June Meeting Details

Writing Someone Else’s Story

Writing well is hard work. It is even harder if you are writing someone else’s story or a story that takes place in a time and place you have never been to. Like all writing, it requires drive, dedication, time, and craft. However, the need for research and accuracy of every detail adds an additional layer of effort to such a project. Katrina Shawver will speak about three key challenges she has faced that represent additional work for the narrative nonfiction author, and offer tips and resources to achieve that necessary element for all writing: Credibility.

When Katrina met Henry Zguda in November 2002, she did not foresee the lasting friendship that would result, nor the research and effort required to eventually collaborate on a book. At that time she wrote for the Arizona Republic and received a random tip about this gentile Polish survivor of four WWII concentration camps.

Her forthcoming book, Henry–A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, is a poignant survival tale rooted in friendship and based in wartime Poland.

Bio: Katrina Shawver holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science and her Master’s degree from the School of Trial and Error. For eleven years her work appeared in The Arizona Republic, Arizona Parenting, Phoenix Downtown Magazine, and a parenting website. She has presented on Poland at the community college level, is active in Toastmasters, works as a paralegal, and still wishes sweet potato fries counted as a vegetable. She and her husband live in Phoenix and have three grown children. She writes and blogs at katrinashawver.com and can be reached at katrina@katrinashawver.com.

May Meeting Details

Please join us for lunch and guest speaker Kathie Duff Wilson, author and faculty member at Arizona State University,

Saturday, May 20, 2017,12pm – 2pm
Bluewater Grill
1720 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

$20 members / $25 guests – all welcome! Please RSVP to Navissa by April 12 at navissak@hotmail.com with PWC in the subject.

Kathie Duff Wilson, MBA, MA, MS has served as ASU faculty since 2009. Over the past 25 years she has created programs in management communications, leadership, team building and educational information. Prior to a career in human resources development, training and leadership coaching, she acted on the administration team as reading consultant for a school district. She received Master’s degrees in Business Administration, English and Curriculum & Instruction. She has over twenty years of experience in leadership consulting, coaching and human resource development during which time she has been instrumental in merging diverse cultures. Her PhD dissertation “The Language of Commerce” is scheduled for completion later this year. Duff Wilson taught middle and high school English and Social Studies, English and ESL at WCSU- Danbury, CT and at private language schools; she continues to coach non-native speakers of English in business language. She acted as Symposium speaker (‘The Collaborative Language of Leadership”) and faculty facilitator for The World Academy for the Future of Women at SIAS University, Henan Province, Xingeng, China. She currently teaches Business Communications, Writing for Educators, Writing for Health Care Management, Writing in Health Care Professions and Composition at Arizona State University, consults with businesses on human resources and understanding the cultural impact of communication. Kathie crafts curriculum materials, group workshop and instructional scenarios and has written articles for business journals related to leadership and communications with a particular emphasis on the use of metaphor in business language. She is a Scottsdale REALTOR committed to creating joyful lives in beautiful homes.