Von's View - Random Book Reviews


11-22-2017 Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

On Veteran's Day, I posted a note about Finkel's book, The Good Soldiers. It was an appropriate day for that. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I feel a certain timeliness in penning this look at his follow up book, Thank You For Your Service. This book...read more


Writing Groups

News from Amber Polo, Library Volunteer:

Tuesday, December 19th Cancelled – Writing for Fun and More 10-noon

Next Writing for Fun January 16th - Plan to bring a friend and talk about your plans for 2018. Start Edit Finish: In the meantime use your leftover thoughts into writing whether memoir fiction or essay.

Verde Writers' Critique Circle a writer's support group meets at Camp Verde Community Library on the 2nd Monday of each month from 10a-1p.  The group consists of experienced and newbie authors who read a piece of their work-in-progress and receive friendly, constructive critiques and gentle encouragement from other members. The group is limited to no more than 6 writers, so that each member has approximately 30 minutes to share their work and receive comments.

We currently have two openings.  If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please call Carole at 567-2832 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Outside of Camp Verde

Cottonwood Public Library – Groups for writers - EVERY Tuesday –
Writing for Fun Tuesdays - 9 to 10:30
Creative Writing Tuesdays - 10:45 - 12:30

The Phantasm Book Club at the Beaver Creek (Rimrock) Public Library

The December 2017 Phantasm book pick is “Borne” by Jeff Vandermeer.  We will meet and discuss this book on December 16th at 10 am at the Rimrock library.  For any further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Are you a published author looking to join a Verde Valley writer's group that will fully critique your next work of fiction, memoir or creative nonfiction essay? The focus of the group is to give honest critiques in a positive climate of professionalism.

Weekly, Friday morning meetings will begin January 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon in the upper meeting room at Jerona Café, 677 E. Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood. There is no charge for the meeting room with group food purchase, so please be prepared to order drinks and/or food.

Requirements to join: writing that has been traditionally published by trade publishers or literary magazines. For those writers who have self-published novels, memoirs or a collection of non-fiction essays, self-published work must have been professionally edited. Members accepted need to understand English fundamentals and the mechanics of final editing.

This is not a group for beginning writers or for those who write about religion, politics or science fiction. Attention during critique will be paid to stylistic techniques such as structure, flow, rhythm, voice, storyline, dialogue, metaphor and imagery; meetings will not focus on grammar. Each writer should bring no more than 1,000 words to the weekly meetings with copies of the work to be supplied to the group of four to six writers.

Group leader is Geraldine Birch, a former newspaper reporter and editor for both small and metropolitan newspapers in the Los Angeles area. “I’m hoping to form a group of published Verde Valley writers,” Birch said, “who are seeking valued critique for new work, emotional support for writing projects, and encouragement when the writing process seems like it is going nowhere.” For more information, please email Geraldine Birch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Save the Date! Saturday, January 13th Word Weaver's group meets the second Saturday of each month

Starting in January: attend to hear the owner of Littlecabpress to talk about the publishing world and platform. This meeting is open to ALL writers and ALL writer's groups. Continental breakfast starting at 8:30 Program 9:30 - noon. The cost will be $5.00.  "Alice Klies" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cottonwood Public Library Great Conversations

A PBS television series, 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 10 to noon in the Cottonwood Public Library Meeting Room B.

Professional Writers of Prescott December 12th – HOLIDAY PARTY 

Our December meeting will be an open mic for those who wish to read a 5-minute holiday-orientated story or poem. Something you wrote from a childhood memory or, it can be a special piece of creative writing just for PWP's Holiday reading. If you choose, you may also consider writing a 500-word essay on what the holiday season means to you. (It should read in approximately 5-minutes.) Prescott Public Library on Goodwin Street from 6 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. in the Founders Suite.

All PWP monthly meetings for 2018 will be held at Prescott Public Library on Goodwin Street on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. in the Founders Suite on the Library’s 1st floor. CONTACT: GERALDINE BIRCH 928-301-2663

PWP Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. PWP MEMBER EVENTS

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS Saturday workshops - free to PWP members

Carol Levin monthly writing workshops at Prescott Public library. CAROL LEVIN WORKSHOP ON CHARACTER TRANSFORMATION December 13th 2-4 p.m. Downtown Public Library.  Is it imperative that characters undergo a fundamental change? We’ll look at story and conflict and find the answer to the question.  Register at prescottlibrary.info or call (928) 777-1526.

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.

Professional organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature. News, events, articles and ... Write for children? From picture books to young adult novels? Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Northern Arizona Area KidLitMingle Non SCBWI Members are welcome to attend an informal get-together to talk about books, writing, illustrating, publishing, etc. and all the related joys and challenges before deciding to join SCBWI.  http://www.scbwi.org/