am located near UNM/Nob Hill – but am flexible about location,  and would like to meet at least twice per month in the late afternoon/evenings

Veronica Tiller: I am interested in joining a critique group for non-fiction biography and memoir.  My preferences for location are the NE area of ABQ, UNM area, and North Valley (in that order). Twice a month is preferable, anytime from Monday to Thursday is good.  (505) 328-9772

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