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Professional Writers of Prescott publish first three books
More on the way, says group president

Professional Writers of Prescott President Pat Fogarty with the first three books the group has published: two collections of short stories and one collection of poetry. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Professional Writers of Prescott President Pat Fogarty with the first three books the group has published: two collections of short stories and one collection of poetry. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Though the Professional Writers of Prescott have been meeting monthly for years, they had never published any books. Until now.

Late last year, the group published three: a compilation of poetry and two compilations of short stories – full of work from 77 different authors.

Professional Writers of Prescott President Pat Fogarty edited the books. Fogarty said he’s been a member of the group for about 10 years and the impetus behind their publication was all of the group’s expenses, from speakers at the monthly meetings and workshops to how much it costs to be a part of events held at courthouse plaza.

“We needed money,” Fogarty said. “I decided, on my own, to do this on my own, through our members and other members of the community and Arizona.”

As such, the advertising went out to get people to send in stories and Fogarty said he spent his own money to get the books published. Everything that comes in from book sales goes to supporting the Professional Writers of Prescott, he said. Local color designer Mariah Sinclair designed the covers and local photographers Eric Anderson, Jared Verdi and Cathy Stevenson did the photography seen on those covers, Fogarty said.

The short stories have a number of different approaches and topics and the poetry features many different types of poems as well. The first collection of short stories is $10 and the second collection of short stories and the collection of poems is $8 and all the books are available at Peregrine Book Company, 219 N. Cortez St., at Barnes and Noble, and on Amazon. Any library or bookstore in the country can order them, Fogarty said.

An event featuring the books is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Peregrine Book Company.

Everybody who wrote for the books did so free of charge, said Dennis Royalty, in charge of publicity for the Professional Writers of Prescott.

“We all like to see our writing in print, but by the same token, it helps pay for speakers, programs and it’s a good thing,” Royalty said.

The Professional Writers of Prescott aren’t going to stop at these books. There are a couple more projects on the way, Fogarty said. One is a regular poetry book for 2019 and the other is a collection of true short stories and poems about various discriminatory practices towards women during the 20th century.

The inspiration to put out the second book was born out of when Fogarty took a history course on historical writing at Yavapai College.

“Somewhere in the class, we mentioned the women’s movement,” Fogarty said. “None of these youngsters, 18, 19-year old college students, had any concept of what went on in the 1960s and (1970s) with the women’s movement.”

Submissions for both books are currently being sought.

Deadline for entry in the poetry book is Thursday, May 30. Most forms of poetry will be accepted, through erotica, polemics, previously published poems and poems exceeding 54 lines will not. Writers are asked to use 12-point Times New Roman font, single spaced with one inch margins and their name and email address in the top left corner of each page. The title should be above each submitted poem.

Short stories and poems for the second book are due by Monday, July 1 and people of both genders may submit. The stories may be from personal knowledge and observations or based on stories told by someone such as a mother or grandmother. Submissions should have the word count in the top right corner of the first page, the title of the story and the author’s name on the first page and a bio of 50 words or fewer at the end of the entry. When possible, the approximate year of the incident or event being written about should be included in the story or poem.

Entries for both books should be emailed to yourazwriters@gmail.com. the short stories should be between 500 to 1,500 words and poems should not exceed 200 words.

Both books are expected to be published by fall.

“We think this is really going to take off,” Fogarty said about the second book.

The Professional Writers of Prescott meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Founders Suite the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

For more information about the Professional Writers of Prescott, visit www.prescottwriters.com.

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