Linda E. Williams, a registered nurse with specialties in pediatrics and child psychology, taught creative writing for over twenty years. Published books include WERFUL AND THE CAPTAIN, LEFTY, THE RIGHT BOOT, A CHILD'S KEEPSAKE, and a 300 page cookbook MELLENNIUM BRIDE (Cooking with Cassie). Her memoir of young widowhood is being considered by an agent. Current works include COLOR ME HAPPY, a compilation of short stories for young children, and AM I GONE? a non-fiction account of special needs children. Her stories have been included in HORIZONS 2008, an anthology of short stories, and PRIMETIME magazine. She has been awarded fiction and non-fiction prizes in Florida's Library Association and the Florida Writers Association contests. While traveling for book-signings, she taught creative writing classes aboard NCL's cruise ship, Norwegian Majesty. Linda was awarded a United States patent for a children's bedspread featured in an inventors' convention held in the Science Museum in Boston. She carries literary memberships in SCBWI, Cape Cod Children's Writers, The Pen Women, Children's Authors' Team, Florida Writers Association, and is an annual participant in the Cape Cod Writers' Conference, In her spare time she golfs and is an avid fan of pro football games. Linda and her husband, Jack, reside in Falmouth, MA.
Rev. Christina Laurie
Award winning poet, Christina Laurie, has written hundreds of poems that have been published since 1976. A "master at haiku", as one reviewer acclaimed, her poems have appeared in magazines and periodicals in the US, Canada, England and Japan. Born in Worcester, she raised a family in the Boston area and is retired to Cape Cod, where she swims, golfs, bikes, kayaks and writes. She is a retired minister and is the chaplain of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), a group of professional women artists, writers and musicians. She is the author of three children's books, a memoir, a YA ghost story, two biblical profile books and is presently working on a murder mystery. Her first book of haiku, SEASONS RISING, was published in January 2010. She is a past president of both the Wellesley and Cape Cod branches of NLAPW.
Joan is the author of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS series of interactive picture book journals. Joan is the leader of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) critique group in West Falmouth, MA. She is the founder of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers www.capecodchildrenswriters.com, and the Cape Cod Children’s Writer Retreats. Joan is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center (CCWC), Pen Women, and she participates in conferences on a regional and national level. She published fiction entitled Two Times Two in the literary journal The Write Place at the Write Time. Joan is a former elementary and special needs educator, who earned degrees from Anna Maria College, Nazareth College, and Lesley University.
Melinda Lancaster is a children's author and a poet. Her books ("Tyler and the Spider" and "Grandma, Tell me If You Can) are published through Wiggles Press and her poem "Echoes" hangs in the Hyannis JFK Museum. After studying Russian Studies and Biology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY she enlisted in the US Navy. Her experiences in the Navy brought a deeper appreciation for the Freedom and advantages available in America and she is an avid volunteer-local veteran's center, library, and reading for the blind, and through "Wish Upon a Wedding". She began writing in her mid-thirties and is inspired by her experiences as a single mother, a parent of a disabled child, a step-mother and a grandmother to reach out to children. She is currently working on promoting her custom poetry through DKS Verse and starting the process for establishing a non-profit organization that provides terminally ill and disabled children with their own story book-where they are the hero! It is her hope to eventually be able to provide art supplies, writing supplies, books and equipment to facilitate writing, reading and drawing to these children. She is a member of the Cape Cod Writer's Center, Cape Cod Children's Writers and SCBWI. She has several works in progress and hopes to branch out from picture books into Middle Age and Young Adult arenas and is available for readings/crafts at schools, libraries and charity functions. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting and going to the movies.
Linda taught fourth grade and kindergarten in the Broadalbin-Perth School District for thirty- five years in upstate New York. Linda's passion for writing and children's literature encouraged her students to become enthusiastic readers and writers. Each year, Linda's kindergarten class published a hard cover book. Titles include "Look What Kids Can Do" and "I Want To Be A Rockstar and...".
Currently, Linda lives on Cape Cod, and she has become an inspired writer who speaks to the hearts and minds of young children. She believes children should be encouraged to follow their dreams, so she writes books that motivate children to become whoever they want to be when they grow up.
To date, Linda has written three picture storybooks, one ready to be submitted for publication, a young adult novel in the works, and a daily blog called Another Day Goes By, professing to make writing a part of her every life. Her blog can be found at: www.anotherdaygoesby.typepad.com
Linda sits on the board of directors of the Cape Cod Writers Center, belongs to a blog group, and she is a member of the Cape Cod Children's Writers group. Linda participates in writer conferences and retreats whenever possible to perfect her craft.
In the summer months, Linda teaches her own Young Authors Workshop, encouraging out-of- the-box creative thinking and writing to elementary age children.
Linda has two adult daughters and lives with her husband, marsh-side on East Sandwich Beach. She is an avid reader, enjoys drawing and painting, is interested in spirituality and personal growth, and is also a Bikram yoga enthusiast. Daily beach walks and meditation keep Linda grounded and inspired.